Youth Pioneer Trek this Weekend

WINSLOW (WIFR) – No cell phones, no iPads, no technology, it’s what a group of teenagers are putting themselves through this weekend to better understand their heritage.

About 100 kids and 40 adults from the Rockford Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are reenacting a Mormon Pioneer Handcart trek. The group is spending three days building a town and wagons and living in tents on a property in Winslow. It’s all to recreate the Exodus from Nauvoo to the Salt Lake Valley in 1846.

"It's really great for us to be able to take a step back, look at what's really important in our lives and see the important aspects of teamwork and family and not just having friends over cellular devices but to actually be with people and to be communicating and socializing,” said Youth Committee Chairwoman, Heidi Galster.

Organizers hope the trek will help boost confidence and show the teens that they can overcome any challenge.

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