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Advance Camp (entering 9th Grade)

Advance Camp at HoneyRock

Session 1: June 24 - July 12, 2019 | Family Day July 11
Session 2: July 22 - August 9, 2019 | Family Day August 8

For students entering 9th grade

Advance Camp is a rite of passage program that serves campers who are making the exciting important transition from middle school to high school. This is a time when many students are beginning to wrestle with questions such as “Who am I? What is true? What is my purpose?”  As students make choices about the people they are becoming and continue to take ownership of their faith, it is crucial to connect this process with the truth of God’s Word. In Scripture, Christ constantly called his disciples to follow him. The purpose of Advance Camp is to build meaningful relationships and provide challenging experiences that will ultimately encourage students as they “advance” to make following Christ the foundation of their lives. 

We strongly encourage families to attend Family Day at the end of their camper's session. Getting to the Northwoods of Wisconsin can be a small trek - let us help! Find more information about best routes, lodging, and camper transportation from select cities. Questions? Ask your Program Coordinator, Dave Aiello at dave.aiello.honeyrock@wheaton.edu

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Complete Information Packet - Advance Camp

Please download the Advance Camp Info Packet (PDF) for your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about getting your camper to HoneyRock! This includes packing information, parent "to-do" list, transportation details, etc... It's critical information - we encourage you to print it out and keep it close as you prepare for your camper's time at HoneyRock.

Elements of Advance Camp

Campers will go on a 5-day wilderness trip of hiking and canoeing. 

Campers can work to complete their basic, intermediate, and masters in a favorite outdoor skill.

Campers set tables, clean their cabins and bathrooms, do service in activity areas, and an Advance Camp service project.

Campers will have the time to develop personal responsibilities and leadership skills through leading younger campers in activity areas, helping to lead worship times, and leading a wilderness trip for the day.

Campers will participate in daily cabin bible study, evening hot topic discussions, times of group worship in song and interactive stations, and personal time with the Lord.

Additional Information for Advance Camp

After an extensive application process, all counselors go through 5 weeks of intense training led by HoneyRock’s full-time professional staff and a variety of college professors who are experts in child development and working with young people. Our training model is aimed at developing in students an increased passion for Christ, a commitment to his Word, and a strong investment in the community. During this training period, which is much longer than industry norms, counselors take academic classes related to camp ministry, learn wilderness trip skills, become Red Cross certified in First Aid, CPR/AED and Water Safety, and learn how to create Bible studies and devotional times applicable to young people.

In our Advance Camp program, HoneyRock offers unique activities that aren't normally found in suburban or urban areas. We do this intentionally to help give campers a new and unique experience with the unfamiliar. These experiences help instill personal responsibility, leadership skills, and perseverance in camper. Many Advance Campers earn a Masters in the activity of their choice due to the extended time and personal attention given in the program.

In each activity area, campers work to advance through our activity progression. Campers move from Basic to Intermediate to Masters receiving an award with each new level of achievement, and being recognized at our Family Day awards ceremony.

  • Archery
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Crafts
  • Drama
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Riflery
  • Swimming
  • Wilderness Skills
  • Ceramics ($30 additional fee, minimum 3 times)
  • Horsemanship ($90 additional fee, minimum 5 rides)
  • Waterskiing ($75 additional fee, minimum 4 times)

Cabin groups consist of 1-2 counselors and 6-8 campers. All cabin groups share in an exciting wilderness trip, adventure challenge activities, Bible studies and other unique group experiences. 

This summer all participants in our high school programs are required to provide their own ‘wilderness style’ sleeping bag. We are no longer supplying sleeping bags for participants out of our trip locker. We are offering participants the option to purchase a new Marmot sleeping bag for $75; this is $20 less than retail stores. We have chosen this bag because it is the ideal sleeping bag for use in all our high school programs. This fully synthetic, 30-degree rated sleeping bag is warm, versatile, durable and packs easily for use on wilderness trips and campouts. If you are interested in purchasing a sleeping bag please check the box on the registration form. Participants will receive their sleeping bag when they arrive at HoneyRock. Each bag will also have a HoneyRock nametag attached to the zipper pull so it can be easily identified.