Honey Rock Adds Spirituality to Summer Camp

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Byline: Laura Zahn Pohl Daily Herald Correspondent

For hundreds of youngsters between the ages of 10 and 18, the words "Honey Rock" will bring back a flood of memories at summer's end.

That's because about 1,200 boys and girls every summer travel by bus and plane to Three Lakes, Wis., to attend Wheaton College's residential camp, which has been in operation for 49 years. The youths stay in cabins, learn to kayak, mountain bike, ride horses and water ski.

And they also grow in spirituality and leadership, according to Glenn Town, Wheaton College professor of kinesiology and camp director.

"We place special emphasis on the study of God's word and prayer each day in the cabin group," Town said. "The counselors are primarily Wheaton College students who love teaching and young people."

During the two-week stay, the program includes a wilderness trip of one to three days with the cabin counselor.

As campers return to camp during their later teen years, they can take on increasingly more challenging trips, like canoe expeditions to the Boundary Waters or backpacking and climbing experiences along the shores of Lake Superior.

Some of the adventure-based programs were designed with the assistance of the Colorado Outward Bound School.

"These High Road programs are designed for those who want adventure, while developing their faith and character," Town said.

While "Honey Rock" has been synonymous with "summer camp" for several decades, college officials over the past few years have worked to make the facility, "The Northwoods Campus of Wheaton College. …