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New Backpacking Location

the project

Wellspring will be partnering with Project Forty to send five of our teens on a four day wilderness trip to Kentucky. The trip will include immersing our young people in the beauty of the Red River Gorge, while backpacking, camping, experiencing a solo ( a time alone in reflection ) and the high adventure activity of rappelling ( descending a near vertical rock face using a rope ). 

Who We Are

Wellspring is a faith-based non-profit youth development organization located in northwest Detroit. It provides academic after-school programing and field trips, college/career prep activities, leadership trainings and community service for youth 5-18. Adventure based activities are utilized as a primary tool for developing self-confidence, leadership and teamwork skills among teens. Teen bible studies are available for interested teens.

Wellsprings Mission is “To assist youth urban youth in developing themselves spiritually, socially, academically and economically.”

Project Forty is a wilderness and discipleship ministry located in Flint, Michigan. Their mission is “To use wilderness adventures to provide unforgettable experiences that reveal the character of God and provide biblical discipleship for teens and young adults. Families, students and youth leadership alike will be challenged spiritually, emotionally and relationally as they learn new skills and wander outside their comfort zones”.

the steps

Program discussed with parents of youth participants

Initial meeting with participating teens

Pre-trip training meeting held with teens to discuss goals, expectations, activities and equipment.

Four-day wilderness trip to Red River Gorge, Kentucky  April 27-April 30.

why we're doing it

Wellspring and Project Forty decided to partner on an outdoor adventure activity because we have much in common regarding mission, beliefs and approaches to working with youth. There is a profound belief between both organizations that our society desperately needs new leaders to arise from amongst our young people. We need leaders that have a strong sense of direction, integrity and a desire for service. The wish is to provide five of our teens, who have already demonstrated leadership attributes and interest in developing their Christian faith, a powerful growth experience.

Through their participation in high adventure activities, we hope that the five young people participating will become stronger leaders and gain greater self-confidence. Also, we hope they will move closer, in relationship to their Creator, surrounded by the beauty of the area, engaging and learning from fellow team members and staff, studying scripture passages and reflecting on their personal journey during a solo experience.

We have learned from our many Summer Adventure Programs, which involve 4-days of camping in Sleeping Bear Dunes, that outdoor adventure activities help teens to decompress and experience a certain amount of healing through the times of solo reflection and group discussions. Many frame their comments and experiences in the context of a personal faith practice, although the Summer Adventure Program is not a program designed to do so.  Because the mission of Project Forty is to integrate adventure experiences with a faith practice, we thought this we be a great opportunity for interested youth to build their adventure skills through a program that includes opportunities to include their faith into the process.

The five Wellspring youth participants will be accompanied by two Wellspring staff and two guides from Project Forty.



  • Project Forty  (Guides, Food, Equipment)=$2900.00
  • Transportation (Van Rental & Gas)=$765.77
  • Wellspring Staff (Pre-trip Planning, participant training, trip accompaniment and supervision)=$1968.45
  • Total Trip Budget=$6084.15
    • Minus Participant Contribution-($500)
  • Fundraising Goal=$5584.15



  Normal Fees Waived Fees
TOTAL RAISED = $5,695.00 $5,695.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $110.85 $110.85
TOTAL TO DISBURSE= $5,584.15 $5,584.15


New Backpacking Location

Our original destination was the Red River Gorge in Kentucky. Due to issues with obtaining the necessary permits,  our trip venue has changed  to the Big South Fork River National Park, also in Kentucky. We will be hiking in an equally beautiful park,  within a spectacular 600 foot gorge. Our activities will include backpacking, camping, rappelling, potentially rock climbing and a solo on the banks of Big South Fork river.  Thank you for your support.!



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