The ROPE2020-12-09T17:23:51-08:00

Project Description

Thriving through Brotherhood

For Boys, Men & Mentors Ages 12+

Cancelled for 2020 Season

Join a diverse group of boys, men and mentors from around the region as we build forever friendships and expand our definition of family. The R.O.P.E. is Journeymen’s most inclusive Rite of Passage event, calling together those brand new to our work as well as our most experienced guides, mentors and elders.

In a community of brothers we will share our stories around the big fire, pass down our skills ancient and modern, and play challenging games that will stretch our bodies and minds. Come solo, with a family member or friend – this event is open to any interested boy or man age 12+.



DATES: Cancelled for 2020


COST: $200 (Financial Aid Available)


“I attended my first ROPES weekend with Journeymen and it was wonderful. I appreciated the staff/ facilitators skill and enthusiasm and I felt challenged and supported at times both physically and emotionally, which was a very good thing. I enjoyed the diversity of age and ethnicity of the group and had a good deal of fun. I would highly recommend this for anyone seeking to grow and push the edge a bit.”

On this overnight camp, participants will:
  • 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

  • Develop their ability to tune into intuition

  • Gain skills in teamwork and communication


(Who It's For)

Who It's For

The ROPE Weekend is Journeymen’s most inclusive Rite of Passage course. If you or your son is curious about our work, or thinking about signing up for one of our longer, more intense courses, this is a great way to get to know us and our process before you commit. You’ll be surrounded by great guys who are either trying it out for this first time with you, or are already part of our growing family of committed young men, mentors and elders.


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 son doesn’t want to participate?2020-12-07T15:02:33-08:00

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

That said, it is not uncommon for a boy/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 son about Journeymen, the experience, and answer any questions/concerns they might have before making a decision.

We’ve found that once a boy has a better understanding of what he’s committing to and who he’ll be engaging with – he is much more empowered to make an informed decision that is in his 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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