top of page

Leadership Programs

2021 opportunities coming soon!

Ages 16-18

IGNITE is our six-week leadership program that disciples, equips and empowers young people to serve and lead. With 8 spots available, this experience is for those entering grade 11, 12, or just graduating high school. If you are looking to take your faith more seriously, learn about and practice leadership, and grow in a purposeful community, then IGNITE is for you! Our hope is that IGNITE participants will leave with a better understanding of the unique person God has created them to be and more equipped to lead.

IGNITE begins with a week-long wilderness canoe trip. Following the trip, you will head back to camp and integrate into the Coldwater Canada summer team. During the rest of your IGNITE experience you will:

  • Receive training on living as a Jesus-centred leader

  • Spend a week ministering to local kids at a VBS

  • Get to try working in the kitchen and around the camp property

  • Serve various participants as they come back from their wilderness trips

  • Be given a leadership placement in our two weeks of BEDROCK

  • Be mentored by an older staff member

  • Develop skills for leading back home


​IGNITE is an opportunity to invest in your own growth as a leader. You will have fun, be challenged and will have the opportunity to form some great friendships. Come and grow into your best self this summer! Apply for IGNITE today! 

Dates: Summer 2021 TBD

Location: Camp Norland in Verner, ON


​IGNITE Participants: 

  • Will receive a 50% discount to participate in COMPASS

  • Will be trained in First Aid

  • With current lifeguard certifications (Bronze Cross or NL) are eligible to receive a lifeguard honorarium for guarding during BEDROCK


Please email with questions or for more information

coming soon
Wilderness Leader in Training
Ages 17+

Wilderness Leader In Training (WLIT) is for mature young leaders looking to gain experience leading and discipling others in the wilderness. During WLIT, you will receive valuable training which will be put to use as you get to provide leadership on our youth wilderness trips beside trained wilderness instructors. These instructors will mentor you as you invest in trip participants. In WLIT, you will learn about discipleship, experiential learning, planning wilderness trips, facilitating small groups, teaching skills, managing risk, and debriefing experiences. You will be challenged to develop your teaching and facilitation skills, receive constructive feedback, and find your voice as a leader. Positions in this intensive program are limited as we are looking for three mature, teachable, hungry, socially aware, and humble young leaders. Prior completion of our IGNITE program, or a similar leadership/discipleship program, and demonstrated leadership and maturity is an asset. Come prepared to spend more time in the wilderness than at camp and to make a difference in the lives of our participants!


Dates: Summer 2021 TBD

Location: Camp Norland in Verner, ON


Please contact  for more information. 

coming soon
Wilderness Leader Internship
Ages 19+

Our Wilderness Leader Internship (WLI) is an intensive experience in wilderness leadership that will enable you to disciple, equip and empower Christ-like leaders in the wilderness classroom. This internship is designed for mature leaders 19+ who have a desire to make disciples and are willing to place themselves in a context where they will learn, grow and lead. 

In May, you will head out on the Wilderness Leadership Expedition (WLE), our cornerstone wilderness course. Following WLE, you will receive three weeks of Wilderness Instructor Training, followed by two months of "field experience" as an instructor leading our wilderness & adventure programs for youth. Interns will serve as key members of our Summer Team, investing in younger staff and students. You will end the summer as a recognized "Coldwater Wilderness Instructor", potentially leading to future leadership opportunities with Coldwater. 

This internship will allow you to grow and be formed as you prepare to intentionally invest yourself in others. If you are:

  • Interested in leadership development, youth ministry, mentoring, and adventure programming

  • Seeking growth in your character, relationships, spiritual intimacy, and the way you serve

  • Desiring to be sharpened as a leader, refined as an educator, and empowered as a disciple-maker

Then this internship is for you! You will be challenged and encouraged to grow in your relationship with Christ and will learn to intentionally disciple others to do the same. 

All accepted interns must be certified as a Wilderness First Responder prior to heading out on WLE in May. Bronze Cross or NL certifications are also preferred. 


Date: Summer 2021 TBD

Location: Camp Norland in Verner, ON


As a Wilderness Leader Intern, you will:

  • Participate in our Wilderness Leadership Expedition

  • Have significant opportunities to lead

  • Receive wilderness skill instruction

  • Develop a Christ-centred philosophy of leadership

  • Be trained in and practice experiential learning, adventure education, small group development, facilitation, debriefing, program design, 1:1 counselling, and spiritual formation

  • Participate in an intentional Christian community

  • Gain significant experience teaching

  • Receive room and board at Camp Norland from June through August 

  • Receive financial compensation for program leadership in July and August 

If you are interested or have questions, please email

Looking to obtain Wilderness Advanced First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification? Check out these courses:

WMA Course Dates:

Canadian Wilderness Medical Training Course Dates:

bottom of page