Wilderness Wanderings

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in,

where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ---John Muir.

The Backpacking Pilgrimage

The trip is designed for those who are hungry for the spiritual healing that can come when we wander into the wilderness in intentional ways with spiritual guides and a community of fellow seekers. The trip will be led by The Rev. Karla Woggon, The Rev. Tamara Franks, and Kathryn Florack. Tamara is a UCC pastor and a former teacher of wilderness education. Kathryn Florack is the director of Camp Henry and a certified Wilderness First Aid responder. And Karla is the Rector of Ascension and avid backpacker and believer in the spiritual healing power of the wilderness.

Our first trip is planned for Wednesday late afternoon, April 25- Saturday April 28.

Cost:    Tier I - $100;    Tier II - $175;   Tier III - $225

Mandatory Prep Meeting: Sunday March 25, 2018, from 2:45-4:45 pm at Church of the Ascension in Hickory, NC

To Register: Email Kathryn Florack, director.camphenry@gmail.com or click “Register Now” at the top of the page

Trip Size and Age: 12 people, 21 years or older

The trip will begin Wednesday April 25 at 3:30 p.m. at Lake Logan. If you need to work all day April 25 and arrive at 7:00 p.m. that is okay. Although if possible we’d like everyone to arrive at 3:30. Thursday morning we will head into the Shinning Rock Wilderness and return to Lake Logan Saturday afternoon. We are partnering with Camp Henry Outdoor School who will provide all of our gear. If you have a backpack or sleeping bag of your own that you would like to use that is fine. We will be providing the shelter.

This will be different from a regular backpacking trip with friends. You will be backpacking with friends, but also exploring your spiritual life, leadership, and the way you function in a community.

As part of our preparation we will have one mandatory meeting that we need everyone to attend. The preparation meeting will be Sunday March 25 from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. at Church of the Ascension in Hickory, NC. We will begin forming our community, discussing logistics, and preparing for the trip at the meeting so it is essential that you attend. Our trip begins with this meeting.

At little bit more about the cost: The cost covers all of your food, camping gear, guides, and the ease of not having to plan all the details of the trip. Realizing that families and individuals have different abilities to pay, we are instituting a voluntary three-tier fee program. You may choose the tier that is most suitable for you. It is really an honor system; you tell us what is affordable for your family. All participants receive the same great experience no matter what they pay. For those who cannot afford Tier I additional financial assistance is available to ensure that all children have this wonderful opportunity to attend camp.

Tier I – Partially Subsidized. This reduced rate is made possible through the funding we receive from the diocese, churches, foundations, organizations and individual donors who value the impact that the camp experience at Camp Henry has on children, youth, individuals and families.

Tier II – Direct Cost. This represents the DIRECT cost of camp. Direct costs include program costs, food, staff, and camp administration cost.

Tier III – True Cost. This rate more closely accounts for the TRUE costs of the program. True costs include all direct costs plus equipment, insurance, utilities, etc. Choosing Tier III gives you an opportunity to help us do more with the donor funding we receive. You help us stretch our limited scholarship funds further, so more people can experience the power of camp. And you help this program make needed upgrades and available to continue in the future.

This will hopefully be the first of many trips. If you cannot attend this one but are interested in learning about future trips, please let us know.


Hope to wander with you soon!

Kathryn Florack
Camp Henry Director
The Rev. Karla Woggon
Rector, The Episcopal Church of the Ascension
Rev. Tamara Franks
UCC Pastor