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Upcoming - Trips & Events

Our Trips have included:    Niagara Falls, Washington DC, New York City, Myrtle Beach, Florida, Ricketts Glen State Park, Elk State Park, seeing the Amish, Grand Canyon of PA, camping, bicycling and more! 

Our Events have included:    hikes up Mt. Nittany, demonstration wedding, various hikes, bowling, miniature golf, bonfire, star gazing, Super Bowl Party,  and more!

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"I don't have Enough Faith to be an Atheist" with Dr. Frank Turek (Is Atheism Logical?)
Sep
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

"I don't have Enough Faith to be an Atheist" with Dr. Frank Turek (Is Atheism Logical?)

  • 105 Forum Building, Penn State University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Dr. Turek's presentation will take place on Thursday, September 21, at 8:00pm in 105 Forum.

Dr. Frank Turek is a prolific speaker and award-winning author of four books: Stealing from God:  Why Atheists Need God to make their Case, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, Correct, Not Politically Correct and Legislating Morality.  As a Christian writer and nationally recognized speaker,  he is a widely-featured guest in the media as a leading apologetics expert and cultural commentator. He has appeared on hundreds of radio programs and many top TV programs.  He also writes a column for Townhall.com and several other sites.

Dr. Turek is the President of CrossExamined.org, and he regularly presents powerful and entertaining evidence for Christianity at churches, high schools and college campuses.

Frank has a master’s degree from the George Washington University and a doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary. 

This event is sponsored by State College Christian Businessmen's Connection, with support from Alliance Christian Fellowship, Navigators, and Disciplemakers.

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Amish, Outlet Shopping & more -- the Lancaster-York Trip 2017
Sep
23
to Sep 24

Amish, Outlet Shopping & more -- the Lancaster-York Trip 2017

  • Lancaster, PA, 17601 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come join us for a fun weekend in Lancaster and York (not New York City)

Travel in a large comfortable coach bus, tour an Amish farm & house, shop at Tanger's Outlet, enjoy an outdoor fall barn party and dinner, visit an American church, and stay with an American host family! 

To learn more, and to register, click on the photo!

 

 

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NIAGARA FALLS WEEKEND TOUR
Oct
13
to Oct 15

NIAGARA FALLS WEEKEND TOUR

The IMPS weekend trip to Niagara Falls, Oct. 13 - 15, is a great opportunity to not only see the world-famous Niagara Falls, but also to stay with an American host in their home and experience a worship service at their church.  We will be staying with hosts from a church in Gasport, NY.  The entire day on Saturday will involve sightseeing at the Niagara Falls area.  After the church service on Sunday we will have lunch together with all the hosts before returning to Penn State that afternoon.  This trip is limited to 28 people, so register early!

Click on the photo to take you to all of the information and registration!

 

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Journey To The Moon
Oct
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Journey To The Moon

General Charles Duke will speak about his life as an astronaut, walking on the moon, and his faith experience that enabled him to face even greater challenges after returning to Earth. 

In 1972, Apollo 16 astronaut, Charles Duke, became the 10th man to walk on the moon.  Duke attended the U.S. Naval Academy and M.I.T., and went on to become a fighter pilot, and a test pilot.  General Duke's presentation, both informative and entertaining, will challenge and inspire you.

Free and open to the public.

Any questions, contact Chris Cunningham CPC10@psu.edu

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Special Tour of the University Libraries!
Sep
13
5:00pm 5:00pm

Special Tour of the University Libraries!

Enjoy a special tour of the Pattee/Paterno Libraries building where you'll discover foreign language resources for international fun and meet some new friends on staff there.  Want to borrow books, movie DVDs, and music CDs from around the world?  Want to read international magazines, newspapers, or watch foreign news broadcasts on a big screen TV?  Want to find a quiet, comfortable study area or a convenient cafe?  Come on the tour to discover all this and more!

Registration is required. To register, contact Bill Saxton at wjs9@psu.edu

Limited to 30 people.

Sponsored by International Ministries at Penn State

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Friday International Fellowship Dinner
Sep
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

Friday International Fellowship Dinner

Our Friday International Fellowship Dinner will take place in 302 HUB.  Everyone is always welcome!

After dinner we'll play an easy game at the dinner tables to help you meet one another and hopefully make a new friend.

After the announcements and game we will divide into four breakout groups:

Bible study - we will discuss a story from the Bible

Discussion Group - conversation in small groups around interesting topics

American English Class - discuss idioms, slang, and American culture around tables

Crafting Class - this week we will make various types of greeting cards using assorted supplies provided by the staff!

