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Challenger II Rock Climbing Program Set for December

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Challenger II Rock Climbing Program Set for December

Young adults are invited to experience camp on "the next level" at this leadership-focused program.

Challenger II offers young adults of the Church, ages 18 to 30, a unique opportunity for spiritual growth and for building deep friendships as they share adventure, challenge and mentoring in leadership with a small group of their peers in a wilderness/adventure setting.

Challenger II is designed for those who want to challenge themselves both physically and spiritually, and deepen their faith and commitment to a life of service and leadership in doing the work of the Church. Mentoring is provided by ministers and staff in both the spiritual and physical aspects of the experience. Group size is limited to 12 to 15 participants, who all work together as a team where each member becomes personally responsible for the success and welfare of the group.

Challenger II is designed to provide a lifetime of benefit, and each participant will also be responsible for carrying out a service/leadership project after the program, with the approval of his or her pastor, in order to help put into practice the personal lessons learned.

The Challenger II—Rock Climbing program is scheduled to take place during the winter break from Dec. 23 to 30, 2007, in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona. The cost of tuition is just $210.

Mt. Lemmon, Arizona, offers spectacular climbing and rappelling opportunities at every skill level, and draws world-class climbers to its warm cliff faces during the winter months. Base camp for this program will be in tents in the high desert near the foot of the mountain in a developed group camp area. Temperatures during the day are comfortable, but participants should be prepared for cool nights.

Previous experience is not required. As long as you are in reasonable physical health, and "up" for an adventure and a challenge (both physically and spiritually), that is what is needed. Those with climbing experience will, however, be able to take the skills they've learned to "the next level." Challenger II will be a step beyond what is offered at the United teen camps.

Applications and more information about the program can be found at or by contacting the director at