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.
2017 Wilderness Trips
Base Camp Adventure (July 30–August 4)
- 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 I (August 13–20)
- 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.
Lake Superior Provincial Park backpacking II (August 22–29)
- This is the second trip along the Lake Superior Coastal Trail. Students can expect to also experience moderate to challenging hiking, mastering backcountry skills, enjoying beaches and primitive camping.
North Channel kayaking and climbing I (August 13–20)
- 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.
North Channel kayaking and climbing II (August 22–29)
- Here students will embark on the second trip to the North Channel. This trip will also include 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 13–20)
- “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 22–29)
This trip is now full!
- 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.