DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK CAMPING TRIP … FEBRUARY 16-21
PRE-TRIP MEETING TUESDAY, JANUARY 14 AT 6 PM
Sponsored by Mountain Bible Church
and Christ Child Catholic Church Youth Ministry.
Guided by CT English Middle School teacher David Kissner and Quest Ministries
Join us this Spring Break for a camping adventure in Death Valley National Park in California! Open to the greater CT English community and their families, we are heading to this amazing desert to experience God’s magnificent creation, learn about God through the hearing of His Word, to have fun, and to build lasting relationships and memories!
- A summit attempt on the 11,049’ Telescope Peak in the
snow and ice
- Climbing to the top of the 700 foot “Singing Sand Dunes” at
Eureka Dunes, the largest dunes in North America – Visiting the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at
Badwater Basin at 282 feet below sea level
- Night hike under the stars through the Devil’s Corn Field
- Visiting Dante’s View, 5,800 feet above the salt flats below
- Ranger-led tour of historic “Scotty’s Castle,” and the colorful
stories of Death Valley in the 1920s
- Driving tours of various park highlights
- Afternoon pool swim
- Sleeping under the stars
- Evenings around a campfire
- Overcoming the hostility of the desert environment
￼￼￼The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word;
their voice is never heard.
Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
and their words to all the world. – Psalm 19:1-4
The not-so-fine print: This trip is not a cushy guided tour! It is a camping adventure where every participant is a member of a team and helps out with setting up camp, cooking, clean- up, etc. Death Valley is a notoriously harsh environment, and potential for excitement is high! Our remote backcountry campsites typically do not have toilets, water, or any amenities that we do not carry with us. We sleep on the ground under the stars with the wildlife. Temperatures can reach well over 100 degrees in the Badwater Basin during the day and can drop below freezing in the mountains above at night. Wind and sand storms can come up unexpectedly, which could make camp functions like cooking, eating, setting up tents, taking the shovel into the desert for a bathroom visit, and sleeping very difficult. There are limited opportunities for bathing during the trip. Vehicle problems or flat tires could alter plans. That being said, we have always had a blast, even with the challenges – one thing that is guaranteed is lasting memories! An adventurous spirit and a flexible attitude are required items on the packing list!
Cost: The cost for this 6 day trip is $320. A $50 deposit holds your spot. We do not want financial hardship to be a reason anyone does not go – please contact one of the trip coordinators to ask about financial aid if there is a need.
Who: Open to the greater CT English Middle School community – current and former students, siblings, parents, etc. We ask that any child under the age of 10 be accompanied by a legal guardian. All participants will require a signed permission slip/ release of liability, and a medical release form.
Equipment: The packing list will be provided at the informational meeting. No camping gear required.
Contact: For questions, details, or to reserve a spot, please contact one of the following:
Guide, Quest Ministries
Teacher, CT English Middle School 760.214.7144
Student Ministries Mountain Bible Church 408.628.8681
￼￼￼￼Space is limited! Please contact one of the trip coordinators as soon as possible if interested.