This Adventure takes place in Wyoming from July 1 - July 12. The Mission is to cultivate leadership through wilderness experience and team interaction. Candidates will receive advanced classroom and field training in Wilderness Survival, First Aid, Navigation, Mountaineering, and Horsemanship prior to a 5-day rugged excursion through the Teton Mountain Range, culminating in a Peak Assent by foot. They are expected to participate, pray, play, and persevere. Candidates should be between ages 15-21, able to endure the physical rigors of extended outdoor activity and climate changes, and open to discussing and sharing their Christian faith in a Catholic environment.
Upon conclusion of this Adventure, successful candidates will be awarded a Certificate of Completion and Virtue Badges, with personal references for resumes. Exemplary performance will be honored with an invitation to return on successive missions to pursue roles as Mission Captains.
Application & Enrollment
To Enroll in this Mission, complete the online Application AND submit the Candidate Enrollment Application and Waiver (CEAW) .
Applications are evaluated in chronological order of submission. This Mission will accept only 8 male Candidates. Approved Candidates will be notified and their positions reserved for 15 days until receipt of Mission Fee. Failure to submit Mission Fee may forfeit position.
Grand Teton Mountain Range, WY
Wind River Range, WY
Experience: 15 overseas missions, youth programs
Arturo Merriman - Mission Captain (Age 23) Atlanta, GA
Experience: 2014 Peer Leader, 2 international mission trips
2015 UGA graduate
Fr. Juan Hernandez - Chaplain (Age 41)
Atlanta, GA / Experience: global mission trips, youth programs & chaplain
Deployment July 1, 2017
- Depart Atlanta Hartsfield Airport / Arrive Riverton, Wyoming
- Convoy to Lander, WY at Wyoming Catholic College.
Front-Country Training July 2-5
Training will include a combination of indoor/outdoor classrooms, actual field excursions, and daily Mass, prayers and reflections. Training will be provided in subjects needed for the intended Peak Attempt Mission.
During training, field excursions will provide tactical experiences with the following:
- Wilderness First Aid
- Navigation / Mapping
- Food / Supply Prep
- Hiking / Camping
- Climbing / Rappelling
- Mountain Biking
A Wyoming 4th of July
This 4th celebration emboldens the patriotic heart with Lander’s biggest parade of the year celebrating the native and frontier spirit. A town wide picnic followed by a battle worthy firework display culminates with at the West’s oldest rodeo.
Back Country July 6-10
Each candidate will rotate through spiritual and tactical leadership roles during a 5 day/4 night foot-hike to Grand Teton (or Wind River Range) mountain peak with provisions they carry in backpacks. All gear and supplies are provided.
Departure & Return July 11-12
- Debriefing, Mass, and Award ceremony
- July 12 – Depart Riverton, WY airport
Skills and Take-aways
Upon completion of the course, Candidates will have advanced in tactical outdoor skills, leadership experience, and prayerful reflection.
Outdoor skills training will provide Candidates with practical experience in areas of mountaineering, hiking, rappelling, survival, mountain bike, fishing, and more. They will leave with an exposure to each discipline and a knowledge of areas they'd like to pursue further.
Each Candidate will have lived in both spiritual and tactical leadership roles. They will have been depended upon by their company to discern and take action, and their personal examples will have been followed by others. They will have reflected on sacred scripture and lead discussions that impacted others.
What to Bring
Candidates should be prepared for extended outdoor activity in high altitudes, with warm days and cold nights. Preparation could include completing 4-hour hikes with 15-20 lb backpacks, 3-mile jogs.
Candidates will be encountering their faith through experience. A heightened awareness of this is recommended through a pre-departure examination of conscience and reading of “Wild at Heart” by Christopher West.
hiking boots, sweat wicking socks, shorts, T-shirts, long-sleve shirts, knit hat, gloves, swim shorts, hiking pants, light jacket, sweatshirt, rain poncho.
Bible, Rosary, toiletry kit, pocket knife, compass. Backpack & sleeping bag optional – these and other equipment will be provided if needed.
personal cell phones are allowed during travel, but will not be operable during the Teton Peak Ascent. Telephone access will be limited or non-existent at times. Laptops, music players, and other computer or entertainment devices are not permitted.
during the Mission, Candidates will share lodging in hotels, tents, dorm rooms, and outdoors. Prepare appropriately.
trip cost covers all travel, lodging, and planned activities other than personal shopping, food & beverages during travel to/from Wyoming. The planned supply stop in Cheyenne may allow for personal purchases. Recommend each Candidate carry $200 for personal means.
weapons (other than pocket knife for camping), drugs, smoking paraphernalia, alcohol, illicit or scandalous literature/media will not be tolerated. Candidates in possession of any of these materials will be immediately removed from the Mission.
Mission Fee (donations, starting @ $2,000)
- This covers all Mission expenses except airfare
- Deposit of $600 to reserve space
- All Mission Fees shall be submitted with the Candidate Enrollment Application and Waiver, payable to Adventure Mission Corps, Inc.
- Alternatively, pay Mission Fees online through our PayPal service (once you've received the Acceptance Letter)