Our mission is to empower young leaders. By cultivating in each student the character foundations of biblical leadership, we nurture the important connections between what a student knows and what they choose to do. We want our students to understand, be transformed by, and be inspired to live their Christian faith.
Coldwater uses adventure education and service learning to empower young leaders.
Adventure education is a non-formal educational discipline that promotes the cultivation of good character, the deveopment of relationships within a group, and individual and corporate learning. Adventure education is adpative to various settings and applications to effectively build cooperation and trust, problem solving capacities and a supportive environment for individuals to navigate new challenges involving risk. Thoughtfully designed experiences are characterized by creative problem solving, student participation and deliberate reflection. Experiences range in duration from a half day to multi-week backcountry expeditions and includes activities such as high and low ropes course elements, field initiatives, wilderness travel, map and compass, and rock climbing.
Service-learning is a unique academic discipline that uses community service projects to achieve specific learning objective and to foster the development of social responsibility and healthy moral values. Through service-learning we have a means to mentor students in the practice of living with generosity, benevolence and understanding towards others, particularly those with a different cultural and faith heritage. Service-learning is vastly different than a traditional service project in that it is formational in teh life of the students because the students is involved in all aspects of the experience from the genesis of the service-learning project to its execution, evaluation and celebration. Student learning is enhanced through processing the experience and transfer of learning to new experiences.
Coldwater Foundation for Leadership and Community Development