The Leadership Training and Discipleship Program is a three-year, experiential learning program for High School students. During the three years, students are taught about leadership with focuses upon personal development, social justice, evangelism, communication and teamwork through experiences in spiritual formation, cabin leading, inner-city service, mountain hiking and more. The program exists to disciple students to encounter God as life-long, transformed participants in the Kingdom.
The Vision of the LTD Program
To disciple students to encounter God as life-long, transformed participants in the Kingdom.
The key focus of the program is mentorship, experience and community. Summer begins with LTD week which is a training week set aside specifically for the LTDs. Each level has specific speakers specializing in the curriculum. During the week students are paired with other students and a summer staff guide to help navigate the week as they are taught about the bible, spirituality, personal development, leadership and how camp runs. During the summer each student has practicums where they are assigned a staff mentor and do the job that the mentor does. This may be cabin leading, climbing wall, games, kitchen, arts, worship, or any other job that happens at camp.
As students progress through the program they are expected to carry more and more of the load until in level 3 the expectation is for them to lead and for the staff mentor to be there for support. We believe that the students should be pushed and expected to try new things and allowed to grow (and fail) through the process. We teach them to lead by creating space for them to be leaders, we teach them about God by creating space where they are focussed on Him, we teach them about the bible by creating a space where it is lived out in community. Each year the students go on an out trip as a small group where they learn about God, each other and the world around them. Throughout the year there are 3 weekend retreats which are a time to gather, support each other, foster community and have heaps of fun. Also though the year the student has an adult mentor to support, challenge and pray for the student.
Here is a video that captures our LTD Training Week 2017:
A Glimpse into the LTD Program
The Essential Framework
Camps throughout the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada have developed a common curriculum for discipling students. It is called the Encountering God Framework (EGF).
The Cost of the LTD Program
We will be making the shift in 2018 from an “LTD fee” to an “LTD Group Funding” model. Our reason for this is it remains affordable for families, sustainable for the camp, and continues to maintain excellence in it’s quality. It also instills a heightened level of ownership, engagement, and learning accountability in our students.
Last year, LTD cost $950/student each year. Which is expensive, and we understand that! However what most people don’t realize is that LTD actually costs us nearly $2600/student each year to facilitate. So the camp is currently subsidizing approximately $1600/student which is significant with 80 students in the program. So this has created a significant challenge for us.
This year, each LTD will be required to fundraise a minimum of $1500/student per year to enroll in the program. Although the target fundraising goal for each student will be $2500. We as a camp will absolutely assist with the fundraising process through:
- Providing support cards to the students to share with family/friends
- We’ll help orchestrate some fundraising initiatives
- We’ll provide donation request letters to the churches etc.
Please review the full video to understand the transition we’ll be rolling out here in 2018
We realize this is a significant change, so feel free to give us a call if you have any questions or concerns at all. As always, we are committed to ensuring finances are never a limiting factor for kids to come to camp (and LTD).
The following are the important dates for the LTD program:
- Fall LTD Retreat: Sept 28-30, 2018
- Winter LTD Retreat: January 12-14, 2018
- Spring LTD Retreat: April 27-29, 2018
2018 LTD Summer Out Trips
- Level 1: Farm Experience in Brownfield: July 8-13th
- Level 2: Mountain Backpacking Trip
- July 22-27th (1 group)
- July 29 – Aug 3 (2 groups)
- Level 3: Edmonton Mustard Seed: July 22-27th
How to apply for the LTD Program
Registration for the LTD program is open for 2018. To apply you must fill out an application and gather references.
Level 1 students need three references, one each from:
- A pastor/youth leader from your church
- A parent or guardian
- One other adult
Level 2 and 3 students need three references, one each from:
- Your mentor
- A pastor from your church
- A parent or guardian
You can apply for the LTD Program or submit a reference form for an LTD applicant online.
If you have any questions, you can contact us for more information.
Gull Lake Lifestyle Agreement for all Leaders
Gull Lake Centre (GLC) is a Christian institution affiliated with the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada (CBWC) that is committed to the moral and spiritual values reflected in the bible and through Christ. It is important that all GLC leaders (paid staff, volunteers, board members, and Leadership Training and Discipleship (LTD) students) model and exemplify those moral and spiritual values. We desire that our leaders, as a result of their relationship with Jesus, and through the workings of the Holy Spirit, exhibit the Fruit of the Spirit as listed in the letter to the Galatians: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
The spiritual and emotional impact our leaders potentially have on campers is significant, therefore, it is imperative we uphold a moral life-style standard that aligns with the values of our churches and of Christ. The following behavioural statements, while not exhaustive, are designed to define appropriate behavior for any prospective leader. The practice or promotion of any of the following behaviours, on and off site and on and off duty, could result in removal from leadership at GLC.
Leaders will not:
- Engage in any form of criminal activity
- Engage in sexual relationships outside of a biblically defined marriage of one man and one woman
- Engage in the use of pornography
- Abuse alcohol (drunkenness); Minors must abstain from alcohol. Alcohol is not permitted on GLC property with the exception of permanent staff’s full time residences and the RV park.
- Engage in illegal drug use or activity;
- Abuse prescription drugs beyond their intended medicinal use
- Display aggressive, abusive, or bullying behavior;
- Gossip, or display other excluding behaviors detrimental to the camp and leadership community