Just as a benchmark is a known point that can help us better understand where we are, the 26th Annual Backpack for BENCHMARK is a difficult trip to challenge emotional and physical stamina. This experience allows hikers to better understand the way they think, feel, and act in light of Biblical principles. In recognition of the strength and character of veteran adventurer Chuck Wilson, this hard fundraising hike was renamed in his memory in 1999. Chuck was a Navy sailor with a minister’s heart and a mountaineer’s zeal, and loved experiencing God through the beauty of creation. BENCHMARK pushed Chuck out of his box and stretched him to a deeper faith.

HARD. Hard isn’t hard just to be hard. We can learn an awful lot about ourselves and other people through the hard. We can get a clearer understanding of our capabilities and limitations in the hard. October 1-4, a group of six men and women took on the hard challenge of the 26th annual #hikethechuck. We are less than 10 percent away from reaching our team goal now! Will you sponsor an adventurer for the 2020 Chuck Wilson Memorial Backpack for BENCHMARK? Help us fully fund our team goal today!

“I’ve conducted two events with James and staff from BENCHMARK Adventure Ministries and their experience, clear presentation and care for Soldiers have made an indelible impact.

I have heard nothing but high praise from our attendees.

What makes BENCHMARK so extraordinary is their ability to come alongside and serve the Unit Ministry Team through the whole event to free up our time and alleviate any concerns so that we can effectively do one thing…minister to Soldiers.”

– Chaplain, Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, GA

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