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Visit the Grange Fair
Aug
20
4:00pm 4:00pm

Visit the Grange Fair

Visit the Grange Fair in nearby Centre Hall, typical of many annual fairs in rural America, with shows of farm animals and equipment, and interesting exhibits and entertainers.  Leave from in front of the Pattee/Paterno Library at 4:00 PM; return to campus at 8:30 PM. Cost: $10 for transportation, parking, and admission.  You should also plan to bring some additional money for any food, souvenirs, or amusement rides that interest you.  Register here.  Trip is limited to 40 people.  For questions, contact Bill Saxton 814-404-6763 or email: wjs9@psu.edu

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Visit Penn's Cave
Aug
17
4:00pm 4:00pm

Visit Penn's Cave

America's only all-water cavern, involving a guided one-hour underground boat tour of the cavern in nearby Centre Hall. Visit pennscave.com. This trip leaves from in front of the Pattee/Paterno Library Entrance, on Curtin road, at 4:00 PM; return to campus by about 7:30 PM.  Please note, this trip is limited to 40 people. Registration here is required.  Cost is $20 for transportation and boat ride.  

For questions, contact:  Bill Saxton,  wjs9@psu.edu  814-404-6763

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Hike Up Mt. Nittany #2
Aug
16
10:00am10:00am

Hike Up Mt. Nittany #2

A short ride to the nearby town of Lemont takes us to the base of Mt. Nittany.  A steady uphill walk of about 45 minutes (that may have you breathing hard at times) to the top provides a panoramic view of Penn State.  The hike back down also has some rugged rocky sections and takes only about 20 minutes.  For the hike you should wear comfortable walking shoes, hiking shoes/boots, or a sturdy pair of sneakers, as one section of the trail will be quite rugged.  In addition, even though we will be in the shade most of the time, be sure to bring along a bottle of water. Registration is required - please register here.  Limited to 40 people. 

This hike will depart at 4:00pm from in front of the Pattee/Paterno Library on Curtin Road.

For questions contact:  Chris Cunningham cpc10@psu.edu        Phone:  814-880-0134

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Hike Up Mt. Nittany #1
Aug
15
4:00pm 4:00pm

Hike Up Mt. Nittany #1

A short ride to the nearby town of Lemont takes us to the base of Mt. Nittany.  A steady uphill walk of about 45 minutes (that may have you breathing hard at times) to the top provides a panoramic view of Penn State.  The hike back down also has some rugged rocky sections and takes only about 20 minutes.  For the hike you should wear comfortable walking shoes, or hiking shoes/boots, or a sturdy pair of sneakers, as some sections of the trail are quite rocky.  In addition, even though we will be in the shade most of the time, be sure to bring along a bottle of water. Registration here is required for the hike. Limited to 40 people. 

This hike will depart at 4:00pm from in front of the Pattee/Paterno Library on Curtin Road.

For questions contact:  Chris Cunningham cpc10@psu.edu        Phone:  814-880-0134

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Welcome Picnic
Aug
13
4:00pm 4:00pm

Welcome Picnic

On Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 4:00pm the ICF & International Ministries at Penn State will welcome 200 - 300 new international students by hosting a Welcome Picnic.  We'll have lots of fun playing outdoor games, eating American picnic food, and making new friends!  Come and meet other new international students, as well as some  of the students and staff of ICF.  The picnic will take place at nearby Sunset Park, a short walk from campus, but rides are also available.  Sign up required to attend. Visit our registration page here to sign up.

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Furniture Give-Away
Aug
12
8:30am 8:30am

Furniture Give-Away

(Also advertised as the Garage Give-Away)

New students are invited to browse and take home used furniture and household items for FREE!  We will help you transport large pieces of furniture back to your apartment. Plan to arrive on time or earlier as large lines have formed in the past.  1250 University Dr.  It's best to arrive by 8:00 am, as the doors open at 8:30am and things move very quickly.

Items are freely donated by people in the community to help new international students and scholars who have very little get started here in State College.  We are International Christian Fellowship and we are pleased to help share these resources with you.  The items include FURNITURE like desks, tables, chairs, beds, couches, lamps, carpet plus KITCHEN items like dishes, pots and pans, utensils, small electrical appliances and more plus OTHER items like sheets, towels and many more items.

WHO is INVITED?   This is for NEW international students and scholars or for those who are moving off campus for the FIRST TIME this semester.  This is NOT for internationals who have been at State College for 1 or more years.  Why?  Because after being here for a year, you have friends, you have time to get new or used furniture.  The new arrivals have no items so they need the most help.  If you are not a new student, please help new students by bringing them to this event and help them find items they need.

