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.
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
AUG – OCT
NOV – MAR
MAR – MAY
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Getting To Camp
Glorieta is located at 11 State Highway 50, Glorieta, NM 87535. For directions click the "MAP" button below.
Arrival & Departure
Upon acceptance into the Walkabout Program, students will be given detailed arrival and departure instructions. For more information, please contact us.
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.
Payments for Walkabout Program can be handled in a number of ways. Review our options and policies BEFORE registering for camp.
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.
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.
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
Relationship With Christ
Qualifications & Skills
Education & Training
Dates & Rates
- 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
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Wilderness Partner Camps
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Base Camp Features
Some of the things that make Glorieta such a very special place.
Our wilderness is alive with dramatic and inspiring scenery—rushing rivers and quiet streams, isolated forests and majestic mountains that rise to challenge you. Glorieta is a place where heaven meets earth.
There are fun things to do everywhere you turn! Glorieta is built for fun and adventure and you'll find all sorts of outdoor activities designed to make your time at Glorieta breathtakingly exciting.
Health & Safety
The physical and emotional wellbeing of our campers are top priorities. Meals provide proper fuel for active bodies and every facility and activity is designed, built, staffed and maintained to eliminate chances for injury.