"Erin Danielson, an adult supervisor, said one of her relatives, Edmund Ellsworth, was the leader of the first company that reached Mesa. His wife was Mary Ann Jones, an English immigrant. 'It really makes me feel connected to them,' Danielson said. Smith said the event's focus is on self-reliance. The teens cook their own food. The event also includes such 'pioneer activities'' as shooting rifles with black powder, two-man saws, cow milking and a dinner and dance."