5-Week Wilderness and Discipleship Course

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Stonewater Adventure School is meant to 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 one’s 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

  • Strengthen confidence to overcome obstacles as a leader.
  • Increased knowledge about leadership and team dynamics.
  • Appreciate the outdoors and enhance the stewardship of it.
  • 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 leaders within Youth Dynamics and beyond.
  • 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: (space is limited)

  • Fall 2020: REGISTRATION OPEN
    September 28, 2020 – November 1, 2020
  • Spring 2021: REGISTRATION OPEN
    March 7 – April 10, 2021

Phone: 509-763-3161

To Apply:

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What to bring:

  • BIBLE
  • COMPLETELY BROKEN IN HIKING BOOTS (above the ankle, not tennis shoes)
  • TENNIS SHOES OR APPROACH SHOES FOR ROCK DAYS (the main thing is closed toe)
  • SUNGLASSES
  • 4 PAIR WOOL SOCKS
  • WOOL GLOVES OR MITTENS
  • LONG UNDERWEAR TOP & BOTTOM (POLYPRO, CAPILENE, WOOL etc.)
  • Several NON-COTTON LAYERS
  • FLEECE or DOWN JACKET (or both)
  • WATERPROOF RAIN JACKET
  • WOOL HAT, BALACLAVA, OR FLEECE BEANIE
  • PERSONAL TOILETRIES
  • PILLOW & BEDDING
  • VARIETY OF CURRENT SEASON CLOTHING
  • SWIMSUITS
  • Strapped SANDALS (chacos, tevas, keens)
  • WATER BOTTLES
  • HEADLAMP/FLASHLIGHT
  • POCKET KNIFE

Things that would be nice if you could bring:

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

  • BACKPACK (ONE FOR OVERNIGHT TRIPS, 65liters or more; ONE DAY PACK)
  • SLEEPING BAG; 3 SEASON QUALITY IE: WARM
  • 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
  • CLIMBING HELMET
  • WHITEWATER HELMET
  • WHISTLE
  • WETSUIT or any other neoprene you have (gloves, booties)
  • PFD
  • CAMP CHAIR: Folding, C

Physical training (before coming):

  • Cardio Training: do physical activity (run, bike, hike, xc-ski) at least 3x/week/30min.
  • Strength Training: 3x/20reps lunges 3x week and 3x/week Plank (start with 30 seconds and continue to add time to hold.
  • Add the length of time to cardio and weight to strength training as time progresses.  
  • Add in small hikes with a backpack you are comfortable with and your hiking boots (especially if they are new).  Walking around in your boots whenever possible will help mold them to your feet to decrease the chance of blisters later.
  • Participants need to run at least 2 miles consecutively and be able to carry a 40lb backpack when they arrive.

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.
  • The course needs to have 16+ people to run.  (Per Instructor)

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 SWR
  • Guiding/instruction/permits
  • Email/Internet access
  • Laundry and detergent
  • All books and materials
  • Use of Stonewater Ranch 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).

Next Step:

  1. Fill out an application (click below)
  2. Choose a course date (Fall 2020 or Spring 2021)
  3. Wait for the acceptance letter

Upon being accepted:

  1. Acceptance letter will be mailed with 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