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Hiking & Camping on the Appalachian Trail - The Wilderness Trek
May
23
to May 29

Hiking & Camping on the Appalachian Trail - The Wilderness Trek

We'll camp in the Pennsylvania mountains near the Appalachian Trail. Each day we'll learn about the God of the Bible and discover the amazing world He created. Enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, and swimming with people from different countries. 

Cost is $198. Register by May 17 at http://www.bridgeswildernesstrek.com/

For more info. contact Bill Sundstrom at wjs22@psu.edu

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TRUE Leadership Conference - an event for international students & scholars
May
18
to May 22

TRUE Leadership Conference - an event for international students & scholars

Join us May 18-22, 2017 for a high quality & high energy leadership experience in the beautiful Pocono region of Pennsylvania.  International students & scholars who aim to grow as leaders, both professionally and personally, will benefit.

We recognize that TRUE leadership, in every sphere of influence, incorporates maturity that is holistic.  That is, TRUE leadership involves one’s whole self – mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical dimensions.   Registration Deadline is May 4

To learn more about the conference and to register visit:  http://true-ne.com/

We will be taking a group to TRUE from Penn State. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our local staff:  Walt Johnston WMJ1@psu.edu  

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Hike Shingletown Gap & Visit Bellefonte
May
11
9:30am 9:30am

Hike Shingletown Gap & Visit Bellefonte

Thursday, May 11 - Join us for a short hike along the Shingletown Gap Trail, followed by visit to Talleyrand Park in nearby Bellefonte, PA where we will have lunch at a Chinese Buffet.

Schedule:   (all times are approximate)

  10:00am - leave State College, and drive 15 minutes to the Shingletown Gap trail, for an easy level hike along a scenic trail in the woods

  12:00noon - after leaving Shingletown Gap we will drive 25 minutes to Bellefonte where we will eat lunch at Bellefonte Wok Buffet

   1:00pm - a brief visit in Faith Centre - a thrift store with assorted used items and clothing - a fun place to browse - all proceeds go to charity

               - walk a short distance to Talleyrand Park and feed the ducks!

   2:30pm - return to State College (return time is approximate, it could be 3:00pm)

Register here!

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Belleville Farmer's Market & Peight's Country Store
May
10
7:30am 7:30am

Belleville Farmer's Market & Peight's Country Store

Cost: $5 (for transportation)

Wednesday, May 10 - Visit the Belleville Farmer's Market  & Peights Country Store in nearby (40 minutes drive) Belleville, PA - This is a great local tradition with lots of vendors outside selling food, crafts, hardware, fresh fruits and vegetables, and other low priced items.  There's also a variety of foods to purchase: ice cream, kettle corn, baked goods, french fries -- all of the healthy types of foods we all enjoy :) etc.   Bring cash and pay as you go - it's fun!  After visiting the farmer's market we will drive over to Peight's Country Store which is a small country store selling lots of reasonably priced groceries, fresh cut meats and cheeses and assorted household items - it's a unique place :) 

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Spring Break trip to Myrtle Beach & Charleston, South Carolina
Mar
4
to Mar 11

Spring Break trip to Myrtle Beach & Charleston, South Carolina

You are invited to JOIN us for an International Students & Scholars Trip to the warm beach.
It is a famous vacation spot. We’ll go by coach bus to Myrtle Beach & Charleston, South Carolina

All international students/scholars and relatives are welcome. All religious backgrounds are welcome. Vegetarian are welcome. Rest, Fun, make Friends & Vacation together with us.

The resort has 2 heated pools (indoor & outdoor), jacuzzi, sand-volleyball court, tennis courts, BBQ picnic area, a large beach frontage, beautiful sand, & a great place to vacation – at Myrtle Beach Resort Vacations, 5905 S Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC     www.myrtle-beach-resort.com/

To Learn More or to Register, click here!

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Pres. Trumps new Immigration Policies w/Penn State Law Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Esq. Director, Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic
Feb
24
6:15pm 6:15pm

Pres. Trumps new Immigration Policies w/Penn State Law Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Esq. Director, Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic

President Trump's new Immigration Policies & Immigration explained.  On Friday, Feb. 24, PSU Law Professor, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Esq. Director, Center For Immigrants' Rights Clinic, will speak after the ICF International Dinner about Immigration, and take your questions.  We will also have a Penn State Global Programs guest with us to explain other help available at Penn State with regard to Visas.

