And Jesus grew in wisdom, and in stature, and in favor with God and man. – Luke 2:52
What is the Adventure School?
In Luke 2:52 we find Jesus’ entire young adult life summed up in a verse. We generally skip over it however the key to growth and development as a young adult is explicitly found in this passage.
The purpose of the Adventure School is to raise up young men and women as leaders and disciples for their own communities by living adventurously with wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52).
This school is not a ministry school or an accredited collegiate-level school. This is a school for students who want to become men and women after God’s own heart and be fruitful in their present and future communities.
Students between 18-25 years old our invited to join this gap semester program for four months of development in four areas:
Wisdom – Wisdom is both the knowledge and application of our reality/existence, as created by God. Simply put, wisdom is the best way to live this life. Students will dive deep into the definition of wisdom and into the Bible’s Wisdom Literature to discover God's ways in our world.
Stature (Skill) – Stature, or skill, is a person’s ability to perform different tasks and accomplishments. In the Adventure School students will learn basic life skills including personal finances, mechanics, and common household chores.
Favor of God – Our existence is owed to a Creator; a Creator who is interested in calling us His people. Students will discover what it means to be God’s people and how to interact with Him.
Favor of Man – We have been hardwired for community, but that does not necessarily mean we immediately know how to behave or interact within it. Students will find ways of establishing themselves within a community and understanding basic relational skills.
What will I be doing?
The majority of your time as a student at the Adventure School will be spent on-site at Heavenly Hills Christian Camp and Retreat Center. You will be studying the Bible, engaging with guest teachers, and discussing class subjects.
Each week of your semester will focus on a different subject taught by a different teacher. Both the class subjects and teachers are prayerfully chosen to fit within the Luke 2:52 framework of teaching on wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man. Students will be learning everything from how the book of Proverbs speaks to life’s daily rhythms to how to become a nurturing spouse.
An average daily schedule is presented below: 8am-9am Bible Study 9am-9:10am Break 9:10am-11am Class 11am-11:10am Break 11:10am-1pm Class 1pm-2pm Lunch Break 2pm-6pm Work Study *Students will have weekends off.
Every Thursday students will leave the campus for a Weekly Adventure. These outings are organized and facilitated by the week’s teacher in order to give students a chance to better apply the week’s subject. This could be discussing Personal Finances with a Financial Advisor at a local bank to discussing communication skills while rock-climbing in the Sierra Nevadas.
The last week and a half of your semester will be spent on a Grand Adventure in order to apply all lessons learned throughout the semester. The destination of these Grand Adventures are subject to the Adventure School’s Staff's prayers and discretion but can be either national or international trips. Examples of potential Grand Adventures include:
Ecuador Mountaineering & Service The White Rim Trail Holy Land Expedition Backpacking Yosemite
Students will work part-time at Heavenly Christian Camp and Retreat Center for four hours a day, five days a week. Duties will include weekly grounds and housekeeping, as well as various maintenance or renewal projects.
There will be multiple Events scattered throughout the semester, some of which are fun outings for the students and staff such as exploring national parks or seeing a movie. Other events are focused on creating a worshipful environment, not only for our students, but also for our community. These Worship Events will be listed on our website for any and all to join.
What will I be paying?
The total tuition cost for the Adventure School is $7,295. See the cost break-down in the table to the right.
Deductions from this tuition cost are available via Scholarship and/or Living Off-Campus.
Scholarship is a collection of donations that have been received specifically for students of the Adventure School. These donations will be divided equally amongst all students in a semester. Scholarships vary from semester depending on the amount of donations received.
Living Off-Campus is up to the student to find and maintain. By choosing to live off-campus the student will not have to pay for Groceries or Lodgings/Utilities. This deduction will bring the total tuition cost down to $5,095.
The payment process for the Adventure School is as follows:
A non-refundable deposit of $2,000 due two weeks after being accepted into the Adventure School.
A monthly bill during the semester that consists of a quarter of the student's bill.
Upon acceptance into the school, staff will work alongside students to assist in their tuition fundraising.
Adventure School Staff
Where will I be staying?
Adventure School students will live on campus at Heavenly Hills Christian Camp and Retreat Center in gender-specific Cottages. Students will also have access to gender-specific bathrooms.
Each student will share a room with one other student but will be given their own bed, desk, and dresser.
Students will also be able to enjoy a Common Area (when not in use by a camp group) with couches, tables, bookshelves, and a TV.
When will this be happening?
Fall 2021 Semester August 23rd-December 17th
Adventure School Applications are due by July 17th
What will I be wishing I didn't have?
HOMEWORK! As a student of the Adventure School you will be expected to engage and complete various homework assignments throughout the semester. These will include the following:
Daily Bible Study Homework
Daily Class Homework
Monthly Book Reports
As a student you will not be graded primarily on your scholastic performance, but rather on your participation and engagement with homework assignments, class discussions, and various adventure outings. Should the Adventure School Staff deem your participation under par you will first receive a warning and, should your participation still be found lacking, you will be dismissed from the school with no refund.