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Making Of Men Camp

“This could be the most important decision you ever make in your relationship with your son”

As your son approaches young adulthood you will be called upon to shift and redefine your relationship with him. The Making of Men camp has been crafted over 25 years to provide the ideal environment for you both to join a community of other fathers, mentors and family members growing, connecting and playing together.

Making of Men Camp

The Making Men Camp is a contemporary Rites of Passage program based on years of research and experience developed by a team including Dr Arne Rubinstein, author of The Making of Men.

The camp is focused on bringing out the best in your boy and addresses the physical, emotional and psychological changes happening in your boy’s life in a safe and structured way.

This is a life-changing experience and one of the best things you could do for your boy at this critical time in his development. Over the 5-day camp your boy will participate in activities and learns skills that will:

  • Build stronger father-son relationships
  • Develop more confident communication and social skills
  • Gain higher levels of respect for mothers and women to support future healthy relationships
  • Increase confidence and self-esteem
  • Gain skills, tools and experience to become a motivated, responsible and resilient young man

One of the most beneficial aspects of our camps is taking the time to get your son to think about his future and what he wants to do with his life. It gives him an opportunity to think about what childhood behaviours he is ready to let go of as he moves into manhood.

This program is facilitated by experts of Rite of Passage and adolescent development who will support your family through every step of the journey; before, after and during the camp.

Designed For

Boys 14-17yrs and their fathers or a male mentor.

Upcoming Camp Dates

Date: 11-15 April 2018
Venue: YarraKoora, Byron Bay Hinterland, NSW
Total Cost: $2650

Includes all meals, Gold Coast airport transfers (at allocated times) and four nights camping accommodation for two people at YarraKoora, a spectacular purpose built training facility in the Byron Bay hinterland.

Please understand that as the camps fill to capacity we are unable to accept your registration and secure your place without payment of the camp fees.

We have a variety of payment plans and partial scholarships that can support you to attend.

REGISTER

Date: 11-15 July 2018
Venue: YarraKoora, Byron Bay Hinterland, NSW
Total Cost: $2650

Includes all meals, Gold Coast airport transfers (at allocated times) and four nights camping accommodation for two people at YarraKoora, a spectacular purpose built training facility in the Byron Bay hinterland.

Please understand that as the camps fill to capacity we are unable to accept your registration and secure your place without payment of the camp fees.

We have a variety of payment plans and partial scholarships that can support you to attend.

REGISTER

Date: 3-7 October 2018
Venue: YarraKoora, Byron Bay Hinterland, NSW
Total Cost: $2650

Includes all meals, Gold Coast airport transfers (at allocated times) and four nights camping accommodation for two people at YarraKoora, a spectacular purpose built training facility in the Byron Bay hinterland.

Please understand that as the camps fill to capacity we are unable to accept your registration and secure your place without payment of the camp fees.

We have a variety of payment plans and partial scholarships that can support you to attend.

REGISTER

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Program Details

The Making Men program involves a 4 night bush camp for boys aged 14-17 and their father/mentor and a session for Mothers and Carers.

4-Day Camp
(Father and boy) On the camp itself the men and boys spend time together in a fun and safe environment, learning, sharing stories and overcoming challenges. All the men are involved in supporting the boys to transition into manhood.

Mothers/ Carers Program
Mother’s receive support and information on the program while their son is on camp when they meet as a group on Departure and Return days. The program can be emailed to mothers who are unable to attend.

Camp Return Celebrations
(Father, young man, mother & extended family) The Return Day involves the mothers, extended family, and friends welcoming home the now young men and men from the camp.

What Is A Rite Of Passage?

A Rite of Passage is a process that recognizes things are changing in a person’s life. Examples of these in our society include weddings, graduations and birthdays. The Making Men coming of age Rite of Passage involves a group of people working together and all focused on a common goal. It educates, challenges, and builds strength in our boys as they prepare for a new phase in their life.

On the camp, held at a purpose built bush camp, there are no phones or electronic devices. The time spent together is of the highest quality. We use the traditional story, challenge, and honour framework to help the boys prepare for life as a healthy young man.

Story
The boys engage in meaningful conversations and get to hear real life stories from the men about significant moments in their lives.

Challenge
The camp offers plenty of healthy challenges for the boys, this equips them with a strong sense of achievement as well as stimulating a shift in their journey to manhood.

Honour
The boys are all acknowledged for their gifts and qualities on the camp. This acknowledgement and support leaves a lasting imprint.

 

Faq’s

What is a coming of age Rite of Passage?

A coming of age Rite of Passage is a process that recognises things is changing in your boy’s life. We already have many Rites of Passage as a normal part of our lives including birthdays, weddings and graduations. This is a chance to support and celebrate as he moves from being a boy to a young man.

Who are the camps for?

All boys aged 14 to 17 and their father or significant male mentor.

Where & when are the camps held?

Making Men camps are held throughout the year in a purpose built bush location near Mullumbimby in Northern NSW.

Is this a religious program?

No. This program is not based on any religion, and does not promote any one belief over another. Our programs blend a number of experiences drawn from many cultures and practices, and we invite you to honour your own beliefs.

At all times you have a choice to participate in an activity or not. We are a values based organisation founded on the understanding that everybody is entitled to have their own believes that need to be respected.

Will my son be safe?

YES. As a professional organisation the wellbeing of your boy is paramount. We have strict Occupational Health and Safety guidelines, Child Protection policies and procedures, qualified First Aid Officers and evacuation procedures in place on all camps.

My son’s father can’t or won’t come – who can come on the camp with him?

The best person to take your boy on a camp is his father, but we are aware that this is not always an available option. A grandfather, uncle or other close male family member is ideal, or a male family friend actively involved in your boy’s life. If this is not available, we will try to arrange a meeting with a suitable male mentor who may accompany your boy on a camp. We are happy to talk personally with you if required.

How do I know if my boy is ready?

You will know. He will be changing and not necessarily physically. He may be getting a bit surly, grumpy, moody or locking the door to his bedroom. You will feel something is changing for him. If you are not sure please contact us.

I can’t afford this camp but desperately want my boy to come. What options are available?

Please talk to us if you really want to come on the camp but can’t afford it. We have a variety of payment plans and partial scholarships that can support you to attend.

I have two sons – can they both come on the same camp?

No it is very important that the father/mentor is able to give full attention to his boy. Past participants often return a second time with their other boy.

We have a blended family – what would you recommend?

Our bottom line is always what’s best for the boy. All significant parents, stepparents and/or carers should be aware of, and if possible involved in the program. It is common for both mothers and stepmothers to participate in the program to support their boy at this important time. If you have a sensitive family situation, please feel free to contact us to discuss this further.

What are some of the outcomes of attending the Making Men camp?

Our facilitators and executive team have been involved in running Rite of Passage programs for over twenty years. Our programs have been independently researched and evaluated. Our evidence based outcomes for boys who have attended these programs include:

  • Stronger father son relationships
  • More confident communication and social skills
  • Higher levels of respect for mothers and women
  • Improved attitude towards finishing school
  • Improved motivation to participate and give back to the community
  • Increase in self esteem
Will it matter if my son doesn’t know any other boys on the camp?

No. Our camp processes quickly build a sense of community and friendship, which break down all barriers.

We're excited to announce the launch of The Rites of Passage Institute!

The institute will continue on the legacy of The Making of Men with an expanded capacity to develop and deliver Rites of Passage based well-being, leadership and self-development programs to suit all ages, genders, organisations, and communities.
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