Hiking/Camping Retreat March/Apr 2023
March 31, 2023 @ 6:00PM — April 2, 2023 @ 2:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Oscar Scherer State Park campground in Sarasota, FL: 1843 S Tamiami Trl Osprey, FL 34229 Get Directions
Hiking/Camping Retreat March 31- April 2, 2023 Oscar Scherer State Park Campground 1843 S Tamiami Trl Osprey, Florida 34229
The Long Walk Home's hiking/camping challenge! A self discovery adventure.
Being in nature is very healing and helps us unwind, de-stress, and get back to ourselves. Join us and connect with nature at this beautiful state park in Florida.
Come hike or camp, with us in at this beautiful state park in Florida! This hiking/camping event is for Veterans and/or their families. Ages 12 and older (unless special permission).
Reboot your life and take the 10 Challenges to Service, with us during this event. The 10 Challenges are a self discovery adventure. While hiking, you will be given a series of personal empowerment challenges to complete.
OPTIONS for the weekend retreat:
Option #1: Hiking & Camping-Arrive Friday evening for 2 nights of camping and finish up by Sunday afternoon. We will have the tents all set up with air mattresses and a lantern. You will need to bring your own bedroll and pillow. We will hike Saturday and Sunday in groups. Breakfast and Lunch is provided. Bring backpack snacks for lunch on the trail. The Long Walk Home will provide everything you need for camping. If you want to use your own gear, let us know. Be prepared to hike on uneven terrain for approximately 3-7 miles per day and camp overnight. The Long Walk Home will provide tents, air mattresses, backpack if you need one, trekking poles if needed, sit pads, chairs, other camping gear plus breakfast and dinner. You only need to bring your sleeping bag or blankets and pillow and packable lunches. If you bring your own gear, we need to know.
Option #2: Hiking only- Arrive Saturday morning and finish up by late Saturday afternoon. You will be guided along the way to complete all 10 Challenges in one day. You will need to bring backpack snacks for lunch on the trail. We will provide water. If you don't have a backpack, you may borrow one of ours. Be prepared to hike on uneven terrain for approximately 3-7 miles.
Option #3: Sitting in nature- Arrive Saturday morning and finish by late Saturday afternoon. This is for those that are unable to walk or hike. One of our mentors will be at the campsite to guide you through the 10 Challenges to Service while comfortably sitting. If walking a mile or less is comfortable to you, we can provide that option as well. Bring snacks for lunch. We will provide water.
All Options: Bring packable lunches, with items like protein bars, beef jerky, or peanut butter and crackers. We have trekking poles, sit pads, and backpacks but you may bring your own.
Registration required due to limited spaces!
The attending group will be divided into squads, with squad leaders. If you are one of our mentors, please let us know if you would like to lead a squad.
What our past participants had to say:
"I was able to be myself free from judgment share my life story and not be ridiculed or mentally pushed around."
"AMC. US Army, what an amazing event to commune with nature, eat some amazing food and fellowship with brothers and sister veterans. You can be at any point in your life high or low and really get something out of this program. 10 out 10-would recommend."
"It was great to get outside, be in nature, and get away from technology for a weekend. Thank you."
"The peace of the natural setting combined with exercise lead to a clearheaded understanding of the power of change and hope for the future. While the Zoom class was a good way to begin to understand the 10 Challenges, the hike/camp method provided a much higher degree of accomplishment and peace."
"This opportunity is very well planned and executed."
Option #1 Hiking/Camping-Veterans Ticket price: This is a $50.00 refundable deposit for Veterans or Military. The $50.00 is refunded after the event. If you cancel, the full $50.00 is forfeited as a donation. If you don’t finish, the deposit is forfeited. Once you complete the hiking/camping weekend and the personal empowerment-10 Challenges to Service, Veterans will have the opportunity to get the $50.00 refunded or pay it forward, whatever you choose.
Option #1 Civilians Ticket price: The fee is $50.00 for the entire weekend of adventure, all inclusive.
Option #2 Hiking only-Veterans & Civilians: $25.00 refundable deposit. This amount will be refunded after the personal empowerment-10 Challenges to Service are completed. If you cancel, the $25.00 is forfeited as a donation. If you don’t finish, the deposit is forfeited.
Option #3 Sitting in nature-Veterans & Civilians: $25.00 refundable deposit. This amount will be refunded after the personal empowerment-10 Challenges to Service are completed. If you cancel, the $25.00 is forfeited as a donation. If you don’t finish, the deposit is forfeited.
Registration required due to limited spaces!