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Wilderness

Walkabout

Program at Camp Eagle

Nine months. Focused discipleship. Eternal change.

Ideal for: Fit & Adventurous Students & Young Adults   |   Ages: 18 – 24   |   Dates: 5 & 9 month sessions

Experience Walkabout at Camp Eagle

A transformative 9-month program conducted entirely at Camp Eagle, our beautiful Texas hill country campus, that enables high school graduates to step out of the norm, live life with a sharper vision for the Kingdom, and gain a unique outlook on Christian life.

The Program

Every part of the Gap Year Program is about discipleship and teaching students how to be disciples for the rest of their lives. The program is intentionally designed with individual components coming together to form a cohesive 9-month discipleship experience.

 

The program includes 4 major focuses:

25% Adventure   •   20% Study   •   40% Service   •   15% Rest

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AUG – OCT

NOV – MAR

MAR – MAY

ADVENTURE

Nine wilderness expeditions punctuate the year, providing a foundation for learning and application through epic hiking, scenic environments and thrilling multi-sport adventure. An key part of the Walkabout experience, life lessons become memories and a foundation for Christ-like change. Past expeditions have included:

  • Backpacking in the Guadalupe Mountains
  • Backpacking, mountain biking and kayaking in Big Bend National Park
  • Kayaking 60 Miles of the Lower Pecos River
  • Worldview Trip to Austin, TX

Study

Walkabout students spend class time learning how to faithfully read and interpret the Bible. With a strong foundation in scripture, students move toward critical study of theology to contemplate their own beliefs. Finally, students move through a survey of diverse world views relevant to our world today.

College Credit

Colorado Christian University offers Walkabout graduates up to nine hours of college credit at the school of their choice. Students who attend Colorado Christian University after Walkabout earn up to 15 hours.

Service

Camp Eagle retreats could not operate without the help of our Walkabout students who work alongside full-time staff to serve guests during the non-summer months. Service includes running activities like rock climbing, zip lining and rappelling, preparing accommodations, and making and cleaning meals. Aside from being a valuable asset, service allows students to experience what camp ministry is really like. It’s an opportunity for the students to bond with our staff, grow, and put what they have learned into practice.

Rest

To rest when we are weary is not idleness. And relaxing under the trees, listening to the murmur of the water or watching the clouds float across the sky after a hard week of work, play and study, is by no means a waste of time. It is necessary for us to refresh ourselves, our bodies and our minds for the experiences and adventures that lie ahead. We provide one rest day each week, and allow time off for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Experience a different view of the real world…

The Walkabout program is intentionally designed to put the world in the perspective of a disciple. It’s a challenging commitment that defies limitations and inspires courage for the future as a follower of Christ.

Walkabout could change the course of your life forever. Are you strong enough?

A Worthy Commitment

Some of us are called to journey through the wilderness. To satisfy a burning need to be somewhere else. To search for that place just over the horizon. You can’t quite touch it but you know it’s there. And when you find it – if you find it – it changes you profoundly.

Separate yourself from old habits and routines like television, electronic devices and other distractions. Because when we leave behind so-called “necessities”, we find a deeper, eternal wisdom. Learn the value of commitment, have daily conversations with God, interact with community and serve others in love. It’s time to go into the world and seek things for yourself.

For more information download the Walkabout Handbook.

Mission. Values. Goals.

The Bible

Walkabout values the careful study of the Bible in order to gain knowledge of the Truth and to cultivate a life of obedience to God. The Bible is sufficient and trustworthy to faithfully guide every aspect of the lives of God’s people.

 

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Community

We value community, characterized by love and service toward others. This is based on the great commandment to love your neighbor as yourself. Building a genuine community is not easy, but the love that builds it is something worth actively pursuing.

 

Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:37-40

Adventure

Walkabout values unique experiences as a teaching tool. One of the greatest resources we have from God is His natural creation, which we see on a regular basis both on the main campus and during our trips. We believe that God is especially visible in creation and we strive to focus on wilderness in this way.

Service

We value faithful, dedicated work and sacrificial service toward others using a servant leadership model.

 

John 13:1-17

Christ-Like Change

Because of the emphasis Camp Eagle places on modeling and teaching students how to imitate the behavior of Jesus Christ, Walkabout graduates leave with a new perspective on thinking and living. Christ-like change is a goal for every student in Walkabout.

 

Romans 8:28-29; 1 Corinthians 11:1; Philemon 2:5; 1 Peter 2:21; Hebrews 12:1-3

Identity Formation

Walkabout graduates have a deeper grasp of their identities in Christ, a greater understanding of their unique abilities and personalities, and a clarification of vocational and educational pursuits in alignment with God’s purpose.

