Backpacking | North CarolinaIn this section, you will travel through beautiful rugged mountains while learning to live comfortably in the backcountry, using only what you can carry on your back. The backpacking section offers one of the best environments to connect with Christ, surrounded by His creation. You will learn the basics of outdoor skill in this section, including cooking, map reading, staying warm, LNT principles and more.
Rock Climbing | North CarolinaPisgah National Forest is famous for its big granite walls and diverse climbs. During this section, you will become comfortable with the height, challenge, and adventure of multi-pitch climbing. We’ll set up a base camp and have fun on lots of good climbs around us!
Wilderness First Responder | North CarolinaThe WFR course is the industry standard wilderness medicine course for any backcountry leader, river guide, mountain guide, or camping staff. This course is a comprehensive and in-depth look at the standards and skills it takes to deal with medical emergencies in remote situations when supplies may be limited. The WFR course is offered through SOLO Wilderness Medicine and is transferable to almost any college or university as 3-4 hours of college credit. SOLO is a leader in wilderness medical training.
Canoe Expedition | TBAThe Canoe Expedition section includes traveling multiple days on the water, equipping you with the skills to lead future water expeditions. You’ll become comfortable at water navigation, efficient packing, cooking skills, and keeping gear dry in various conditions.
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 6 weeks of wilderness immersion, OLD School students experience a variety of courses, including backpacking, multi-pitch rock climbing, canoeing and more. Students will also earn certifications in Wilderness First Responder and Leave No Trace, and have the opportunity to earn college credits through Southeastern University.Watch Video
Summer Schedule (May – June)
- Students arrive
- Wilderness First Responder (WFR) class
- Canoe Expedition
- Backpacking & Rock climbing
*There is a $100 refundable gear deposit required for each student.