From Cushing, Oklahoma
Aspen House
Fourth Trimester Student

A Typical Saturday

My schedule really depends on a few different things. I may be engaged in Service Saturday, jobs, personal time, and going off campus.

  • 7:30 am: I wake up and start getting ready.
  • 8:00 am: Breakfast starts in the lodge. After I eat, I head home to Aspen to shower and finish getting ready.
  • 9:00 am: Gathering begins. After Gathering on Saturdays, we do service projects on campus and sometimes in Denver.
  • 12:30 pm: Lunch is ready in the lodge. After lunch, we have free time for a while; I usually will rest, work out in the Human Performance Center (HPC). Drumming is a huge passion of mine, so sometimes I go to the Schoolhouse to play the drums there.
  • 6:00 pm: Dinner is ready in the lodge. Afterward, we have evening activities and free time. Buildings close at 10:00 pm.
  • 10:30 pm: House curfew.
  • 11:00 pm: Wing curfew, which is usually my time to relax and get ready for bed. 


From Castle Rock, Colorado
Ponderosa House
Second Trimester Student

A Typical Wednesday

  • 6:45 am: I usually wake up early so I have time to go to the bathroom, brush my teeth, and change before breakfast.
  • 7:30 am: Breakfast is earlier than usual on Wednesdays but I try to go, especially when Ed is cooking because he has the best croissants.
  • 8:30 am: On Wednesdays, we have an hour-long Gathering because we don’t have classes. My favorite part is the end because we finish up with a music performance.
  • 9:30 am: I head back to my house, Ponderosa, to change into my uniform for intramurals. We play different sports depending on the season. My favorites are basketball in the Human Performance Center during the fall trimester and softball on the Field of Dreams during the summer trimester. We usually play from 10 until 12:30.
  • 1:00 pm: I head to lunch in the lodge.
  • 1:45 pm: Since we don’t have classes on Wednesday, we have a break after lunch until advisory. I usually take a nap in my wing or go to the Learning Resource Center to get ahead on my work.
  • 4:00 pm: I go into my house common areas for advisory. We usually go off campus together to a coffee shop to talk about how classes are going.
  • 6:00 pm: I head to the lodge again for dinner.
  • 7:00 pm: On Wednesday nights we have study hall in the Learning Resource Center. I’m usually in there from 7 until 9 catching up or getting ahead on my work.
  • 9:30 pm: I head back to Ponderosa to meet house curfew and hang out with my house brothers and sisters.
  • 10:30 pm: I go to bed.



From San Fernando, California
Juniper House
Ninth trimester student

A Typical Tuesday

  • 6:45 am: I wake up, brush my teeth, and drink some water before heading to kitchen patrol (KP).
  • 7:15 am: I have breakfast KP in the lodge, which is where we help the chefs prepare and clean up meals. I am a KP leader and really like it. I usually stick with doing dishes and pots because I’m fast and actually clean them well. Once I’m finished, I help out with other jobs. When we’re done, I clock out and eat some huevos and bacon. Then I clock back in and help finish cleaning.
  • 9:30 am: I head to my morning class, which is Neuroscience in the science and math building. During class breaks, I always stay in the classroom and catch up on work or listen to music.
  • 11:45 am: Class ends, and I head out to KP because we usually have two shifts in a row, depending on the day.
  • 2:00 pm: I go to Gathering in the lodge. I either focus on what Gathering is on or daydream if I want time to myself.
  • 2:30 pm: I head to my afternoon class called Business Design. Our teacher, Kathy, greets us at the door, and I always give her a big hug.
  • 4:45 pm: Class ends, and I head back to my house, Juniper, to relax before dinner.
  • 7:00 pm: I head to enrichment in the Learning Resource Center. My enrichment this trimester is about life after Eagle Rock and applying to college. We usually check in to see how people are doing, talk about taking the SATs, and work on our Common Application profiles.
  • 9:00 pm: Once enrichment is done, I head home and do my chores before going to bed.


From Austin, Texas
First trimester student

Lost Creek Wilderness
Orientation Trip

Wake Up

Either 4:00am or 6:00am. If we are on a layover day, 8:00am.
If you wake up late one day, you have to wake up 10 minutes earlier the next day


Immediately after waking up we all stretch for 15 minutes

After Stretch

Kitchen Patrol (KP) starts making breakfast for people. Everyone else breaks down camp, fills up water bottles, takes down tarps, and cleans up


Everyone eats breakfast for 15 minutes, then continues to break down camp

Morning Gathering

Morning Gathering might take an hour or hour and a half. We have a specific list of 9 or 10 things to get through and also share goals.

