Leadership and Discipleship in the Wilderness (LDW) is an extended wilderness trip that provides leadership development and a community living experience for college students. LDW participants are challenged to grow in their intimacy with God, embrace their identities as image-bearers of their Creator and develop character and leadership skills. You can choose to experience LDW through either six weeks of backpacking and mountaineering in Wyoming’s Wind River Mountain Range or through four weeks of sea kayaking on Ontario’s Georgian Bay. Either way, you will walk away from this experience with a deeper understanding of who you are as a beloved child of God and as a leader in His Kingdom.
Destination: Wind River Range, Wyoming OR Georgian Bay, Canada
Activities: Backpacking, mountaineering rock climbing OR sea kayaking
*exact cost is to be determined
Sample Day-to-Day Life
Learn all the necessities for living and kayaking or hiking in the wilderness.
Practice leadership by becoming Leader of the Day.
Journal daily about decision-making, leadership, communication or any of the LDW character areas: servanthood, knowing, community, Christ-likeness or spiritual disciplines.
Practice disciplines like prayer, Scripture study, fasting and solitude.
Spend 3-4 days at the end with only the other participants, putting everything you’ve learned into practice.
Play, laugh and explore the beauty of God’s creation.
“LDW helped me grow as a leader by producing situations and environments that varied every single day and that challenged me in a way things in everyday life had never done.”
—Linda Schirmeister, LDW Wyoming participant