Expansion of Worldview

Graduates of Walkabout have a greater understanding and heart for the poor, forgotten, and neglected. In addition, students will have a greater knowledge of other worldviews, religions, and cultures.

Understanding of Basic Christian Theology

Learning to express and defend Biblical teaching is paramount to the Walkabout experience. Graduates gain knowledge and experience in using tools to help in the careful interpretation and application of the Bible.

Life Skills

Classes are held throughout the year to help teach students basic life skills. These classes change from year to year, but usually include resume building, basic auto maintenance and budgeting.

Walkabout changed perspective

"I have learned so much through this program. It has definitely changed my perspective and my growth in the Lord in every aspect. I love the dynamics of the program and I really enjoy all the different types of activities that we get to experience. Being here has made...

Kent’s life changed

"Being out here has given me the opportunity to come close to Christ and he has changed my life forever." – Kent, 2009 Student

Anna’s Walkabout Story

Anna Escobar attended Walkabout in 2009-2010. She has also worked on our summer staff team for a number of summers. Anna's involvement at Camp Eagle has not only shaped who she is, but God has changed lives through her. "Doing Walkabout was a really incredible...

Everything You Need to Know +

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Climate & Conditions

Competitor magazine declared Camp Eagle “Texas’ best adventure destination.” It’s no surprise with 1,400 acres of rugged Hill Country along with natural caves, a quarter mile of 150′ limestone cliffs, and 1.5 miles of the crystal clear Nueces River.

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Physical Demands

Wilderness adventures may require physical stamina and conditioning beyond what you are used to. Here are some tips on what to expect and how to condition your mind and body so you have an awesome experience.

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What to Bring

This is not your average camping trip and so the packing list is a bit different than our regular overnight camp. Pack thorough, but light, as you’ll be carrying these essential things with you as you hike.

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What not to Bring

Not to be a downer, but this is wilderness camp, baby! Off the grid. Enjoy it. Here’s your list of items to leave at home. Yep, cell phones are on it. You’ll have no use for them anyway.

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Participation Waivers

Our goal is to make camp as safe as possible. But adventure activities have inherent risks. Please review and acknowledge with your signature.

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Getting To Camp

Glorieta is located at 11 State Highway 50, Glorieta, NM 87535. For directions click the "MAP" button below.

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Arrival & Departure

Upon acceptance into the Walkabout Program, students will be given detailed arrival and departure instructions. For more information, please contact us.

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Health and Safety

The spiritual, physical, and emotional well being of every camper is our top priority. We’re here to fulfill all their safety and nutritional needs.

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Email, Mail & Packages

Campers LOVE to get mail! You can leave it with us when you drop off your camper. Or mail it, but just remember to send it a week ahead.

Payment Policies

Payments for Walkabout Program can be handled in a number of ways. Review our options and policies BEFORE registering for camp.

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Code of Conduct

We’re here to have fun, build each other up and encourage others in love! But there are a few behaviors that just won’t fly at Wilderness Walkabout.

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In Case of Emergency

We want kids to establish their independence. But if there’s a home emergency, contact the camp Director and we’ll arrange a call.

Staff

Enthusiastic. Energetic. Inspiring. And SUPER Fun.

Our staff is made up of a bunch of really fun, friendly people who are also super serious about providing you with the best camp experience ever. Each day they demonstrate their passion for serving Jesus Christ through leading by example and with a cheerful demeanor.

Our staff members are recruited based on their:

Personality & Ability

Passion for Teaching

Servant's Heart

Relationship With Christ

Qualifications & Skills

Education & Training

Dates & Rates

Walkabout ProgramLengthDatesRatesStatusRegister
Walkabout 2019 (Camp Eagle - Texas)5 MonthJan 5, 2019 - May 11, 2019$5,000OPENAPPLY
Walkabout 2019-2020 (Camp Eagle - Texas)9 MonthAugust 17, 2019 - May 9, 2020$10,000OPENAPPLY

For any questions regarding Walkabout Program or registration please contact:

Hayley Prine: Email | 830-683-3532

Payment Policy

  • Walkabout fees include all meals, lodging, trips, education, staff shirts, a Red Cross lifeguard/CPR certification, and all program related expenses
  • 5-month Tuition: $5,000
  • 9-month Tuition: $10,000
    • $1,000 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance into the program
    • $9,800 in total is due upon arrival
  • ALL PAYMENTS MADE ARE NON-REFUNDABLE for reservations abandoned with no advance notice.
  • Reservations canceled with advance notice will still require partial payment based on the schedule shown below:
    • 2 Months Prior – 50% Cancellation Fee
    • 1 Months Prior – 60% Cancellation Fee
    • 3 Weeks Prior – 70% Cancellation Fee
    • 1 Week Prior – 90% Cancellation Fee

If you have questions please contact hayley.prine@campeagle.org

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