GUILFORD -- The recent interfaith youth group trip to Glen Rose, Texas, held as many challenges as wonders. From the six day challenge not to shower (by which they earned funds to support water projects in Kenya), to spotting the endangered golden-cheeked warbler, to hand-feeding giraffes and emus, the goal of appreciating more deeply the ecological balance of Nature was well met.

Fourteen travelers left on the ice-filled morning of March 20 and landed in 75 degree weather in Dallas. From there they proceeded to a simple ranch house which became their home away from home for the next five days.

Rising mostly before dawn and hiking well beyond sunset, they learned to spot the tiniest of reptiles, flowers and birds and helped clear trails in the Texas wilderness. On the final day they were privileged to get a behind the scenes tour of Fossil Rim Wildlife Game Reserve, a unique host to black rhinos, cheetahs and many other endangered species. Funds for the trip were earned by the youth through recent fundraisers and provided by the Guilford Community Church Youth Missions Fund.

All middle school youth are welcome to attend future meetings of the group. The next meeting is Sunday, April 6, at 3 p.m., when the group will be preparing a meal for the Overflow Shelter. For more information call Pastor Lise Sparrow at 802-257-2776.