Commonly Asked Questions
What are the requirements for Crossings participants?
This trip is designed specifically for students who are transitioning out of college. If you are a senior graduating in May, a first semester senior graduating next December, or if you graduated from college in the past year, you are exactly who we have in mind!
What kinds of medical certifications do your leaders have?
Our head instructors are required to have up-to-date CPR and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certifications. The WFR certification is the recognized industry standard for backcountry trip leaders.
What does my course tuition cover?
Your course tuition covers travel expenses from our equipment room to the start point of your trip and back again, all group gear such as tents and stoves, a variety of personal gear you may need to borrow such as kayaks, and sleeping bags, all food during the course of the trip (except during travel to and from the start location) and all books and reading material. The CCO is a non-profit organization and all tuition costs go directly towards the OLT summer opportunities program.
What is the student:instructor ratio?
Our optimum trip size is 12-15 students with 4 instructors. We keep the student:instructor ratio 4:1 or smaller.
What kinds of fundraising opportunities are available to cover my tuition cost?
We strongly believe that the Crossings experience will change your life and that you will grow in your ability to live a life that will influence others for the Kingdom of God. We also believe that your growth in that way is a worthwhile cause for financial investments. We see such investments as investments not only in the lives of our participants, but also in the leadership for the campus, church, marketplace, and broader culture to come. Therefore, we give students the opportunity to ask people in their lives to contribute to the cost of their tuition. All money donated goes directly to the cost of the individual participant’s trip.
Once you are accepted and send in your deposit, you will be sent a detailed “How to Fundraise for Crossings” packet that will include letters to send to your friends and family. You will also be assigned a fundraising mentor who will walk through your fundraising with you, every step of the way!
After I send in my application, when will I find out if I can go?
We will fill the spots on the trip in a first come, first serve order. After receiving your application, we will review it and then offer you a spot either on the trip or on the waiting list. If you are offered a spot on the trip, you will be required to send in a $100 deposit within 2 weeks of the notification of your acceptance.