Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2020

Document Type

Honors Project

University Scholars Director

Dr. Christine Chaney

First Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Laura C.S. Holmes

Second Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Christine Chaney


Wilderness, Youth Ministry, Outdoor Education, Wilderness Therapy, Wilderness Scripture, Wilderness Theology


Scripture offers readers a unique characterization of wilderness spaces and provides us with a great deal of information about what to expect. This discussion traces various scriptural narratives of encounter with God in the wilderness, offering the reader a model for what a wilderness experience of God may entail, and then turns to more current conversation about wilderness youth ministry. The project traces current research of fields that are tangentially related to wilderness youth ministry including wilderness therapy, outdoor adventure education, and camp ministry, and seeks to highlight the ways that they can enhance, alter, and confirm various practices within the wilderness youth ministry model. Furthermore, it serves to offer an explanation and language to both practitioners and participants in these programs, giving them a theological and scientific backing to help interpret and facilitate participant experiences.


A project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Scholars Honors Program.

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