Boundless

Welcome to the Rocky Mountains!

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Cost: $150
Registration deadline: July 31, 2021

As our VP of Student Life, Jim McCormick always says, we are pretty sure this is where God did some of His best work. Bring your hiking boots, grab your hammock and come join us on the Outdoor Leadership Program's freshman orientation trip--BOUNDLESS.

This program exists to unplug students from the craziness of this transition 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.

We understand that the transition into college is not only exciting but often challenging and a little nerve-racking. It is a time where 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 begin to break down 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.

Spiritual and Personal Takeaway

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 before the start of the school year. But beyond that, we hope each student can 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 getting 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 student's experience on BOUNDLESS will help set for them a beautiful trajectory for their college years and beyond as God takes them on the adventure of a lifetime.

Is BOUNDLESS for me?

Boundless is for anyone who is looking for both a physical and spiritual adventure before the semester kicks off. Have minimal or no backcountry or outdoor experience? You are welcomed here. We purposely set up our trips to have a balance of new and exciting outdoor activities as well as times of rest and reflection. Our upperclassmen guides are there to ensure not only a safe trip, but to walk you through everything you need to know to have the best time possible in the backcountry.

Still have questions? Look at FAQ's below or email OutdoorLeadership@ccu.edu for further inquiries.

Itinerary

Arrive: August 11, 2021
Depart: August 17, 2021

Activities: Backpacking, Rafting, Rock Climbing

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

More Questions?

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

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

NO.

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

We love to have tons of fun, but we have also put several things into place to ensure your safety. While out in the backcountry, your guides are always 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. He 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 safe but also 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 do take some athletic ability and someone looking for a little 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!

BOUNDLESS is too expensive! 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—we may be able to help brainstorm substitutes or find some extra equipment.

Do I need any gear or equipment?

Most of the gear will be provided for you. You will need to bring your own clothing (no cotton will be allowed on the adventures, including jeans) shoes/boots, toiletries, and other personal items and medications. We will be providing a packing list for those who sign up. If you have your own gear that you would like to use, send us an email at OutdoorLeadership@ccu.edu with a picture and we will let you know if it will work on our trips!

Who is leading Boundless?

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