Journey Gap Year
Discovering Identity and Purpose
Journey is an 8-month gap year internship designed to help young adults to discover identity, find purpose, and gain experiential training in both service and outdoor adventure. Participants will receive one-on-one discipleship, face challenges in the wilderness, and *travel to experience new cultures, both domestically and abroad.
This community practices radical hospitality, loves audaciously, includes outsiders, trusts God's story, and partners with Him to put the world back together. Significant time is devoted to personal and spiritual growth, and participants will finish with deep friendships, a sense of identity, and proven leadership skills.
Journey is a multi-generational, multicultural community that strives to follow Jesus and live out the Gospel. Participants will live on site, share dorm rooms, and join the camp community while learning what it means to live in the Body of Christ. This will include meeting in small groups, attending family nights with staff, and spending one-on-one time with a mentor. This is an active program, and time will be balanced between indoor and outdoor activities.Apply Now
A Typical Day
8:00 AM - Breakfast
8:30 AM - Devotional
9:00 AM - Small Group Discussion / Meet with a Mentor
10:00 AM - Class / Bible Study / Discipleship Training
1:00 PM - Lunch
1:30 PM - Adventure Activity
6:00 PM - Dinner
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.
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.
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.
To develop Christ-honoring leaders, Journey provides opportunities to build foundational skills and develop essential habits needed to lead a balanced life and serve in any context. Participants will receive training in three specific areas: personal development, spiritual growth, and adventure leadership.Apply Now
Step away from everyday life, establish an identity rooted in Jesus, and discover life-changing purpose. Participants will learn about personality types, individual strengths, and what it means to find an identity in Christ. Bighorn staff members will help Journey students develop a personal mission statement, identify core values, and learn practical life skills, like cooking, cleaning, laundry, and budgeting.
Journey is a safe space where participants are encouraged to ask hard questions and wrestle with doubts. Participants will spend time with mature Christians, learning how to read the Bible for themselves, establish Biblical foundations, and understand God's unconditional love in deeper ways. Discipleship is a primary focus, and Journey students will leave the program knowing how to talk about their faith and teach others to follow Jesus as well.
Rock climbing, backpacking, white-water sports (rafting, paddle boarding, kayaking), ropes courses, zip lines, and other team-building activities will be used to develop both hard and soft skills. Some of these skills include understanding group dynamics, planning adventure experiences, risk management, adapting to cultural differences and guiding adventures. Participants will also go through a medical training and become certified in Wilderness Advanced First Aid.
Great leaders practice humility and serve others. Journey students will have many opportunities to serve at Camp Bighorn and in the local community. Opportunities include leading adventures, serving in the kitchen, assisting with operations, and running community events.Apply Now
Fall 2021 - Spring 2022
August 18 - November 19, January 5 - April 23
Applications will be accepted until all 12 spaces are filled. 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 and learn more about the leadership team. If the Journey Directors agree that this program fits for your personal goals, all that's left is to send in your deposit and reserve your space!
Total Program Cost
Work Study Credit
Credit is given to ALL participants and buys down the total cost of Journey.
Total Payments (includes $500 non-refundable deposit)
A work study component is included to help participants buy down the cost of the program. This involves working during retreats, conferences, and so on. Beyond working off some of the costs, this provides essential service and ministry opportunities that align with the foundational elements of the program. Food service, operations, programming, office and facilities are some of the tasks and roles participants will be involved with.
The price for Journey 2021-2022 includes room and board, cost of adventure activities, *global travel, and all trainings and certifications. Scholarships are available for summer staff alumni, recruiting a friend, and church matching. The $500 non refundable deposit is due after acceptance to the program and reserves your spot. $4,300 is due by August 4, 2021, and the remaining $4,600 will be due by January 5, 2022. These payment deadlines are necessary to plan adventures, transportation, and other critical elements of the program.
Winter Break is scheduled from November 19, 2021 through January 4, 2022.
*Cultural experiences are a key element of the program, providing rich opportunities to see God at work in other communities. To ensure the health and safety of both our team and the communities we visit, all staff members and participants will be required to receive a full COVID-19 vaccination prior to international travel. Your health and safety is a high priority at Camp Bighorn, and all travel decisions will follow the guidelines of state and federal health departments.
$500 For the first five participants to have their application accepted and deposit paid
$1-1,000 Church Matching Scholarship (Up to $1,000)
$1,000+ Camp Bighorn Summer Staff Alumni ($1,000 per year up to $3,000. Must be Summer Staff for 8 weeks of the summer for discount to apply)
$1,000 Recruit a friend to the program (up to $2,000)*
NOTE: Maximum total discounts per participant is $4,500 (not including work study credit)
*Friends recruited cannot be a Bighorn alumni or have been aware of or interested in the program prior to you recruiting them. Upon completion of Fall Term, discount will be given. Maximum $2,000.
Early departure from the program may result in additional fees being assessed. All payments made according to the schedule above are non-refundable.