At HoneyRock we are focused on building into people the character traits needed to be leaders, to serve others, and to face the challenges and disappointments of life. Today’s students desire be learning outside of the typical classroom. At HoneyRock students learn experientially and have the opportunity to directly apply what they are learning by working in a dynamic ministry. Service and study simultaneously integrated are what make HoneyRock unique and different from other summer ministries or academic programs. Year after year students commend HoneyRock on the character and spiritual development – not to mention fun – it brought to them while learning and serving here.
Each summer over 15 professors teach at HoneyRock as faculty. Every collegiate program utilizes these professionals to train and educate students for ministry at HoneyRock and beyond. These faculty members are experts in fields like psychology, youth ministry, Christian education, and leadership development. No other camp or ministry offers students such close interaction with faculty. The relationships students build with faculty members grow deeper and students often leave HoneyRock with mentoring relationships that are life-changing.
HoneyRock is an educational department of Wheaton College, a nationally recognized, fully-accredited Christian liberal arts college established in 1860. It maintains the highest academic standards while incorporating a Biblical perspective. In 1951 it became an innovator in using outdoor learning for educational purposes with the development of HoneyRock. Located in northern Wisconsin, HoneyRock is the experiential leadership lab for individuals desiring personal, spiritual, and leadership development. HoneyRock has the unique status of being both a college campus and a camp. These programs work together synergistically, providing campers with the highest caliber of Christian leaders and giving students an invaluable opportunity to exercise newly-acquired skills and knowledge as camp leaders. Instructors and staff work together to mentor students as they, in turn, mentor the young people within their camper programs.
As the Outdoor Center For Leadership Development of Wheaton College, our programs integrate academic learning with leadership and holistic life in Christ. Theoretical principles and practical skills learned here are applicable to a broad range of ministry and educational settings. Our program offers students the benefits of an outdoor environment that uses the inherent strengths of a camp setting for educational purposes. These strengths include short-term intensive experiences, the simplicity of a rustic setting, and leadership opportunities in ministries to young people. Our educational approach is interdisciplinary and distinguished through active learning, immediacy of application, involvement in leadership and problem solving tasks, directed reading, mentoring, disciplined reflection and evaluation, service, and solitude in the outdoor environment.