Challenger West 2018

Dates:      July 29 - August 7, 2018
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:     $150. 
Application Deadline:  April 15, 2018
Contact:   Matthew Fenchel
1303 Burdette Ave.
Cincinnati, OH   45206
Phone:  (513) 288-2869
Challenger West 2018: The Wilderness and Leadership Await!
The Challenger West program returns in the summer of 2018, 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:
  • “It is now one of my favorite experiences of all time!”
  • “I expected to experience new activities that pushed my limits, build relationships and get outside my comfort zone. Challenger helped me accomplish these goals through positive encouragement during difficult times, and learning outside of my comfort zone.”
  • “I really did grow so much closer to God. I was hoping I’d grow closer to the friendships I already had and make new ones as well, and the environment was conducive for that.”
  • “Challenger West exceeded my expectations. I really liked how the activities were woven together with trail talks and time to spend having discussions with the other participants. I also really enjoyed all of the activities and thought that the location was absolutely beautiful.”
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”.