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A Little More About Us…
GO WEST!!! USA is not designed to correct "bad" behavior, but instead to be a haven of enthusiasm, respect, trust and responsibility.  Disrespectful behavior requiring extensive attention or breaking the law is not acceptable and will result in dismissal. Click here to download a copy of our Youth Application which clearly defines the boundaries of our program.

GO WEST!!! USA is not just a three week vacation for the teens who participate. They must demonstrate a willingness to work together, before and during the expedition.  They must participate in the fundraisers and  community service events. During the expeditions, the teens must (all chores are supervised and/or taught):

  • Fuel the Vehicles

  • Wash dishes

  • Setup/Break Camp

  • Wash Vehicle

  • Hike over 100 miles

  • Cook Meals

  • Check Tire Pressure

  • Change Motor Oil

  • Carry Firewood

  • Change Tires

  • and much more!

With an introduction to:

  • Astronomy

  •  Forestry

  • Orienteering

  • Guitar 101

  • Nature Photography

"Many of our teens here in Central PA have never even seen a starry moonlit night. "   
 - Rob

Our Expeditions are both physically and mentally challenging, but in the end we fully expect the experience to be one of the most rewarding in the lives of the teens who participate.

APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKE

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grayson pony herd

Wild ponies

 

On behalf of GO WEST!!! USA, Rob and Maxine Golden and a group of young teens from their area are going on a hiking/camping trip on the Appalachian Trail.  They will be backpacking in the Grayson Highlands in Virginia.  They don’t have a date yet, but will be going as soon as the weather breaks this year (It looks like the end of March/ beginning of April). It will be a Thursday evening – Sunday evening trip and we will be camping out the entire time… rain or shine. This trip will give our young people the opportunity to see and experience more of God’s creation, getting to know themselves and each other and prepare for our summer expedition as we travel to the west coast and back.

We have already had a couple of “training” hikes, one on “Hannah’s Mountain”, the other was the mid state trail hike at Poe Paddy State Park. We have photos from both hikes, but as you can see there is something missing in the photos posted below… you! We still have space available and if you think this trip could be for you, give us a call or send us an email. We want you to be a part of our team.

First Training Hike on Hannah's Mountain

First Training Hike on Hannah’s Mountain

 

Hiking in the snow on the mid state trail...

Hiking in the snow on the mid state trail…