BENCHMARK Signature Events you can join

Chuck Wilson Memorial Backpack

30th Annual Chuck Wilson Memorial Backpack

TBD October 2024 (Thursday – Sunday)

This hike may ‘kick your butt’ with big miles over multiple days creating even bigger memories. This monumental Appalachian Trail trip makes a monumental impact by raising funds for BENCHMARK’s Chaplains Partnership Initiative, which encourages Chaplains and serves Soldiers. You will make memories that you won’t soon forget.

Appalachian Trail Outreach

Appalachian Trail Outreach

March 20-23, 2025 (Thursday – Sunday)

During the spring each year an average of 15 people per day begin the 2193 mile, 6-month journey, to hike the Appalachian Trail. Beginning at Springer Mountain in north Georgia and ending in Maine, 15% of those who start quit their first week or in the first 30 miles.

Boundary Waters

Boundary Waters Paddle and Fish

Summer 2023 – Reach out with your interest!

Boundary Waters Paddle and Fish is a wilderness adventure in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, MN (8 participants maximum).

Leadership Development Workshop

Leadership Development Workshop

Scheduled periodically – reach out with your interest!

This is an open invitation to benefit you, your staff and/or key volunteers through their active participation in BENCHMARK’s Leadership Development Workshop. This weekend training event will stimulate spiritual growth and leadership development.

Discovery Hike

Scheduled periodically – reach out with your interest!

The Discovery Hike serves as the BENCHMARK model for our entry-level backpacking experience geared to teach backcountry skills including the 10 Essentials and backcountry ethics. This trip will cover about 6-8 miles per day and is geared to provide a moderate physical conditioning goal with human mobility implications.