Southeast Student Organizations Offer Students Alternative Spring Break Trips



Feb. 21, 2011 – While many students choose to spend their spring break at home or on a beach, a few Southeast Missouri State University organizations are  offering excursions for students seeking plans a little outside the box.

Southeast Recreation Services, Catholic Campus Ministry and the Baptist Student Center have planned alternative spring break trips for Southeast students that range from a mission trip in Florida to an outdoor adventure in Arkansas.

For students looking for a free, short getaway, the Baptist Student Center is providing a two-day trip to the Baptist Home in Ironton, Mo., on March 14 and 15.  Students will plan and perform a variety show as well as do some manual labor around the home.  They will be rewarded for their hard work on the trip back to Cape Girardeau, stopping at Elephant Rock State Park to play on the boulders and enjoy the outdoors. 

The Center is also hosting a trip to the St. Louis Arch for all international students on March 18. 

Students interested in either of these mini trips should e-mail Dr. Bruce Gentry at by March 7 to sign up for either trip or call the Baptist Student Center at (573) 335-6489 for more information.

Catholic Campus Ministry will take students to the Sunshine State to soak up the sun while giving service to needy, rural parishes in the panhandle. 

“Spending your spring break serving others through a mission trip is an amazing opportunity to make a gift of yourself to others, make memories you will always remember and grow in appreciation of life and love,” trip organizer Kristen Rainey said.

Students will spend March 12 through 19 doing manual labor such as painting, cleaning and landscaping.  While it will be a week of hard work, they will have many opportunities to have fun as well.  The cost for the trip is just $50 and includes meals and lodging.   

Students wanting to participate should sign up in the Ministry Chapel by Feb. 27.  For more information, contact Rainey at (573) 335-3899 or

Recreation Services gives 13 adventurous  students the opportunity to partake in a six-day outdoor Horseshoe Canyon adventure trip at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, in Jasper, Ark.  Rock climbing, disc golf, a day-long canoe trip and other outdoor activities fill the itinerary. 

The trip costs just $350, payable to students’ accounts at the Student Recreation Center-North (SRC-N), and includes meals, qualified outdoor leaders, tents, group cooking equipment, sport-specific gear, logistics, park fees and transportation.    The adventure begins Friday, March 11, and students return to Cape Girardeau by approximately 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 16. 

Registration deadline is Feb. 28.  There will be a pre-trip meeting at 6 p.m. March 3 in the SRC-North.  No experience in rock climbing is necessary, but an enjoyment of the outdoors is required.  Students interested in the spring break adventure should fill out a registration packet available at the front desk at the SRC-North or by e-mailing trip leaders Kristen Schulte ( or Kyle Bira ( 

Schulte encourages students to take advantage of this fun opportunity. 

“Imagine piling in a van with 10 new friends and driving down to the Horseshoe Canyon Climbing Ranch for an outdoor adventure,” she said.  “Maybe it is your first time rock climbing or canoeingᾰeither way you are still returning from spring break with epic rock-climbing stories. It is a cheap and fun alternative to the typical spring break trip.”