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

Leader-In-Training

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:

Service Driven

The High School Leadership Program empowers participants to meet the needs of others, to steward resources, and to develop emotional maturity through involvement in daily Dining and Housekeeping crews.

Christ Centered

The High School Leadership Program concentrates on building a Christian foundation for life with the goal of maturing in faith and attitude through Daily Group Devotions, Daily “Personal Study Times,” and weekly “one-on-ones” with High School Program Leaders.

Highly Professional

The High School Leadership Program helps develop excellence in performance through assistance in the areas of Guest Services, Recreation Services, Co-Counseling, and Teamwork.

Session Dates & Rates

High School Leadership Program TrainingDate: Friday, June 14 5pm – Saturday, June 15 7pm
Rate: IncludedHigh School Leadership Program | Session 3Date: August 10, 2019 3pm – August 31, 2019 1pm
Rate: $175

Session Dates & Rates
High School Experience Camp/Interview Weekend Date: April 26, 2019 5:30pm – April 28, 2019 11:30am
@ Island Lake
Rate: $0
Parent Orientation Dinner Date: Sunday, May 19, 2019 – 6pm @ Miracle Ranch
Rate: $0
Wrangler In Training | 1st half Summer Date: June 16, 2019 12pm – July 27, 2019 1pm
Rate: $300
High School Leadership Program | Session 1 Date: June 22, 2019 3pm – July 13, 2019 1pm
Rate: $175
Option of coming 1 week early! June 16-22 – FREE
High School Leadership Program | Session 2 Date: July 13, 2019 3pm – August 10, 2019 1pm
Rate: $235
Wrangler In Training | 2nd half Summer Date: July 20, 2019 3pm – August 31, 2019 1pm
Rate: $300
High School Leadership Program | Session 3 Date: August 10, 2019 3pm – August 31, 2019 1pm
Rate: $175
High School Leadership Program | Full  Summer Date: June 22, 2019 3pm – August 31, 2019 1pm
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
253.851.4410
ehenrikson@cristacamps.com