Journey is an 8-month gap year internship offered by Camp Bighorn. This program is designed to provide experiential training in two main areas: service and outdoor adventure. Along the way, you will receive one-on-one discipleship with Bighorn staff, face challenges in the wilderness and travel overseas to experience new cultures.
We desire to be a community that practices radical hospitality, loves audaciously, includes outsiders, trusts God's story and partners with Him to put the world back together. Significant time will be devoted to personal and spiritual growth, and every participant will finish Journey with life-long friendships, a sense of identity and proven leadership skills.
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We are a multi-generational, multicultural community that strives to follow Jesus and live out the Gospel. As a part of Journey, you will live on site, share dorm rooms and join the camp community as we learn what it means to live in the Body of Christ. This will include meeting in small groups, family nights with staff and getting paired up with a mentor from our staff team. We will be active every day, balancing time both inside and outdoors.Apply now
Sample of a typical day
8:00 AM - Breakfast
9:00 AM - Devotional
9:30 AM - Small Group Discussion / Meet with a Mentor
11:00 AM - Training
1:00 PM - Lunch
1:30 PM - Adventure Activity
6:00 PM - Dinner
I'm from Philadelphia, a noisy, crowded city. Bighorn was the perfect place of peace I needed to focus on the Lord. It was filled with people who truly loved the Lord and cared about relationship and community. Something I rarely experienced in my life.
I was just sobering up from multiple things and my relationship with the Father was almost non-existent. The love, care and support I had from everyone at Bighorn was insurmountable. With God being soooo present at Camp Bighorn, it was so easy to let God take control and for me not to rely on my own strength.
It's in the small moments where the true impact of the Journey program is seen, heard, and felt because that is how Journey works. It's how it changes lives - in the daily acts of life, adventure, and devotion together.
Camp Bighorn is about developing kingdom leaders. The Journey program will give you skills that you need to lead in any context. You will also develop habits for living a balanced life. Throughout the year, you will grow in three specific areas of leadership: personal development, spiritual growth, and adventure leadership.Apply Now
Journey is an opportunity to step away from everyday life and focus on establishing your identity and trajectory for the future. You will learn about your personality, strengths, and identity in Christ. We will walk with you as you develop a personal mission statement and identify your values. You will also learn practical life skills, such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, and budgeting.
Journey is also an opportunity to establish the foundation of your faith. You will be discipled by staff and learn how to disciple others. Extended time will be given to understanding God’s story and learning how to read your Bible. Journey is a safe space to wrestle with questions and doubts. You will leave having experienced God’s unconditional love in a way you had not anticipated.
Leadership training will include hard skills and soft skills. Soft skills include understanding group dynamics, risk management, and adapting to cultural differences. Hard skills will include facilitating a group, planning adventure experiences, and guiding adventures. Adventure leadership training will include rock climbing, backpacking, white-water sports (rafting, paddleboarding, canoeing), ropes course, zipline, and other team-building activities. As part of your internship, you will also become certified in Wilderness Advanced First Aid.
Great leaders practice humility and serve others. We will practice serving at camp, in the community, and internationally. Participants will serve at camp in a variety of ways. As groups come to Camp Bighorn, you will help lead adventures, serve in the kitchen, and assist in the operation of camp. Throughout the year, participants will be volunteering at the local school and at community events. Our international trip will have opportunities to serve in other cultures and languages.Apply Now
August 30, 2020 - November 21, 2020
$4,300 (due Aug. 14)
January 5, 2021 - April 24, 2021
$4,600 (due Jan. 4)
$500 Confirmation Deposit (non-refundable) Due June 15, 2020
Total Program Cost
Work Study Credit
($3,500) Given to all participants
All participants of Journey are also required to participate in a work study credit that helps buy down the cost of the program. This includes working during retreats, conferences, etc. Along with being able to work off some of the costs, it provides an opportunity for service and ministry application that is essential for our programs. Food service, operations, programming, office and facilities are a few of the tasks and roles participants will be involved in.
The price for Journey 2020-2021 includes room and board, cost of adventure activities, global travel, and all trainings and certifications. Scholarships are available for summer staff alumni, recruiting a friend, and church matching. Payment plans are also available.
$500 For the first five participants to have their application accepted and deposit paid
$2,000 Work service the summer following immediately after Spring Term (given after completion of the summer)
$1-1,000 Church Matching Scholarship (Up to $1,000)
$1,000+ Camp Bighorn Summer Staff Alumni ($1,000 per year up to $3,000. Must be Summer Staff for 8 weeks of the summer for discount to apply)
$1,000 Recruit a friend to the program (up to $2,000)**
*Maximum total discounts per participant is $4,500 (not including work study credit)
**Friends recruited cannot be a Bighorn alumni or have been aware of or interested in the program prior to you recruiting them. Upon completion of Fall Term, discount will be given. Maximum $2,000.
PLEASE NOTE: Early departure from the program may result in additional fees being assessed. All payments made according to the schedule above are non-refundable. Please contact us for more information.