High School Leadership

At Miracle Ranch and Island Lake, we are passionate about training leaders. You will use and continually develop your leadership skills throughout your life as you follow Jesus Christ – showing love to people in whatever ways God directs you.

High School Leadership Program


Our High School Leadership Program  is designed for students entering 10th, 11th, and 12th grades, who have an active faith in Jesus Christ and who desire to serve Him with their time and develop an understanding of servant leadership. Mentored by college-age leadership staff, our high school staff serve side by side in crews with our resident and day-camp programs. During our traditional camp weeks, high school staff have the opportunity to work in cabins with the campers and counselor.

Wrangler-In-Training Program

Miracle Ranch also has a Wrangler-In-Training (WIT) program as part of the High School Leadership Program. The WIT program allows high school students to work alongside the wranglers while also being discipled by horsemanship staff, and given leadership opportunities during horsemanship classes and activities. This position is designed for students who have a secure understanding of their faith and demonstrate a consistent spiritual life. Students will grow in their faith as they practice basic horsemanship skills and learn to use them in their Christian witness.

Biker-In-Training Program

Island Lake also has a Biker-In-Training (BIT) program as part of the High School Leadership Program. The BIT program allows high school students who have an interest in motorcycles and mechanics to serve alongside and be mentored by the dirt bike instructors and program leaders. A Biker-In-Training will be given leadership opportunities during our dirt bike activity sessions as well as be trained on basic motorcycle maintenance and mechanics. Applicants are expected to represent Jesus Christ well on and off the motorcycle. A Biker-In-Training will grow their faith as they practice riding and mechanical skills and learn to use them in their Christian witness.

Leader-In-Training (LIT) positions are available for 3-4 week sessions.
Wrangler-in-Training and Biker-In-Training positions are designed for all three sessions.

High School Leadership Program Information

High School Leadership Core Pillars

The foundation of the High School Program is formed by 3 Core Pillars:


Members of the program will spend part of their time each day on a crew assignment. This includes experience in food service, dishwashing, housekeeping, maintenance projects, the camp store, and activities around camp. This aspect of the program is designed to develop good work ethic and experience that one could take anywhere in life.


Healthy community is essential to our High School Leadership Program. Through authentic relationships, students will find a place where they can be real with each other and their leaders. Out of those relationships true discipleship can happen as the students are mentored by the college age leaders that work and live with them.

Every student will participate in a daily spiritual/ leadership training time. These times are intentionally planned out and will focus on teaching the foundational aspects of our faith, especially as it relates to servant leadership. In addition, students will participate in “core groups” where they will dig deeper into God’s Word and build close relationships with a few other members of their program. High school members will also attend summer staff meetings that include times of worship, teaching, training and prayer.

Leadership Experience

Training high school students to be servant leaders is a huge part of what we desire to do. The students will have the opportunity to daily be an example and role model to the campers and guests that will be here this summer. While working on crews in the kitchen, housekeeping and facilities departments, they will have the chance to take on new responsibilities and become leaders within their group. During traditional camp weeks, students will assist summer staff in teaching activity classes, participate in leading camp games, and help with Cabin Times. Through deep relationships, mature college-age mentors, work crews and Bible studies, it is our hope that each student leaves our program equipped with leadership experience that they will use throughout their lives.

Session Dates & Rates

Session Dates & Rates
High School Experience Camp/Interview Weekend Date: April 6, 2018 5:30pm – April 8, 2018 11:30am
@ Miracle Ranch
Rate: $0
Parent Orientation Dinner Date: Sunday, May 20, 2018 – 6pm @ Island Lake
Rate: $0
High School Leadership Program Training Date: Thursday, June 14 5pm – Saturday, June 16 7pm
Rate: Included
High School Leadership Program | Session 1 Date: June 17, 2018 12pm – July 15, 2018 6pm
Rate: $235
High School Leadership Program | Session 2 Date: July 13, 2018 3pm – August 12, 2018 6pm
Rate: $235
High School Leadership Program | Session 3 Date: August 10, 2018 3pm – September 1, 2018 6pm
Rate: $175
High School Leadership Program | Full  Summer Date: June 17, 2018 3pm – September 1, 2018 6pm
Rate: $425

Frequently Asked Questions

When do I need to apply?

Applications go live in December, but applications are accepted until all positions are filled. We strongly encourage applicants to submit their applications and references before the High School Leadership Weekend in April.

I was a Leader In Training / Wrangler In Training at camp last year. Do I need to apply again?

Yes, you must complete a new application and submit new references each summer.

When will I find out if I was accepted into the program?

Applicants are considered for positions when they have submitted their initial inquiry to the program, completed the form questions sent via email and three references have been received . Once the application process has been completed (including the 3 references), applicants should hear back from us within a few weeks.

What is the High School Leadership Experience Camp / Interview Weekend?

This year the Experience Camp / Interview Weekend is at Miracle Ranch for applicants to both properties. This weekend is designed to give applicants a taste of the program. Applicants will have the opportunity to be interviewed during the weekend and get to know other potential participants. The acceptance decisions will be made in the weeks following. This weekend is not mandatory, but is strongly encouraged for applicants.

What does the schedule look like for each week?

Each day participants usually serve on one Meal Crew and one Activities Crew. Participants also take part in daily Bible studies, summer staff meetings, daily quiet times and weekly one-on-one meetings with their High School Leaders. Typically students in the program are off from Saturday afternoon until Sunday at 1pm. If participants would like other time off during their sessions, this can be worked out with the Program Director on a case-by-case basis.

What if I can’t stay for a whole session?

We encourage all participants to commit to one session or the whole summer, so that consistency is maintained and our curriculum objectives are met. There are many circumstances where we can arrange for sharing a session or working around a preferred week off. Please apply and these concerns can be brought up in the interview process.

Where will I be staying while at camp?

At each property, students stay in gender specific housing, with the college age High School Leaders that will be mentoring them.

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Contact Us

If you have additional questions, please contact our program director below:

Erik Henrikson
Program Director