As parents we hope our kids will have a childhood filled with adventure and mentors who will guide them, but face a real struggle just to get them out of their cell phones.  

COLDWATER leads a variety of wilderness courses for every age where young people can have the adventure of a lifetime and connect with outstanding mentors while preparing to navigate the future.

Youth Programs

Boys & Girls Adventure

[9-10 Years Old]

The perfect age to introduce a young person to the idea of wilderness adventure. A student’s enthusiasm and curiosity meet with the incredible beauty of the lakes and the forest. In this course students stay in log cabins at Mink Lake but complete a day trip into the boundary waters after practicing and preparing at home base. This 3-day experience is super fun and a great opportunity for students to get to know their leaders and have an adventure together.

Dates: July 22-24 | July 29-31
 Location: Mink Lake Wilderness Camp
Cost: $175

Bedrock

[10-12 Years Old]

This 5-day course includes 3 days in the Boundary Waters or Superior National Forest. Whether backpacking or learning to paddle this is an opportunity for fun and adventure in God’s amazing Creation. Students learn basic backcountry skills and get to practice them in order to help their group. Students also get to know their leaders who lead with patience and encouragement.

Boys Trip:
Dates: July 19-24 | July 26-31
 Location: Mink Lake Wilderness Camp
Cost: $385

Girls Trip:
Dates: July 19-24 | July 26-31
Location: Mink Lake Wilderness Camp
Cost: $385

CAIRN

[12-14 Years Old]

cairn
/kairn/ noun; a mound of rough stones built as a landmark, typically on a hilltop or skyline, to show the way to a dependable path.

CAIRN is a fun-filled introductory wilderness trip for middle school students looking for a taste of wilderness adventure and backcountry exploration.

Knowing how to recognize a dependable path and having the courage to travel it is one of the biggest challenges for young believers. On CAIRN, you and your friends will be introduced to a number of adventurous outdoor experiences. You get to experience the strength of working together as a team and the importance of offering what you can to solve a problem. Seeing beautiful places doesn’t hurt either! The Superior National Forest and the Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area are ‘must see’ national treasures. Hike beautiful trails, paddle pristine lakes and at night sit around a campfire to share stories about your day. Experience it first hand on CAIRN!

Boys CAIRN:
Dates: July 19-24 | July 26-31
 Location: Mink Lake Wilderness Camp
Cost: $385

Girls CAIRN:
Dates: July 19-24 | July 26-31
Location: Mink Lake Wilderness Camp
Cost: $385

COMPASS

[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. But you won’t be alone. You’ll be well supported by your Coldwater Instructors and have new friends sharing every adventure. 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.

Boys COMPASS (7-Day)
Dates
: June 26-July 2
Location: Mink Lake Wilderness Camp

Trip Fee: $460

Girls COMPASS (7-Day)
Dates
: June 26-July 2
Location: Mink Lake Wilderness Camp

Trip Fee: $460

Boys COMPASS (12-Day)
Dates
: July 6-July 17
Location: Mink Lake Wilderness Camp

Trip Fee: $775

Girls COMPASS (12-Day)
Dates
: July 6-July 17
Location: Mink Lake Wilderness Camp

Trip Fee: $775

Boundary Waters East Side Loop

[High School/Ages 15-18]

This is an introductory experience for older students who want to have a solid experience in the wilderness with the opportunity for connection with new friends. This course will have great conversations about our interests and habits in life and offer plenty of opportunity to lead. Come and experience first-hand the pristine beauty of Boundary Waters Wilderness!

Dates: June 26-July 2
Location: Mink Lake Wilderness Camp

Trip Fee: $460

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