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Catalyst at HoneyRock

Catalyst at HoneyRock

Catalyst at HoneyRock

Introducing Catalyst

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

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Catalyst at HoneyRock

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen. - 1 Peter 4:10-11

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This is your camper's training ground. At the conclusion of the two years in this program, we campers will be ready to launch out of their homes and into whatever the Lord is calling them to step into next. We want this program to serve as the catalyst for them to make the commitment to walking as faithful influences, who are equipped and ready to navigate the complex world today.

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The biggest area that I grew at HoneyRock...was in how I act as a servant leader, and learning 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. — Taylor Chiles

Catalyst: A Two Year Program

This 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. 

Similar to Service Team, campers will serve in two-week rotations throughout HoneyRock that include (but aren't limited to) the kitchen, guest services, operations, trip locker, the barn, 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 the second year, Catalyst campers will begin to lead others in their area of strength. Based on what they experienced and learned in Catalyst Year 1, campers will rotate through others-oriented leadership roles, including Activity Staff Co-Instructors, Residential Camp (either co-counselor or cabin aunt/uncle), and peer leadership in Catalyst 1 work area rotations.

Evenings and weekends are spent in program areas: Activity Staff, Residential Camp, and/or Catalyst. This time includes enjoying activities, co-leading bible studies for campers, cultural engagement conversations, and hosting fun group events.

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

I'm excited for Catalyst because...

We asked a few high school HoneyRockers why they're excited to be participating in Catalyst this year. Here's what they had to say!

“Living in a largely atheist city and frequenting a school with no Christians whatsoever, I have never found myself surrounded by like-minded kids my age. For this reason, I am extremely excited to be a part of a Christian community where I can ask my questions and feel supported spiritually. Alongside this, the opportunity to serve a camp I have been served at year after year is incredible and definitely something I couldn’t miss out on.” – Camille Michel

“Catalyst 2 seems like the best program for me next summer, as I jump at the opportunity to spend as much time at HoneyRock as possible. Besides that, I'm really looking forward to serving younger campers and being able to pass on my wisdom, knowledge, and peace that I've found at camp to a new group of eager kids. It's going to be an awesome summer!”  Phoebe Jeske

“I'm looking forward to Catalyst 2 to form amazing friendships and make memories. To be immersed in the beauty of nature. To grow in my relationship with Jesus amidst supportive staff and peers. To become a leader and have opportunities to serve others. To be challenged and strengthen my character. To laugh, and love, and sing my heart to Jesus during worship. HoneyRock is one of my all-time favorite places and I can't wait for this summer!” – Jane Osielski

“I’m excited for this opportunity to participate, learn, explore, and become closer to God through leadership and connecting with others at HoneyRock.” – Luke Mcclellan

“I can’t wait to attend HoneyRock’s brand new Catalyst 2 this upcoming summer!  I am looking forward to the chance to participate in a service-oriented program and for the opportunity to build my leadership skills. In past years I have really looked forward to being a part of Service Team and/or being an Assistant Counselor. I’m very excited about how personalized and how much more I can learn and grow through the Catalyst 2 experience.” – Johanna Bieszke

Catalyst 1 in the Life

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


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 

Catalyst 2 in the Life

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
1 Training and Community Formation
2 Training in Res Camp, Activities, and Service Areas
3 Track 1
5 Track 2
7 Track 3

Frequently Asked Questions About Catalyst

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.

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