A Father-Son Relationship Investment and Masculine Initiation Adventure Experience, for boys, young men, and mature-age men aged between 13 and 70 years, and their Dad, or significant male other. This is so much more than a camp, and so much more than a retreat.
There is a second core question that every boy is asking, and if answered negatively, or worse still, not answered at all, he will continue asking that same question throughout his entire lifetime… Do I have what it takes? Do I have the strength, the courage, the gifts, the talents, the abilities, to come through in a given situation? Whilst we highly commend mothers for their efforts toward their sons in the absence of Dad, this core question can only be answered effectively by the father, or significant male other. As the proverb says, “the glory of sons are their fathers.” Many men today are either attempting to prove that they do have what it takes, and becoming driven in their pursuits, however the majority of men today believe they don’t have what it takes, so they shrink away from those situations that threaten to expose that fear. They become passive men.
“My Father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”
Clarence B. Kelland (1881-1964)
After studying the history of cultures around the world, successful authors such as John Eldredge, Robert Lewis, and Steve Biddulph, remind us of the masculine journey and initiation that today’s Western culture for the most part has failed to impart. “Masculinity is bestowed by masculinity.” For a boy to become a real man, there is a journey that he must take. An invitation into a community of authentic men that calls forth daring and courage. It’s a journey that requires testing and challenging… physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We must remember that equipping today’s sons, boys, and young men, is preparing and equipping the next generation of men, husbands, and fathers.
In the Brindabella Ranges of NSW, North of Canberra, a typical day features a couple of excellent half-day, professionally-guided outdoor adventure activities e.g. Horse Trail Riding, Dirt-Bike Trail Riding, Caving, Abseiling, and hiking to the summit of Mount Narrangullen. Rest assured men, the outdoor adventures / activities selected cater for all fitness levels. A typical evening features a multimedia presentation and small group interaction on topics such as “Authentic Manhood versus Conventional Manhood”, and “The Four Marks of a Real Man”.
This father son adventure experience is so much more than just a father son camp... it provides an intentional forum for a Dad to usher his teenage son into authentic manhood through a “rite of passage” or “vision quest” process of masculine initiation.
Day 1 – Monday
Arrival at the 'Mountain Trails' facility, Wee Jasper.
6:00 pm Dinner and Welcoming / Introduction presentation.
Day 2 – Tuesday
Horse Trail Riding and Dirt-Bike Trail Riding.
The “Intentional Father” and “Prepared Son” presentations.
Day 3 – Wednesday
Caving and Abseiling.
The “Conventional Manhood versus Authentic Manhood” presentation.
Day 4 – Thursday
The “Four Marks of a Real Man” presentation… a vision for authentic manhood.
Hiking to the summit of Mount Narrangullen.
The “Initiation” ceremony.
Day 5 – Friday
Each 4-Night Father-Son Adventure is delivered at the rate of AU$1,125 per person, plus 10% GST (Goods & Services Tax). This price includes all meals (catered), accommodation, travel between Canberra and 'Mountain Trails', full days of half-day, professionally-guided outdoor adventures, and coaching.
A minimum deposit of AU$450 per person, plus 10% GST (Goods & Services Tax), is required, in order for you to secure your place. Remaining fees are due by, or earlier than, five (5) weeks prior to the commencement of your Father-Son Adventure experience.
Payment plans of up to 12 months in duration, are now available. Enquire now by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Book now to avoid disappointment, as each 4 Night Father-Son Adventure is limited to a maximum of just 10 father-son pairs.
FS2016-NSW-401– Monday 12th December 2016 to Friday 16th December 2016.
'Mountain Trails', Wee Jasper, NSW, outside of Canberra.
Professionally-guided & outfitted adventure activities include Dirt-Bike Trail Riding, Horse Trail Riding, Abseiling, and Caving etc. (No experience is necessary)
Vacancies remaining… Just two (2) father-son pairs.
Flights into Canberra should arrive no later than 1:00 pm on the Monday afternoon, and should depart no earlier than 12:00 Noon on the Friday.