Leave No Trace

After gathering everyone does a sweep of the camp to practice Leave No Trace. Instructors do a secondary sweep

Daily Plan

Circle up, instructors go over the daily plan, how far we were going to hike. The shortest we hiked was 1.5 miles, the longest was about 6.5 miles. If we are getting a slow or late start, we do gathering once we’re on the trail.


Head out on trail!


Eat lunch on trail

Mini Solo

After lunch: Mini Solo. We can’t continue hiking until we’ve done mini solo. Everyone sits 50 ft. from each other somewhere off trail. You can’t talk or go anywhere. You grab your sleeping pad, get comfy, and open your journal to the reflection pages. Instructors will give a question that prompts an answer, like “What do you hope to gain out of the wilderness experience?” You have to write one page minimum. I loved taking naps after I got my work done.


Our goal is to get to camp by 5pm every day. We usually got there at 5 or 6pm


Once we get to camp we start E.G.G.S. That stands for:

  • Essentials (put on camp shoes, get water, rest- about 10 minutes)
  • Group gear (Take out dromedaries, trekking poles, water filters, and organize in one pile)
  • Group tasks (Water crew goes to get water, we set up our tarps, sleeping bags, and KP starts)
  • Self (do what you need to do, take a longer break, goof around, bathe, wash hair, eat a snack, get more water)

We usually get done with E.G.G.S. after an hour or hour and a half


KP shuts down, Eat dinner


Leader of the Day time (LOD). The leader of the day sets the gathering time, which is usually between 7 and 8pm.


  • There will be a check in question for the group to answer.
  • Creative Juices: where people can share a poem, joke, or song.
  • Then we move into Pros and Grows for the day.
  • 10 minutes of mini-solo reflection.
  • The LOD gets feedback.
  • Patrol Time: the group shares concerns, gives c4s, talk about what we want to do better at tomorrow
  • Instructor time: mini lessons, they read out of their journals, share concerns, give us feedback Plan of Tomorrow
  • Navigator gets out map and shows the group tomorrow’s route and a preview of trail
  • Closure: If there’s time, we can get hot water nalgenes, or have chill time. This lasts an hour maximum.

Lights Out

Go to bed! This depends on what time gathering finishes. We usually went to bed at 8:45 or 9pm.

Layover Days

There are two layovers on course.

1st layover was on Day 6. This is a rest day, no walking, and team building activities. We talked about what needs improvement, meets expectations, and what we were doing good on. It was a group evaluation. On the 2nd layover everything improved (language, respect, participation). We also did this at Banquet.

Resupply Days

There are two resupply days on course

On resupply you get letters from home, get fresh food. The letters are really important and significant. Usually we hiked to resupply and then went back to camp

There are three different groups that help with resupply. The LOD floats between them.

  • Food- fills up the food bags
  • Gear- cleans and refills gear
  • Clean- bleaches bowls and washes pots with soap

Climb Day

This happens the day after the first resupply. Started at 9am, safety overview, then climbing!

Service Days

Usually 2 days. We did trail service, clearing the trail, and trail maintenance

Solo Days

Lasts for three days. Started at 9am, instructors gave us three hours of work. You’re in a 15×15 area, and you can’t leave. Solo ends at 9:00am on day 4. Instructors check in on you multiple times a day. They are checking for needs, first aid, etc. At the end they prepare a huge meal for everyone.

By the end of course we were running everything by ourselves, and didn’t need any instructor help


This was the last day in the field. We hiked 3 miles to Banquet. It was at a beautiful spot next to a river.


  • First we de-issued all of our gear.
  • We circled up and debriefed the entire wilderness experience.
  • Last mini-solo. You get your final letters from loved ones and people from the community
  • Everyone does different rotations in a natural sauna. You come out a new person.
  • We ate burgers and hot dogs for dinner, and had a campfire.
  • Gathering lasted for 2 hours that night. We gave patrol feedback and individual appreciations.
  • We closed and went to bed.
  • Woke up and finished de-issue and got into the buses to drive back towards Eagle Rock.


Started at Gem lake. Run-in is 6 miles. Everyone on campus welcomed us, we showered, and we ate a nice dinner back in the lodge.