The LTD Program

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.

Camps throughout the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada have developed a common curriculum for discipling students called the Encountering God Framework (EGF), and this has formed the basis for the current LTD Program. Through the program, students will grow and develop the core competencies.

The Vision of the LTD Program

The goal of the LTD program is to disciple students to encounter God and become life-long, transformed participants in The Kingdom.

The key elements of the program are 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, when 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 to try new things and be allowed to grow (and fail) through the process. We teach them to lead by creating space for them and allowing them to be leaders, we teach them about God by creating space where they are focused on Him, and 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. Throughout the year the student has an adult mentor to offer support, challenge them and pray for the student.

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The Cost of the LTD Program

We made 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.

Previously, 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:

  1. Providing support cards to the students to share with family/friends
  2. We’ll help orchestrate some fundraising initiatives
  3. We’ll provide donation request letters to the churches etc.

We’ve assembled a video detailing some of the reasons for the financial changes to the program, which you can view below.

We realize this is a significant change, so feel free to give us a call if you have any questions or concerns at all. We have also assembled a Fundraising FAQ to help out. As always, we are committed to ensuring finances are never a limiting factor for kids to come to camp (and LTD).

Important Dates

The following are the important dates for the LTD program:

The level 2 and 3 LTD application deadline is March 1, 2019. The level 1 application deadline is March 1, 2019 or until the program is full.

LTD Retreat Schedule

  • Fall LTD Retreat: October 4 – 6, 2019
  • Winter LTD Retreat: January 17 – 19, 2020
  • Spring LTD Retreat: May 1 – 3, 2020

2019 LTD Week

  • June 29 – July 5, 2019

2019 LTD Summer Out Trips:

  • Level 1 (Location TBD):  July 7 – 12
  • Level 2 Mountain Backpacking Trip: July 21 – 26, July 28 – Aug 2
  • Level 3 Edmonton Mustard Seed: July 21 – 26

Applying to the LTD Program

To apply you must fill out an application form and gather references. The deadline for Level 2 and 3 LTD applications is March 1, 2019. The deadline for Level 1 applications is March 1, 2019 or until the program is full.

Level 1 students need one reference from each of the following:

  • A pastor or youth leader from their church
  • A parent or guardian
  • One other adult

Level 2 and 3 students need one reference from each of the following:

  • Their mentor
  • A pastor from their church
  • A parent or guardian

All LTDs are expected to abide by the Gull Lake Lifestyle Agreement.

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.