    Date: Friday, Feb. 24
    Time: 6:15pm free dinner, 7:15pm presentation begins
    Location: The Garden Room of the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center (across from the Paterno Library on Curtin Road)
Sponsored by: International Christian Fellowship, www.impsu.org

      All are welcome!

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Jubilee Conference 2017 - Pittsburgh
Feb
17
to Feb 19

Jubilee Conference 2017 - Pittsburgh

Join 3,000 college students in downtown Pittsburgh who are passionate for God and following Him in every area of life.  You will hear dynamic speakers, experience rich times of worship and enjoy time with others who are seeking to faithfully follow Christ.  You can visit the conference website here to see the schedule, speakers, etc.    http://www.jubileeconference.com/  Questions:  Contact Walt Johnston WMJ1@psu.edu or phone: 

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Free Wednesday Lunch 11 - 1, followed by Bible reading (English Practice) at 1pm
Jan
11
11:00am11:00am

Free Wednesday Lunch 11 - 1, followed by Bible reading (English Practice) at 1pm

On Wednesdays, from 11am - 1pm, at St. Paul's Church (250 E. College Ave.), hosts a free lunch downstairs in the Social room, for the campus and the community.  Menu includes tasty soups, breads, and pastries.  All are welcome!

After lunch, feel free to stay and practice your English reading skills.  We read the Bible aloud in small groups around the tables using a good children's level translation.

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Vision Conference in Daytona Beach, Florida
Dec
27
to Jan 2

Vision Conference in Daytona Beach, Florida

Looking for a warm place to go over winter break with a bunch of other Penn Staters?  We will travel to Daytona Beach, FL for the Vision Conference.   This conference is for people who are Christians and wish to grow in their faith and it is also for those who are not Christians but are sincerely interested in learning more about Jesus and the message of the Bible -- everyone is welcome!

Click on the photo for more info!

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BOSTON INTERNATIONAL THANKSGIVING CONFERENCE
Nov
23
to Nov 27

BOSTON INTERNATIONAL THANKSGIVING CONFERENCE

This event is held over the Thanksgiving holidays (Nov. 23-27) in the Boston, Massachusetts area. It is a great experience which combines (1) sharing the Thanksgiving holiday with an American family in their home, (2) sightseeing at famous places of the Boston area (such as Harvard, MIT, and historical sites of the American Revolution), and (3) the opportunity to learn about the Christian faith through a guest speaker. This conference is sponsored by International Students Inc.(ISI), a nation-wide Christian organization which serves international students, scholars, and their families.

To learn more, click on the photo!

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International Overnight Get-Away!
Nov
19
to Nov 20

International Overnight Get-Away!

All are invited to our International Overnight Get-Away at Camp Blue Diamond!

Our speaker will be Mr. Andre Yee -- originally from Malaysia and came to the USA as an international student.  Mr. Yee has a background in business, research, and technology and is currently the CEO of Triblio, a leading marketing technology company. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia.

Click on the photo for more information and registration!!!

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Tour Amish & Bike Ride in Lancaster, PA
Oct
8
to Oct 9

Tour Amish & Bike Ride in Lancaster, PA

We'll drive to Lancaster, PA (about a 2 hour drive) where we'll take a driving tour of the Amish community, including stopping at various locations and businesses.  After lunch we'll take a bike ride on a nearby bike trail and end the day with dinner at the Grace Baptist Church.  

Click on the photo for more info!

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The Search For Life Beyond Earth
Sep
23
6:15pm 6:15pm

The Search For Life Beyond Earth

Jim Adams, recently retired Deputy Chief Technology Officer for NASA, will give a lecture at 7:00pm in room 112 of the Kern Building, on the topic, "The Search for Life Beyond Earth."  Using NASA satellite photos and drawing on years of experience, Mr. Adams will share the latest findings on NASA's quest to discover life beyond our planet.   Free and open to the public.

A free dinner is served at 6:15pm in the Garden Room of the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center. After dinner, we'll simply walk over to the nearby Kern Building. 

For more on Jim Adams, and an article about his work and his career, click on the photo!

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A "Football 101" Tailgate Party for International Students
Sep
10
11:30am11:30am

A "Football 101" Tailgate Party for International Students

Watch the Penn State vs. University of Pittsburgh football game in an American home on Saturday, Sept. 10 -  At 11:30am we'll provide an explanation of American Football.  At 12:00 noon we will watch Penn State beat University of Pittsburgh (with further explanation during the game )

Location: Our homes here in State College - click on the photo to register!

