7 Mountain Strategy for Young Adults
7 Mountain Strategy
A man by the name of William Tennett founded a log college in 1735 in Warminster, PA. Although not well known, his legacy continues since the graduates from his log college are credited with founding over 60 colleges and universities, including Princeton University. The philosophy of the log college was unique in comparison to the other learning institutions of the day. Academic skill and prowess were certainly valued, but Tennett saw that more than just academic skills were needed to train the young people to positively affect society. Like William Tennett, 5 Rock Academy believes that every young person has the ability to succeed in life and become a leader in his or her field of interest. We recognize that the qualities necessary for success are multifaceted and require a holistic approach in the training and equipping of each young person.
 Princeton University
One of our core principles is the strategic concept about keys for 7 mountains of Society. “In 1975, Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade, and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With a Mission, had lunch together in Colorado. God simultaneously gave each of these change agents a message to give to the other. During that same time frame, Francis Schaeffer was given a similar message. That message was that if we are to impact any nation, then we would have to affect the seven mountains, of society that are the pillars of any society.” The 7 mountains of society include business, arts & entertainment, religion, family, government, science & technology, and media. It is the people who have climbed to the top of their mountain of influence that have the power to effect change in the rest of the mountain. Here at 5 Rock, we talk about the tools needed to access and climb these seven mountains of society. We believe that with the correct training and equipping every young people can rise to his or her potential and influence society for the good of all by scaling these 7 mountains of society with integrity, honesty, and excellence.
In the spirit of the log college, 5 Rock recognizes 4 areas that must be mastered and remain in balance for every one of our young leaders: values, passion, gifting, and community relations.
Values: Important to any young leader is the development of values. Values are a persons strength of character through which every thought or action in life is viewed. We believe that every young leader should be growing in integrity, honesty, dependability, compassion, loyalty, and respect. At 5 Rock we not only seek to model these values, but we also encourage personal growth in each of these areas.
Passion: Discovering what topic really excites you in life is finding your passion. It is extremely important for a personally fulfilling successful life for our young people to correctly identify their passions.
Gifting: This area is one’s natural ability and intelligence in a specific academic area. Gifting is both innate and developed. For example, people are born with the innate ability to read, but that skill must be developed through instruction and practice. At 5 Rock, students are encouraged to identify giftings and encouraged to develop them with a spirit of excellence.
Community Relations: As the famous author John Donne stated, “no man is an island”.
We live in a society of interpersonal connections that are found in ones family, workplace, learning environment, and community. Intelligence and training are critical to success. Unfortunately, these skills cannot be used to their fullest potential when they are not paired with a good reputation and a strong ability to communicate effectively in today’s highly interconnected society.
5 Rock builds each of these 4 areas into every camp’s curriculum to ensure we are reaching and empowering the whole person on their success journey.
Modern Day Log College
I stand dumb before the thought of what the great day will reveal as the fruit of this modest but pious and courageous effort here in the institution of the Log College...
- Benjamin Harrison , President of the United States (1833-1901)
"Multiply the Log Colleges, yes multiply the Log Colleges."
- James Beaver, Governor of Pennsylvania (1837-1914)