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Our cornerstone wilderness course

The Wilderness Leadership Expedition (WLE) is designed for people who are serious about their faith and want to explore leadership, community, and service to others through the challenges and risks of the wilderness classroom. During WLE you will travel through some incredibly beautiful yet challenging northern Minnesotan wilderness. Spiritual disciplines, wilderness solitude, and opoprtunities to lead are all core to this program. Within a community of peers, you will spend timethinking about God's work of restoration, your personal direction, and incarnational community living. WLE will let you explore how you can use your gifts, education, passions, career, and choices to make a Kingdom impact. Come join us on this life-changing wilderness adventure!

This course is an introduction to wilderness leadership. During this multi-element (canoeing and backpacking) expedition, you will learn valuable interpersonal skills, make significant decisions, and become a valued member of a purposeful and intentional community. You can expect to gain experience with the following technical elements of wilderness tripping: backpacking, canoeing, map and compass navigation, shelter building, camp-craft, Leave No Trace wilderness ethics, risk management and backcounty meal preparation. These technical program elements are paired with intentional reflection, maximizing the potential for new learning, valuable insights, and significant life growth.

The WLE is a prerequisite for Coldwater's Wilderness Instructor Training (WIT) program.

2017 Dates: May 15th - June 1st

Location: Northern MN

Cost: $870

*A $200 non-refundable deposit secures your spot in WLE

*For WIT participants, the cost of WLE is included in total cost of WIT.

*Fika Scholarships are available to help with the cost. Contact Coldwater for a scholarship form.

WLE Course Schedule

May 15: Arrive in Grand Marais, MN.

May 16- May 30: WLE wilderness immersion

May 31: Service and program celebration

June 1: Students depart after breakfast

*WLE participants enrolling in our Wilderness Instructor Training will stay in Grand Marais, MN upon completion of WLE.

Please register for WLE under the Trip Registration tab

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