Eagle Idaho Stake

Pioneer Youth Handcart Trek 2014

June 26-28, 2014

Welcome to the Eagle Idaho Stake, 2014 Pioneer Youth Handcart Trek: Courage in Christ. This website is designed to help you:

  • Learn what a Pioneer Handcart Trek is all about.
  • Preview the experiences you can expect to have on Trek.
  • Keep you informed about exciting pre-Trek activities.
  • Know how to prepare for Trek physically, mentally, and spiritually.
  • Introduce you to the Trail of Courage Award.
  • Provide you with necessary registration forms, as well as clothing, and equipment requirements.

What is a Pioneer Youth Handcart Trek?

Trek is an exciting three day hands-on youth conference experience for young men and young women of our stake who will be entering 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the fall of 2014. A pioneer trek is designed to help us gain understanding and appreciation for our pioneer forefathers and an opportunity to draw closer to our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. You will be placed in a family with a Ma and Pa to help you learn and grow from the memorable experiences that you will have together. As a family you will pull a handcart through lush meadows and inspiring mountain terrain, just as the pioneers did.

Why Trek?

Trek will provide you the opportunity to feel the Spirit, build relationships with other youth of our stake, and more fully appreciate your pioneer heritage. As you participate in activities and witness events on Trek, such as the Mormon Battalion, Frontier Night, and the Women's Pull, you will learn about, and experience the important principles of faith, sacrifice, and perseverance. As you learn from the past, you will gain strength and courage for the future.

What are Pre-Trek Events?

Pre-Trek activities are exciting and special events which you will experience prior to Trek, with the other youth of our stake. They are designed to help you prepare for Trek, as well as enhance the significance and experience of Trek. You will get to take part in an actual winter river crossing reenactment, held on the Boise River, and join with your friends throughout the stake as we all go to a movie theatre to watch Ephraims' Rescue. There will also be a Trek Extravaganza night with music, dancing, games, food and an old-time photo booth.

Trek Theme: Courage in Christ

The theme for our 2014 Trek is Courage in Christ. Through pre-Trek activities, as well as the events and experiences that you will have on Trek, you will draw closer to the Savior and realize the strength that He can bring into your life. You will have the opportunity to feel what many of the early pioneers felt as you follow their example and walk in their footsteps. You will learn from them and learn about yourself. You will be inspired to take action and do great things with the knowledge and testimony you garnish from this experience.

“It is not enough to study or reenact the accomplishments of our pioneers. We need to identify the great, eternal principles they applied to achieve all they achieved for our benefit and then apply those principles to the challenges of our day. In that way we honor their pioneering efforts, and we also reaffirm our heritage and strengthen its capacity to bless our own posterity and those millions of our Heavenly Father's children who have yet to hear and accept the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are all pioneers in doing so.”
- Elder Dallin H. Oaks