If there is any doubt that what we do with college students changes lives, check out the cover story of last month's Christianity Today!
He Talked to Us on the Road by Ted Olsen.
"We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves," travel journalist Pico Iyer wrote in his 2000 essay "Why We Travel." He's right, but it's much more basic than that, especially for the pilgrim who travels more to find God than to find himself. We travel, at first, to leave. Then, finally, we travel to come home.
Pilgrimage and journeys are a huge piece of what we do with students when we take them to the woods (or desert or canyon or water).