Alpine Expedition: 9-Day High School Program

OVERVIEW

Embrace a week of life to the FULL in the mountains of Colorado. Learn new skills, build friendships, and grow in understanding of the Catholic faith. Engage in discovery with leaders and peers to develop the unique and irreplaceable person God made you to be. Have the time of your life while gaining experience that can last you a lifetime!

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FEATURES

  • Duration: 9 days, 8 nights

  • Average group size: 10 campers / 2-3 counselors

  • Sleep in 25 foot teepees on Camp Wojtyla’s wilderness basecamp property onsite

  • Sacraments in the Mountains! Opportunities for Mass, Confession, and Adoration, along with daily prayer

  • Focused programming for high school-aged youth, single gender groups

  • On-site adventure activities include fishing, highline, hiking, archery, low ropes, and arts & crafts

  • Off-site adventure activities include outdoor rock climbing, white water rafting on the Arkansas River, and a high-alpine summit attempt in or near the iconic Rocky Mountain National Park

  • Opportunities for up to 2 campouts at satellite locations

  • Experience the beautiful and diverse Rocky Mountain environment; opportunities for observing wildlife, stargazing, and exploring numerous hiking trails by foot

  • Elevation range: 7,000 to 12,500 ft

DESCRIPTION

The High School Alpine Expedition Program runs for 9 days, 8 nights and is based on Camp Wojtyla’s 1200 acre wilderness property. It features many adventures both on-site and off-site during the week. Campers are placed into a teepee group with other campers in a similar age group/grade-level. They are led by a team of highly trained college-aged counselors through daily adventure activities, both physical and spiritual. Campers will spend the night in teepees at our property and experience the richness of their Catholic faith while enjoying the great outdoors. Mass and prayer are a part of every day, and we have spiritual accompaniment from various priests and religious sisters who often stay on site as well. All of the activities are designed to be highly fun and enjoyable, while also allowing for opportunities to create metaphors that connect the experiences back to the Christian Life.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE

While no day is “typical” at Camp Wojtyla, campers can expect most of the following elements on most days:

  • 7am - rise and shine as a teepee group. Morning hygiene routine, short prayer as a group, pack daypacks and dress for the days’ activities

  • 8am- breakfast in basecamp

  • 9am- morning activity block (could include archery, fishing, crafts, highline, rock climbing, prayer time, hiking, low ropes, or other activities)

  • 12:30pm- sack lunch break, group processing

  • 1:30pm- afternoon activity block (could include archery, fishing, crafts, highline, rock climbing, prayer time, hiking, low ropes, or other activities)

  • 5pm- all camp Mass

  • 5:45pm- friendly group competitions and songs

  • 6pm - hot dinner and skits in basecamp

  • 6:45pm- trading post is open

  • 7pm - night program (night game, adoration/confession, off-mainsite overnight, campfire, or other activities)

  • 9pm - return to teepees for small group time; prepare for bed

  • 10pm- “lights out”

*campers are always supervised.

*There’s structured free time including time to pray together and what the campers know and love as Teepee time.

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