The Fire Tender (Mentor In Training) program is an empowering leadership development opportunity. Available for ages 14-17.

Are you a Wilderness Skills Expert? No? No problem. All that is needed to be a Fire Tender is an open mind and a willingness to learn.

At White Pine Wilderness Academy we mentor youth in developing deep connections with their environment, with their peers and with themselves. Our days are fun filled explorations of nature, games and skills.

Activities include carving, archery, storytelling, climbing, tracking, making fires and shelters, wilderness survival, playing hiding and scouting games, practicing awareness and team building.

The Fire Tenders main role is to learn the art of mentoring youth in nature appreciation, through assisting White Pine Lead Instructors. We ask that our Fire Tenders make a commitment of at least one week-long camp per summer or for one month during the rest of the year. Fire Tenders will be well trained for future job opportunities in Outdoor Education, especially as an Intern or Lead Instructor at White Pine.

Cost is $60 per week to be a Fire Tender however scholarships are available. After registering for this program we will contact to set up and initial interview. Upon the completion of a successful interview we will welcome the teen into the Fire Tender role.

  • Week 1
    June 5, 2017 - June 9, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Week 2
    June 12, 2017 - June 16, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Week 3
    June 19, 2017 - June 23, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Week 4
    June 26, 2017 - June 30, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Week 5
    July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Week 6
    July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Week 7
    July 25, 2017 - July 28, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Week 8
    July 31, 2017 - August 4, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Venue Phone: (317) 774-6360

841 W 53rd St, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46208, United States

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White Pine Commitment

You are Our Community

Each person's connection to nature is unique and deeply personal. We are here to help facilitate that journey. We are committed to meeting your needs as parents and students. Our teachers are here as a resource for you.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

Our objective is to facilitate impactful, transformative and positive wilderness experiences. We encourage parents and adult students to reach out to us before class begins and ask any questions you might have to be sure White Pine Wilderness Academy is the right setting for yourself or your child. If you are in anyway dissatisfied we will offer a full refund. For adult courses, we will offer a full refund minus supplies.

Changed Your Mind?

We supply and staff our courses according to the expected class size well in advance. If you have registered for a class and need to cancel, please let us know more than 10 days in advance of the course and we will deliver a full refund. If your cancellation is less than 10 days in advance, we will need to charge the full amount of the course.