-4 Applications can be completed here

So you’re looking for a new kind of “Gap Year” program?
How about 9 months of a lifetime defining experience that includes:

Adventure, Wilderness
Brotherhood, Community
Mentoring, Teaching
Risk, Challenge
Hard Work, Time with God

You spend thousands of dollars on your college education so you are prepared for your future
occupation, but what have you done intentionally for your walk with God? Do you know how to
cultivate your intimacy with God? Are you prepared for the challenges that lie before you as a man?

Whether you are in college or just graduating high school, you are probably wrestling with
some questions about your life and faith. What does God want me to do with my life?
What is God’s heart for me?

We believe God uses different experiences to build a man into His desire for his life. We think that God uses time in the wilderness, hard work, and a community of older men to help a young man get his legs under him as he makes his way into the real world.

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As men, we learn through experience. We process the realities of our lives through a physical world. Our bodies and hearts are closely connected as they mature and grow. At Training Ground, we believe God’s end goal is maturity and strong stewardship of His Kingdom.

In Sarasota, your wilderness experiences will include The Everglades, fishing and diving in Key West, and multiple other local excursions that will include inshore and offshore fishing. All of these experiences will contribute to your growth as a man of God.

Your work experience will include a combination of local work and farm work.
Long-term with Training Ground Sarasota we hope to have a fully functional, self-sustaining, organic farm. You will be a part of the start of that vision, starting with chicken farming.
You will receive a paycheck, and part of that will go into your pocket, and a reasonable percentage will go towards your rent and other program expenses.

Your lodging will be on a 160-acre piece of property just outside of Sarasota that will provide
plenty of space for adventures and time with God.

Every week you will receive intentional Biblical teaching from the local Sarasota community including pastors, counselors, and local guides that will help to guide you through the waters of your life.


What is a pilot year?
This is the inaugural year and we couldn’t be more excited. You get to be a part of the first class!
Keep in mind that we have been doing this in Colorado for 10 years, but you get the honor of being the first Sarasota class. You will be a part of building the foundation that other
young men will use for years to come.

We have specifically designed this gap year program to offer two forms of payment. Since you will be working full time, you will have the option of paying off your entire tuition during your time in Sarasota through the money you make from your job. If that is your option, you will still have money left over every month for food and entertainment. The second option is to pay your tuition in full when you start the program. The total cost is $6,600. This includes your lodging, teaching, wilderness trips, and other
resources you will need throughout the year. We created these two options so that no man could use money as an excuse not to come.

Start Day: September 19
Wilderness trip: Appalachian Trail in Georgia – September 19 – 23
Thanksgiving Break: November 19 – 27
Wilderness trip: The Everglades – December 10 – 16
Christmas Break: December 17 – January 6
Wilderness Trip: Local Florida Backcountry – January 7 – 15
Wilderness Trip: Florida Keys – April 7 – 13
Graduation Day: April 14


Please contact us at if you have any questions or need more details.

Applications can be completed here and are still being accepted. We are always open to conversations and questions about your summer experience.