OLD SCHOOL’S MISSION
Old School’s mission is to point young adults toward Christ Jesus, using the tool of wilderness training and the vehicle of relational discipleship.
WHAT OLD SCHOOL DOES
The Outdoor Leadership and Discipleship School is a semester-long wilderness program designed for college-age students who know Christ and desire to go deeper in their relationship with Him. Our mission is to point young adults toward Christ Jesus, using the tool of wilderness training and the vehicle of relational discipleship. Through 13 weeks of wilderness immersion, OLD School students experience a variety of courses, including backpacking, multi-pitch rock climbing, caving, mountain biking, sea kayaking, a Refugee Outreach in the Fall and a Colorado Winter Expedition in the Spring. Students will also earn certifications in Whitewater Rescue, Wilderness First Responder, and Leave No Trace, and have the opportunity to earn up to 15 college credits.
BRIEF HISTORY OF HOW OLD SCHOOL GOT STARTED AND WHY IT EXISTS
In June of 2003, The Outdoor Leadership and Discipleship School took its first four students into the wilderness for a two-week backpacking trip. The success of that trip launched a series of short-term trips throughout the following three summers. In the fall of 2006, OLD School leaders went all in, offering the first full wilderness discipleship semester. But offering the semester alone wasn’t enough. So in 2009, OLD School began working with various colleges and universities to offer college credit options for students. Its most current partnership is with Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla. Throughout the years, OLD School continued to offer summer and semester courses until 2013, when leaders decided to drop the weeklong summer trips in order to focus all their efforts on the semester course. Eventual expansion goals include both spring and fall semesters in partnership with a growing number of universities.
The full cost for the semester is $6,900 and covers lodging, travel, camping, gear, activities, seven‐day mission trip to Honduras, and meals. Students are encouraged to bring along extra money for personal items, entertainment, and days off (approx. 8‐10). Expenses for college credit hours are handled through Southeastern University www.seu.edu.