What's in it for a teenager?

Are you ready for your adventure?

  • Are you trying to figure out what's important in life?
  • Are you looking for something more?
  • Are you looking for men you can trust and rely on?
  • You're not alone.
  • We're waiting for you.

What we offer:

  • A circle of boys and men
  • Who are committed to taking the journey together.
  • A safe place to ask the tough questions and get straight answers.
  • Guidance you can trust, push against, and rely on.

Rights of Passage Adventure Weekend

  • Is the threshold. It's a wild ride. The days and nights are packed with challenges, mystery, games, and direct talk between men and boys. Read More

The Mentor Program

  •  Is first rate. We learn from each other while we play and work. Together we develop self actualization, leadership, community service and emotional literacy.

Our Community Events

  •  Include service projects where we hold the weekends, Gaia Healing Center. Other projects come from the members of our community such as rebuilding a kinder tot playground. We also raise funds by cooking and serving food at the community festivals in the fall.

What will I get out of this?

You’ll have fun and get stronger. We’ll challenge you physically, mentally, and spiritually. You’ll start to know your own power, and meet friends who are interested in going somewhere.

What happens besides the weekend?

After you complete The Rights of Passage Adventure Weekend you are called a Journeyman. We have ongoing activities that include fun events, social service, and skill building.

What is a mentor?

A mentor is a personal ally and supporter. A mentor is not a teacher or surrogate parent. Some young men think of them as uncles or big brothers. Boys to Men screens our volunteers carefully. We’re looking for good men who are already successful in their own lives. Then Boys to Men shares what we know with our mentors: that young men are already excellent, and that mentors get as much as mentees from their friendships.

How old do I have to be?

We accept teenaged boys who are ready to commit to taking this next step into manhood.

Is this a religious program?

No, Boys to Men has no religious affiliation or religious teachings. "Some chapters of Boys to Men operate out of church facilities that have been offered to them, but this implies no links to the beliefs or practices of the churches involved. Boys to Men supports each boy's individual spiritual tradition and journey."

Boys to Men does support truth, integrity and responsibility.

How many guys are there on the weekend?

You won't be alone. Each weekend is limited to about 15 boys and staffed by Journeyman and mentors from the Greater Washington area as well as guys from other centers.


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