Qualifications for a Ma and Pa

Trek 064As Ma’s and Pa’s, you have one of the most important and critical roles of the Pioneer Trek. You will help set the tone of spirituality and unity that is essential in making the trek successful. You need to be able to relate to youth and teach effectively. You also need to be able to make the time commitment and have the stamina to participate fully in the trek. It will be your responsibility to care for the temporal and spiritual needs of your Trek family. In short, as Ma’s and Pa’s you need to be the best of the best when it comes to testimony, leadership capacity, dedication, teaching and example, especially in working with youth.

  1. Each Ma and Pa couple will be responsible for a trek family that consists of 8-10 youth ranging from ages 14 to 18 years old. These youth will be assigned to their “family” from wards in the stake. They may not know the youth in their family and they may not know each other. Each family will pull its own handcart.
  2. Each Ma and Pa is expected to:
    * Prepare well physically
    * Prepare well spiritually and seek the Spirit in all they do and say
    * Keep things positive and promote learning on the trek
    * Maintain the physical health and safety of the youth (ex: hydration, blisters, etc.)
  3. The trek will be physically challenging including pulling a handcart 6 to 12 miles a day, spending 3 nights sleeping on the ground and camping in primitive circumstances.
  4. All participants are expected to wear pioneer clothing throughout the trek.
  5. Ma’s and Pa’s are expected to commit to all of the following training meetings and trek activities:
              * Sunday, February 26th, 5:30 pm– Ma and Pa Training, Stake Center

                       * Saturday, April 29th,  9:00 am to Noon – Ma and Pa Hands-on Training, Stake Center

                      * Sunday, May 7th, 5:30 pm – Trek Kickoff Fireside, Stake Center

                      * Sunday, August 27th, 5:30 pm – Post Trek Fireside, Stake Center

  1. In addition to your own personal equipment, each Ma and Pa couple will need to provide the equipment for their family listed in the Ma and Pa Family Equipment List.