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Hand Cart Trek Experience for Modern Pioneers

Youth from all over the world participate in authentic Pioneer Handcart Treks sponsored by  the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS). These annual events are typically  open to all youth aged 14 to 18, and are designed to provide a growing experience for all who participate.

Most handcart treks involve dressing in Pioneer style clothing, eating food prepared and cooked the old fashioned way, and sleeping under the stars along the trail.   These events provide an opportunity for the youth to experience a small taste of pioneer life as they work hard to cook meals, push handcarts and build fires without modern day conveniences.

Each day on the trail, trekkers rise early and  face a new set of trials and situations.  They encounter huge hills, sandy trails, river crossings,   and all kinds of terrain.  When trek families and not busy pulling handcarts, they also take time along the trail to play pioneer  games, shoot at targets with muzzle loaders, bows and hatchets.

The journey can be long a difficult when pulling heavy handcarts, especially when the men are called away and enlisted by the Mormon Battalion to help fight the war with Mexico, leaving the women, to pull their heavy handcarts alone.

Goals of Pioneer Handcart Treks usually include: inviting the spirit, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, increasing personal testimonies, and building on the love and unity among youth  within Stakes.

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How to Plan & Carry Out A Highly Successful Pioneer Handcart Trek Under Budget


Common Trek Goals...

  • Come to know the Savior

  • Feel the Holy Spirit

  • Appreciate the strength and sacrifice of the early Saints

  • Gain a stronger testimony of the Gospel

  • Gain a greater feeling of gratitude and love for family at home

  • Increase self worth

  • Gain new friends and appreciation for the new "trek family"

  • Have fun!

"...and, if you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which is the greatest of all gifts of god...."

D&C 14:7


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Start preparing for the trek NOW by taking daily walks.  Start by walking 15 minutes 3 times a week.  After a month, increase your walks to 30 minutes 3 times per week.  Be sure to use the "Monthly Events" Calendar as your guide.  For tips on preventing blisters, CLICK HERE