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Wheaton Passage

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Why Wheaton Passage?

Wheaton Passage is Wheaton College's new student transition program that is specifically designed to help students make friends with fellow new students, build relationships with upperclassmen, and connect with Wheaton College faculty.

 

Research shows that college transitional programs, like Passage, improve students' overall college experience. Second to dorm life at Wheaton, students make the most friends at Passage. HoneyRock offers four distinct options for your Passage experience and each features one-of-a-kind opportunities and experiences. Explore the different tracks to see which might be the best fit for you!


Dates: Coming 2021 | No wilderness experience necessary!

Your adventure begins when you meet your leader and small group at Wheaton College. You will travel together on coach buses to one of four wilderness experiences:

  • Sea kayaking around the Apostle Islands of Wisconsin
  • Canoeing in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota
  • Backpacking in the Sawtooth Mountains of Minnesota or the Superior Hiking Trail in Minnesota
  • Rock climbing on the North Shore of Minnesota

Activities may also include rappelling, team building, and a solo experience. The length and remote nature of your trip provide experiences in community, personal growth, and creation. Previous wilderness or camping experience is not necessary to successfully complete this trip.

All tracks converge at HoneyRock for several days of small group discussions with Wheaton College faculty, service projects in the local community, and activities. After this time at HoneyRock, all Passage students will travel back to Wheaton in time for on-campus orientation.

During Passage, students are enrolled in CFM 131: Introduction to Spiritual Formation. Students will complete reading and writing assignments before and after coming to HoneyRock as part of the course experience.

To Request a Track:

The student should request their trip preferences during the registration process. These requests will be honored on a first come first serve basis unless there is a medical circumstance that prevents a student from participating in one of the tracks.

The Wilderness Track has limited spots due to staffing, equipment, permit availability and safety regulations. If, after the Wilderness track becomes full, you would like to be put on the waitlist for the wilderness track, you should register for the Northwoods track and then complete a second registration for the Wilderness track. When you get to the end of the wilderness registration you will be notified that you have been put on a waiting list. Every year we have students drop out or switch tracks and students are able to move off the waitlist. See instructions for getting on the waitlist here.

If you have questions about this track or need assistance in the registration process, email passage@wheaton.edu.

Dates: Coming 2021

Urban Passage will take you right into Chicago where you will reside at Wheaton College's Urban Studies facility located in Woodlawn - one of Chicago's most diverse communities. Dedicated to community service, you will interface with different organizations that are ministering throughout the city. Living in community and serving others will become the basis for the close friendships you will form through this unique Wheaton College experience.

  • You will meet at Wheaton College and board vans to the Wheaton College Urban Studies facility located in the Woodlawn neighborhood, one of Chicago's most diverse communities.
  • Once in Chicago, you will be living and working in community (sleeping, cooking, and eating meals) with your fellow classmates under the leadership of highly trained HoneyRock staff members.

  • Dedicated to community service, you will interface with different organizations that are ministering throughout the city of Chicago.

All tracks will come together at HoneyRock for several days of small group discussions with Wheaton College faculty, service projects in the local community, and activities. After this time, all Passage students will travel back to Wheaton in time for on-campus orientation.

During Passage, students are enrolled in CFM 131: Introduction to Spiritual Formation and receive 2 hours of credit. Students will complete reading and writing assignments before and after coming to HoneyRock as part of the course experience.

If you have questions about this track or need assistance in the registration process, email passage@wheaton.edu.

Dates: Coming 2021

Being part of the Equestrian experience provides you with a tight community and unique experiences through God's creation, while learning horsemanship skills.

Based at HoneyRock, you will become immersed in the world of horses and equestrian training while you transition into Wheaton College. With the beauty of the Northwoods surrounding you, you will participate in a variety of horsemanship activities such as arena classes, trail rides, and ground-training skills. While involved in these experiences, you will form close friendships with your peers and leaders.

  • Your adventure starts when you meet at Wheaton College and board coach buses to HoneyRock.
  • Once you arrive, you will meet the other 7-9 members of your small group and your leader who is a highly trained HoneyRock staff member.
  • For the first three days, your small group will bond through a variety of horsemanship activities such as arena classes, trail rides, and ground-training skills. While participating in these experiences you will have group discussions and get to know your peers as well as your leaders. 

All tracks will come together at HoneyRock for several days of small group discussions with Wheaton College faculty, service projects in the local community, and activities. After this, all Passage students will travel back to Wheaton in time for on-campus orientation.

During Passage, students are enrolled in CFM 131: Introduction to Spiritual Formation and receive 2 hours of course credit. Students will complete reading and writing assignments before and after coming to HoneyRock as part of the course experience.

If you have questions about this track or need assistance in the registration process, email passage@wheaton.edu.

Dates: Coming 2021

Settling into HoneyRock, you'll be surrounded by the beauty and majesty of the Northwoods. This residential experience brings you into a close community by living and sharing life with 7-9 small group members. Enjoy the beauty of Long Lake with activities such as hiking, canoeing, biking, watersports, and much more while you build friendships with peers and upper-class students.

  • Your adventure starts when you meet at Wheaton College and board coach buses to HoneyRock, where you will engage in a residential experience.
  • Once you arrive, you will meet the other 7-9 members of your small group and your leader who is a trained HoneyRock staff member.
  • For the first three days, your small group will bond through fun team-building activities such as challenge course initiatives, hiking, canoeing, ceramics, campfires and discussions.

All tracks will come together at HoneyRock for several days of small group discussions with Wheaton College faculty, service projects in the local community, and activities. After this period of convergence, all Passage students will travel back to Wheaton in time for on-campus orientation.

