About YWAM Ozarks' Outdoor Adventure DTS

Imagine yourself conquering a rock face that had at first looked like an impossible climb. Imagine being part of an authentic community of people who are seeking the same goal: to experience God's character and love in a radical way. Imagine volunteering five months of your life to forge a deeper relationship with God and develop your potential as a world-changer. Imagine yourself here: YWAM Ozarks.

Outdoor Adventure

Three to four weeks of the Lecture Phase will be spent traversing through deep valleys, over mountain trails and down powerful rivers. You will connect with fellow students as you work together to achieve physical and spiritual goals. As you go hiking, backpacking, camping, canoeing, rock-climbing, and caving, God will reveal Himself to you in ways that you have never before experienced. Prepare to be stretched. Prepare to be changed.

“After the first backpacking trip I learned that I was way stronger than I thought. God was helping me learn who I was in Him. I now have much more confidence in who I am and in being Christian.” —Emily

Phase I: Lecture, 3 Months

Your journey begins as you gather with other young people from around the world, forming a diverse community of people from many varied backgrounds. Guest speakers with equally diverse stories have committed to come and teach you more of God's ways. Time is set aside for seeking God's heart for the nations and worshipping Him. You will meet in large groups, small groups and have one-on-one processing time with staff. And serving the local Ozark community ensures that not only will you learn, you will do!

It’s about Knowing God, Not Knowing Facts

The Lecture Phase of our Outdoor DTS is transformational—but the focus is not on amassing a notebook full of facts about God. Rather, the focus is to know Jesus, grow in character, and catch God’s heart for the world.

Course Content

I’d recommend DTS to anyone who loves adventure. You get to know God more while having fun. God becomes so much more real, and He becomes much more personal when you’re out in His creation.” —Becca

Phase II: Outreach, 2–3 Months

The sun is beating down on you as you continually ascend the mountain ahead. One and a half miles behind and over 1,000 feet below is the village that you left this morning. The next village is at least three miles ahead with still quite a bit to climb.

Two things keep you going: First, a burning desire to bring the love of Jesus to this remote mountain village, and second, the skills and experience you’ve already attained from the first three months of the school. This is your chance to put into practice what you have learned in Lecture Phase. Whether in Africa, Asia, or the Amazon, you can be part of the transforming power of God’s love in the lives of people you meet. As you take part in this beautiful redemption, your own life will be forever changed.

“My DTS was a life-changing experience that brought healing and matured my relationship with the Lord. It was such a rich and fun time in my life… I wish I could go back and do it all over again.” —Elise

Dates & Cost

Lecture Phase

September 19 -December 18 2015


Outreach Phase

December 27, 2015 - March 18, 2016 (begins after 1-week Christmas break)

Approximately $2,000 + airfare

*Dates & costs are subject to change.



Applicants must be 18 years or older, or a high school graduate.

Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. —Mark 16:15