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!
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.