“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.” ~ Parent
9 Day Immersive Experience & One Year of Mentorship
For Young Men Age 15 – 19
We are thrilled to be a sponsor of Journeyman’s 9 day quest for teens. In 2021 there will likely be several teens from Illuman men going through the Journeymen quest, and some of them may end up serving at our Teen Rites of Passage in August, which we’re creating with Journeymen in partnership.
Nine days in length, The Quest (Journeymen’s signature offering) is a highly intensive rite of passage experience designed to welcome their participants into a new story of life. Outside the influence of modern media, peers, teachers, and the traditional systems of authority, boys will be given opportunities to dive into their past, cultivate the power of presence, and create a vision for their future.
This course is not your typical summer camp. Recognizing the importance of ongoing support and integration of the experience, Journeymen staff and mentors are committed to the participants through the year after The Quest. Fees for the course include monthly council sessions and community service outings, while some optional recreational activities may require an additional fee. Most activities will be offered on Vashon Island, and, on occasion, its surrounding areas.
DATES: July 10 – 18, 2021
LOCATION: Vashon Island, WA
COST: $1500 – $2500 (Sliding Scale ) *
* FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE
This transformational week will help boys:
Identify and claim their unique gifts
Gain clarity in the direction of their life
Build meaningful intergenerational relationships
Increase self-esteem through positive life-changing experiences
Improve physical strength and personal resolve
Learn and refine key life skills
Deep their connection with nature
REGISTER NOW- This link will take you to Journeymen’s website.
What is a rites of passage?
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
We don’t have any camping gear!
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’.
Our son doesn’t want to go!
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 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 team is always willing to hop on a call to chat with you and/or your son about 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.
How are mentors selected?
All mentors participate in an intensive 8-hour training hosted by Journeymen and submit to a full background check process.