Leadership and Discipleship in the Wilderness (LDW) is an extended wilderness trip that provides intensive leadership development and personal discipleship in the context of a community living experience.

Applications for LDW 2016 are closed. Any questions? Contact Stephanie Wessel.


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You will be challenged to grow in your intimacy with God, embrace your identity as an image-bearer of the Creator and a leader in His Kingdom, and grow in these character areas: servanthood, knowing, community, Christ-likeness, and spiritual disciplines.

Backpack through Wyoming's Wind River Mountain Range.

Mountaineer to the summit of a 13,000+ foot peak.

Learn all the necessities for wilderness living.

Practice leadership by becoming the Leader of the Day.

Explore and play in the beauty of God's creation.

Grow in the disciplines of prayer, Scripture study, fasting, and solitude.

Reflect daily about your personal decision-making, leadership, and communication.

Live in intentional community with your fellow students and leaders.

Experience LDW. Experience Life.

It was so refreshing and eye-opening for me to see what community can and should be: honest, affirming, encouraging, challenging, pushing each other, and becoming iron sharpening iron.

Julia, LDW 2008 participant

"LDW provided me with an environment specifically designed to facilitate and encourage my growth as a leader." —Colin, LDW 2010 participant

Destination: Wind River Range, Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming
Activities: discipleship, leadership development, backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing
Dates: 5 weeks, June 4 - July 8, 2016 (approximate)
Cost: $2,950


CCO offered its first LDW course in 1995 in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming. Since that time, LDW has been offered in Wyoming and the Georgian Bay of Canada, and has remained a fixture at the center of CCO XD's program offerings.


Students participating on LDW may be eligible to receive WEA Outdoor Educator Certification or Outdoor Leader Certificate.

The CCO is accredited by the Wilderness Education Assocation through the Commission for Outdoor Education and Leadership.

Contact Information

Steph Wessel