PEAK (Powerful Experience of Adventure and Knowledge) is Wyoming Catholic College's annual high school summer program. Run twice from mid-June to late-July, each two week program introduces high school juniors and seniors to a taste of the school's academics, community life, and outdoor adventures.Students will spend some hours each day studying the Great Books, some hours in outdoor recreation unique to our college, and some time resting in prayer and the sacraments. Outdoor activities include horseback riding, rock-climbing, rappelling, and a 4-day backpacking trip.
The first PEAK summer programs at WCC ran in 2014. Initially one of the two programs offered, "basic" PEAK, focused mainly on classroom academic study, while the other, known as PEAK ASCENT, was more outdoor adventure focused. In 2016 the two "tracks" were unified and since then both sessions have offered a mix of outdoor adventure and classroom education.
Each PEAK session has four classes, two classes per week. Each class is lead by a WCC professor, and runs for about an hour and twenty minutes. Readings will be assigned both before and during the program, and each class will be related to the the curriculum of Wyoming Catholic College.
Each afternoon on PEAK students rotate in groups to partake in varying outdoor adventures and activities to showcase what the school's Outdoor Leadership Program and the Lander, Wyoming area have to offer.
Students on PEAK experience the outdoors at their utmost, with a four day three night backpacking trip in the Wind River Mountains led by upperclassmen counselors.
Typically, a day at PEAK will have students experiencing our rigorous academics in the morning, and immersing themselves in the great outdoors in the afternoon. Opportunities for prayer, games, and other activities are scattered throughout. While the daily schedule will vary in some particulars, most days will look like the the one outlined below.
For the four-day backpacking trip, a separate itinerary is followed.
- 6:00 AM Trail Run (optional)
- 7:15 AM Lauds (optional)
- 7:30 AM Breakfast at Frassati
- 8:30 AM Classroom C – Class Session 1
- 10:00 AM Classroom D – Class Session 2
- 11:45 AM Mass
- 12:45 PM Lunch
- 1:30 PM Afternoon activities:
- Group A – Town
- Group B – Rappelling
- Group C – Rock Climbing
- Group D – Horseback Riding
- Group E – Dance Practice
- 6:00 PM Dinner
- 7:15 PM Study Hall
- 8:45 PM Confessions, Rosary & Adoration
- 10:00 PM Curfew
- 10:30 PM Lights out