How to adult: classes for young beginners

It was an honour to be present on Saturday for the return of another group of fathers and sons from a week-long Pathways Foundation’s rite-of-passage camp.

I observed so much open emotion and authenticity from a group of men and young men who are usually just as distracted and busy-minded as I am.

…it was also great to see a room full of women slightly dumbfounded and delighted by the change they observed in their men and sons!

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Over the past few years I’ve introduced a few other fathers to Pathways and they have found it as memorable and significant as I have.

My son is now returning to assist the camp’s leaders on his own initiative — my proof that the program works.

If you’ve got a son or daughter and worry that you might be drifting apart, or would like to invest a little time in your relationship with them and help prepare them for ‘adulting’, Pathways can help.

Camps happen in April and October each year and include a weekend camp for boys and girls 6 –10 and a week-long camp for young people 13 -15 (those ages are a guide only). The longer senior camp includes the rite of passage and the junior camp is a great weekend away in the bush with a chance to see if Pathways is right for you and your kid.

I endorse Pathways because I’ve seen how well it works but have no financial interest or formal involvement aside from a regular charitable donation to the foundation which runs the programs.

What happens on a Pathways camp remains confidential so that the participants are able to safely open up about important issues. So I can’t tell you specifically what happens and why. But if you’ve got any questions I’d be happy to answer them as best I can.

Find Pathways on Facebook at and find out more about the camps and the application process at

I’m Alan Jones, an EiR for startup accelerators, GP at M8 Ventures. Previously investor, founder, and early Yahoo PM. Opinions mine (but should also be yours).

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