Special Needs

The trek planning committee is looking forward to a fantastic Pioneer trek event at the historic Barlow Road Trail, Mt. Hood, Oregon, and we hope most of the youth of our stake will be able to participate.  Through the registration process we will be collecting medical information regarding dietary and basic health issues.

We would like to start immediately to make plans to include those who have any serious physical, mental or emotional impairment or disability that could prevent full participation in the handcart trek experience.  These may include food allergies, physical limitations, Down Syndrome, Aspergers, ADD/ADHD, difficulty following instructions, anxiety disorders, among others.  Pioneer trek is a demanding yet flexible activity and there are many options for involvement for youth with these kinds of situations.  Our plan is to address individual needs on a case-by-case basis, meeting with each family to make sure we understand each circumstance.  After we collect information from all families, we will prepare a range of options for involvement.  The information gathered from these discussions will be kept confidential within a small planning committee.  If you would prefer, you may also contact a member of the Stake Presidency to have a confidential discussion about your youth’s needs.  It is critical that one way or another the planning committee be made aware of any extenuating circumstances given the nature of this event.  We hope that these meetings will give you, as parents, a clearer picture of the trek experience and help your family decide if and how your youth can take part.

One of our trek committee members will be responsible for medical oversight and special needs.  Please let us know if you'd like meet with us confidentially to discuss specific circumstances.  You can also contact a member of the Stake Presidency. 

If there is anything we can do to assist you in preparation for Trek, please let us know.

Jeff and Tricia Jensen

Michael and JaNea Neff

Trek Committee Chairs