U.S. Christian Universities & Colleges that offer Outdoor Education

There are a growing number of organizations and colleges that offer outdoor education. Below you will find a list of 1) Christian colleges that offer outdoor education and/or outdoor leadership degrees or courses, and 2) a list of Faith-based organizations that specialize in outdoor ministry and Christian outdoor leadership.

You may also be interested in reading this article pertaining to outdoor leadership programs at higher education institutions: Why Outdoor Leadership Degree Programs Must Emphasize Field Experience in a Variety of Terrains, Climates, and Seasons…

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REFERRALS ! If you are familiar with a Christian outdoor leadership or wilderness ministry provider that we have not listed, feel free to contact us to let us know. We will look into whether they might be a fit for our recommended list!

DISCLAIMER: Participating in backcountry adventures assumes potential risks. The Recommended Outdoor Programs list (ROP List) provided on this website is merely a directory of organizations that provide opportunities for people to enjoy outdoor adventure in a Christian ministry context. Each listed organization in this directory assumes all risks for the activities that they conduct. We have only been directly involved with some of the listed organizations, churches, and schools. Others we have been indirectly involved with, and still others we only have information based upon their website or other information that has been presented to us. This disclaimer releases Ashley Denton and Smooth Stone Publishing from any liability related to the above organizations, churches, or schools including responsibility for accidental physical injury, including death or illness, and loss of personal property while participating on any activities associated with the above organizations. This release is also intended to include all claims made by your family, estate, heirs, personal representatives or assigns.


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by Ashley Denton Bitter Waters Make us Appreciate the Sweet Water all the More Outdoor leadership facilitation is one of the soft skills of outdoor ministry that helps us motivate and inspire others to listen to God and learn from others. They story of how God used Israel’s parched thirst and some bitter water to […]

Outdoor Ministry Curriculum & Leadership Skills

To be an effective outdoor ministry leader or guide is no easy task. Anything worthwhile takes work, and becoming an effective outdoor ministry leader will require a lot of diligent labor on your part. This outdoor ministry curriculum tutorial is aimed to help those who are going to be in the privileged position of leading others on a spiritual journey in the outdoors. Outdoor leaders also need to learn how to manage the risks involved in adventurous activities so that participants can grow in character with the appropriate safety nets underneath them. Mediocrity will get people hurt (both emotionally and potentially physically), so it is worth every bit of effort it takes to excel as an outdoor leader.

Confidence and Competence are Essential to Excel in Outdoor Leadership

To serve others as a catalyst for spiritual and character transformation in the wilderness, you need to develop confidence and competence in a variety of skills. We will look at these skills in two categories: interpersonal (soft skills), and technical (hard skills). In both categories, as a Christian outdoor leader, we need to have the right heart as we approach leading and instructing others in the outdoors. The foundation of good leadership is to have the heart of a guide or shepherd. Then we must diligently develop the techniques to lead others through transformation, which includes both outdoor ministry soft skills and outdoor ministry hard skills. To continue the journey just click the buttons below to view some basic guidance on an internationally recognized standard for level 1 Outdoor Leadership, including a few special additional competencies related to Christ-centered Outdoor Ministry.

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Your Guide to Outdoor Ministry Leadership Skills

Leadership is the most essential aspect of effective outdoor ministry. Christian outdoor leaders guide people through character forming experiences by artfully using God’s creation as the primary tool for transformation.

Christian outdoor leaders from many countries have asked me why there are so few books and articles written on outdoor leadership and experiential learning from a biblical perspective. This motivated me to explore further what the Bible has to teach us about outdoor leadership skills.

