5-Week Wilderness and Discipleship Course

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Stonewater Adventure Bible School will disciple, equip, and empower adults 18 and older by providing a safe, engaging, and adventure-centric learning environment for self-discovery, leadership, and faith.  

Stonewater is the ideal location for this 5-week course integrating technical outdoor skills, Bible teaching, worship, community, and wilderness adventure. The course is offered twice a year (fall and spring) and aims to increase personal faith, Biblical knowledge and application, self-discovery, personal responsibility, teamwork, and leadership potential.

Bible and Discipleship Training

  • Discover a deeper sense of who you are and how you impact others.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of personal beliefs, limits, and boundaries.
  • Develop an appreciation and understanding of God’s word and its impact on you.
  • Practice the heart and hand of Christ and discernment of His Spirit.

Wilderness and Leadership Training

  • Develop confidence to overcome obstacles as a leader.
  • Increased knowledge of leadership and team dynamics.
  • Appreciate the outdoors and enhance stewardship.
  • Gain specific outdoor and life skills for future experiences.

Mission and Vocation Practicum

  • Confidence to step toward future challenges and opportunities.
  • Missions/vocation shadow opportunities in areas of interest and calling.
  • Hear and learn from a variety of experienced leaders.
  • Develop a heart of service and community outreach.

Discipleship Elements

  • Identity in Christ
  • Christian Ecology
  • Faith and Finance
  • Spiritual Disciplines
  • Biblical Worldview

Experiential Elements

  • Self Discovery
  • Leadership Challenges
  • Service and Community
  • Personal Values and Vocation
  • Interpersonal and Life Skills

Adventure Elements (season dependent)

  • Rock Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Challenge Course
  • Horse Riding
  • Orienteering
  • Mountaineering
  • Snow School
  • Mountain Biking
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Ice Climbing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Culinary
  • Snowshoeing
  • Alpine Skiing (lift ticket not included in tuition)

Location: Near Leavenworth, Washington

Length: 5-weeks

Age: 18+

Cost: $2,500

Course Dates: 

  • Spring 2023: Register Now! Space is limited.

March 26-April 30, 2023

  • Fall 2022: Register Now! Space is limited.

September 11-October 16, 2022

Phone: 509-763-3161

To Apply:

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What to bring:

  • BIBLE
  • HIKING BOOTS (waterproof)
  • TENNIS SHOES (closed-toe)
  • SUNGLASSES
  • 4 PAIR WOOL SOCKS
  • WOOL GLOVES OR MITTENS
  • NON-COTTON BASE, MID, AND OUTER LAYER – TOP & BOTTOM (POLYPRO, CAPILENE, WOOL, ETC.)
  • FLEECE or DOWN JACKET (or both)
  • WATERPROOF RAIN JACKET AND PANTS (taped seams and Gortex recommended)
  • WOOL HAT, BALACLAVA, OR FLEECE BEANIE
  • SUN PROTECTION HAT
  • PERSONAL TOILETRIES
  • PILLOW & BEDDING (both for on-site and off-site)
  • VARIETY OF CURRENT SEASON CLOTHING (for day-to-day use – cotton okay)
  • SWIMSUITS
  • Water-friendly SANDALS (chacos, tevas, keens)
  • WATER BOTTLES (2 Liters)
  • HEADLAMP/FLASHLIGHT
  • NON-COTTON SUN PROTECTIVE LAYER
  • TOWELS

Things that would be nice if you could bring:

 If you don’t have these items, Stonwater will provide what is needed.

  • BACKPACK (ONE FOR OVERNIGHT TRIPS, 75liters or more; ONE DAY PACK)
  • SLEEPING BAG; 3 SEASON QUALITY (0° recommended)
  • THERMAREST/FOAM SLEEPING PAD
  • FLEECE PANTS
  • GAITERS
  • SUNSCREEN AND BUG REPELLANT
  • WATERPROOF RAIN PANTS
  • CUP, BOWL, SPOON (for camping/backcountry) Off trip lodging has a fully stocked kitchen
  • CLIMBING HARNESS AND HELMET
  • WHITEWATER HELMET
  • WHISTLE
  • WETSUIT or any other neoprene you have (gloves, booties)
  • PFD
  • CAMP CHAIR: Folding or Crazy Creek Style
  • CAMERA, LAPTOP, ETC.
  • MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
  • BIKE
  • FAVORITE MUG
  • BLANKET OR COMFORT ITEM
  • ART SUPPLIES
  • BOOKS
  • PORTABLE SPEAKER
  • HAMMOCK
  • EXTRA SHOES
  • EXTRA SOCKS
  • FOOD/SNACKS

Physical training (before coming):

  • Participants need to run at least 2 miles without stopping.

Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA)

  • If you want to be certified, this course will be offered to Stonewater Adventure School participants either before or after the course.
  • An “earlier bird” discounted price is available.

What does a normal week look like at Stonewater Adventure School?

  • Each week will consist of community meal times, devotionals, Bible teachings, adventure challenges, and practical applications.

What is and is not included in the tuition fees?

  • Lodging and meals
  • Transportation to/from Stonewater
  • Guiding/instruction/permits
  • Email/Internet access
  • Laundry and detergent
  • All books and materials
  • Use of Stonewater adventure equipment during organized activities

What’s NOT included:

  • Personal Health and accident insurance during Stonewater Adventure School
  • Postage and telephone calls
  • Travel expenses
  • Optional outings on “off” days
  • Wilderness First Aid Cert (discount available for SAS participants who are interested)

Does my university offer credits for attending Stonewater Adventure School?

  • Possibly through an internship, check with your university for details
  • Not at this time. We will update when partners / schools are found.

How can I pay for Stonewater Adventure School?

  • You can pay via credit card online or by phone.  
  • You can also pay by mailing in a personal check.

For scholarship assistance, please call Stonewater for more information.

What accident insurance do you recommend?

  • Usually accident insurance is included in your health insurance. 
  • Please check with your health insurance for coverage.

Is there laundry on-site?

  • Yes, a washer and dryer are located in each building.  
  • The use of these along with detergent is included in course fees

What are the sleeping arrangements?

Do I need to bring my own bedding?

  • While at Stonewater, you will be in dorm-style rooms accommodating 2-4 guests per room.  
  • There are several bathrooms with showers. 
  • Each lodge also has a fully equipped kitchen and living room.

I would like to stay before and/or after Stonewater Adventure School, is that possible?

  • Yes, however it may depend on what session, check with our coordinator 

Can I have visitors stay and have meals with us?

  • If there is availability. Please check with the Stonewater Adventure School Coordinator.
  • Your guests can stay overnight and enjoy a meal with us for $40 pp/night.

What is the weather like?

  • Leavenworth, Washington, has four distinct seasons: mid-60s in the spring, 80s-90s  in the summer, 50-60s in the fall, and a range from 5-35 in the winter (Fahrenheit).

How do I get there?

  • Driving from SEATAC, take I-5N to I-405 (exit 154). Follow signs for WA-522 E (towards Woodinville).  After 14 miles, take the ramp for US-2 East towards Wenatchee.  Keep straight onto Stevens Pass Hwy. When you reach Coles Corner, take a left onto WA-207.  After 3 miles turn right on to WA-209 (Beaver Valley Rd). After 5 miles turn left onto Chiwawa Loop Rd (If you pass Plain Hardware, you’ve gone too far).  Stonewater is located 1.5 miles down on the right.

  • Driving from Wenatchee.  Take US-2 West for 20 miles. After passing Safeway and then the bridge, take a right at the stoplight (Chumstick Hwy).  in around 20 minutes you will enter Plain, WA.  Turn Right onto Chiwawa Loop Rd. Stonewater Ranch is located 1.4 miles on the right.

  • Stonewater also offers a shuttle from Seattle to Stonewater for $20pp.  This shuttle will pick you up at SEATAC airport outside of door 04 (this is the last door before you can exit the terminal). It leaves at 2:00 pm.

  • Stonewater also offers a shuttle from Wenatchee to Stonewater for $10pp. This shuttle will pick you up at Wenatchee airport outside the main door.  It leaves at 4:00 pm.

Next Step:

  1. Fill out an application (click below)
  2. Choose a course date
  3. Wait for the acceptance letter

Upon being accepted:

  1. An acceptance letter will be mailed with a health form
  2. Return health form with one-third payment to confirm your spot
  3. Full payment due by course start date

Stonewater

19537 Chiwawa Loop Road
Leavenworth, WA 98826
509-763-3161

stonewater@yd.org