Welcome to Ogden, Utah!
As a whole, Utah boasts the nation's youngest population and has become a true adventure mecca. However, we also deeply struggle with drug overdose, poor education, and teen suicide.
AGO is based out of the beautiful and diverse city of Ogden, which boasts 266 miles of maintained trails. Over one-third of our community is Latinx too! Unfortunately, our poverty rate is double the state average, coming in at nearly 24%. Over 70% of elementary students in the Ogden School District live in poverty and only 66% of seniors graduated last year.
While Ogden has an incredible amount to offer, it is also in great need. It's our honor to work exclusively with non-profit organizations, including Boys and Girls Club of Weber-Davis, The GOAL Foundation, Youth Impact, and various faith communities. Together, we build resilience among our community's children and help raise up the next generation of leaders.
Through your participation in our hiking camps and backpacking trips, you're helping us be a part of something bigger than ourselves for the sake of the wider city. We love Ogden, and we know you will too. Come serve and explore with us!
What's in a name?
Arcadia is any wild place, untainted by the surrounding world. It's a paradise, but not one riddled with human riches or glory. It's a place of simplicity, beauty, and harmony. It was the home of the gods in Greek Mythology, and today it is our respite from a technology-hungry world that runs on instant gratification and isolation.
The Greek word ἄγω (ágō) means to bring, lead, or guide. In John 10:16 we find Jesus speaking of himself as a shepherd who guides those who do not yet know him. Whether students were raised Christian or are exploring their spirituality...whether they grew up camping or have never spent a night outside...we aim to act as their guides.
We will not only ensure a safe journey, but seek to be a part of their personal journeys of spirituality, relationship, and vocation. Students discover a certain freedom in interacting with these guides, who aren't a part of their everyday lives.
We aim to cultivate a mini-community, where each person is welcomed to rest and wrestle with the wilderness. Let's journey to Utah's own Arcadia, together.