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Catalyst at HoneyRock

Catalyst at HoneyRock

Catalyst at HoneyRock

Introducing Catalyst

In this video Ashley Paige Kiley, Camp Programs Director, provides an overview of HoneyRock's newest camper program: Catalyst

What is Catalyst?

Catalyst is designed as a two-year leadership development program for high school campers.

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Participating in vocational service areas, living life in community, and purposefully engaging in sacred rhythms, such as morning watch, worship, and bible studies, Catalyst is designed to be a training ground for launching your camper into life after high school.

Through personalized coaching and our disciple-making leadership model, campers will further develop a grounded identity in Christ, an awareness of personal strengths, weaknesses, and giftings, and a character marked by resilience and integrity.  

During Catalyst, campers will have the opportunity to participate in activity areas, plan and lead wilderness trips, and develop life-long friendships within their community of peers. 

We pray this program will serve as the catalyst for your son or daughter to make the commitment to walk as faithful influences, equipped and ready to navigate the complex world today. 

1 Peter 4:10-11

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 

English Standard Version (ESV)

Catalyst: A Two Year Program

This first year is geared towards exploring strengths, giftings, passions, and how the Lord has uniquely designed each person to live out His callings. We'll explore what it means to be salt and light in the world and continue to press into how one lives faithful to Jesus in high school and beyond. 

Catalyst Year 1 campers will serve for two-weeks in different vocational and operational areas throughout HoneyRock that include (but are not limited to) the kitchen, guest services, operations, trip locker, the equestrian center, and Day Camp. This allows campers to explore different work and ministry environments, increasing their self awareness and providing real life experience for meaningful reflection. 

Evenings and weekends are spent enjoying activities, bible studies, cultural engagement conversations, and fun group events.

In their second year, Catalyst Year 2 campers will have the opportunity to take on more responsibility at HoneyRock as they go through the process of becoming a disciple making leader. They will step into this leadership through roles in activity areas, vocational/operation areas, and cabin leading; as well as being fed spiritually and emotionally by worship, bible studies, and one-on-one mentoring within a Christ-centered community. 

This is a summer of commitment to Christ, to others, and to your callings.

Catalyst FAQs

The Catalyst Year 1 and Year 2 programs are so much more than just the service areas and work experience.

Yes, for one portion of the program campers are serving in different operational areas around HoneyRock. However, these areas (or tracks) are not designed for the efficiency of service to Honeyrock. Rather this core element of the program is purposely designed and planned out for the continued faith and character formation of our Catalyst campers. 

While we can't guarantee placement in any one track (a track is a work area), Catalyst participants will designate which track(s) they are most interested in exploring. Participants can designate an interest in pursuing one track or multiple tracks throughout the summer.

Once you have designated interest in a track for the upcoming two weeks, you cannot change your mind. When the next selection period comes up (at the end of the current two-week work rotation) you can designate your interest in switching to another track. Why is this? Once you're assigned a track, your supervisor will be counting on you to lead in the work area!

Completing Catalyst 1 is recommended before doing Catalyst 2. However, if you're interested in Catalyst 2, reach out to honeyrock.register@wheaton.edu and they will connect you with the Catalyst 2 Coordinator to talk and determine what program is the best fit.

What does a day in the life of Catalyst look like?

6:00 Solid Rock (Optional)
6:45 Morning Watch
7:30 Breakfast
8:00 Staff Devotionals
8:30 Service Areas or Day Camp Counseling
12:15 Lunch
1:00 Service Areas or Day Camp Counseling
5:15 Dinner
6:00 Free/Chill Time
7:00 Beehive Open
7:30 Bible Study or Evening Activity
9:30 Cabin Time and Reflection
10:30 Lights Out

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays are days for Day Camp counseling, vocational exploration through work, and service.

Wednesdays are unique and set aside to focus on Catalyst 1 programming.

See the weekend drop down option to learn more about what weekends are like in Catalyst 1!

8:00 Staff Devotionals
8:30 Morning Watch
9:15 Varies Weekend by Weekend*
12:15 Lunch
1:00 Rest Hour
2:00 Varies Weekend by Weekend*
4:00 Vespers
5:15 Dinner
6:00 Beehive Open
6:30 Evening Event
9:30 Cabin Time & Reflection
11:00 Lights Out


1 Community Formation, Wilderness Trip, & Service Area Orientation
2 Service Area 1
3 Service Area 1
4 Service Area 2
5 Service Area 2 *5-Week Catalyst 1 Departs
6 Service Area 3
7 Service Area 3 
1 Training and Community Formation
2 Training in Res Camp, Activities, and Service Areas
3 Track 1
5 Track 2
7 Track 3

If you're in the Residential Camp track (counseling Residential Camp campers) this is what your schedule will look like on an average day.

6:00 Solid Rock (Optional)
7:00 Staff Meeting
7:45 Zacco
8:00 Staff Devotionals
8:45 Morning Watch
9:10 Lead Bible Study
10:15 Camper Worship
10:45 Activity Period 1
12:50 Zacco
1:00 Lunch
1:35 Rest Hour
2:45 Activity Period 2
4:30 OPA - Optional Play Activity
5:50 Zacco
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Evening Cabin Activity
9:00 Cabin Reflection
9:30 Lights Out

If you're in the Activity Staff track this is what your schedule will look like on an average day.

6:00 Solid Rock (Optional)
7:00 Village Duty
7:15 Breakfast
8:15 Activity Period 1 (leading Advance Campers)
10:45 Activity Period 2 (leading Res Campers)
12:40 Lunch
1:00 Activity Period 3 (leading Advance Campers)
2:45 Activity Period 4 (leading Res Campers)
5:15 Dinner
6:00 Free Time
7:00 Community Time / Discipleship Hour
8:30 Cabin Reflection
9:45 Lights Out

If you're in the Service Area track this is what your schedule will look like on an average day.

6:00 Solid Rock (Optional)
6:45 Morning Watch
7:30 Breakfast
8:00 Staff Devos
8:30 Service Areas
12:15 Lunch
1:00 Service Areas
5:15 Dinner
6:00 Free Time
7:00 Community Time / Discipleship Hour
8:30 Cabin Reflection
9:45 Lights Out
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The biggest area that I grew in while at HoneyRock, was in how I act as a servant leader. I learned how to trust in God’s providence and faithfulness even if I did not see the exact ways he was moving at the moment. My faith took leaps and bounds forward while participating in Catalyst. — Taylor Chiles
The most meaningful part of my son’s summer in Catalyst was serving in the Service Areas. He loved getting to work alongside the Operations Staff and develop a heart for serving others and working hard. He now looks for opportunities to serve others back at home! — 2021 Camper Parent