The Quest2024-03-29T15:02:10-07:00

10 Day Immersive Experience

For Aspiring Young Men Age 16 – 19

Ten days in length, The Quest (our signature offering) is a highly intensive rite of passage experience designed to welcome our participants into a new story of life. Outside the influence of modern media, peers, teachers, and the traditional systems of authority, boys will be given opportunities to dive into their past, cultivate the power of presence, and create a vision for their future.

This course is not your typical summer camp. Recognizing the importance of ongoing support and integration of the experience, Journeymen staff and mentors are committed to our participants through the year after The Quest. Fees for the course include monthly council sessions and community service outings, while some optional recreational activities may require an additional fee. Most activities will be offered on Vashon Island, and, on occasion, its surrounding areas.




LOCATION: Vashon Island, WA

COST: $1500 – $2500 (Sliding Scale ) *



“The experience was completely life changing – actually 100% life changing. I haven’t felt this good. Ever.”

– Youth

“There really are no words that do justice to how much gratitude I have for Journeymen to be a part of my son’s life – thank you – never underestimate the impact you are making in so many lives.”

– Parent

“The Quest showed me how to love myself and to trust what I was doing in life.”

– Youth

This life-changing adventure will help boys:
  • Identify and claim their unique gifts

  • Gain clarity in the direction of their life

  • Build meaningful intergenerational relationships
  • Increase self-esteem through positive life-changing experiences

  • Improve physical strength and personal resolve

  • Learn and refine key life skills

  • Deep their connection with nature


Do You Hear the Call?

Who It's For

Designed for aspiring young men (15+) ready to mark their transition into early adulthood, this year-long initiatory experience provides the raw material for true transformation. Far from a typical summer camp, this journey begins with 10 days in wild nature and includes regular meetups and ongoing support from Journeymen staff and mentors.


What is a Rite of Passage (ROP)?2019-12-23T20:24:22-08:00

A rite of passage is a ceremony and marks the transition from one phase of life to another. Although it is often used to describe the tumultuous transition from adolescence to adulthood, it does refer to any of life’s transitions (Births and Beginnings, Initiations, Partnerings, and Endings or Death). There are many passages in our lives we can choose to mark and celebrate.

What if we don’t have any camping gear?2019-12-23T19:59:10-08:00

Not a problem! We do our best to accommodate each family’s needs and, with enough notice,can try to find any items that you might need for the experience. We have also teamed up with the WTA (Washington Trails Association) and on occasion have access to their lending ‘Gear Library’.

What if my child doesn’t want to participate?2023-02-27T11:54:05-08:00

It is important to us that your child says “Yes” to the experience. We’ve found that it can often be detrimental to the child and the group when brought to an experience against their will.

That said, it is not uncommon for a teen to initially resist an experience proposed by their parent or guardian. In this case, our staff team is always willing to hop on a call to chat with you and/or your child about Journeymen + One Village, the experience, and answer any questions/concerns they might have before making a decision.

We’ve found that once youth have a better understanding of what they’re committing to and who he’ll be engaging with – they are much more empowered to make an informed decision that is in their overall best interest.

Is Journeymen a religious organization?2020-12-07T14:33:46-08:00

Journeymen Institute is not affiliated with any religious group or church.

We look to our external and internal environments for inspiration, wisdom, and guidance. Finding our place in nature is both fun and healthy.

I can’t afford this offering. Do you have Financial Aid?2020-12-09T16:56:11-08:00

Journeymen is committed to maximizing inclusion and access for participants who are unable to afford our courses and are otherwise qualified to enroll.

In recognition of historic and ongoing economic disadvantage, participants identifying as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, & Person of Color) may opt to waive Course Fees (except the required $25 processing fee), and/or pay what you wish/can toward enrollment.

We believe that finances should not prevent anyone from receiving the support they need to thrive. Simply select the “Financial Aid” option during the registration process.

How are mentors selected?2020-08-27T16:59:32-07:00

All mentors participate in an intensive 8-hour training and submit to a full background check process.


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