“Don’t ask what the world needs.
Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Canyoneering and Mountaineering in Colorado & Utah
Dates: June 3rd – June 12th.
Venture Off was established at The University School as a means to provide students with a challenging, perspective-stretching experience. This summer we are focusing in on the transition into manhood. With the television and dozens of other mediums our culture is shaping this generation whether we like it or not. It is our passion to recapture what it means to be a man after God’s own heart. Young men will be tested and challenged physically, emotionally, and spiritually in God’s vast wilderness. “You shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.”(Exodus 8:2) This trip is not for the faint of heart, nor for the ones who are simply looking for a fun weekend. Our desire is to position young men who are ready to take the next step in obedience to our Lord’s command and be men who would stand in the gap and say “Here am I send me” (Ezekiel 22:30; Isa 6:8).
Within the brotherhood of believers we want to set aside time to hear from the Lord and what He has commissioned us to as men. While most Venture Offs are typically limited to 10 days we are going to be meeting twice a month starting in April, as we recognize that stepping into God honoring manhood is not a one time commitment. When we embark on our adventure into the wilderness, we are taking the approach of being silent and knowing God (Psalm 46:10); as we will cut out all forms of technology in order to better focus our hearts and minds on Christ and His people. This trip is designed to cause young men to recognize that apart from Christ we are nothing (John 15:5), but by His strength we are more than conquerors (Rom. 8:37).
“Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.”
1 Peter 2:17
You are making an investment in the growth, development, and character of your child, as well as providing him or her an amazing experience. Venture Off is a branch of The University School in Colorado Springs. As a school, we are excited to offer trips in which our students regularly have the opportunity to participate, to more schools/students across the country.
We will be relying on your child to meet our school’s expectations for behavior and effort in order to successfully complete their trip. We understand and expect there to be varying levels of motivation. We understand there could be homesickness, doubt, lack of confidence, or even a desire to give up, but we will help them work through these challenges. Our desire is to help students push past adversity and doubt and successfully complete their trip. If, however, a student is determined to leave, we simply cannot and will not make them stay. A student who is unwilling to fully participate or cooperate can compromise their safety and quality of the trip for the rest of the students. In this case, students will contact you to arrange for travel home. We recommend reviewing this information with your child.
During Venture Off courses, we will be traveling to wilderness settings that will expose us to certain risks. We believe those risks will enable us to gain insight, grow self-awareness, and change perspectives through opportunities unavailable anywhere else. Risk and uncertainty are central to the concept of adventure.
We have over 15 years of experience leading youth groups into the wild. We have qualified leaders who have many hours of experience in all areas we will be experiencing. All of our leaders are at least CPR and First Aid certified, and we have at least one leader who is a Wilderness First Responder. Statistically speaking, students are more likely to get injured on the drive to the airport to drop them off than they will during any wilderness activity we do.
The ability to communicate with emergency help is always a priority to us. On each trip, we carry a device called “SPOT” which allows us, through satellite technology, to send for local search and rescue support from anywhere in the country. SPOT also allows family and friends to track our every move and see our current location any time using Google maps.
Risk and uncertainty are central to the concept of adventure. The intent is not to avoid activities involving risk but to embrace them. Risk is a platform for delivering meaning, growth, physical fitness, and leadership. Our staff is trained to identify and manage the risks of travel in remote areas. While our instructors are trained, students must take responsibility for their own well being and follow all instructions. Students must come to the course prepared to work hard, take responsibility for themselves, and master the skills taught on the expedition–we will be traveling to remote areas, which can be hours or even days from definitive medical care.
For your child’s safety, it is extremely important that you share any and all medical or psychological issues your student has when filling out the medical history section of the application.