Passage Frequently Asked Questions


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 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.

More information is available on the Passage home page - click here to go there!

Packing lists are posted in May. They will all be listed on the Passage home page - click here to go there!

Arrival Day

Wilderness: August 4th, 2021

Urban: August 7th, 2021

Equestrian: August 11th, 2021

Northwoods: August 11th, 2021

Driving to Wheaton College: Check-in is from 10 am – 2 pm at Wheaton College in the Smith-Traber Residence Hall. 

Flying to Wheaton College:

We will pick up students from either of the Chicago-based airports (ORD or MDW).

Students arriving for Wilderness and Urban tracks should schedule their flight to arrive between 7 am and 2 pm.

Students arriving for Northwoods and Equestrian tracks should schedule their flight to arrive between 7 am and 12 pm.

More information on where to meet the shuttles can be found here.

After you arrive at Wheaton College, whether by car or by airport shuttle, you will check-in, receive your student ID, and be able to access your residence hall room. You can drop any belongings you may have with you that do not need to go to Passage in your room.

 You should not consider this a time to move into your room, but rather as a time to drop off belongings. You will be able to do a more thorough move-in, including arranging beds, when you return from Passage. 

Other than checking in and dropping off belongings, the only other major event on arrival day is the introductory meeting, at 3 pm for all tracks.

There is an Introductory Meeting for each track at 3 pm on each arrival day. At this meeting, you will be welcomed to Wheaton by faculty and staff, learn a bit about Wheaton College's vision for spiritual formation and gain perspective on the transition you are entering into. The meeting is in Barrows Auditorium for Wilderness, Northwoods, and Equestrian Tracks. Urban Track will meet in the Meyer Science Center.

After the meeting, students will say their final goodbyes and begin their Passage experience!

Wilderness students will say goodbye to family after the Introductory Meeting, and then will spend several hours packing. Buses for Wilderness Passage are loaded around 10:00 pm and drive overnight to trip destinations.

Urban, Northwoods, and Equestrian students will all load buses around 4 pm, after the introductory meeting.

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

Wilderness: phones and electronics will be collected during the packing process and will be driven to HoneyRock where they will be stored until the final day of Passage.

Urban: Urban student phones and electronics will be collected upon arrival at Woodlawn. They are stored there and subsequently transported to HoneyRock, where they are stored until the final day of Passage.

Northwoods and Equestrian: Northwoods and Equestrian Student phones are collected after arriving at HoneyRock and before settling in for the night. They are stored at HoneyRock until the final day of 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.

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

*Mail in all forms – USPS, UPS, and FedEx - often takes a day longer to arrive than what you may be told at the Post Office. We recommend adding a day to all expected arrival days. (e.g. Amazon 2 day shipping usually takes 3 days.)

Coursework Questions

  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.

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 - you must have hard copies of the required texts. 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, you can purchase an ebook version to start working with immediately and ship the hard copy to HoneyRock.

Shipping 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.