On March 24th, StandWatch.org hosted Rally Point Two (RP2) at the New River Gorge National River, outside of Fayetteville, West Virginia. RP2 consisted of a 16.2-mile expedition where high school students will be guided on an endurance hike through one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in the Eastern United States. Each team will be led by a veteran or current member of the military who will guide the expedition members through a course that includes river trails, steep climbs, and even an abandoned mine site. The primary goal for RP2 is to create an environment where teenagers, veterans, and members of the military can interact and “enjoy” some mutual suffering, thereby connecting in a way that isn’t possible by simply having lunch, or meeting in a classroom.
Today was an epic day. We held our Rally Point 2 New River Gorge endurance hike and it was awesome. Basically, we teamed five current or former members of the military together with 14 high school students from Teays Valley Christian School. Together the group hiked 16.2 miles in about six hours, had MREs for lunch, and enjoyed each other’s company in the great outdoors. The kids were amazed at some of the stories the soldiers shared, and the soldiers told me they were impressed by the positive, “never quit” attitude of the students. The high school kids ranged in age from 15-18 years old, and consisted of both females and males. By the end of the day, everyone felt something important had been accomplished. StandWatch will definitely be doing this again.
The group consisted of:
Jacob Clark (Assistant Driver)
Isaac Gorrel (Assistant Driver)
Great, great day.
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