Youth Programs


[High School/Ages 17-18]
[High School/Ages 14-16]

A wilderness experience for high school students with a strong emphasis on leadership development and spiritual formation.

The Compass experience invites you to explore a deeper commitment to your faith and community, and to challenge yourself with the risks and choices involved in a remote backcountry adventure. Compass takes you into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and is a true wilderness experience. You will encounter problems to solve and experiences that push you outside your physical, mental, and spiritual comfort zones. As a young leader, you will practice leadership, grow in responsibility to your team, and develop new friendships. You will paddle through pristine lakes, navigate wilderness waterways, lead with a map and compass, and build a solid sleeping shelter. You will spend time around a campfire, sharing stories with your team, and keeping a journal will help you to reflect on your Compass adventure.

Dates: 5-Day: July 17-22 | 9-Day: July 24-Aug 2
Location: Mink Lake Wilderness Camp

Trip Fee: 5-Day: $325 | 9-Day: $585

Service Team

[High School/Young Adult]

Service Team is a community service experience designed for high school students to integrate their faith and work with God’s restorative mission for the world. Students will participate in hands-on service and leadership opportunities rooted in the biblical ethic of care for self, others, and place. Service Team members will be mentored by Coldwater staff, and together will be part of the Coldwater summer ministry. Our goal is for each student to mature in his or her Christian faith. Students will have regular times of discussion, Bible-study, and practice in the spiritual disciplines. This program teaches a strong service-ethic and measurable employability skills. A week-long wilderness canoe trip completes this unique summer of service.

The work you and your team do will include welcoming guest groups to Mink Lake Wilderness Camp, helping to serve meals, taking care of the lodge, and learning to care for and maintain our base camp.

Through a focus on service, our hope is for each student to encounter God in a fresh way, grow in appreciation for His creation, and see the value of the work of their hands.

Dates: June 11-August 3
Location: Mink Lake Wilderness Camp
Cost: $1,200 (funding options available)

Boys & Girls Adventure

[10-12 Years Old]

This 3-day wilderness experience is for students ages 10-12 (5th-6th grade) who want an adventure this summer. Students will spend time at Mink Lake Wilderness Camp swimming, hiking and canoeing with options for an overnight out on the trail. Boys and girls will be in separate groups, but may have some shared activities and meals.

Activities may include: canoeing, cooking over a fire, hiking, swimming, map & compass, camping, group activities.

Dates: July 16-18
Location: Mink Lake Wilderness Camp
Cost: $95 (scholarship forms available upon request)