Trek 2017 Preparation

 

On this page, you will find information on:

                    Spiritual Preparation
                Ask/Act Worksheet - Bring a Question, Bring an Ancestor
                Physical Fitness
                Important Things to Consider
                Clothing Guidelines




Spiritual Preparation:

Spiritual preparation is the key to personal revelation.  Here are some principles which will help prepare you to hear the Lord's messages for you on Trek and throughout your life.


                                                                                        
  • Sincere prayer, morning and evening
  • Earnest daily scripture study
  • Church attendance
  • Youth activities participation
  • Faithful Seminary attendance
  • Family Home Evening contributions
  • Temple Ordinance participation
  • Service to others
  • Involvement in Family History Research
  • A shared heartfelt testimony                                                                             
  • Opportunities to invite others
  • Love for God and all people
Complete Ask/Act Worksheet - Bring a Question, Bring an Ancestor

Click on the image for Ask/Act Worksheet                         Click on the image for the Ancestor sheet
                     https://sites.google.com/site/nashuayouth/Trek-ancestor.pdf            
https://sites.google.com/site/nashuayouth/Trek-ancestor-ask.pdf




Physical Fitness:


Physical preparation will be important to ensuring a successful Trek experience. This trek requires physical stamina which requires physical preparation, obeying the Word of Wisdom, eating wholesome foods, not overeating, eating a balanced diet, and regular exercise. It is important for you to start now. Physical preparation cannot be completed in a short period of time. 

This page lists some suggested activities to get you moving and physically ready to pull a handcart. 
Whatever you choose, it is important that you start now and stay active!



Trek Preparation
  • 3 Months before Trek (April) :
  • Walk for 20 minutes or more at least 4-5 times per week
  • 2 Months before Trek (May):
  • Continue walking 20 minutes or more 4-5 times per week
  • 2-3 of those times walk at least 2-3 miles 
  • 1 Month before Trek (June):
  • Continue as in April and May
  • During one of your walks each week, walk 4 miles or more



"Prepare ye, prepare ye for that which is to come..." 
~ Doctrine and Covenants 1:12

                                                                                                                                                     
        

    
      





Other activities to consider
  • Go hiking in the woods
  • Run
  • Go biking (triple the walking distances)
  • Swim laps in a lake or pool
  • Do yoga, Pilates or Zumba
  • Play basketball
  • Do situps and pushups 
  • Participate in an organized sports team
                    General Suggestions
  • Walk with a friend
  • Attend a workout class
  • Turn off the TV and move
  • Dyard cleanup
  • Take your bike instead of driving
  • Park your car far from the door
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Climb a mountain
  • Invite a friend to play tennis or racquetball
  • Make healthy eating choices
  • Get plenty of rest
    


Things to Consider:

Personal buckets will be distributed through your ward.  If you have not received your bucket by the end of June, contact your youth leaders.  Everything (minus sleeping bag, pillow, & extra shorts/pants for Saturday) must fit in your bucket with the lid on.  Label your bucket (sides and lid) to make it easily recognizable!  Label everything you bring in case you misplace it!



Very Important:  If you wish for your sleeping bag and pillow to remain dry you must put them into a large black heavy-duty trash bag.  30 gallon bags work best.  Tie the bag shut (use ribbon, yarn, or rubber band) and label the outside of the bag with your name using duct or masking tape.

To prevent blisters:
  • Wear a thin, poly-layer sock under a thicker wool or smart-wool sock.
  • Make sure your shoes are broken-in, DON'T wear new shoes!
What not to bring...
     Electronics of any kind, cell phones, weapons, jeans, baseball caps, sandals, tight clothing, brand-new shoes, a bad attitude.






Clothing Guidelines:



2017 Nashua Stake Trek

Clothing Guidelines


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Most of the basic pieces of clothing can be found at a consignment store or Goodwill/Savers.


Young Men


-Long pants (cotton)

Pants should fit loosely through the crotch and thigh area, which will make walking easier.  Cotton fabrics are coolest in hot weather. For color, use your best judgement--beige and tan are best, though blues, blacks, grays, and browns can also be worn.


-Long sleeved button-up shirts

Get a slightly-too-large, long sleeved button up shirt that you don’t care about and cut off the folded-over part of the collar (tutorial at the bottom). The shirt can be in a plain color, stripes or plaid. Light colors are the coolest.


-Full brim hat (Required)

A hat with a chin strap is best. Hats should be large-brimmed. Straw hats are the coolest.


-Vest or suspenders and bandana (optional)

Make yourself look authentic with these great additions!  The suspenders are practical, too.


-Shoes & Socks

When it comes to shoes, comfort takes priority. Make sure that your shoes are well broken in. Running shoes or well-broken-in hiking boots are best. We will be doing a lot of walking, so make sure you come prepared!!!  Cotton socks can cause blisters.  Synthetic hiking socks are best.


Links to Patterns and Tutorials:

Men's Shirt Tutorial:

http://howtodresslikeapioneer.blogspot.com/2011/03/mansboys-shirt-tutorial-simplified.html

http://homedelicious.blogspot.com/2012/05/pioneer-trek-week-15-minute-pioneer.html

(Make sure you cut off the collar as shown in step 7.  Any other alterations are optional.)


Trek Clothing for purchase:

http://www.etsy.com/search?q=pioneer%20trek%20clothing&view_&ship_to=US

http://deseretbook.com/LDS-Clothing/c/6#q=&page=1&sort=popularity&facets=category:6



Young Women


-Mid-calf length Skirt:

Skirts should be about mid-calf length. Make sure it’s not too long to be towing handcarts in!

You can buy a skirt at your local consignment shop or make one using pattern links below.


-Bonnet or full brim hat (Required) A chin strap is helpful for the wind:

Buy a straw hat like this: or make a bonnet like this: (see pattern link below)


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-Apron (pockets are helpful for carrying lip balm, sunscreen, etc.):

An apron with pockets takes the place of a purse. (see pattern link below)


-Shorts, leggings, bloomers or spandex to be worn under skirt (helps reduce chafing):

Women can wear shorts or leggings under their dresses/skirts to have more freedom of movement.


-Shoes & Socks

When it comes to shoes, comfort takes priority. Make sure that your shoes are well broken in. Running shoes or well-broken-in hiking boots are best. We will be doing a lot of walking, so make sure you come prepared!!!  Cotton socks can cause blisters.  Synthetic hiking socks are best.


Links to Patterns and Tutorials

Pioneer Skirt Tutorials:

http://lindonpioneertrekclothing.blogspot.com/2014/01/sew-cute-elastic-waistband-skirt-for.html

http://thelittlefabricshop.blogspot.com/2012/07/pioneer-skirt-tutorial.html (make it larger to fit your size)


Bonnet Tutorials:

http://homedelicious.blogspot.com/2012/05/pioneer-trek-week-how-to-sew-bonnet.html

http://handcart-trek.org/bonnet_pattern.pdf


Apron Tutorials:

http://howtodresslikeapioneer.blogspot.com/2010/06/pioneer-apron-tips.html

http://handcart-trek.org/patterns/Aprons.pdf


Satchel Tutorial: (optional)

http://howtodresslikeapioneer.blogspot.com/2010/05/haversack-tutorial.html


Trek Clothing for Purchase:

http://www.etsy.com/search?q=pioneer%20trek%20clothing&view_&ship_to=US

http://deseretbook.com/LDS-Clothing/c/6#q=&page=1&sort=popularity&facets=category:6