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Wilderness Ranch – Young Life’s Outdoor Ministry Program in Southwestern Colorado


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 – From Modern Society to Solitude


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 is a Special Place for Transforming Leaders


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 Wilderness Ministry is a Church-Based Outdoor Ministry in Durango, CO


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 Has 125 Years of Wilderness Ministry History


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 – Young Life’s Wilderness Adventure Program for the Front Range


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 […]



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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 Ignites Potential in Youth Through the Outdoors


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 […]

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