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Launching Your Wheaton Experience

Wheaton Passage is an incredible way to begin your transition into Wheaton College and life in the United States. We know that travel and logistics can be difficult, and we will do our best to accommodate and assist you! This page provides some extra information to help you navigate the transition process.

As a reminder, here is detailed information about each Passage track:

Dates: August 8-23, 2018 | Program Fee: $795 | Register Today!

Your adventure begins on August 8th when you meet your leader and small group at Wheaton College. You will travel together on coach buses to one of two 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

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

All tracks converge on August 18th at HoneyRock for several days of small group discussions with Wheaton College faculty, service projects in the local community, and activities. On August 23rd, all Passage students will travel back to Wheaton in time for on-campus orientation.

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

Selection of wilderness trips is completed as follows:

  • Student requests trip preferences during the registration process - these 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.

The Urban experience provides you with the opportunity to serve the Chicago community while building friendships that will last a lifetime.

Dates: August 11-23, 2018 | Program Fee: $795 | Register Today!

Description:

  • You will meet at Wheaton College on August 11th and board vans to the Wheaton College Urban Studies facility located in the Lawndale 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.

  • Prepare for Passage by checking the Urban Experience Packing List (to be provided in 2018).

All tracks will come together August 18th at HoneyRock for several days of small group discussions with Wheaton College faculty, service projects in the local community, and activities. On August 23rd, all Passage students will travel back to Wheaton in time for on-campus orientation.

During Passage, students are enrolled in CE 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.

Participating in the Northwoods track gives you close friendships while enjoying the beauty, fun, and serenity of HoneyRock.

Dates: August 15-23, 2018 | Program Fee: $795 | Register Today!

Description:

 

  • Your adventure starts on August 15th 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 highly 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 August 18th at HoneyRock, for several days of small group discussions with Wheaton College faculty, service projects in the local community, and activities. On August 23rd, all Passage students will travel back to Wheaton in time for on-campus orientation.

During Passage, students are enrolled in CE 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.

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

Dates: August 15-23, 2018 | Program Fee: $795 | course credit
*Open only to women at this time

  • Your adventure starts on August 15th 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, trial 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 August 18th at HoneyRock, for several days of small group discussions with Wheaton College faculty, service projects in the local community, and activities. On August 23rd, all Passage students will travel back to Wheaton in time for on-campus orientation.

During Passage, students are enrolled in CE 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.

Travel/Arrival

Please use this information when making travel plans.

We understand that unexpected changes often occur during travel. In the event of a delay please contact our main office at 715-479—7474 ext 201 as soon as possible.

If, due to flight schedules, you absolutely cannot avoid arriving a day early and you must book a flight, we will work to arrange transportation and housing for you. Our transportation registration is set up such that it does not allow you to enter an arrival time that is not on your check in day. Thus, if you are going to be flying in early, you must notify the Passage Coordinator at passage@wheaton.edu as soon as you know of your plans. Students are encouraged to do everything in their power to arrive on the day of check-in, as it makes for a smoother transition.

You can fly into O’Hare International or Midway International Airport and a member of HoneyRock/Wheaton College staff will pick you up. Please see the transportation tab for more detailed information.

Forms

Non-US Passport Holders should have these documents on hand when traveling:

  • I-20
  • Passport (valid at least six months beyond end of Spring Semester 2018)
  • F-1 Student Visa (If entering the country with a different type of visa, please contact Wheaton’s International Students Office for the type of documents needed under your visa status)
  • Copy of Letter of Admission 

The following documents are optional, but may be helpful should you be asked to produce further documentation while traveling. Copies of these forms should suffice.

  • SEVIS fee receipt (Form I-797)
  • Proof of funding for 1 year (e.g., scholarship or sponsorship letter, bank statements)
  • Proof of student status (e.g., admission letter, tuition receipt)

If you have questions about the program or need assistance in the registration process, please call Rachael Cyrus at 715.479.7474 ext. 203 or email passage@wheaton.edu.

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