Program Details

Still Accepting Applications for 2017-2018!

Only a few spots left.

  • Total Cost: $10,956
  • Who Can Apply: Anyone ages 18 – 26
  • Application Deadline: August 1, 2017
  • Dates: 1st Semester: August 20, 2017 – November 18, 2017
    2nd Semester: January 3, 2018 – April 28, 2018
  • Primary Location: Camp Bighorn; Plains, Montana
  • Travel Locations:
    • The Mountains and Rivers of Western Montana
    • Spokane, WA and Missoula, MT
    • Death Valley, California
    • Puebla and Oaxaca, Mexico

Schedule Overview

1st Semester

  • Intro Backpacking & Canoeing Trip/Leadership Training: 2+ weeks
  • Integration of Academics, Outdoor Adventures, and Practicums: 8 weeks
    • Classes: Spiritual Formation, Critical Thinking, Small Group Adventure Ministry, The Kingdom of God, Faith vs. Religion
    • Adventures: White Water Kayaking, White Water Rafting, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Challenge Course Facilitation
    • Practicums (Leading Adventures): 3 Adventure Leadership Practicums
  • Worldview Practicum: Missoula/Spokane; 2 weeks
  • Semester End Retreat: 3 days

2nd Semester

  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid Certification (WAFA): 4 days
  • Integration of Academics and Outdoor Adventure: 2 weeks
    • Class: The Heart of God as Seen in the Old Testament, Spiritual Formation
    • Adventure: Search and Rescue
  • Preparation for Extended Backpacking Trip and Mexico Trip: 2 weeks
    • Backpacking Trip Planning: Trip Design, Leadership and Facilitation, Food and Logistics
    • Mexico Trip Planning: Preparation for Cross Cultural Interaction and Ministry
  • Death Valley Extended Trip: 3 weeks
  • Trip Debrief and Regrouping for Mexico: Las Vegas; 3 days
  • Mexico Practicum and Cross Cultural Exposure Trip: 4 weeks
  • Resting at Bighorn: 3 days
  • Integration of Academics and Adventure: 3 weeks
    • Classes: Life Ministry, Spiritual Formation
    • Adventure: Winter Camping, Winter Backpacking, Avalanche Detection and Rescue
  • Final Backpacking Trip: Student Led; 4 days
  • Final Retreat/Transition Seminar: 3 days