Registration for the 2018 Journey 2 Manhood camp is now open!
The camp will be last weekend of the September/October holidays (11th to 14th October). Enrolments will be limited, so priority will be to those first registered.
If you want to register for this camp, click here and register your interest.
What is the Journey 2 Manhood Camp?
Journey 2 Manhood is a program for young men of high school transitioning into Manhood.
Supported by local men, women and community groups, the program is a 4 day camp that is attended by fathers, uncles, grandfathers and men from all over the community, with the intention of providing a supportive environment for the lads to hang with, share with, listen to, have fun with, be encouraged by and perhaps even be challenged or honoured by a community of men.
Who puts on the camp?
This is truly a community driven initiative. Men and women from the wider Bellingen community who just love these programs step in to help with the camp with everything from logistics to planning and facilitation. Some of them are fathers, mothers or youth participants from previous camps. The key facilitators who ‘hold’ the foundation of the program all have significant experience with youth rite of passage and youth development programs. From an organisational level, the camps are supported by various groups including the Bellingen Mentor Group, Bellingen Women’s Circles, Bellingen Youth HUB, Men of Bellingen, Y2A and Reconnect.
Who’s the camp for?
Well firstly this is fundamentally a camp for lads; so boys of High School age are invited. However, the foundation of the camp is ‘supporting the lads transition into manhood’, so men from the community are also invited. Fathers are especially encouraged as the camps can provide brilliant opportunities for new levels of relationships and dialogue between families.
Women in the community are very much involved in the camps vision and planning even though they do not attend the camp itself. Leading up to and during the camp, women also gather to support each other. Given that these camps can sometimes alter a boy‘s direction in life or the way in which he behaves, there is opportunity to prepare for the possible ripples of change in the family dynamics. The camp leaving day and the homecoming are also important elements in the lads experience of transition. Mothers, sisters, and women friends are warmly encouraged to be involved – participation shows the young men we are all in this together.
How much does it cost?
The camps run as volunteer and not-for-profit, and therefore the fees for attendees are low and worked out to only cover costs.
For participants (lads or fathers/guardians) the fee is around $250 to $300 each. Local community men who attend to support will also pay a nominal fee to cover food and site costs. These fees cover food, a cook, materials, site fees and incidentals. We also usually have a little left over to put into the bucket to support participants who may require scholarships or subsidies. Facilitators and supporters do not get paid.
How do I enroll or find out more details?
If you want to discuss any aspect of the camp further, please call Josh Gorman on 0427 555444 or Dean Besley at the Youth HUB 0n 02 6655 0381.
If you would like to enrol for the camp then fill in your details by clicking on this Wufoo Form Link and following the prompts.