25% Adventure

9 wilderness expeditions all over the desert southwest. Multi-sport, multi-environment—the challenge you need.

20% Study

Learn methods and get tools to study the Bible. You can't apply what you don't know!

40% Service

Work alongside staff to serve guests and run activities. "A Christian man is the most free lord of all, and subject to none; a Christian man is the most dutiful servant of all, and subject to everyone."

15% Rest

Rest is necessary to refresh body, soul, and mind. How can you listen if you're not still?

What Does a Camp Eagle Walkabout Gap Year Look Like?

More Than an Extended Adventure Camp—Our Program Helps People Find Their Purpose

The Walkabout Gap Year program is designed to put the world in the perspective of a disciple. These nine months are a challenging commitment that inspires courage for the future as a follower of Christ. Our unique mix of adventure, study, service, rest, and mentoring leaves people changed for the better.

9 Adventure Trips Total

Wilderness expeditions provide a foundation for learning and application. Expect epic hiking, scenic environments and thrilling multi-sport adventure. Past expeditions:

  • Backpacking in the San Juan National Forest
  • Rock climbing at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
  • Multi-Sport trip in Big Bend National Park
  • Multi-Spot Road trip across the Desert Southwest
  • Mission Trip
  • Kayaking trip on the South Pecos River
  • World religions trip to Austin, Tx.

Practical Application Through Study

Students can earn up to 12 college credits through our partnership with Colorado Christian University.Current courses:

  • Introduction to Studying the Bible
  • Spiritual Formations
  • Bible Doctrine
  • World Views and Religions

Student Service is Vital to Camp Eagle's Ministry

Camp Eagle Retreats could not operate without the help of our Gap Year students. You'll work alongside full-time staff to serve guests during the non-summer months. Service allows you to experience what camp ministry is like. You'll bond with our staff, grow, and put what you learn into practice. Service activities:

  • Running activities like rock climbing, zip-lining, and rappelling
  • Preparing accommodations
  • Meal prep and clean up

Rest Fuels the Body and Soul

Resting when we are weary is not idleness. Relaxing after a hard week of work, play, and study is not a waste of time. You'll find rest at Camp Eagle. And because you'll work hard, we provide one rest day each week and allow time off for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Relationships Lead to Life Change

Life change doesn't happen in a vacuum. So, we provide mentoring—both individual and group—to walk alongside you. We know that living the examined life means you'll confront hard issues in your own life. Our promise to you: you won't do it alone. Mentoring opportunities:

  • 1:1 Mentors
  • Family Groups
  • Book Clubs
  • Bible Studies
  • 1:7 Staff Ratio

Dates & Rates

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Program Length Dates Rates Status Register
Walkabout 2022 - 2023

9 Months

August 19, 2022




Payment Policy

Walkabout fees include all meals, lodging, trips, education, staff shirts, a Red Cross lifeguard/CPR certification, and all program-related expenses.

Available payment plan:

  • $1,000 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance into the program
  • $5,500 in total is due upon arrival.

ALL PAYMENTS MADE ARE NON-REFUNDABLE for reservations abandoned with no advance notice.

Reservations canceled with advance notice will still require partial payment based on the schedule shown below:

  • 2 Months Prior – 50% Cancellation Fee
  • 1 Month Prior – 60% Cancellation Fee
  • 3 Weeks Prior – 70% Cancellation Fee
  • 1 Week Prior – 90% Cancellation Fee

Preparing for Walkabout Gap Year

Preparing for your Gap Year is more than a packing list. We do believe that anyone can get enjoy God's creation AND physical and mental preparation will let you enjoy it more.

Climate & Conditions

Competitor magazine declared Camp Eagle “Texas’ best adventure destination.” Temperatures can range from the 40’s overnight (depending upon time of year and elevation of campsite) to the 100’s mid-day. So, be prepared for rain, heat, cold, and changing terrain.

Physical Demands

When you're “on trail,” all you have is the support of your team and the life you carry on your back. Prepare to rough it. Backpacking is a challenging activity. You may be hiking multiple miles and gaining 1,000’ to 4,000’ in elevation during a day’s hike—all while carrying your home on your back. Backpacking exemplifies simplicity and caring for your community.

Getting to Camp, Arrival & Departure

Our address:

6424 Hackberry Rd

 Rocksprings, TX 78880

Your adventure begins when you turn off the pavement at HWY 41 and Hackberry Road, where you will travel eight miles down our dirt road.

Health & Safety

The spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being of every student is our top priority. We’re here to fulfill all their safety and nutritional needs. Find out more about base camp!

College Credit

Colorado Christian University offers Walkabout Gap Year graduates up to 9 hours of college credit at the school of their choice. Students who attend Colorado Christian University after Walkabout earn up to 15 hours.

Our Staff

Our staff is made up of fun, friendly people who are also super serious about providing you with the best Gap Year experience ever. Each day they demonstrate their passion for serving Jesus Christ through leading by example and with a cheerful demeanor. Get to know us!

Gap Year Preparation

My Christian Gap Year Story

Find Your Adventure Waiting at Camp Eagle