Ma’s & Pa’s Leader Information



Gospel Principles  & Planning Focus 

Handcart Trek Reenactments:  Guidelines for Leaders

The goal as Trek Leaders is to help our youth learn from the experiences of the handcart pioneers. Trek provides a powerful opportunity to strengthen testimonies, build unity, do family history, and learn core gospel principles. Trek can also help youth learn about who they are and what they may become.

Gospel Principles:

  • Faith
  • Obedience
  • Charity
  • Sacrifice
  • Persevering through Adversity

Planning Focus:

  • Spiritual development. Treks should be planned to strengthen testimonies and foster personal growth, not just to be recreational  gospel principles and feel support in living them.
  • Physical preparation. Treks require physical stamina. Each participant should be encouraged to eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and get sufficient rest to prepare for the trek.
  • Physical and mental challenges. Some youth and adults who participate may have physical or mental challenges. Leaders make preparations to accommodate any special needs for food, medication, equipment, supervision, and safety for these individuals.
  • Safety and health. Efforts to create a safe trek experience should be integrated throughout the planning process.

“All we do in the Church. . . should point us to the Savior and the work we do in holy temples.”  — True to the Faith —

Purposes of Trek

Help youth:

  1. Strengthen their relationship with the Savior
  2. Become converted and consistent in doing temple and family history work
  3. Learn that they can do hard things

Trek Clothing for Leaders:

• Cotton or cotton blend fabrics.
• A skirt that gathers at the waist rather than a straight A-line for better comfort and walking space. Mid-calf is the preferred length.
• Biking shorts, knee length shorts or bloomers under skirts are a must to prevent road rash, etc.
• Long-sleeve, lightweight cotton tops.
• Apron with pockets.

• Pants should be ‘docker’ type in an earth-tone color. No denim.
• Long-sleeve, lightweight, button-down shirts with the collar removed.

• Broken in hiking/tennis shoes or boots.
• Wool “hiking-type” socks to be worn with comfortable shoes that provide support for hiking (sock liners are another option). Avoid cotton socks as they will hold moisture and cause blisters.
• Straw hats that allow airflow and block the sun for men, bonnets for women.
• Work gloves 

A good place to look for Pioneer clothing is a thrift store! The Salvation Army in Plano (Spring Creek and Avenue K) has some great inexpensive items for purchase.

Ma & Pa Training Dates:

October 8th, 2018

November 13th, 2018  

January 8th, 2019

February 12th, 2019

March 2019: Ma’s & Pa’s Temple Visit and Dessert

March 14th, 2019: Depart for Trek!!

Packing List for Ma’s & Pa’s:
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