UE Venturing Crew: Shawnee Trip

Mitchell Bretz & Rylie Stephens
From April 2-3, UE’s Venturing Crew and several guests set out across Southern Illinois to visit some of the state’s most beautiful natural wonders, participating in many activities that allowed them to experience nature and create friendships along the way.
The group, consisting of a more-than-anticipated 30 people, first made the journey to Makanda, IL to zip line through Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour. Next, they traveled to the Panther Den Wilderness, and then to Bork Falls. Both locations are known for their beautiful rock formations and natural waterfalls. Finally, the crew set up camp at Camp Ondessonk in Ozark, IL, before heading to Burden Falls the next morning. Everyone was back on campus by Sunday afternoon. 
UE’s Venturing Crew is an example of a relatively scarce type of organization in the U.S. It promotes outdoor interests to young adults, in much the same way as the Boy Scouts do for younger children. The core idea behind such groups is that the skills and activities provided by Boy Scouts-esque organizations should not be limited to children and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. After partaking in this trip with the Venturing Crew, it’s easy to agree with that. 
The UE Venturing Crew can be found on Facebook @ UE Venturing Crew 365.
Mitchell Bretz
Rylie Stephens