By Jack Haller
With Spring Break around the corner, Reinhardt University is providing two options for students to experience unforgettable trips alongside their peers.
Dr. Walter May, dean of students, and Rev. Jamie Hudgins, campus pastor, will lead two small group, week-long trips for students who want to experience something memorable this Spring Break. May will lead the Reinhardt Outdoors trip and will take up to 12 students to Skidaway Island, Georgia, located less than 15 miles south of the historical town of Savannah. Hudgins and Campus Ministries will lead a mission trip to Camp Glisson, just outside Dawsonville.
Students choosing to go on the Reinhardt Outdoors trip will find themselves immersed in a full itinerary that is as relaxing as it is adventurous. Each day will begin with a smaller breakfast consisting of fruits, bars, and juices, followed by a picnic lunch, and a dinner cooked over the fire on a cast-iron skillet by May himself, closing out the evenings by the campfire and making s’mores. The notable events will include exploring the Skidaway Island State Park marshes, hiking the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, paddle boarding Skidaway Narrows, sea kayaking Myrtle Island and falling asleep under the starlit skies of coastal Georgia.
“Reinhardt Outdoors trips are not just about getting away from their academic studies,” said May. “They are designed to help students push comfort zones, gain a new understanding of the world we live in, and foster a passion for outdoor recreation through a shared experience.”
Campus Ministries’ mission trip will be just as event-filled with one main focus: finding the most ways to help others while enjoying the presence and assistance of others serving by your side. Last year’s trip to Camp Glisson included building a bridge, demolition of unsafe structures, cutting a new hiking trail and painting new benches and chairs. Those attending will complete similar tasks that allow the campsite to prepare for their summer programming, where students of all ages
spend time outdoors learning about their faith. After each day of work and prayer, students will stay in cabins provided by Camp Glisson. During one night of the trip, the group will visit the UNG Wesley Foundation for worship.
“We provide so folks can have the opportunity to serve,” said Hudgins. “It’s also a great time of fellowship.”
The deadline to sign up for the Reinhardt Outdoors trip is Friday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. and costs $100. The trip will begin on Monday, March 2, departing from campus, and will return on Friday, March 6.
The Campus Ministries mission trip day will leave on Sunday, March 1, from campus and will return on Thursday, March 5. The deadline to sign up is Thursday, Feb 23 and costs $75. Registration is open and all inquiries can be taken directly to Hudgins at firstname.lastname@example.org or student leadership team member Kaylee Jones at email@example.com.