So with the Bible as our training manual, this series will help us connect transforming experiences in the outdoors with life-changing truth in the Bible. The scope of skills needed to safely and effectively lead others in the wilderness is extensive. So the tutorials below offer practical knowledge for both experienced and novice outdoor leaders:

 

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Outdoor Bible Teaching

by Ashley Denton

Jesus used the outdoors as his primary classroom, and outdoor Bible teaching is about tapping into the experiential learning principles Jesus employed in his teaching style. I encourage you to read the introductory information on the V.I.S.I.O.N. Inductive Bible Study Method that I developed for teaching and studying the Bible in the outdoors. Adventure-based learning is a great way to learn Biblical truth in an experiential way. It is often easier to remember lessons learned from wilderness experiences, because the stressful elements of the outdoors heighten our learning curve.

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Gary Fawver Endorses Ashley Denton’s Book on Outdoor Ministry

Gary Fawver is one of the most respected Christian outdoor leaders of this century. Gary is Professor Emeritus at George Fox University and strong ties to Outward Bound. I respect Gary’s review of my book on outdoor ministry as much as anyone’s.  The insight he offers in the following review will not only encourage folks […]

Christian Outdoor Leadership book is a Resource for Adventure Therapy

I bought this book the day it was released, and could not put it down until I was done! To say I agree would be an understatement. I am currently finishing my bachelor’s in Adventure Therapy, with a minor in Religion-came back to school at 40 and majored in Theology…

Recommended Outdoor Ministry Programs (ROP List-International)

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INTERNATIONAL

This is a dynamic and growing list of recommended outdoor ministry programs, camps and organizations that offer outdoor leadership training and/or adventure camping opportunities. Click here if you’d like to find out how to get on the Recommended Outdoor Ministry Program List.

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Overseas universities & colleges that offer outdoor education, outdoor leadership, or outdoor ministry training

Austria

Upward Bound Center, Torchbearers International

 

Canada

Briercrest University

Camp Imadene

Canadian Mennonite University

Columbia Bible College

Crowsnest Lake Bible Camp

Prairie Bible Institute

Proságo

Steinbach Bible College

 

New Zealand

Bible College of New Zealand

 

Sweden

Mariannelunds Folkhögskola

 

United Kingdom

Abernathy

Bassenfell Manor Christian Centre

 

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS (By Continent & Country)

Asia

OUTBAC BROGA – Malaysia

Scripture Union Asia

 

Australia/New Zealand

Adventure Specialties Trust New Zealand

Wide Open Spaces (New Zealand)

Scripture Union New Zealand

Youthworks Outdoors Australia

 

Canada

Young Life’s Beyond Malibu

Pioneer Ranch Camps

Frontier Lodge

Medeba Adventure Learning Centre

Proságo

ZAO Outdoor Ministries


Europe

Czech Republic (Josiah Venture/Křesťanský Outdoor)

Italy (Into the Wilderness)

Romania (Alpinis)


Latin America

Ecuador (Hacienda El Refugio)

Inca Thaki (Peru)

Pacific

Northstar Japan

ORGANIZATIONS

REFERRALS ! If you are familiar with a Christian outdoor leadership or wilderness ministry provider that we have not listed, feel free to contact us to let us know. We will look into whether they might be a fit for our recommended list!

DISCLAIMER: Participating in backcountry adventures assumes potential risks. The Recommended Outdoor Programs list (ROP List) provided on this website is merely a directory of organizations that provide opportunities for people to enjoy outdoor adventure in a Christian ministry context. Each listed organization in this directory assumes all risks for the activities that they conduct. We have only been directly involved with some of the listed organizations, churches, and schools. Others we have been indirectly involved with, and still others we only have information based upon their website or other information that has been presented to us. This disclaimer releases Ashley Denton and Smooth Stone Publishing from any liability related to the above organizations, churches, or schools including responsibility for accidental physical injury, including death or illness, and loss of personal property while participating on any activities associated with the above organizations. This release is also intended to include all claims made by your family, estate, heirs, personal representatives or assigns.


Recommended Outdoor Ministry Programs (ROP List-USA)

UNITED STATES

This is a dynamic and growing list of outdoor ministry programs, camps and organizations that offer outdoor leadership training and/or adventure camping opportunities. Click here if you’d like to find out how to get on the Recommended Outdoor Program List.

