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Journey Gap Year

Leadership and Discipleship Through Adventure

Journey is an 8-month gap year internship in Montana designed for young adults (ages 18-26) looking to develop leadership skills, invest in community, experience adventure, and mature in their relationship with God.


Experience the unknown through outdoor sports. Dare to take a risk. Step away from comfort. Discover new boundaries.

We spend most of our time outdoors learning an array of adventure sports!

Participants learn both technical and interpersonal skills through hands-on practice and life application, including survival skills, relational skills, and certification in Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA).

The adventure trainings include:*

• Backpacking
• Rafting
• Kayaking
• Canoeing
• Rescue Training
• Rock Climbing
• Skiing
• Winter Survival
• Mountaineering
• Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) Training & Certification

*varies due to altering conditions


Join in a community aspiring to know others deeply, know ourselves truthfully, and know God profoundly.

Participants live onsite, among fellow Journey participants and camp staff, giving them the opportunity to build deep relationships and experience a community who truly does life together.

You will learn directly from staff who love God and are actively pursuing a deeper relationship with Jesus. This community asks questions, seeks truth, and pursues Christ-likeness in everything.

A Typical Day

8:00 AM
- Devotions
9:00 AM
- Classroom or Adventure Activity
1:00 PM
- Lunch
2:00 PM
- Outdoor Adventure
6:00 PM
- Dinner
7:00 PM - Community Time


Discover your unique style and ability to lead yourself and others. Practice key skills. Gain confidence. Take responsibility.

Our world needs leaders, motivated by their love for God and love for others, equipped with skills and confidence, to serve.

Journey develops these leaders through self-examination, personal training and experiential learning. Participants will have the opportunity to use their leadership skills by guiding practicums through adventures and practicing discipleship.


Same Complete Program, New Reduced Cost: Bighorn is beyond grateful to announce a significant reduction in the program cost for the upcoming 2024-2025 Journey Gap Year! This adjustment is only possible through the remarkable generosity of our donors.

Total Participant Cost

$7,950 (Originally $12,950)

A work study element is included throughout the program to help participants buy down the true cost. A $3500 credit is given to each student, reducing the price from $11,450 to $7,950. The work study provides essential service and ministry opportunities that align with Bighorn's heart of servant leadership. Sample work study components include: leading in a variety of programmed events, assisting with food service, operations, and ground or facilities work.

The price for Journey 2024-2025 includes room and board, adventure activities, programmatic transportation, and all trainings and certifications. The $1000 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance into the program and will reserve your spot. After the deposit, the first semester balance of $3,950 is due by August 1, 2024; the second semester balance of $3,000 is due by January 5th, 2025.


Church Matching
Up to $1,000 Church Matching Scholarship
(Bighorn will match a church donation made on behalf of a participant up to $1,000. Bighorn's matching payment will be applied toward second semester fees.)

Bighorn Alumni
$1,000 for Camp Bighorn Alumni
(Applies to Summer Staff who have worked at least one full Summer prior to attending Journey. This discount will be divided equally, with $500 applied to each semester.)

Referral Incentive
Receive a $300 value adventure package/referral gift for each Journey participant. Click here for more details.

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until all the spaces are filled. Space is limited, so apply now! Once you submit your application, a Journey staff member will reach out to schedule a meet-and-greet. This is your chance to ask questions, meet the leadership team, and learn more about the program. Upon acceptance, all that's left is to send in your deposit and reserve your spot!

I was just sobering up from multiple things and my relationship with the Father was almost non-existent. The love, care and support I had from everyone at Bighorn was insurmountable. With God being soooo present at Camp Bighorn, it was so easy to let God take control and for me not to rely on my own strength.

Hudson H, Age 19

I'm from Philadelphia, a noisy, crowded city. Bighorn was the perfect place of peace I needed to focus on the Lord. It was filled with people who truly loved the Lord and cared about relationship and community. Something I rarely experienced in my life.

Daniel K, Age 20

It's in the small moments where the true impact of the Journey program is seen, heard, and felt because that is how Journey works. It's how it changes lives - in the daily acts of life, adventure, and devotion together.

Joyce A, Age 19

Submitting an application simply means that you are interested in the Journey Gap Year and want to see if it's the right fit for you! There is no cost/deposit required to submit an application - so go ahead and apply ("Register") TODAY!



Fall 2024 - Spring 2025

Semester 1: August 21 - November 22 | Semester 2: January 8 - April 17




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Log Back Into Your Financial Account

2024-2025 Important Dates

August 21st - Arrive at Bighorn
November 22nd (after 2pm)
- Winter Break Begins, Depart from Bighorn
January 7th
- Return to Bighorn
January 8th
- Programming Resumes
April 17th
- Journey Graduation