During Passage, students are enrolled in CFM 131: Introduction to Spiritual Formation and receive 2 hours of course credit. Students will complete reading and writing assignments before and after coming to HoneyRock as part of the course experience.

If you have questions about this track or need assistance in the registration process, email passage@wheaton.edu.

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Offset the Cost of Passage

Are finances keeping you from considering the Passage experience? Contact our team at passage@wheaton.edu for more information.

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How to Sign Up for Wheaton Passage

Due Date:

Ongoing

Instructions:

Due Date: Ongoing

Instructions:

Students must purchase two texts for the course. There is significant reading that must be done ahead of time so make sure you order these as soon as possible.

  1. Wheaton Passage Workbook 2021 | NOT YET AVAILABLE - will update Spring 2021
    • To Order: Purchase through the  Wheaton College Bookstore 
    • Must be a hard copy (no ebooks) of the 2021 edition.
    • Includes the syllabus, readings, discussion guides, and grading rubrics. 
  2. Embracing the Love of God by James Bryan Smith

** If you have questions or concerns about the course texts, please let us know at passage@wheaton.edu.

Important Note About E-books: 

You must have a hard copy of the workbook. You will not have access to electronic devices (phone, computer, kindle, reader, etc) during Passage and you will need hard copies of the book and all responses to effectively participate in discussions. If you purchase an ebook, you must purchase it IN ADDITION to the hard copy. The only circumstance in which we recommend ordering an ebook and a hardcopy is if you are registering for Passage within 4 weeks of the start date and want to get a jump start on the reading. All assignments should ultimately be completed in the hard copy version as you will not have access to electronic devices during Passage.

Due Date:

Preferably as you register, but no later than July 1.

Instructions:

Sign into your account and confirm your transportation plans. 

Due Date:

Upon registration

Instructions:

It's important to thoroughly review our FAQ page, which includes need-to-know information about having the best Passage experience! 

Helpful Information within the FAQ page:

  • Technology & Communication Policy
  • Special Notes for Parents
  • Transportation Information
  • About Wheaton Passage Leaders
  • Packing List

Due Date:

Upon registration

Instructions:

We'll create a group for Passage 2021 this spring. It's a great place to start meeting your classmates!

*Sorry mom and dad, only students are allowed to join the Facebook group.

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It's the best way to begin your Wheaton experience: make friends, have fun, get ahead on credit, and interact extensively with Wheaton College faculty.

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Earn Academic Credit with Passage

Passage is a 2-credit course. All students who are enrolled in Passage are automatically enrolled in CFM 131: Introduction to Spiritual Formation (you do not need to register for this class with the Registrar - we will do it for you).

Course Fee

The course fee will be published in 2021.

Course Texts

This course requires 12-24 hours of pre-course work. Students are required to purchase hard copies of the following books.

  1. Embracing the Love of God by James Bryan Smith (either edition). Purchase a hard copy through the Wheaton College Bookstore or Amazon.com.
  2. AVAILABLE 2021 | Wheaton Passage Workbook, 2021 version. This workbook contains the course syllabus, a student checklist, and various readings and assignments. Purchase a hard copy from the Wheaton College BookstoreMake sure to buy the 2021 version!  

** If you have questions or concerns about the course texts, please let us know at passage@wheaton.edu.

Important Note About E-books: 

You must have a hard copy of the workbook. You will not have access to electronic devices (phone, computer, kindle, reader, etc) during Passage and you will need hard copies of the book and all responses to effectively participate in discussions. If you purchase an ebook, you must purchase it IN ADDITION to the hard copy. The only circumstance in which we recommend ordering an ebook and a hardcopy is if you are registering for Passage within 4 weeks of the start date and want to get a jump start on the reading. All assignments should ultimately be completed in the hard copy version as you will not have access to electronic devices during Passage.

Pre Course Work: Students will need to complete the Wheaton Passage workbook PRIOR to arriving for Passage. This involves 12-24 hours of reading, writing, and reflection.

Participation: Students participate in activities, discussions, reflection, and writing assignments during Passage. Participation is part of the course grade.

Wheaton Campus Assignments and Meetings: Upon returning to Wheaton, students must complete a final paper, meet 1:1 with their faculty leader and connect with their group for one final get together before the end of A-quad.

This course has several instructors. Each student group will have a unique faculty member assigned to them. They will not know who their faculty member is until they meet towards the end of Passage. Other instructors include:

  • Barrett McRay Ph.D. - Wheaton Passage Lead Faculty Member
  • Rachael Cyrus M.A. - Program Manager
  • Rob Ribbe Ph.D. - Director of HoneyRock, Assistant Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry
There were so many unique and exciting experiences during Passage. I loved the community and adventure. Navigating social experiences and spiritual life was an essential aspect of my overall time at HoneyRock. I was very thankful for the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and devote my time and energy into studying the Bible and developing new friendships. — Lucas Friedrich '23
Late one night after all the day’s activities had ended, my group took some canoes out in the middle of the lake. The water was dark and perfectly still, and the stars could be seen from horizon to horizon. We sat in silence as we looked at the heavens, and then we sang songs together in worship. As we closed, I told my group that the very same God who placed those stars in the sky had placed each one of them at Wheaton. He has a plan for their time here, and he will be with them every day along the way. — Dr. Keith Johnson, Associate Professor of Theology
The most important aspect of my experience at Passage was my understanding of spiritual formation. The community of my cabin, student leaders, and the HoneyRock staff helped us focus on learning and growing in our faith. — Joelle Cheney '23
Passage orients my heart to the bigger picture of what we do as an institution. Wheaton is not just a place of higher education but a place of whole-person formation as not just the students, but all of us together seek to more and more accurately bear the Imago Dei. — Dr. Enoch Hill, Assistant Professor of Economics