Recommended Outdoor Ministry Programs (ROP List-USA)


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.

recommended outdoor program list
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:


Apologia Outdoors


Solid Rock Bible Camp


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


AEI Basecamp

Beyond Timberline

Denver  Seminary

Expedition Backcountry Adventures


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


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


Youth Dynamics Adventures




Living Waters Christian Canoe Ministry


2nd Mile Adventures


La Vida (Gordon College)


Christian Adventures


Rock Ridge Christian Camp


Discovery Ministries


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


Canoe Creation


New Life Ranch


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)


Trail Ministries


Kids Outdoor Zone


Climbing with Christ

Peak 7 Adventures

Rugged Faith-Riverview Bible Camp

Tall Timber Ranch

Youth Dynamics Adventures

West Virginia

Alpine Adventures-Alpine Bible Camp


Forest Springs Camp & Conference Center

Camp Amnicon


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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