In 2020, the WEA will convene for the 31st International Conference on Outdoor Leadership at HoneyRock, the Outdoor Center for Leadership Development of Wheaton College.

A Legacy of Wilderness Programming

HoneyRock recently celebrated 50 years of Wheaton Passage, one of the longest standing and most successful Outdoor Orientation Programs in the nation for incoming freshmen. Nearly half of incoming freshmen participate in one of three tracts. Within those three tracts, twelve wilderness trips take 120 Wheaton College students and leaders nine days into the most premier wilderness areas in our region.

One distinctive of HoneyRock's camp program is that all of their camper programs feature some sort of backcountry camping experience. From a single overnight for the youngest campers, and up to fourteen-day wilderness experiences for the older campers, HR has embraced wilderness as a pivotal tool for community building, leadership development, purposeful challenge, and experiencing the “awe” of creation.

Ken Kalisch, author of the classic outdoor leadership book, The Role of the Instructor in the Outward Bound Educational Process, was a wilderness visionary at HoneyRock for 30 years. Today, amidst the challenges of our current culture, HR has stayed committed to its legacy and to the innate value of the wilderness experience. At HoneyRock, staff aims to lead the way in wilderness programming in the Christian camping movement.

HoneyRock's wilderness leadership internship, S.A.L.T. (School of Adventure Leadership Training), recently adopted the WEA 6 + 1 curriculum and the C.O.L. certification as key components of staff training.

Winter Activities

Nestled on a lake in the North Woods, HoneyRock offers both spacious meeting rooms and comfortable lodging. Staff will also share the facility equipment with opportunities for attendees to try snowshoeing, cross country skiing, setting up winter camps, broomball, and more.

Check out this video about winter activities in HoneyRock.


Vanguard Gap Year | Winter in the Northwoods from Wheaton College on Vimeo.

Weather at HoneyRock

The Northwoods of Wisconsin in February is typically a beautiful season of snow-blanketed trees and trails. 

This beautiful season provides many outdoor recreation opportunities, including cross country skiing and snowshoeing. You may bring your own equipment or HoneyRock equipment will be available throughout the conference for use on their extensive trail system. We recommend bringing warm layers for your stay at HoneyRock, including warm, sturdy boots as there will be snow and ice.

HoneyRock x-country Ski. Courtesy of HoneyRock Marketing.  Fireside at HoneyRock. Courtesy of HoneyRock Marketing.


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