In accomplishing the purpose, mission and vision, it is the philosophy of Camp Bighorn to emphasize relationships. Knowing that the Gospel of Jesus Christ speaks to people and not to facilities or programs, three main strengths within the camping program are used: Discipleship, Small Groups, and Changed Environments.
CAMP BIGHORN’S VISION
To steward environments that are conducive to the work of the Holy Spirit, proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and developing Kingdom leaders.
BRIEF HISTORY OF HOW CAMP BIGHORN GOT STARTED AND WHY IT EXISTS
The idea of a camp in western Montana that could serve the needs of the Northwest region came into fruition in 1985 through the efforts of Cliff Gustafson and the Columbia Baptist Conference (now Converge NW). The goal of Bighorn is to be a unique Christian camp that proclaims the salvation of God and emphasizes God’s discipleship principles thorugh the use of His creation, whether that be through rock climbing, white-water rafting or kayaking, team initiatives, or sitting around the fireplace in community.
Tom and Terri Collins stepped in as Directors of Camp Bighorn in 1986 and served in that role until 2005 when Tory and Jennifer Albertson took their place. Tom Collins then moved into his present position of CEO of Bighorn Ministries. In 2009 the Albertsons felt called to leave camp ministry and Luke and Andrea Underhill have stepped into the position of Executive Director after having served at Bighorn for several years working with the Program Team
WHAT MAKES A SUCCESSFUL WILDERNESS ADVENTURE TRIP?
A successful trip is where we can pair a significant event in a person’s life to a significant Biblical truth. If we can tie the lasting memory of the first time a person has kayaked down a rapid to the truth that God is trustworthy and that His love is incredible, these truths become part of a long lasting memory for each person.
HOW CAMP BIGHORN INTRODUCES PEOPLE TO CHRIST
We use adventure activities to get participants in a place where they are willing to ask questions where our staff can then share the Truth of the Gospel.
DURATION OF TRIPS OFFERED
They offer 1-14+ days trips!
EXPEDITIONARY LEARNING ELEMENTS TYPICALLY INCLUDED IN THEIR TRIPS
- Daily devotion or quiet times
- Solo experience (either a few hours or day-long solos)
- Teachable moments or trail talks along the journey
- Having participants share their testimony or life storyPeak climbs
- Rock climbing
- Practicing and Teaching Leave No Trace Ethics
Most of Camp Bighorn’s trips cost in the rage of $300-$400.