LEGENDARY ADVENTURE CAMP


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The Legendary Adventure Camp (LAC) integrates the raw, intense and difficult wilderness experience with the foundations of our faith in the context of a 6 day backpacking adventure. We will celebrate mass each morning and dig into our rich Catholic tradition each evening while covering 5-7 miles of wilderness trail, climbing mountains, catching cutthroat trout and learning wilderness survival skills during the day.

What it’s all about…

The Fathers of the Church spoke of God’s two books, the Holy Scriptures and the Book of Nature. The scriptures reveal God in his love and mercy while the book of nature clearly reveals God’s “eternal power and divine nature.” The glory and grandeur of the created world lifts our hearts to the heavens, for we see in it a generous God who gives good things with abundance and abandon.

Come away, my beloved: as Christians, we know our need for solitude only the wilderness can give. Just as Elijah heard the still small voice of God on mount Carmel, we go into the wild, away from the buzz of the world to an empty, stark land knowing God will fill the silence with his Word- the only Word that satisfies.

We must take our youth where God is powerfully present- so into the wilderness we go! Through a collaboration among Legendary lodge, Carroll College, the Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry, and COR Expeditions, Legendary Adventure Camp came into existence. We thank Carroll College for providing our  students with gear and we are excited to be contracting COR, an outreach of Wyoming Catholic College, for our guides.

The LAC integrates the raw, intense and difficult wilderness experience with the foundations of our faith in the context of a 6 day backpacking adventure. We will celebrate mass each morning and dig into our rich Catholic tradition each evening while covering 5-7 miles of wilderness trail, climbing mountains, catching cutthroat trout and learning wilderness survival skills during the day.

Fr. Kirby Longo, chaplain of LAC, calls out to the youth of our diocese with the same words from Luke’s Gospel that were spoken to Bishop Brondel before he came west, the words the Nuncio spoke again to Bishop Austin Vetter a month ago: “Go with haste into the mountains!”

The Details:

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Dates: (3 Camps in Summer 2020):

  • Camp 1: July 12-18 (Men Only)
  • Camp 2: July 19-25 (Co-ed)
  • Camp 3: July 26-August 1 (Women Only)

Who’s leading the camps?: There will be a team of highly qualified, technically well-trained, and spiritually well-formed adults who guide the week, all of whom meet Diocese of Helena Safe Environment policies and standards. The primary guides of the week for all things technical (e.g. gear, safety, wilderness first aid, etc.) will be from COR Expeditions. Based in Wyoming, COR has years of experience guiding Catholic outdoor trips like LAC all across the country.

The spiritual components of the week will be facilitated, primarily, by Fr. Kirby Longo, along with a team of young adults who are well-formed and well-trained to facilitate small group experiences. The team, including Fr. Kirby, are also experienced, well-trained, and certified in a variety of wilderness first aid and other related areas.

Age: Participants must be entering grades 9-12. Youth who graduate in Spring 2020 may be allowed to participate in extenuating circumstances.

Registration Deadline: July 1, 2020. Camps are limited to 10 youth.

Cost: $700. Scholarships are available. Please contact Kevin Molm before applying if you need a scholarship: kmolm@diocesehelena.org or 406.389.7055.

Refund Policy: $250 cancellation fee if canceled on or before June 1; $325 cancellation fee between June 2-July 6. No refunds if canceled after July 6.

Gear: All camping related gear is provided.

Location: Drop-off and pick-up will happen at Legendary Lodge on Sunday and Friday, respectively. After check-in and receiving initial instructions on Sunday, the group will travel together on Monday morning to the Holland Lake Trailhead and will spend the next 4 nights in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

Physical Requirements: Participants must be physically able to hike several miles per day through wilderness.

We will be in the wilderness, several miles from the closest road or access to medical emergency facilities. Group leaders are certified in wilderness first aid and other relevant medical emergency certifications.

LAC includes six days of Hiking and five nights of camping in the wilderness. The amount of physical exertion required is normally suitable for someone of average physical condition and health. Additional information or a doctor’s physical exam for some applicants to help ensure their individual safety and the safety of the group may be required.

If we require additional information or a doctor’s physical exam, you will be notified upon the review of registration information.

While the trip will be suitable for those of average health, participants should be aware of the following:

  • Weather conditions at altitude are unpredictable and, although rarely, can range from below zero to over 100 °F. Thunderstorms, strong winds, rain, snow, and intense sunlight are characteristics of outdoor conditions.
  • Elevations may exceed 10,000 feet above sea level.
  • Participants will hike and camp in rocky/mountainous terrain that may include traveling on steep hiking paths, off-trail hiking, crossing fast-flowing streams, and camping in tents in cool overnight temperatures.
  • Prior physical conditioning will greatly improve the ability will to participate fully in all of the planned activities and also improve a participant’s enjoyment of these experiences.
  • This trip requires carrying a backpack ranging from 40-60 pounds. This may require carrying water as well which will increase backpack weight. Training for carrying this weight is highly suggested.

Questions? Contact Kevin Molm in the Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry at 406.389.7055 or kmolm@diocesehelena.org