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

BEDROCK

[11-12 Years Old]

Bedrock begins and ends at Mink Lake and includes a 4-5-day wilderness trip. Whether backpacking or canoeing, students will learn basic backcountry skills and practice them with their small group. Students will experience God’s amazing creation, become a part of a team and spend quality time with instructors who lead with patience and encouragement.

Boys:

Bedrock I | June 9-14 (5-day) | $375 | [FULL]
Bedrock II | July 1-8 (7-day) | $525
Bedrock III | July 30-Aug 4 (5-day) | $375 | [FULL]

Girls:
Bedrock I | June 9-14 (5-day) | $375 [FULL]
Bedrock II | July 1-8 (7-day) | $525 [FULL]
Bedrock III | July 30-Aug 4 (5-day) | $375 | [FULL]

CAIRN

[12-14 Years Old]

Cairn is an introductory wilderness trip for middle school students who are looking for a taste of backcountry exploration. While learning to recognize and follow dependable routes in the wilderness, students will grow the courage to guide their own lives on trustworthy paths. On Cairn, students will experience the strength of teamwork and the importance of getting involved in solving a problem.

Boys:

Cairn I | July 1-8 (7-day) | $525 | [FULL]
Cairn II | July 12-22 (10-day) | $695 | [FULL]

Girls:
Cairn I | July 1-8 (7-day) | $525 | [FULL]
Cairn II | July 12-22 (10-day) | $695

COMPASS

[Ages 14-16]

Compass invites students to explore a deeper commitment to faith and community, and to challenge themselves with the risks and choices involved in remote backcountry travel. On this true wilderness experience, students will paddle pristine lakes, navigate wilderness waterways, lead with a map and compass, and build solid sleeping shelters. Conversations around a campfire, opportunities to share stories, and time to keep a journal will help students reflect and grow from their experiences.

Boys:
Compass I |
July 12-22 (10-day) | $695

Compass II | July 26-Aug 4 (9-day) | $625 | [FULL]

Girls:
Compass I |
July 12-22 (10-day) | $695

Compass II | July 26-Aug 4 (9-day) | $625

DISCOVER

[Ages 15-17]

Want to see what this is all about, but unsure about a two-week expedition? Discover is the trip for you! Come, experience life in the wilderness, connect with new friends and have intentional conversations about personal interests, direction and habits in life. On Discover, you will learn to translate your experiences in the wilderness and apply lessons learned to your life back home.

Boys:
Discover | July 26-Aug 4 (9-day) | $625 | [FULL]

Girls:
Discover | July 26-Aug 4 (9-day) | $625 | [FULL]

JOURNEY

[Ages 16-18]

Journey is a wilderness expedition for high school students that focuses on growth in leadership and Christian faith. On Journey, you will encounter problems to solve and experiences that stretch your physical, mental, and spiritual comfort zones. You’ll be well supported by your Coldwater instructors and have new friends sharing every adventure. As a young leader, you will accept responsibility, practice leadership and explore how this learning matters for your future.

Co-ed:
Journey | June 24-July 8 (14-day) | $895 | [FULL]

SERVICE TEAM

[Ages 16-18]

Service Team is a 5 week high school program based out of Mink Lake that gives young leaders a creative outlet which requires teamwork, problem solving, and real effort. Projects may look like: hand-hewn wood tables, steps shaped in stone, or hosting a visiting group of guests. Either way, you will serve alongside your team, grow together and experience an authentic community shaped by God’s love and grace for us. The Service Team is an adventure and includes a two-week expedition through the wilderness. But the real power in the service team program is a sense of belonging and community that participants experience when they come together, not only to complete a physical goal, but to be inspired by the life of Christ.

Young men:
Service Team | (5-week) | $1500 (rescheduled to summer 2023)

Young women:
Service Team | July 1-August 4 (5-week) | $1500

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