Vanguard is the gap year program of Wheaton College, located at HoneyRock

Voyageur (entering grades 11-12)

Introducing Our New Wilderness Expedition Camping Program

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2017 Dates

  • June 26 - July 21
  • Cost: $1,795

The Experience

Who is this program for?
High School students, specifically rising 11-12 graders who are looking to be challenged through experiences in nature that require learning and applying outdoor skills.

What happens during this program?
This is an extended canoe expedition in one of the wildest places in the lower 48 states. You will learn advanced canoe skills as well as wilderness ethics, backcountry navigation, backcountry cooking, and have opportunities for deep reflection in solitude. Other components will include leadership development, personal reflection, experiences in Creation, and the role of challenge as a discipleship tool for your ministry with your peers.

The Voyageur experience is one month long – what does the schedule look like? 
The first three to four days are spent in camp learning leadership development, outdoor technical skills, adventure challenge skills and team development skills. The next two and a half weeks will be spent in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area on an extended wilderness canoeing expedition. Then the last days will be spent back at camp for reflection and closure.

What is the goal of this program?
You should expect to be pushed physically by the natural environment and the purposeful challenge built into the expedition. By exploring the beauty of Creation in one of the most secluded areas in the Northwoods, you will experience the outdoors on a new level. There is a high chance of seeing unique wildlife. The lack of light pollution provides unparalleled views of the night sky and maybe even a chance to see the Northern Lights.

How does this program provide spiritual growth and faith formation?
The disciples of Jesus had one thing in common: time in the wilderness. The goal of Voyageur is to deepen personal relationships with Christ through discipleship in a wilderness setting. It is a time set aside to be with God in Creation and an ideal place to practice faith and endurance. This training in walking by faith proves that God loves us, God provides for us and God will sustain us. The time spent in the wilderness is a time to enjoy Creation, experience who God is and the strength and joy that is found in Him, and emerge from the experience better equipped to share Gods love.

You will learn more about yourself, as a leader and as a team member, as you canoe and travel with the group. You will learn the disciplines of expedition behavior, such as the sharing of tasks, group reflection, problem-solving, conflict resolution, joy through challenge, and the awe of the natural environment. The goal of this program is to use the purposeful and spontaneous challenges of a wilderness expedition to produce young leaders who are spiritually self-aware, emotionally resilient, and compassionate.

To find out more, contact Breann Lindsey, our Wilderness Programs Coordinator.

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