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Wilderness Leadership Minor

Fom zero to hero all in one go.

 

Ready to level-up your skills and dive deep into becoming a wilderness leader?
Want to go deep with God and see how wilderness ministry can change a life?

 

If so, the Wilderness Leadership Minor could be for you! This minor is an intensive summer semester that packages all the key courses you need to become a wilderness leader and a wilderness ministry professional. It will be an extended time in deep wilderness settings with a vibrant, authentic community – creating bonds that are deep and true.

As a team you will begin with getting your Wilderness First Responder, the gold standard in wilderness medicine. From there you will follow in the footsteps of Jesus and spend 40 Days and 40 Nights in the wilderness. With your extended wilderness experience under your belt, you will be ready to learn the skills of a Wilderness Ministry Professional. And finally, completing your hard skills arsenal, you will take Rock Instructor I. It won’t be easy but it will be worth it. Are you ready?

 

DETAILS

Course details at a glance.

June 5-Aug 27, 2021

Arrive: 8 am | Depart: 5 pm
Age

20+

Duration

84 DAYS

START & END BASE

617 Plaza Ct, Laramie, WY

LOCATION(S)

Vedauwoo, Snowy Range Mountains, Wind River Range

Essential Eligibility
Skill Level: Beginner Friendly

There are no prerequisites for this course except a desire to learn and grow. We will teach you the skills of rock climbing and backpacking, including the essential backcountry skills of gourmet cooking and using the bathroom in the wilderness.

Physical Ability:

  • Carry a backpack 40-60% of your body weight, hiking 4-8 miles a day on the backpacking section
  • Hike and camp at elevations of 8,000 ft. and up
  • Long days, often up at 6am and in bed at 9pm

We understand the physical requirements may be overwhelming, but we find most people can train and do great. We provide a training plan to help you be physically prepared for your trip so you can succeed and have the most fun.

Major Skills Learned

TALK TO AN ADVENTURE SPECIALIST

We would be happy to chat. Call (307) 755-0642 or Email admissions@srom.org.

Itinerary

An overview of what to expect on course.
ARRIVAL
You will meet your leaders and team at SROM headquarters in Laramie, WY. The day will start with a brief orientation as you get to know your leaders and team members. We will issue any gear you need and lead you in packing your pack before heading out.
Section 1 // Wilderness First Responder

Your Instructors utilize Classroom and outdoor Scenarios to practice the skills that are taught in the classroom.

A Typical Day:
(times are estimates and will vary)
6:00 AM – Breakfast
7:30 AM – Classroom begins
Noon – Lunch
1:00 pm Practice Scenario
3:00 PM -Classroom time
5:00 PM – Dinner
7:00 PM – Study and review time.
9:00 PM – Bedtime

Section 2 // Rock Climbing

With packs packed, you’ll head out to a world-class venue for rock climbing in Laramie Peaks and Vedauwoo Recreation Area. Here you will start your time in community, learning to exercise trust and acquiring tools for overcoming fear. You will learn basic climbing knots, how to belay a climber, and climbing techniques.

Each day will have a spiritual theme with family time in the evenings that often includes worship, teaching and discussion. Your leaders will also model for you what it means to be a leader of the day (LOD) and then you will get a chance to be a leader of the day for at least one of the days on course.

A Typical Rock Climbing Day:
(times are estimates and will vary)
6:00 AM – Breakfast: cook breakfast with your cook group
8:30 AM: Gear packed for a day of rock climbing
Noon – Lunch: Eat while out climbing
3:30 PM: Head back to base camp
4:00 PM: Time Alone with God (TAG), typically 1hr, and/or teaching.
5:00 PM – Dinner: Make dinner with your cook group
7:00 PM: Family Time – debrief day, worship, and devotional/teaching
9:00 PM: Bedtime

Section 3 // Mountaineering
From your climbing section you will be shuttled to the Snowy Range Mountains where you will undergo Mountaineering training and Snow Rescue school. Here you will continue your time in community, learning to exercise trust and acquiring tools for overcoming fear. You will learn basic climbing knots, how to self arrest, and climbing techniques.

