5 Day Immersive Experience
Ages 12 to 14
Five days in length, the Wayfinders Weekend is an introductory, rite of passage experience specifically designed for middle school aged students. Middle school is marked by many changes individually and socially, including new freedoms of expression and increased choice in academic, extracurricular and social activities. This transition introduces new challenges for students and their families, as well as new opportunities for guided personal and community growth.
This course is not your typical summer camp. Boys will be encouraged and supported to test their physical, emotional, social and psychological boundaries, growing in their self-confidence, refining their leadership capacity, and deepening in character. Youth who participate in the Wayfinders Week are encouraged to stay engaged in the journey to healthy young adulthood through ongoing meetups, service projects, and returning young men supporting the next wave of youth who come through the camp.
DATES: July 6 – 10, 2020
LOCATION: TBD – Vashon, WA
COST: $600 – $900 (Sliding Scale ) *
* FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE
“We love the sense of empowerment that this trip gave to him. We can see a new sense of confidence and increase in self esteem both in his physical body and his emotional/spiritual self.”
“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.”
This transformational week will help boys:
Build meaningful relationships with peers and adults
Learn and refine key life skills
Become aware of their social-emotional boundaries
Establish a solid, positive self-identity
Increase self-esteem through positive life-changing experiences
Improve physical strength and personal resolve
Deepen their connection with nature
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.
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’.
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 overnight 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.
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.
Journeymen is committed to making our experiences accessible to
all who feel called to participate. By expressing an interest in or need
for financial aid, you have empowered yourself to take charge of your
future and modeled one of our favorite life skills: asking for help!
We believe that finances should not prevent anyone from receiving
the support they need to thrive. And, we know how much more
effective this work can be when people are asked to stretch
themselves to make it possible.