September 10, 2013-August 24,2014
Wilderness trip, ropes course, retreat hosting, work projects
December 2, 2013–August 24, 2014
Official start of the Apprenticeship program
Stipend: Apprentices receive a salary for the winter/spring retreat ministry and the weeks of summer camp ministry as part of their experience. Take home pay is approximately $2,500 for winter/spring and $1,600 for summer. You will not be paid during staff training.
Room and Board: Room and Board is deducted from your paycheck during the ministry seasons. Apprentices will be housed in a HoneyRock lodge with dorm-like housing with 2-5 other singles or a studio apartment for married couples. Three family-style meals are served daily in the HoneyRock dining hall.
Affordability: We have done our best to make this high quality program affordable knowing you likely have student loans, car payments and insurance. Apprentices receive a life changing, personal and professional development experiences with graduate-level classes. Compare this program to Youth with a Mission Discipleship Training Schools, a NOLS semester, or a Capenwray Semester Program and you will see it is a foundational experience to launch you into ministry or full-time graduate school.
Basic Schedule for Apprentices:
December: Program Orientation and Foundations
December 2-20 Apprentices will go deeper into training with three weeks of study in retreat ministry philosophy and strategy. Training will also include skills in winter sports such as cross-country skiing, broomball, ice-skating, hockey, tubing snowshoeing and some exposure to overnight winter camping. Training will conclude with a week off for Christmas. There is no charge for room and board during winter ministry training in December. Apprentices will need to be back to camp on December 26 to start ministry on December 27.
January–March: Winter Retreat Ministry
Apprentices will be paid for 10 weeks of ministry at a rate of $350/week minus $145/week for room and board. Apprentices will be directly involved in hands-on ministry as they host various retreat groups for college students, schools and church groups. Apprentices will design and implement 3- to 15-day programs for retreat guests.
When not working or preparing for groups, Apprentices will be assigned to different areas of camp to do special projects. Apprentices may work on operations crews, in the kitchen, in the office, or in housekeeping.
At the beginning of March, students will finish up retreat season and may have the opportunity to attend the Christian Camp & Conference Association (CCCA) Wisconsin Sectional (March 17–March 19).as part of the program. The last two weeks of March will be Spring Break (March 20-April 6)
May starts summer training and ministry. Apprentices will participate in the two-week Adventure Challenge Course leader and philosophy training (4-credit M.A. option) and will also be participating in and be a part of leading a portion of summer ministry/staff training.
Apprentices will carry out summer ministry philosophy and training, serving about 1,000 college students and young campers through a variety of different programs. August starts our premier first-year orientation program (Wheaton Passage) for Wheaton College freshmen and transfer students. Apprentices will either lead a wilderness trip, help with logistics, or lead an in-camp small group of students. Apprentices will be paid $360/week minus $145/week for room and board for 13 weeks of summer ministry.