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Christian universities & colleges that offer outdoor education, outdoor leadership, or outdoor ministry training (click here)

Faith-based organizations that offer outdoor leadership training and/or outdoor ministry programs:

Organizations & camps in the U.S. that offer outdoor ministry or adventure camping:

Alabama

Apologia Outdoors

Alaska

Solid Rock Bible Camp

California

Bayside Adventure Sports – Bayside Church

Mount Hermon: Timberline High Adventure Camps-Kidder Creek Orchard Camps

Rock-N-Water Christian Adventure Camps

Rockside Ranch

Sequoia Brigade Camp

Summit Adventure

The Journey

Wilderness Spiritual Solitude (WilderneSS)

Young Life’s Mountain Lodge

Colorado

AEI Basecamp

Beyond Timberline

Denver  Seminary

Expedition Backcountry Adventures

Idrahaje

Journey Quest Rafting Company

Mountain View Backcountry

Network 5.12

Noah’s Ark Whitewater Rafting Company

Outfitters for Christ

Project 18

Rainbow Trail-Compass Points

Redcloud

Riverside Outdoor Ministry

RMR Backcountry

Sky Ranch Ute Trail

True Elevation Wilderness Ministry

Wilderness Ministry Institute

Wilderness Spiritual Solitude (WilderneSS)

Young Life’s Wilderness Ranch

Idaho

Youth Dynamics Adventures

Illinois

LeaderTreks

Kansas

Living Waters Christian Canoe Ministry

Indiana

2nd Mile Adventures

Massachusetts

La Vida (Gordon College)

Michigan

Christian Adventures

Minnesota

Rock Ridge Christian Camp

Missouri

Discovery Ministries

Montana

Athelas Outdoor Ministry

Camp Bighorn

Five Valley’s Outdoor Ministry

Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp

Lions Ridge Christian Adventure Education

Perea Ministries

New Mexico

Glorieta Camps

New York

Camp of the Woods | LIFT Discipleship Program

Climbing for Christ

North Carolina

Black Mountain Expeditions

Camp Duncan

Camp Grier

Camp Merri-Mac & Camp Timberlake

Living Waters | Paddling Courses & Blog

Nantahala Outdoor Center

OLD School (Outdoor Leadership and Discipleship) Program

Youth for Christ/Outdoor Mission Camp

Ohio

Canoe Creation

Oklahoma

New Life Ranch

Oregon

Meadow Springs Backcountry

Solid Rock Climbers for Christ (SRCFC)

Tree of Life Christian Wilderness Expeditions

Youth Dynamics Adventures

South Carolina

Great Outdoor Adventure Trips (GOAT)

Tennessee

Trail Ministries

Texas

Kids Outdoor Zone

Washington

Climbing with Christ

Peak 7 Adventures

Rugged Faith-Riverview Bible Camp

Tall Timber Ranch

Youth Dynamics Adventures

West Virginia

Alpine Adventures-Alpine Bible Camp

Wisconsin

Forest Springs Camp & Conference Center

Camp Amnicon

Wyoming

Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries (SROM)


REFERRALS ! If you are familiar with a Christian outdoor leadership or wilderness ministry provider that we have not listed, feel free to contact us to let us know. We will look into whether they might be a fit for our recommended list!

DISCLAIMER: Participating in backcountry adventures assumes potential risks. The Recommended Outdoor Programs list (ROP List) provided on this website is merely a directory of organizations that provide opportunities for people to enjoy outdoor adventure in a Christian ministry context. Each listed organization in this directory assumes all risks for the activities that they conduct. We have only been directly involved with some of the listed organizations, churches, and schools. Others we have been indirectly involved with, and still others we only have information based upon their website or other information that has been presented to us. This disclaimer releases Ashley Denton and Smooth Stone Publishing from any liability related to the above organizations, churches, or schools including responsibility for accidental physical injury, including death or illness, and loss of personal property while participating on any activities associated with the above organizations. This release is also intended to include all claims made by your family, estate, heirs, personal representatives or assigns.
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