I just want to reiterate what was mentioned last night. The Youth's Trek experience rests entirely on the shoulders of their Ma & Pa. When I was a "Pa" eight years ago, I was probably more nervous about that calling than any other. I recognized that I, along with my wife, had to invite and keep the Spirit with our new family. There were a lot of prayers sent upwards over this solemn responsibility. I also did a lot of "homework". This series of devotional thoughts is a great idea. I also found the following book very helpful to give me some stories to share with the youth
One of the members of the Willie Handcart company said in his journal, "No person can describe it, nor could it be comprehended or understood by any human being in this life, but those who were called to pass through it". So, for you to have a true understanding of what it must have been like, it helps to read about the handcart pioneers. We aren't trying to recreate the pioneer experience, but I believe that it helps to know some true stories, that you can share. I think it is important for them to realize what a sacrifice it was for the true handcart pioneers.