Backyard Adventures are short-term outdoor experiences for groups or families to promote engaging relationship growth by leaving technology behind and diving into creation, literally. These local adventures ranging anywhere from hiking at the park, to biking in the woods or just getting lost (using a map and compass to find your way again, of course) are great tools to build the relationships of the participants. This is another useful tool for parents and youth leaders to creatively challenge students to evaluate daily decisions and provide real support as they venture out into their “unknown.”
Hiking… isn’t that just walking with boots on? Well, yeah. It’s simple enough to do, but have you done it? How about far enough in the woods that you can’t hear car traffic? Have you been in the woods at night with a headlamp or threw a pack on to add to the challenge? What about in the dead of winter with snowshoes on your boots? There is great joy to be had in the simple things in life and walking in the woods with your friends is one of them. Project Forty will help you get lost (then find your car again…eventually).
Climbing is one of those activities that you won’t believe it until you try it for yourself. It takes on a personal challenge that allows the daily stresses of life melt away for a moment and all energy is singular focused on that next move. Come on out and spur one another on in their challenge of the bouldering wall, or clip in and belay your partner to the top of the wall!
Own a mountain bike that is collecting dust in your garage? Let’s get out and ride that thing! Holly has some great mountain bike trails very close by that are begging you to get out there. Project Forty has a couple bikes now and plans to build a fleet of fat-tire bikes for you to try out. Sometimes the greatest excuse we make for not going out on a ride is that we don’t have anyone to go with… BAM! Project Forty just solved that problem. Come out and join us for a ride and fellowship on the trail.
Orien…what? There’s a fancy name for everything it seems. Orienteering is simply using a map and compass to navigate your route. With a little instruction you can learn how a compass actually works to help you find your way in the woods. Ditch the smart phone, put on a little creative problem solving balm and let’s have a little adventure! Project Forty will help you with the details and make sure you can get back to your car…eventually. Bring a friend and have a blast while enjoying your own little slice of Creation.