This summer 20 young people and leaders from the Heartland Division took to the open road, traveling nearly 900 miles to the Black Hills and Badlands for a once-in-a-lifetime jamboree. On the agenda was Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, Wind Cave, Mammoth Springs and Devils Tower— American icons many had only heard of. These and much more were accessible to the Heartland delegation as they stayed at The Salvation Army Black Hills Camp in Rapid City, S.D.
“One of the best moments of the trip was when we came around a corner and saw beautiful sparkling Lake Patchicola surrounded by tall, majestic trees. All of the kids put their phones down and marveled at God’s beautiful creation,” said Juanita Belcher, Heartland divisional youth outreach ministries coordinator, who was compelled to organize the trip after the pandemic lockdowns which were very hard on the youth. She indicated that the sense of community experienced on the trip was a blessing as big as the adventure.