Come experience the power of Christ-centered community through adventure in the Rocky Mountains!

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Cost: $300
Registration deadline: July 30, 2022

BOUNDLESS is an outdoor orientation program run by CCU's Outdoor Leadership Program. As our VP of Student Life, Jim McCormick always says, the wilderness is where God does some of His best work!

This program exists to unplug students from the craziness of their transition into college life and to connect them with Christ's BOUNDLESS love

BOUNDLESS is a weeklong trip that takes incoming students on a variety of outdoor experiences such as backpacking, rafting, and rock climbing to experience the beauty of God's creation.

We understand that the transition into college is not only exciting but often challenging and a little nerve-racking. It is a time when young adults find themselves asking big questions about God, themselves, and their future. This program exists to unplug students from the craziness of this transition and to connect them with Christ's BOUNDLESS love. Our hope is to foster a community where students can break down the barriers that keep them from fully stepping into what the Lord has for them. We do this in order to pursue a life worthy of the calling of Christ and to find joy in the backcountry of God's creation.

 CCU students on a hike

Spiritual and Personal Transformation

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
Psalm 19:1-4 ESV

All throughout the Bible we see God using His creation as an effective tool for rest, healing, and spiritual growth (Num. 32:13, Luke 4:1-13, 1 Kings 19:1-18). Christ himself used multiple nature centered parables and outdoor settings to reveal who he was and to teach others about God's truth (John 15:1-6, Luke 13:6-9, Luke 8:5-15, Mark 4:35-41). It is no wonder why this is the case when Psalm 19 tells us that the heavens are shouting out His glory and that every single day His creation speaks of His existence.

We desire for every participant of BOUNDLESS to enjoy time in the wild embrace of God's creation and begin to cultivate a community of brothers and sisters that are striving after Christ. We want everyone to experience God's truths about themselves, His love for them, and their purpose by stepping outside of their comfort zones through various outdoor experiences.

We recognize that your time at CCU is about more than just a degree. It is a time for powerful personal and spiritual growth. It is about an abiding relationship with the Lord and what it looks like to become more like Christ through the ups and downs of life—the hills and the valleys. We hope that your experience on BOUNDLESS will help set a beautiful trajectory for your college years and beyond as God takes you on the adventure of a lifetime.

Is BOUNDLESS for me?

Boundless is for incoming CCU students who are looking for both a physical and spiritual adventure before the semester kicks off. Have limited backpacking experience? No problem! You are welcomed here. Our upperclassmen guides are trained to keep you safe and walk you through everything you need to know to have the best time possible in the backcountry. Our trips are designed to balance outdoor activities that expand your comfort zone with times of rest and reflection.

Itinerary

Arrive: Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Return: Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Activities: Backpacking, Rafting, Rock Climbing

Openings are limited, so sign up soon!

We are eagerly anticipating your arrival, see you in August!

"Boundless was a once in a lifetime experience that I would recommend to any freshman, despite one's level of experience with outdoor activities. I will never forget the memories I made with our 2021 Boundless crew, who are now some of my best friends at CCU. Especially as an out-of-stater, it was so much fun to explore the Coloradan wilderness and be able to come into my first week of school knowing other freshman!"

- Christina (Boundless 2021)

More Questions?

View the FAQ's below or email OutdoorLeadership@ccu.edu.

Who is leading Boundless?

Your guides on Boundless are CCU upperclassmen and alumni. They are all experienced outdoor leaders who are dedicated to giving you a safe, fun, and meaningful trip.

Is Boundless safe? What are the safety precautions you are taking to keep us safe?

Our goal is to have tons of fun while maintaining healthy boundaries to ensure your safety. While out in the backcountry, your guides are constantly assessing situations in order to manage risk. In addition to having first aid training, they are also aware of the fastest route out, the closest ranger stations, and nearest hospitals. Every day they are checking in with our Outdoor Leadership program director, Derek Branstrom, who will always be aware of the group's location and plans. Finally, your guides are well-experienced and highly responsible individuals committed to making your time on Boundless both safe and adventurous.

Do I need any experience in rock climbing, white water rafting, or backpacking?

No experience is required! Our guides will walk you through everything you need to know. These trips require the ability to hike up to 6 miles with a 50 pound pack, as well as a spirit of adventure! While some athletic ability is definitely helpful, no prior outdoor experience is required to go on these trips. This is a great opportunity to be introduced to the beauty of the backcountry!

Do I need any gear or equipment?

Most non-clothing gear items will be provided for you in exchange for a $20 refundable deposit. You will need to bring your own clothing, shoes/boots, toiletries, and other personal items and medications. We will provide a complete packing list for those who sign up. If you have your own gear that you would like to use, send us an email with a picture and we will let you know if it will work on our trips!

Do I have to buy all of the equipment on the list?

No! While on BOUNDLESS, you will be sweaty and dirty; it is not the time to look cool with all new equipment and all new clothes. Oftentimes, the rugged, comfortable stuff is way better to use than the brand new stuff. Don't buy a new wool sweater! Bring hand-me-downs or the one that your dad got for his birthday but never wears. No need to buy Nalgene bottles! Gatorade bottles will do. The equipment list serves as a comprehensive guideline for what to bring, but it is possible to substitute items and still have a successful trip.

In addition, feel free to contact us regarding any equipment you do not have.

Can I bring my phone, or smart device?

No. Both secular and Christ-centered outdoor programs attest to the benefit of setting aside outside distractions in order to connect with others. BOUNDLESS is designed to be a time to grow in relationships with the Lord and in community with your peers. Although it may seem scary to unplug from technology for a week, we believe that the joy you experience from living in the moment will make the sacrifice worth it!

Your guides will be carrying emergency communication devices so that they can respond to any situation as necessary.

While on the trip, can I smoke, drink, do non-medical drugs, listen to my mp3 player, or bring a firearm?

No. We believe that your adventure will be more meaningful and Christ-honoring without these distractions!