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Higher Calling

JOHN DID NOT WANT TO GO backpacking. The 14-year-old had much better things to do, he told me. Friends to hang out with. Video games to play. Heck, he said, he’d rather do nothing than go hiking for a week.

This was a problem because his mom had signed him up for a kids’ backpacking trip I was guiding, and the teens were

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