We here at Crowsnest Lake Bible Camp have been outtripping in the Canadian Rockies since the 1960's. We depend on qualified and competent leaders to make this happen; our COLTS participants. Crowsnest Outdoor Leadership Training School is an accelerated leadership development program that aims to create Christ-centred leaders in the outdoor industry. This is accomplished through purposed instruction and in-depth training, then culminated with 2 months of experiential practicums leading outtrips during our summer camps. See below for further details.

2019 Applications are due in:


on January 20, 2019

 Bronwyn Schulz - COLTS 2018

It was a childhood dream of mine to be able to do COLTS, I grew up at camp watching the outtrip directors do daring and wonderful things. I wanted to be like that. SO when the opportunity arose for me to apply I jumped on it. COLTS was more than just a training program, it was, in the most cliché way, life changing. When I started COLTS I was a young person in search of who she was and insecure in her leadership abilities. I emerged, from a third of a year spent at camp, a leader. Sure of herself, strong, and capable.

COLTS training pushes you beyond what you think you are capable of physically and takes you to heights you couldn’t imagine before. We stood on ridges with 120 km winds, we hiked from bowl to bowl, we threw ourselves down hills, we carried each other in first aid simulations, we got real lost in the woods, slept on snow, trekked through every type of weather, and cried. One thing I learned in COLTS was to “fall into the hill, it will always catch you.” While that was meant to be about falling down actual hills I took it and applied it to my relationship with Christ. “Fall into Christ, He will always catch you.” I would recommend COLTS to anyone who seeks to learn more about themselves in Christ and as a leader.

 Caroline Munnings - COLTS 2017

Every challenge is met with precontemplation. I engaged with the COLTS Program often unsure of my abilities in comparison to the magnitude of the task at hand. This brought me to my knees often and proved to be the anchor of my soul, strength for my steps, and direction as I led precious youth through the vastness of God's wonder provoking wilderness!

A constant assurance through the training portion of COLTS was the servant leadership role models guiding our standard of ministry at Crowsnest Lake Bible Camp. Stretching and growing in an environment where learning from our mistakes was a welcome foundation for leadership development brought joy and freedom along the journey. I am grateful to have engaged the challenge of providing youth with backpacking adventures and witnessing their hearts discover the grandeur of God's personal investment in their lives!

 Daniel Vanderpyl - COLTS 2011

I did COLTS knowing that I would learn and grow a lot, but what I didn't expect was just how much it would be. I now instruct in the program, but more accurately consider myself a student-in-disguise (shh, don't tell anyone). The day to day leadership development and unique instructional approaches changed the way I view and structure many aspects of life now. Specifically, I remember being awestruck at the mountains we got to explore both in training and with campers, reminding me that we are here for a purpose. And, what better way to share God's creation than backpacking in the Rocky Mountians. 

There have been joys too great to be described in words, and there have been griefs upon which I have not dared to dwell; and with these in mind I say: Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from beginning think what may be the end.

~Edward Whymper~