MYG Ski Trip 2018 was another year of fun and excitement for our high school youth in Big Bear! The goal was simple  – make new friends and create memories for a lifetime. It’s safe to say that the 70 youth who participated were successful across the board. In fact, they had so much fun that when it was time to leave, many were sad to bid farewell to the cozy Big Bear cabins. After spending the weekend with friends, old and new, it all felt like it was over far too soon.

On the first day of the trip, youth had the opportunity to choose between hitting the ski slopes or heading into Big Bear Village to for a day out on the town. Some members of the group were avid skiers and opted to take on the hills of fresh snow that had just fallen a couple of days before. Those who chose to head into the Village roamed around exploring – they stopped at sweet shops, grabbed a cup of hot chocolate from the local coffee shop, and made sure to stop and purchase souvenirs. While in town, there was even a group that decided to catch a screening of the new Black Panther movie at a small theater they stumbled across, while others preferred to catch a glimpse of stunning Big Bear Lake.

That night, our guest lecturer, Dr. Omar Ezzeldine, led our young people in an inspiring group discussion urging them to reflect on their passions and purposes in life. He reminded them that as they individually take steps toward achieving their personal goals, each of them are still connected to one another as a whole through faith – they need each other and they will benefit from the support and cooperation of the ummah. After Dr. Ezzeldine’s session, the youth wrapped out the night with a nice cozy campfire – complete with halal marshmallows to roast over the flames for s’mores.

On Sunday, the group spent most of the day in the great outdoors – trying their hands at archery, hiking, and zip lining through beautiful nature. Zip lining was a highlight the trip for many. The youth were thrilled as they propelled between cliffs, flying high above the serene mountain scenery below. 

Once everyone was worn out from the day’s adventures, the youth got pumped up for an epic talent show that has been referred to as “one of the most phenomenal shows we’ve seen in years.” The youth came prepared with singing performances, stand-up comedy routines, storytelling, martial arts exhibitions, and an entirely unexpected choreographed dance (which included back flips, front flips, and the entire the gamut) by unassuming camper that brought down the entire house. What an incredible way to close out the final night of Ski Trip!

As youth woke in the morning, they packed their bags and took breaks to play in the snow that fell over night. Loading the buses, campers were sad to leave, but grateful for the weekend with their friends. Three hours later, the youth arrived safely back at the Center, but not without one last adventure – one of the buses got stuck in the Center’s driveway and blocked Vermont Ave! We unloaded bags, youth went home, and eventually the bus came unstuck, Thank God. 🙂 It was a fun trip! Until next year, MYG!