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Journey: Black Hills

July 5-11, 2025
High School
Black Hills National Forest, SD
Fort Staff

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Journey: Black Hills

13 Campers, 3 Staff, 6 Nights, 30+ Miles Backpacking the Trail

The trail changes people, you won’t come back the same!

Unplugging and being immersed in God’s creation while hiking through the forested terrain of the Black Hills National Forest is a refreshing experience! You’ll share conversation with your community of campers while staff guides the group through God’s Word. It’s an unforgettable and impactful week!

Summer Backpacking Trip

July 5 – 11, 2025

13 spots available; co-ed

For High Schoolers

Stand in awe of God and His creation
Gain new skills (and friendships) along the trail
Check this monument off your bucket list!
Map your day’s adventure

First time on a Fort Journey?

We’ve got you covered.

Located in Southwest, South Dakota, Black Hills National Forest is 1.2 million acres of forested hills and mountains ideal for a genuine wilderness experience. Prepare to hike 30+ miles along the Centennial Trail, be challenged as a team and experience majestic scenery. In addition to hiking through Black Hills, we will explore Wind Cave National Park, Custer State Park, and Mt. Rushmore National Memorial.

Campers will meet at Fort Wilderness or get picked up on the way to the park. Transportation details will be finalized after registration.

Once we hit the trail all belongings and gear will be transported via backpack. Each night we will set up camp at primitive sites along the trail. Backpacking experience is not necessary, but preferred. Being in good physical shape – having the ability to carry your pack and hike terrain – is necessary. We won’t be racing up the mountain, but general good health and physical fitness will make the experience enjoyable!

All meals will be prepared and served by Fort Staff – dehydrated food has never tasted so good! Plus, you’ll experience a few special Fort signature meals prepared along the way.

Trained, experienced staff will guide the trip with both adventure and outfitting skills but also relationally as they lead conversations and daily devotions.

The Journey is sure to challenge campers physically and spiritually.

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Can I bring my phone?

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Financial Assistance

Fort Wilderness desires that camp be available to all people, regardless of finances. Don’t miss out on camp. Learn more and apply: financial assistance

Food Allergy Note

For any food allergy, we want to help. The nature of the trip allows some flexibility with food – Please email at the same time of registration to be sure we can accommodate your needsContact the Journey Beyond Director, Gunnar Koehn at

Basic Camp Schedule

Opening DayArrive at camp or get picked up along the way!
Meet your leaders and trail mates
Gear prep
Day 2-5On the trail!
Daily devotional led by the staff
Evening group activities and prayer
Last DayTravel home – get dropped off on the way
Return packs and gear
See you next time!
Registration coming soon!

Registration coming soon!