The Outdoor Leadership and Discipleship School is a semester-long wilderness program designed for college-age students who know Christ and desire to go deeper in their relationship with Him. Our mission is to point young adults toward Christ Jesus, using the tool of wilderness training and the vehicle of relational discipleship. Through 13 weeks of wilderness immersion, OLD School students experience a variety of courses, including backpacking, multi-pitch rock climbing, caving, mountain biking, sea kayaking and more. Students will also earn certifications in Whitewater Rescue, Wilderness First Responder, and Leave No Trace, and have the opportunity to earn up to 15 college credits.

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Fall Semester (September – December)

  • Students arrive
  • Class & preparation
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) class
  • Backpacking
  • Nantahala river training & Swiftwater Rescue Training (SRT)
  • Rock climbing
  • Caving and primitive skills
  • Evangelism in Asheville, NC
  • Mountain biking
  • Sea kayaking
  • Thanksgiving break
  • Refugee Ministry Training
  • Graduation banquet