Outdoor Gear Can be a Metaphor to Teaches Us to Not Cling to our Comfort Zone: Life is dynamic–it has seasons, and change is unavoidable. In the wilderness you have to know when to use certain gear, and when to move on and reach for another piece of gear that fits the changing terrain or climate.
Missions and snowboarding have a couple things in common. Missions is about making new tracks. There are risks, but the reward is worth it.
If I only share the victories I do not make an impression of authenticity nor do I set-up a realistic picture of the path that will unfold for others as they follow Christ.
Later that evening, after dinner, I gathered the guys around the campfire on the canyon rim. I played some worship music on my CD player and instructed the guys to get comfortable and contemplate God’s presence as we gazed on the canyon in the setting sun. There’s no way to adequately describe that view at that time of day, brilliant, eye-popping, just awe inspiring!
Looking for a job with an outdoor organization or Christian camp that offers wilderness trips?
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Note: If you open a job listing that is from the previous year, you are encouraged to contact the organization anyway because there is often a lag time with updating new job listings. (Updated May 10, 2017)
Birchwood Camp: Camp Intern
Rockside Ranch: Program Lead
Rock Ridge Christian Camp: Boundary Waters Trail Guide
Camp Bighorn: Journey Gap Year Program Facilitator
Peak 7 Adventures: Paddle/Climbing Guide | Rafting/Climbing Guide | Ascent/Climbing Guide | Executive Director
Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries (SROM): Business Operations Manager | Development Manager | Graphic Design Manager | Marketing Consultant | Videographer/Photographer | Web Developer
The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe appeared in 1719. Along with its reflections on morals and affections toward God, possibly its greatest contribution is that it is a fictional tale about a non-fictional truth: that adventure is intrinsically valuable because it teaches people that they are capable of overcoming even the most difficult of circumstances.
What do successful leaders do differently? Are there certain attitudes and habits that make some outdoor leaders more successful than others? In this post I share how a one-day seminar 23 years ago radically altered my attitude about leadership.
Aaron Coret had a paralyzing accident on a snow board, yet instead of giving up, decided to turn his disability into a gift to serve the boarding community by designing a landing pad to try new tricks before testing them on the real white stuff.
It’s easy to talk about generalities with people by encouraging them to “think positively”, or “believe in yourself”, or “overcome your fears”. Those are general things that most people know they “ought” to be doing. But are they game changers? I don’t think so. By contrast, a truly effective spiritual leader will seek to know the person, and their life situation like a coach knows his players and the game they are playing. Then he can offer game changing perspective. Caring for another person’s soul involves giving specific guidance. Much like players on the court battling for the ball against a team that wants to shut them down, in the spiritual journey everyone needs someone to coach them by offering specific words on target to the unique inner-workings of their soul.
Regardless of one’s personal beliefs, I submit that the wilderness theme in the Bible has much to say about the widely embraced “comfort zone” and experiential learning theories…