WHAT TO EXPECT

September 6, 2021-April 26, 2022

Snider Mountain Ranch is pleased to announce our gap year program for recent high school graduates (ages 17-21).

Through this program, you will:

  • Live in community 7-10 other young people

  • Discover more about God, the world, and yourself

  • Explore the world around you through frequent outdoor adventures

  • Serve the community around you

  • Learn transferable leadership skills, hands-on skills (horsemanship, maintenance, outdoor activities).

  • Deepen roots of faith & establish key spiritual habits

  • Earn up to 23 academic credits from partnering Kingswood University

YEAR-LONG SCHEDULE​*

*subject to change

End of September

  • Arrival & orientation

  • Outdoor adventure: 5 day canoe trip - team bonding!

October

  • Learning: Introduction to Ranch expectations; Introduction to New Horizons; Learn Ranch activities (belay rock wall, canoeing, riding)

  • Outdoor adventure: trail rides, bike along the Fundy Coast, local hikes (explore Sussex & area)

  • Spiritual Formation: Who I am & my identity in Christ; Spiritual Disciplines; Mentorship

  • Serving: NH, Autumn Weekend Camp, rental groups

  • KU course: Basic Christian Beliefs

November

  • Learning: Leadership development (activity planning for NH and Christmas community event); Hands-on skills (riding/maintenance); Standard First Aid course

  • Outdoor adventure: sea kayaking, hiking in Fundy National Park

  • Spiritual Formation: Seeing myself as God's beloved; Spiritual Disciplines; Mentorship

  • Serving: NH, rental groups, day volunteering with community organization

  • KU course: Old Testament Survey

December

  • Learning: Leadership development (activity leading for NH and Christmas community event); Hands-on skills (riding/maintenance);

  • Outdoor adventure:

  • Spiritual Formation: Overcoming fears & struggles; Spiritual Disciplines; Mentorship

  • Serving: NH Christmas, community Christmas event, rental groups

  • KU course: Old Testament Survey (cont'd)

Christmas Break (Dec. 20, 2021-Jan. 10, 2022)

January

  • Learning: Leadership development (planning and leading skills sessions and campfire for NH, planning Winter West activities); Hands-on skills (riding/maintenance);

  • Outdoor adventure: Winter camping (2 day trip), ski day, trail/sleigh rides

  • Spiritual Formation: Overcoming idols; 12 Neighbors curriculum; Mentorship

  • Serving: NH, rental groups, day volunteering with community organization

  • KU course: Introduction to Ministry

February

  • Learning: Leadership development (planning activities for NH, Winter West, and March Break Camp); Hands-on skills (riding/maintenance)

  • Outdoor adventure: Midland ice caves, snowshoeing

  • Spiritual Formation: Vision & Calling; 12 Neighbors curriculum; Mentorship

  • Serving: NH, Winter West, rental groups, day volunteering with community organization

  • KU course: Ministry to Children

March

  • Learning: Leadership development (leading entrepreneurship projects with NH participants, leading March Break Camp activities); Hands-on skills (riding/maintenance); Adventure planning

  • Outdoor adventure: Plan Your Own Adventure Days

  • Spiritual Formation: Vision & Calling, 12 Neighbors curriculum; Mentorship

  • Serving: NH, March Break camp, rental groups, day volunteering with community organization

  • KU course: New Testament Survey

April

  • Learning: Leadership development (leading entrepreneurship projects with NH participants, leading Spring Weekend Camp activities); Hands-on skills (riding/maintenance)

  • Outdoor adventure:

  • Spiritual Formation: Implementing Vision & Commission, 12 Neighbors curriculum; Mentorship

  • Serving: NH, Spring Weekend Camps, rental groups

  • KU course: New Testament Survey (cont'd)

SAMPLE WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Typically, Monday to Thursday will be spent:

  • learning - Kingswood intensive courses offered every three weeks; Bible studies; special skills (horsemanship, maintenance)

  • serving - assisting with tasks around the Ranch (barn chores, cleaning, meal prep)

  • building community - team-building activities, game nights, worship nights

  • mentorship - once a week, you will meet with your mentor (assigned at the start of the program) to discuss your learning, ask questions, and be encouraged

Most weekends will be spent:

  • serving - hosting rental groups at the Ranch (including youth groups, off-site work conferences, etc.); assisting with our New Horizons program for potentially at-risk youth

What about days off?

  • Each week we will make sure you get time off. We firmly believe in the value of 'Sabbath' (a day of rest).

What about outdoor adventures?

  • Adventures will be scheduled sporadically throughout the program (dependent on weather & on rental group scheduling at the Ranch). You can expect to enjoy 3-5 full days of adventure every month!

  • Some of these adventures will include a 5-day canoe trip, hiking in Fundy National Park, a 2-day winter camping trip, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, the Midland ice caves, and more!

Tuition

Meal Plan

Program Expenses

Housing

Textbooks & other incurred costs

 

 

 

$19,000

$5,000

$4,500

$6,500

$2,800

$200

PRICING

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We'd love to hear from you

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