Each day will have a spiritual theme with family time in the evenings that often includes worship, teaching and discussion. Your leaders will also model for you what it means to be a leader of the day (LOD) and then you will get a chance to be a leader of the day for at least one of the days on course.

A Typical Day:
(times are estimates and will vary)
6:00 AM – Breakfast: cook breakfast with your cook group
8:30 AM: Gear packed for snow school
Noon – Lunch: Eat while on the snow
3:30 PM: Head back to base camp
4:00 PM: Time Alone with God (TAG), typically 1hr, and/or teaching.
5:00 PM – Dinner: Make dinner with your cook group
7:00 PM: Family Time – debrief day, worship, and devotional/teaching
9:00 PM: Bedtime

Section 4 // Backpacking

You will head deeper into the Wind River Range. There you will see towering peaks, beautiful alpine lakes and streams, meadows of wildflowers, and incredible starlit skies in some of the finest wilderness areas in North America. We will teach you the technical outdoor skills to thrive in the mountains, learning things such as campsite selection, route finding, and navigation.

In this section, you will also get an extended time to reflect and spend time alone with God on a solo. The lessons will build upon each other, putting it all to the test with your final peak attempt.

A Typical Backpacking Day:
(times are estimates and will vary)
6:00 AM – Breakfast: cook breakfast with your cook group
8:30 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: Time Alone with God (TAG), typically 1hr, and/or teaching.
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

Special Days:

  • Solo
  • Peak Attempt
  • Student Led Travel
Section 5 // Wilderness ministry professionals course
Once your 40 day portion of your Minor concludes you will head into the wilderness for a 14 day intenssive instructor training course that equips you with a deeper understanding of SROM ciriculum as well as continual building upon what you have learned during your summer on both your WFR and 40 day course. This section is backpacking only and reflects the same type of schedule as the backpacking section. This course is required for anyone who has interest in instructing for SROM.

Special Days:

  • Solo
  • Peak Attempt
  • Student Led Travel
Section 6 // Rock Instructor 1
The final section of the WLM is our 7 day Rock Instructor course which utilizes learning introductory climbing, lead climbing, top rope setting and rappeling. This course is a required pre requiset  if you have interest in instructing for SROM for the rock climbing portions of our courses.

Students do not base camp during this course. Nor does SROM provide meals. Please plan accordingly.

A Typical Instruction Day:
(times are estimates and will vary)
7:00 AM – Arrive to begin the day
8:30 AM: Drive to the crag
Noon – Lunch: Eat while out climbing
5:30 PM – Arrive back at HQ

Departure
Returning to the SROM base, you will de-issue group gear and rented gear before showering and debriefing with one of our staff members. Officially closing the course, you will be awarded with a course completion certificate. Afterwards, teams often go out for a celebratory dinner* at a local restaurant.

*This meal is not covered by SROM as it is outside of the official course. However, it is a good thing to plan for.

PHOTOS & VIDEO

Get a glimpse into the experience.
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Testimonies of Transformation

Hear what others experienced.

I didn’t expect how much God would use this time away from the world’s distractions to speak tenderly to my soul. Though this time, scripture, books and conversation, I learned about many areas of my life where I desperately needed my Abba, Father – someone! I’ve never really connected to God. I also learned about the power of naming my fears, and how I can pay more attention to my emotions and grow in expressing them and learning what God is showing me through them.

Overall, Jesus used these days in the wilderness just as Hosea 2:14 promises: “Therefore I will allure her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. I will turn her valleys of trouble into doors of hope.”

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Wilderness Leadership Minor

Fom zero to hero all in one go.

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REGULAR

Applications March 1st - April 1st
$9,930/person

Late

Applications after April 1st.
$10,923/person

Questions About Covid-19

What if SROM has to cancel the course?

You will receive a full refund if we need to cancel the course.

Should I get travel insurance?

Yes, we highly recommend getting travel insurance and checking to see if it covers Covid-19 or not.

Not only is travel insurance helpful for a potential change in plans or a course closure, some travel insurance plans will also cover if you needed to be evacuated from a course for a medical emergency. 

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QUESTIONS?

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It won't be easy, but it will be worth it.