Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute

{ Learn to work together in a team, forming your character }

Phil - CLBI Student

I arrived at CLBI ready to dive into the word. CLBI was ready for me to dive into the outdoors, daring me to live in God’s holy wild. So there I was, at the summit of Mount Carthew in Waterton National Park overlooking Montana to the south, British Columbia to the west, and the golden plains of Alberta to the east. I was cold, hungry and my legs were burning but all of that didn’t seem to matter. I was experiencing God’s wonder!

We all grew very close as a group of guys that first week. Some of the bonding occurred as our limits were tested. Aside from hiking we also canoed for four days. Some of the profound and less insightful lessons I learned that week were that:

  • the river can truly be enjoyed when pretending to be pirates aboard the “S.S. Bad Idea” (ask me about it sometime).
  • food tastes best when it is cooked in one pot and mixed into a slimy stew.
  • “spooning” has nothing to do with utensils but rather is a method of sleeping in tight spaces such as tents to make it more bearable.
  • community, real, deep and honest community, is only achieved through the power of Christ’s love!

~ Phil Kjos


Mountain Top

A component of the first and second year programs at CLBI involves outdoor education.

Throughout the year there are a minimum of two week-long modules that are focused on outdoor experiences. For example, early in the school year students are engaged in an Outdoor Education module that involves canoeing, hiking, and small-group camping in the beauty of the outdoors.

Outdoor skills are taught through the wilderness challenges that are presented. These skills include outdoor cooking, small group interactions, low impact camping, and an introduction to outdoor equipment. Some underlying principles on which the program is based include simple, healthful living and an appreciation of nature through fun and recreation as well as solitude. Transferability of skills and these experiences to Christian life.

All of the outdoor experiences attempt to tie in spiritual truths as they are revealed through God’s creation. CLBI’s philosophy regarding the incorporation of the outdoor program into Bible school education is that as individuals are stretched in a physical sense, they can simultaneously be ‘stretched’ spiritually.

Students entering CLBI should be prepared to face challenges that will take them out of their comfort zones, be eager to learn to work together in a team, and be willing to undertake each test of character with determination.