The Family Intensive takes a small group of parents and their teenagers (13 and up) on a backpacking expedition in the mountains of Montana. Connect with your children while developing your unique leadership style, practicing techniques for resolving conflict, and spending quality time cultivating your relationships.
We will teach you the technical outdoor skills to thrive in the mountains, learning things such as campsite selection, route finding, and navigation. You will also get to reflect and spend time alone with God. The lessons will build upon each other, putting it all to the test with your final peak attempt.
Please complete one application per family.
A Typical Backpacking Day: (Times are estimates and will vary)
6:00 AM: Time alone with God 7:00 AM: Breakfast: cook breakfast with your cook group 8:30 AM: Class Time 10:00 AM: Pack-up camp and head to your next campsite Noon: Lunch Enjoy lunch at a scenic spot on the trail 3:00 PM: Get to your new campsite and setup camp 4:00 PM: Class Time 5:00 PM: Dinner Make a tasty dinner with your cook group 7:00 PM: Family Time Debrief day, worship, and devotional/teaching 9:00 PM: Bedtime
We prioritize the health and well-being of our participants and staff and the effective education of our participants. The remote environments where we conduct our courses can be physically and emotionally challenging. The wilderness environment is what makes our educational activities effective, but it also requires that participants are fully committed to and capable of working hard, taking responsibility for themselves, and working effectively in the group to achieve the goals of the course.
2024 Dates Coming Soon!
*Price per individual
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If you choose to apply and you are accepted to this course, a $250 non-refundable deposit will be processed to secure your spot on the course roster. Your deposit will be applied to your total tuition cost.
There are no prerequisites for this course except a good attitude and a desire to learn and grow. We will teach you the skills of backpacking, including the essential backcountry skills of outdoor cooking and using the bathroom in the wilderness.
Carry a backpack 40-60% of your body weight, hiking 4-8 miles a day
Hike and camp at elevations of 8,000 ft. and up
Long, active days: often up at 6am and in bed at 9pm
We understand the physical requirements may feel overwhelming, but most people can train and have an amazing experience. We provide a training plan to help you be physically prepared for your trip so you can succeed and have the most fun.