For many teenagers, Spring Break is a just a time for relaxation and fun in the sun. However, the members of The Cabbage Patch’s Leadership Development program like a little challenge and adventure in their time off from school!
The bike routes of Louisville are great practice runs for the Teen Leaders’ most exciting venture of the year – a 100-mile biking and camping trip along the Katy Trail in Missouri, which took place this year during Spring Break. As part of the Safe Urban Biking Program, participants study how to properly fit a helmet, repair and maintain their bikes and ride safely in traffic in preparation for the Katy Trail challenge. Along the way, they learn how biking is an affordable, environmentally friendly transportation option. When they have conquered the streets and trails of Louisville, they are ready to put their skills to the test!
As the Teen Leaders rack up the miles on the Katy Trail, there are a variety of cultural experiences that await them. On this trip they visited the St. Louis Science Center, the St. Louis Arch, the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House and many more attractions. In addition to building leadership, perseverance and teamwork skills, these young people expanded their horizons and saw a new part of the country that is very different from their inner city neighborhoods. What an opportunity for ambition and imagination to flourish!
What is your most memorable travel experience? Have the lessons learned stayed with you throughout your life? When you support The Cabbage Patch, you make these adventures of a lifetime possible…thank you!