Share an amazing and memorable adventure in a remarkable wilderness setting. Learn wilderness skills, participate in service-learning, reflect on God’s kingdom, live in intentional community, and leave having made meaningful and lasting relationships.
If you love adventure, the outdoors, and trying new and exciting things, Wilderness Orientation is for you—no previous wilderness experience needed! All that’s required is a willingness to try new things, a positive outlook, and good physical health. After reading about this year's trip options, scroll to the bottom of this page for more information about participating in a Wilderness Orientation.
2019 Wilderness Trips
Base Camp Adventure (August 2–7)
Held at Camp Ao-Wa-Kiya in Northern Michigan, this trip is designed for those who want to experience adventure, but prefer a camp setting. Students will take on a high ropes course, paintballing, canoeing, tubing, and valuable reflection time.
Lake Superior Provincial Park backpacking (August 19–27)
The Lake Superior Coastal Trail is one of the most scenic stretches of backpacking. Students should anticipate moderate to challenging hiking, mastering backcountry skills, enjoying beaches and primitive camping.
North Channel Kayaking and Climbing (August August 19–27)
Students will embark on a self-supported sea kayak through the North Channel. This trip includes camping on granite islands and peninsulas, climbing and rappelling, and gaining skills to live out of kayak for a week.
Red River Gorge Rock Climbing (August 19–27)
“The Red” is the most famous rock climbing in Eastern United States. Students will rock climb and camp at Natural Bridges State Park. This course is tailored to beginners and experienced climbers alike and provides instruction on climbing technique.
Northern Michigan Multi Element Adventure (August 19–27)
This course travels through Northern Michigan and includes a paddle day on the Pine River, three day Backpacking on South Manitou Island, cycling from Petoskey to Wilderness Sate Park and a day on the Historic Mackinaw Island.
Northwest Michigan Beach and Bike (August 19–27)
This seven day adventure course will take you to Northwest Michigan. Students will bike and stay at several state parks along the Lake Michigan Beaches. The trip will start at Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, from there students will bike to Leelanau, Traverse City, Petoskey, and a few other state parks. The trip will conclude at Mackinaw Island for a day trip of exploring the island.