Challenger West 2016

Dates:      August 7-16, 2016
Location:  Wind River Wilderness near Dubois, Wyoming
Ages:       18-30+ (must be a high-school graduate)
Activities: Backpacking, camping, rock-climbing, orienteering and fishing. Bible-studies and leadership training are conducted daily.
Tuition:     $100. 
Application Deadline:  April 3, 2016
Contact:   Matthew Fenchel
1175 McKinley Court
Batavia, OH   45103
Phone:  (513) 943-4574
Challenger West 2016: Are You Up for the Adventure?
The Challenger West program returns in the summer of 2016, and we are looking forward to welcoming 14 young adults on another grand adventure. This wilderness immersion experience takes place in the Wind River mountain range near Dubois, Wyoming.  Program activates include: 7-day backpacking trip in the Fitzpatrick Wilderness area (offering spectacular mountain and lake scenery), camping above 10,000 feet, rock-climbing, rappelling, bouldering, fishing, orienteering, teambuilding work, group discussions and daily Bible studies. During our time in the outdoors we often see big game such as moose, elk, bighorn sheep and (if we are lucky!) black bear. 
This program is designed for young adults who want to strengthen their relationship with God, and who strongly desire to develop qualities of leadership in an outdoor setting.  Throughout the week, everyone will be challenged physically, mentally and spiritually to step out of their “comfort zones” with activities that allow for growth in all of these areas. An emphasis on group dynamics plays a major role in the program, with plenty of opportunities to give and receive feedback. 
Each day will begin with an interactive Bible-study that will focus on profiles of leadership from the Bible with time built in for private reflection and journaling. Participants will have the opportunity to be a group leader for one day during the program, and everyone will be asked to prepare (in advance) a 10-12 minute talk to be shared with the group. To help facilitate more profitable group discussions and greater personal growth there is a required reading component to this program, prior to arrival.
Past participants have described the program in this way:
  • “Definitely met and exceeded the expectations!”
  • "Overall, this was truly a wonderful experience and a tremendous opportunity for learning, growth and development unlike any other I have ever experienced.” 
  • “This program truly has made me more into a better leader not only to others but also leading myself.”
What’s Next?
Download and carefully read the six (6) documents found under "Links" (see box at top left corner of this page), including a more detailed description of the program.  Please contact the director, Matthew Fenchel, if you have any questions – or would simply like to discuss the program. Then “take the challenge” and apply!  Look forward to seeing you “on the trail”.