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Passage Frequently Asked Questions

This is your one-stop shop for any and all questions related to Wheaton Passage. We've tried to categorize according to topic - if you don't see your question here, please don't hesitate to reach out to passage@wheaton.edu!

General Questions

HoneyRock, the Outdoor Center for Leadership Development of Wheaton College is located in the Northwoods of Wisconsin on a chain of 28 lakes and in the Nicolet National Forest. It has over 900 acres of facilities and resources for activities, learning, and adventure. Since 1951, HoneyRock has provided college preparation, leadership development, and spiritual formation for youth and young adults.

Please visit our "Four Distinct Tracks" page, linked below, for full information on each track.

We'll publish our packing guide for Passage 2018 this Spring! Don't worry - we'll let you know it's live with an email.

Arrival Day

Wilderness: Wednesday, August 8th, 2018
Urban: Saturday, August 11th, 2018
Northwoods and Equestrian: Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Driving to Wheaton, IL

Please arrive on campus between 10:00am and 2:00pm to check in at Fischer Hall. You must check-in before accessing storage.

Please do NOT arrive early! Our staff will be there to greet you.

Flying to O'Hare Airport

Schedule your flight to arrive at O’Hare Airport between 7:00am and 2:00pm on the day the program begins. Do not schedule a flight that arrives later than 2:00pm. If any part of your flight itinerary changes on the day of travel, call the HoneyRock Office immediately at 715.479.7474 ext. 201. They will get in touch with our staff in Wheaton so they will know when to expect you. Additional contact information will be emailed and posted on the Facebook page three to four days before check in. 
** Students flying in closer to the 2:00 pm deadline will still be able to check in and access storage.

Meeting Location

Once you have claimed your luggage (in the downstairs arrival area), proceed to Terminal 2, lower level baggage claim area near the Starbucks, which is between doors 2B and 2C. Look for a bright orange sign that says “Wheaton Passage” and a HoneyRock staff member wearing a HoneyRock t-shirt. If you don’t see anyone, wait with your luggage at the alcove with payphones. Then you will be driven to Wheaton College to check in and access campus storage. 
**If you arrive earlier than 9 am, stay at the meeting location until HoneyRock staff arrives.

Flying to Midway Airport

Schedule your flight to arrive at Midway Airport between 7:00am and 2:00pm on the day the program begins. Do not schedule a flight that arrives later than 2:00pm. If any part of your flight itinerary changes on the day of travel, call the HoneyRock Office immediately at 715.479.7474 ext. 201. They will get in touch with our staff in Wheaton so they will know when to expect you. Additional contact information will be emailed and posted on the Facebook page three to four days before check in. 
** Students flying in closer to the 2:00 pm deadline will still be able to check in and access storage.

Meeting Location

Once you have claimed your luggage (in the downstairs arrival area), head over to the baggage claim area for Southwest Airlines. Look for a bright orange sign that says “Wheaton Passage” and a HoneyRock staff member wearing a HoneyRock t-shirt. Then you will be driven to Wheaton College to check in and access campus storage. 
**If you arrive earlier than 9 am, stay at the meeting location until HoneyRock staff arrives.

Campus Storage in Fischer Hall and Smith/Traber Hall (both Freshman dorms) will be available between 10:00am and 2:00pm at check in. Any student driving or flying in for Passage will have access to these storage spaces. These are the only times that campus storage will be open.

If you are a transfer student who will not be living in Fischer or Smith/Traber, you can still store your things in either storage location during the course.   

Yes! For each track, there is an introductory meeting for all students and parents at 3:00pm in Barrows Auditorium in the Billy Graham Center on the day of check-in.

We do not provide lunch on Arrival Day. If you're not familiar with the Wheaton area, we can suggest a few nearby places to pick up a bite to eat when you arrive.

Communication and Technology

HoneyRock as "A Place Apart"

HoneyRock is a place apart. We invite students, faculty, staff and guests to use their time at HoneyRock to step away from the busyness of the media saturated world and be renewed, restored, and refreshed through experiences with God and others in creation. We are not against technology but we believe it is important to develop rhythms of rest and reflection in order to maintain a balanced life. In an effort to help facilitate encounters with God that bring restoration and deepen connections with God and others, all of our programs are technology free.

A Place Apart for Passage

Once you arrive and settle into your housing, all cell phones, laptops, tablets, MP3 players, CD players, radios etc. will be collected, stored and safely locked away. These items will be returned to you on the morning of your departure from HoneyRock back to Wheaton. Since you will not have access to your computer at any point during passage, please make sure that your workbook is completed by hand or that you print out all of your answers before coming to Passage.

This Means:

  • Students will not have access to cell phones, laptops, tablets, MP3 or CD players, radios, etc... for the duration of their Passage experience.
  • Students must have hard copies of both the Wheaton Passage Workbook and Embracing the Love of God.
  • If a student has typed their homework, they must print out their responses before arriving at Passage.

Please rest assured knowing you will be contacted in the event of an emergency and will be able to communicate with your student.

If there is a family emergency at home while your student is at Passage, please email passage@wheaton.edu.

We ask that you join us in providing your students with an opportunity to step away from technology, develop deep relationships with peers, and encounter God through community and creation before beginning their time at Wheaton. 

Mail and packages are welcome and can be sent to the following address: 

Student’s Name
_______ Track
8660 Honey Rock Road 
Three Lakes, WI 54562

*Please keep in mind the final date of your student's program - do not send anything to HoneyRock that might arrive after they leave. 

Coursework Questions

Please see our "Earning Credit" page, linked below, for all of the details on what books you'll need to order for Passage.

First - we're so excited you've decided to start your Wheaton College experience with Passage!

Second - let's get to work! Here's what you'll need to do:

  • Order the required texts ASAP, read the syllabus thoroughly, and start completing the required reading and assignments.
  • If you're concerned about not getting them in time to complete the required work, please follow these instructions:
    • Embracing the Love of God: Order an e-book AND a hard copy. Send the hard copy to HoneyRock using the address below (double check this!). It will be waiting for you in your cabin when you arrive. 
    • Wheaton Passage Workbook 2018: Order the hard copy and have it sent to HoneyRock (address below). After you order your hard copy, send an email passage@wheaton.edu to request a complimentary eBook. The email should include:
      • First Name, Last Name
      • Your Passage Track
      • Current Residence
      • Your Email

HoneyRock Address: 8660 Honey Rock Road / Three Lakes, WI / 54562

This really depends on you. We asked students to share how long it took them and their answers ranged from 12 - 26 hours. We really suggest you purchase and review the texts to assess it for yourself.

Pro tip: Don't compare your speed to others! Take the coursework as an opportunity to lay the foundation for your Wheaton experience.