One of the main questions we always get this time of year is this: “What does YOKE do when school is out?” Well, we stay busy investing in young people, connecting with our financial partners and local churches, helping out with special events, and some of our team even take YOKE around the world on mission trips. If that weren’t enough, in June we host YOKE’s Summer Adventures program!

The summer program features a series of day trips each Tuesday during the month of June. This summer we’ll be taking students and leaders rafting on the Pigeon River, hiking at Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, exploring the ropes course and kayaking at Ijams Nature Center, and bowling and swimming at the Pigeon Forge Community Center. If you have or know a kid who would like to be involved, visit our Summer Adventures page for all the details.

Summer Adventures is a great way for us and our leaders to stay in touch with our kids over the summer break. In addition, the program encourages a healthy, adventurous lifestyle, and provides kids the opportunity to get out of their environment and try new things.

“I credit YOKE’s Summer Adventures with my continuing love for the outdoors,” says Eli Cockrum, a former YOKE Kid who now serves as our program director. “So many of the things I love to do now as an adult are things I first experienced as a middle school student with YOKE.”

There is a cost for Summer Adventures. For $120, students can participate in all four trips and receive a Summer Adventures t-shirt. If a student can’t participate in all four events, the events are $40 each and t-shirts are available for order at $10 each.

As always, we do our best to make sure that no kid who wants to participate gets left behind. If you’d like to sponsor a kid for Summer Adventures, simply click on the link below.