Homeless youth rarely have the opportunity to travel beyond their urban context. Their bodies are unhealthy, their minds are stressed and their hearts are searching for connection to trustworthy people, beauty and peace. p:ear’s wilderness recreation program has a direct impact on all three of these issues – providing a safe place for the opportunities that empowers youth to learn, grow and heal in mind, body and spirit. Through the core activities of climbing, cycling, cross-country skiing and hiking trips, youth build the skill sets to connect with and care for the environment and build a community beyond their lives on the streets. Our trips have proven to be one of the most effective ways to promote trusting positive relationships, build self-confidence and a sense of responsibility and instill stronger critical thinking and decision making skills while encouraging a reverence for the environment and a desire for a healthier life.