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Trail Life USA

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TRAIL LIFE USA’S MISSION Our Mission is to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure. BRIEF HISTORY OF TRAIL LIFE USA GOT STARTED AND WHY IT EXISTS Trail Life USA has been a program decades in the making. In the opening decade of the […]

Camp Cedarbrook in the Adirondacks

CAMP CEDARBROOK’S MISSION Reach and disciple girls for Christ BRIEF HISTORY OF HOW CAMP CEDARBROOK IN THE ADIRONDACKS GOT STARTED AND WHY IT EXISTS We are proud to say we have had 53 years of camping in the Adirondacks. That’s 53 summers of impacting the lives of girls and inspiring them to live God-centered lives. […]

Spruce Lake Wilderness Camp

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SPRUCE LAKE WILDERNESS CAMP’S MISSION Pointing people towards Christ BRIEF HISTORY OF HOW SPRUCE LAKE WILDERNESS CAMP GOT STARTED AND WHY IT EXISTS Spruce Lake was founded in 1963 as an overnight wilderness summer camp. In 1995 our offsite Expeditions program began and has been running strong ever since. Our goal is to take campers […]

BCH Wilderness Programs

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Baptist Children’s Homes’ offers residential wilderness camps for school-aged boys and girls. Cameron Boys Camp and Camp Duncan for Girls provide behavioral change for children in a highly structured, wilderness environment. The Camps offer the freedom of being outdoors and the structure of small groups with constant, caring supervision. Children live in group of ten with three counselors, called “Chiefs”. With […]

Ravencrest Chalet

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    Ravencrest Chalet’s Vision Engage people to know Christ through his Word, through Relationships, and through the outdoors. Brief History of How Ravencrest Chalet Got Started and Why It Exists Ravencrest Chalet is part of Torchbearers International, which was founded by Major Ian Thomas, whose ministry began in England after WWII as an outreach […]

Wilderness Ranch

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Located in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, Wilderness Ranch provides kids and leaders with an opportunity to get away from the distractions of the city and encounter God in ways they can’t back home. With a long and storied history, their 6-day backpacking trips will provide kids with a chance to hike through some […]

Wilderness Spiritual Solitude

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WilderneSS (Wilderness Spiritual Solitude) takes people out of modern society where there are many distractions and ways to mindlessly pass the time into solitude where they can connect with God and spend intimate time listening to Him. WILDERNESS SPIRITUAL SOLITUDE’S VISION The vision of WilderneSS is to inspire leaders to pursue deeper intimacy with the […]

Wilderness Ministry Institute

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WILDERNESS MINISTRY INSTITUTE’S VISION That young people in every culture will personally encounter Jesus Christ and have an opportunity to grow in their faith through transforming wilderness experiences. WILDERNESS MINISTRY INSTITUTE’S MISSION Developing outdoor leaders who are committed to local relational youthwork, who are humble in the heart, and who will excel in the skills […]

True Elevation

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BE CHALLENGED AND EXPERIENCE GOD IN THE WILDERNESS Backpacking Fly Fishing Wilderness Ethics and Stewardship True Elevation provides participants with time to come alive and shape identity through adventure, self-discovery, and the Word of God. We will be backpacking into the wilderness experiencing God and His creation. MISSION Their mission is to lead young people to Christ through exploration and […]

Sky Ranch Ute Trail

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SKY RANCH’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 SKY RANCH UTE TRAIL GOT STARTED AND WHY IT EXISTS The idea of a camp in western Montana that could serve the needs of the […]

RMR Backcountry

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RMR BACKCOUNTRY’S VISION We use adventure camping and the setting of the wilderness to create space for campers and leaders to encounter Jesus Christ and grow in their faith. BRIEF HISTORY OF HOW RMR BACKCOUNTRY GOT STARTED AND WHY IT EXISTS Young Life’s RMR Backcountry is a wilderness adventure program that was started in the […]

Compass Points

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COMPASS POINTS’ VISION The ministries of Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp will create experiences of intentional Christian community for youth, families, and adults that foster: spiritual growth personal development opportunities for renewal leadership development In partnership with the congregations of the Rocky Mountain Synod, ELCA. WHAT IS COMPASS POINTS? Compass Points is a unique wilderness backpacking […]

Project 18

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PROJECT 18’S VISION To ignite the God-given potential and purpose within young people, empowering them to lead extraordinary lives. WHY PROJECT 18 EXISTS Only 18% of residents in Pitkin County* report being part of a faith community, compared to 50%+ nationally. Project 18 was created to introduce kids, teens and families to Christ in a […]

Outfitters for Christ

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OUTFITTERS FOR CHRIST’S MISSION Outfitters for Christ (OFC) delivers outdoor adventure and mentorship programs that reach across demographic and generational boundaries to fill the void of discipleship in our society. Our programs are for families and individuals of all ages, with the specific design of promoting Christ-centered development in family and relationships, leadership and work, […]

Noah’s Ark

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NOAH’S ARK VISION To challenge and encourage people in their relationships with God, others, and themselves. BRIEF HISTORY OF HOW NOAH’S ARK GOT STARTED AND WHY IT EXISTS Noah’s Ark was started in response to the need for a ministry-oriented and family friendly rafting company that churches, camps, ministries, and families could enjoy, feel safe […]

Network 5.12

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NETWORK 5.12’S VISION Driven by love for people and nature, Network 5.12, LLC grows climbers physically and spiritually through outdoor adventure. BRIEF HISTORY OF HOW NETWORK 5.12 GOT STARTED AND WHY IT EXISTS Andrew and Laura Bellisle met while living in Yosemite National Park. As their love for God, climbing, and each other grew, the […]

Mountain View Backcountry

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“The mountain is not meant to teach us anything, it is meant to make us something .”Oswald Chambers WHY MOUNTAIN VIEW BACKCOUNTRY? We exist to help everyone affiliated with Mountain View Community Church connect more deeply with Christ through outdoor adventure. WHAT MVB DOES We serve Mountain View Community Church and other churches by providing […]

Journey Quest

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JOURNEY QUEST’S MISSION To provide Christ-centered wilderness journeys, challenging young and old alike to pursue the ultimate quest: a lifelong relationship with Christ. A BRIEF HISTORY OF JOURNEY QUEST AND WHY THEY EXIST In late 2011, Vessels for Honor Rafting Co (VFH) was purchased by Journey Quest, a non-profit Christian wilderness ministry dedicated to providing “Christ-centered wilderness journeys, challenging […]

IdRaHaJe

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IdRaHaJe’S MISSION IdRaHaJe is established for the purpose of winning souls to Jesus Christ through the spreading of the Gospel, the edifying (building up) of the believers through the preaching and teaching of the Word of God, and the evangelizing of campers through witnessing and missions. BRIEF HISTORY OF HOW IdRaHaJe GOT STARTED AND WHY […]

Expedition Backcountry Adventures

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Expedition Backcountry Adventures is an amazing example of the impact a church based outdoor ministry can have. They now are a full service outdoor adventure provider, reaching a diverse audience. EXPEDITION BACKCOUNRTY ADVENTURES’ VISION Transforming lives through backcountry adventure. BRIEF HISTORY OF HOW EXPEDITION BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURES GOT STARTED AND WHY IT EXISTS Expedition’s roots are […]

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