Youth Wilderness Adventure

If you love adventure then this trip is for you! We will spend the days river rafting, rappelling, zip lining, traversing a via ferrata, and soooo much more!

Dates: June 26-30, 2023

Tuition: $750

Each day we will have scripture study, and each night will be filled with games. On the last night, there’ll be an actual fireside around the fire (with s’mores). Our focus will be to help the participants learn how they hear God’s voice! Not only will each participant come home with an increased relationship with God, but also with new skills to manage life challenges and friends to encourage them.

If you love adventures, want to know God better, and want to thrive in life, then you will love the Youth Wilderness Adventure.

This adventure is designed for youth ages 12-18. It is open to all youth. You do not need to be enrolled in Ensign Peak Academy to participate.

Along with exciting wilderness adventures and inspiring spiritual discussions, youth will learn and practice coping skills founded in positive psychology. These are research-based, effective skills focused on practical application for empowering youth to overcome challenges, specifically challenges associated with anxiety and depression. Counselors trained in Therapeutic Recreation will provide focused trainings throughout the week, to support youth in learning and implementing life-changing skills that will help them navigate a healthy and happy life. 

Location: Big Rock Candy Mountain (near Richfield Utah)

The best way to get there is to enter “Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort” into Google Maps or Apple Maps. Check in just south of the only gas station at the resort in a little office building. Here is a map pin.

Dates: June 26-30, 2023

Check-in is on Monday, June 26th from 1:30 – 2:00 pm Mountain Time. After you get checked in and put all your gear in the bunk house the adventure begins! Parent pick-up is on Friday, June 30th at 10:00 am Mountain Time. The first meal provided is Monday dinner. The last meal provided is Friday breakfast.

Check out this video about our 2022 Youth Wilderness Adventure:

Each day will be filled with new adventure sports. One day will be white water rafting, the next will be rappelling off a waterfall, the next will be paddle boarding and another day will be filled with zip lining and ropes courses. You get the picture. It will be non stop adventure!

The Youth Wilderness Adventure is a great way to disconnect from the world and reconnect with God! If you love the outdoors and have a desire to grow spiritually then this trip is for you. We will spend the week enjoying some of God’s most beautiful creations. Throughout the week we will create lifelong friendships with the other participants as well as with our counselors.

Listen to what one of last year’s youth attendees has to say…

Cost: $750

Cancellation Policy: Fully refundable when emailed request is received by April 30, 2023. Fully transferable at any time.

What we provide:

  • All Food (except personal snacks)
  • Technical gear for rappelling, rafting, paddle boarding, etc

What you provide: Packing List


Is the trip safe?

Anytime you enter into a wilderness area there is inherent risk. Safety is our top priority. In order to mitigate that risk, the guide, along with other staff members, have been to this location and are very familiar with the area. We select great counselors who are CPR/first aid certified before the trip.  There will be a satellite phone on the trip in case of emergency. In case of emergency the staff have been trained to ensure group safety. We will contact families to update them about any problems that arise.

How many participants will there be?

We anticipate 60 youth and 9 staff members.

What is provided?

Food is provided along with technical gear. See the Packing List for gear you will need to bring.

Are the trips co-ed?

Yes. One of our goals is to foster an environment where healthy relationships can be formed with both girls and boys. Each participant will agree to follow strict rules that will not allow pairing off. If a participant breaks these rules they will be sent home. We arrange for separate sleeping areas for young men and young women.

Can I go on a trip without a friend or family member?

Yes. Many of the participants will be coming by themselves.

Will I be able to call home during the expedition?

There will be a satellite phone on the trip however it will only be used in emergency situations. Do not expect to contact your parents during the trip.

Will I be able to contact my youth during the trip?

There will be a satellite phone with the counselors and the director. However it is only to be used in case of emergency. Do not expect to have contact with your youth during the trip.

What’s the cancellation policy?

100% refundable if cancelled by April 30, 2023. Fully transferrable thereafter.