Sponsor: International Ministries at Penn State

 

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Friday International Fellowship Dinner
Aug
26
6:15pm 6:15pm

Friday International Fellowship Dinner

Everyone is welcome to our Friday International Fellowship Dinner. After dinner we often play some kind of fun group game followed by your choice of Bible study, English Class, or Discussion Group.  Afterward we go bowling, go watch a movie, or just hang out together. We meet each week in the Garden Room of the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center (located directly across the street from the Pattee/Paterno Library on Curtin Road).

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Walk to the top of Mt. Nittany
Aug
20
3:00pm 3:00pm

Walk to the top of Mt. Nittany

A short ride to the nearby town of Lemont takes us to the base of Mt. Nittany. A steady walk of about 30 minutes to the top provides a panoramic view of Penn State. After we reach the summit we will walk for another 30 minutes on trails at the top with other overlooks before walking back down the mountain.  For the hike you should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along a bottle of water. Register here.  Each trip is Limited to 40 people. (a second hike is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13)

This hike will depart at 3:00pm from in front of the Bryce Jordan Center, at the CATA Bus Stop.  The Bryce Jordan Center is located at the corner of University Drive and Curtin Road.

For questions contact:  Bill Saxton, wjs9@psu.edu    Phone: 814-404-6763

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Buffalo International Conference
May
27
to May 30

Buffalo International Conference

BUFFALO INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

 

This event will be held over the Memorial Day holiday (May 27-30) in the Buffalo, NY area. It is a great experience, which combines staying with an American family in their home, sightseeing at the spectacular Niagara Falls, and the opportunity to learn about the Christian faith through a guest speaker and workshops on various topics. This conference is sponsored by International Students, Inc., a Christian organization which welcomes the participation of all international students/scholars regardless of their beliefs.

     Our group from Penn State will be led by Bill Saxton. We will leave from the lobby of the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on Friday, May 27 at 12:30 PM. (Please have lunch before then.) We will leave Buffalo on Monday morning (Memorial Day holiday) at 8:30 AM, and we should arrive back in State College by 2 PM.


     To register, please obtain a copy of the Conference brochure with additional information and the registration form which can be downloaded and then printed from here. Then you will need to complete the Conference Registration Form, sign it, and return it to Bill Saxton, with a check for $45, payable to “International Students, Inc.”, to cover the Conference Fee. You will also need to pay an additional $50, in cash or in a separate check payable to “Bill Saxton” for your share of the transportation costs. So the total cost is only $95 for this wonderful weekend experience! For young children ages 5-12 the Conference Fee is $20 and transportation cost is $25.  (Note: The cost of special sight-seeing experiences at Niagara Falls, such as the “Maid of the Mist” boat ride and the “Cave of the Winds” are not included in this price.)

If you come to the IMPSU office (201-A Eisenhower Chapel) to register and no one is there, you can place the registration form and payment in an envelope, and slide the envelope under the locked office door. We will then contact you to confirm that we received your payment. This trip is limited to the first 14 people who register. Registration deadline is Friday, April 29, though the trip probably will be full before then, so don’t wait to register!

 
     What to bring: A bed, blankets, pillow, and towel will all be provided for you, so you only need to bring clothes and personal items such as a toothbrush, camera, and shampoo.
 
     I hope you can join this special experience! If you have any questions, please call Bill at 404-6763, email me at wjs9@psu.edu, or stop at the office (Room 210-A in the Eisenhower Chapel- upstairs in Pasquerilla Spiritual Center).

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Backpacking & Hiking - Wilderness Trek
May
24
to May 30

Backpacking & Hiking - Wilderness Trek

Come join us on a 7-day wilderness adventure in America's great outdoors!

First, we'll set up camp in the beautiful mountains of Pennsylvania, on the famous Appalachian Trail.  Each day of the trip will be spent learning about the God of the Bible and discovering the amazing world He created. Enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, camping, and exploring, as well as a trip to the historic Gettysburg battlefield!  

Important information:  

Cost: $99.  You must register by May 16.

Equipment: You will need a sleeping bag, mat, backpack and water bottle.  (Bridges will provide food, tents & camp equipment, etc.) 

This trip could change how you view yourself, others, God and even the world!

Space is limited to 15, so sign up early.  We expect students from Penn State, as well as other schools, to participate in this year's Trek experience. Both men and women are welcome!

For information check out the Bridges Trek Website

or Contact Bill Sundstrom at wjs22@psu.edu

Please register through the Trek Website

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