May 4-7 Spring Rites of Passage Near Raleigh, NC
We are so excited to bring our Rites of Passage Adventure Weekend (ROPAW) closer to home this season!
In today’s culture, intentional rites of passage for youth entering adulthood have mostly been lost or at least diminished in importance. Many of our teenage boys initiate themselves in ways that are unhealthy for their development, such as their first experiences with drugs, alcohol or risky behaviors.
Intentional rites of passage have played an important role in cultures for thousands of years, as experiences that challenge boys in a safe way to consciously explore the men they wish to become. It is an opportunity to let go of old patterns that no longer serve them.
Our weekend incorporates physical, mental, and emotional tests (in a shame-free environment). These tests can help a boy discover inner resources that he may not have been previously aware of, thus helping him gain new self-respect and confidence.
Participants: Young men will arrive onsite at 5:00p on May 5th with their parents/guardians for our opening ceremony. If you have a young man who you would like to sign up, please register below and reach out to Jordan Bowman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tuition is $500, with scholarship assistance available based on need.
Mentors: This work only happens if healthy male mentors step up! If you are a man looking to make an impact, please consider joining us as a volunteer mentor. Men will arrive on-site on Thursday, May 4th, at 4:00p to begin preparations for the weekend. We ask our mentors contribute a $150 staffing fee to offset basic food and housing costs. However, if the cost is a significant deterrent, please reach out on an individual basis and we will find a way to work with you.
Jmen: Each weekend, we select 10 Jmen, current Journeymen in our program to attend as young mentors, helping the next generation take their first steps towards conscious manhood. Jmen will arrive on-site on Thursday, May 4th, at 4:00p to begin preparations for the weekend. We ask Jmen and their families to contribute a $150 staffing fee to offset basic food and housing costs. However, if the cost is a significant deterrent, please reach out to us.
Our weekend will be held at Camp Royall in Moncure, NC (about 30 minutes away from Raleigh). More details to be shared upon registration.
Register below to save your spot as a participant, mentor, or Jman on our upcoming weekend.
We rely on the kindness and contributions of those in our community to keep our weekends accessible through scholarships. In addition to many volunteer hours, we scholarship around $5,000 in tuition costs each season. We will never turn someone away due to lack of funds. Please consider contributing to our scholarship fund by adding "ROPAW scholarship fund" to your donation below. This will give a young person access to our life-changing weekend.