GENERAL INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION
The Colorado Trip is open to all graduated 12th graders.
Dates: July 11-July 19, 2020
Cost: The cost of the trip is $1,400*, which includes: airfare, food and supplies while at Noah’s Ark and on trail, lodging, and transportation. There will be a couple fast food meals beyond that cost, as well as personal clothing and outdoor gear for which participants will be responsible (equipment packing list will be provided).
* Scholarship applications are available. Please Rev. Rustin Comer firstname.lastname@example.org or at 952-473-8877, ext. 212.
Registration: To secure your spot, click here to register online on Campsite, with a $500 non-refundable deposit by Monday, March 16.
Payment Deadline: Final Balance is due June 15, 2020. Deposit of $500 due at the time of registration. Three installment payments of $300 each will be auto-billed on April 15, May 15, and June 15.
Day 1, July 11: We will meet at the MSP airport (mid-morning), and fly to Denver, CO. From there, we will travel to Buena Vista by professional chartered bus. We will stay that evening at the Noah’s Ark base camp.
Day 2, July 12: We will spend half the day rock climbing and the other half of the day on a white water rafting trip. We will again spend that evening at Noah’s Ark base camp.
Day 3 – 8, July 13 – July 18: On trail guided by Noah’s Ark staff. Discover Colorado on a backpacking adventure with knowledgeable and engaging guides who join our journey as we climb peaks and descend valleys.
Day 9, July 19: We will depart Noah’s Ark base camp, traveling by bus to the Denver airport, and flying back to MSP airport (mid-afternoon).
We will have two participant meetings, which are mandatory for each student participant and at least one parent/guardian. We consider these meetings to be part of the trip.
- Meeting #1: Sunday, April 19, 11:30 a.m., High School Loft – We will review the trip details, hand out important paperwork and information, including a list of necessary and recommended personal clothing and gear.
- Meeting #2 : Wednesday, July 8, 7:30 p.m., High School Loft– This final meeting is just a few days before our departure. We’ll cover last minute details.
ABOUT THE TRIP
The Colorado Trip is an outward bound style experience with a focus on faith development and personal exploration for graduating high school seniors. Every challenge during this adventure in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado is an example of how our faith journey intersects with daily life. While being challenged physically, mentally and spiritually, the trip will give you the opportunity to grow in all of these ways. The trip will be a voyage of personal discovery, a great time to bond with your fellow classmates, and an exploration of some of the most beautiful landscapes you will ever see.
Who is Noah’s Ark?
Noah’s Ark is located in Buena Vista, Colorado on the Arkansas River. The company specializes in white water rafting and backcountry adventures. Their professional guides will lead us in wilderness backpacking, rock climbing and white water rafting. Each guide is extensively trained in water rescue, wilderness survival, first aid/CPR, and navigation. The exact plan for each adventure will be developed by Noah’s Ark with input and approval by Andy Arola and Katherine Poindexter.
Please feel free to find additional information at www.noahsark.com, or ask Andy, Katherine or Rustin for additional details about the plans for our group.
A NOTE TO PARENTS
The High School Program at Wayzata Community Church places a priority on the experiences in faith and personal development that each student has the opportunity to enjoy. We developed the Colorado trip for the oldest students in the program, because we see this type of challenge as a uniquely beneficial experience as students are growing in their independence and responsibility, and as they prepare to move out into the world beyond high school.
The trip offers special challenges and opportunities to each participant, allowing for growth through physical adventures. We find that it is within these exciting and new challenges that deep and profound emotional and spiritual growth can take place.
Our hope is that each student is challenged in their own individual way, and that throughout the experience they strengthen the bonds they have between themselves and God, and the peers and adults they embark on this adventure with.
We thank you for the opportunity it is to lead your young person on this trip. We work very hard to make this experience a safe and rewarding trip. If you have any questions or concerns, we welcome the opportunity to address them. Please do not hesitate to call us.
Andy Arola (320-420-6826) and Katherine Poindexter (612-310-1118)