Chapter Spotlight: Wilderness Weekend

By: Sarah McClanahan (Gamma Beta Chapter ’15)Gamma Beta Chapter Wilderness Weekend | Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity

Nestled in the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest, come and experience Kentucky the way Gamma Beta Chapter sees it. A weekend full of outdoor adventures: camping, hiking, spelunking and more.

Met with several challenges and first-time jitters the Gamma Beta Chapter would like to proudly announce the overall success of our first ever ICR event. The Brothers of Gamma Beta Chapter, along with 10 Brothers from Epsilon Xi Chapter enjoyed an eventful weekend of hiking, camping, cave exploring and brotherly-bonding at Carter Caves State Resort Park.

Gamma Beta Chapter Wilderness Weekend | Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity

Though the weather was brisk, the brotherly love was warm. Prior to camping, Epsilon Xi Chapter arrived on the campus of Morehead State University where they were greeted by the Brothers of Gamma Beta Chapter. From there they partook in a service fundraiser at CiCi’s pizza where Gamma Beta Chapter was raising funds for the local area elementary schools.

Gamma Beta Chapter Wilderness Weekend | Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity

After dinner, the trip moved from Morehead, KY to Olive Hill, KY to Carter Caves State Resort Park where Brothers really roughed it camping at the park in 50 degree weather and rain. The next morning brothers awoke to go hiking and explore the scenery that Carter Caves has to offer. Brothers learned about how caves are formed and a little bit of back story about the park itself. After hiking, brothers went through Cascade Cave and got to see some cave formations along with some endangered species of bats. Brothers then travelled back to the campsite where they played games and made s’mores with some current Brothers and Alumni of Gamma Beta Chapter. All-in-all the weekend was a complete success, especially for a first-innaugural event.

Gamma Beta Chapter Wilderness Weekend | Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity

The challenges that come with the planning of the overall event are heavily surpassed by the amount of Brotherhood that can be experienced when another Chapter is added to the mix. The reaffirmation as to why we choose to live our Tripod every day was expressed through the comparison of Chapters and the overall feel of commonality.

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