This page is meant to be a resource for bishops in our stake regarding trek. Hopefully it will answer some of the questions you may have.

What is my role as bishop on trek?

Bishops can play an important role in the lives of the youth of their wards and the Stake Pioneer Trek can provide a special environment where bishops can interact with and influence their youth. We encourage all bishops to participate in trek, to walk with the youth, to help push handcarts, and to help and influence your youth where needed.

Can I come for just part of the trek?

This is something we do not recommend.  If you can arrange your time to be there the entire trek, this would be the best option.   Desert Land and Livestock policy states:”All participants must be committed for the entire time of the trek.  There are no mid-week arrivals or departures except Stake President/Special Speakers and hoedown callers.  Groups are not allowed to have visitors arrive during the week.  No exits from the property for ice, groceries, gas etc.”   If you have a special issue, let us know and we will see what we can do to help.  We would encourage you or a representative from the Bishopbric to be there with the youth, if at all possible.

What role do  the ward Young Men’s/ Young Women’s presidencies have for trek?Unless the Young Men’s or Young Women’s Presidency have been called to a specific calling for Trek, (such as a Ma or Pa or other committee),  they will not attend Trek.  Prior to Trek, they will be involved in helping the youth prepare by having activities such as hikes, Family History work, Trek costume help ect.  Many wonderful movies that can be shown as a YM//YW activity can be found on the Website under “Pioneer Stories”.  They will also be helping to gather the registration forms and medical release forms and letters from home.  If someone is interest in going, please let us know and we will put them on the Stake Calling list for committees or Ma’s and Pa’s.  Some may be called, others not.  It just depends on our needs.

Are the individual wards responsible for calling the Ma’s and Pa’s or is that something that will come from the stake or the trek committee?  

The names that you already gave us in August are the names the Stake are considering for Ma’s and Pa’s as well as other committee needs. The Stake will make these callings not the wards.  If you have already called Ma’s and Pa’s from your ward, you need to let us know ASAP who they are, and what ward they are from, so we can notify the Stake.  The Stake will be making Ma and Pa calls in January-February. 
What is the plan for orienting the wards as to their roles in promoting trek?

The wards will be responsible for getting information out through the ward bulletins and meeting announcements. All other Trek related information will be filtered through the ward YM and YW Presidents and on the website.The website www.nsllegacytrek.com will be open to everyone on January 1, 2017.  Parents and youth and leaders can access the website for any and all needed information.  Registration forms, medical forms, packing lists,and other important information will be found there as well as a schedule of upcoming events. Bishops and youth leaders can send positive messages supporting Trek anytime they are with the youth.  We want as many youth as possible to attend.  

How do I get to the trek site?

If you are going for the entire trek, you and your gear will be transported like everyone else. If you drive on your own, we are trekking at the Deseret Land and Livestock Ranch located just 10 miles before Evanston, Wyoming off of interstate 80. Take the Wasatch exit #191 and proceed West under the freeway, then turn to your right several hundred yards, then left across the railroad tracks to the ranch gate. If you made proper arrangements you will be met by a set of senior missionaries who will let you through the gate and escort you to our camp location. You will not be allowed to drive your personal vehicle to the campsite so make sure you only pack what’s on the list.

Will I be assigned to a specific handcart family?

Bishops will not be assigned to a specific trek family and will be free to roam among the youth as they see fit.

What do I pack and how?

All participants on trek have the same packing list found on this website on the Packing List page. You will be issued a bucket along with the youth and other adult leaders to pack your gear. Buckets will be distributed to your ward representatives on May 31st.

Where will my gear/bucket be stored during trek?

You will have three options. One: If you will be walking with the handcarts and would like your bucket handy, you can kindly ask a trek family if they can carry your gear on their handcart. You could switch families each day. Two: You may be able to store your gear in one of the three vehicles that will be following the handcarts – two trucks pulling port-a-johns and one truck pulling the water buffalo. Three: You can keep your bucket with the stake equipment trailers and have access to it when we get to camp.

What will my sleeping arrangements be?

We have asked all stake support staff and bishops to arrange their own sleeping arrangements. Most will pack a small personal tent in the equipment trailers the night before trek when we load up. We will not sleep in the areas where the handcarts will be camped but will be near the support vehicles. We aren’t planning any large communal type sleeping tents. Sorry, no RVs.


We hope we have answered most of your questions. If you have any other questions please contact the Stake Trek Chair (Don and Shawna Gottfredson- 801-949-4771 shawna.gott@gmail.com)  or trail bosses (Dean and Cathi Howes- 480-200-7440) who will be happy to answer them.