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What to Expect

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Online Registration is Now Available!

Please come join us for our 27th year on September 15, 16, & 17, 2017.

Current Registration Options

  • Register Online
    • Payment Methods available online:
    • 1. Pay with PayPal (Through our PayPal system, you may pay with a Credit Card without having a PayPal accouunt)
    • 2. Pay By Check
    • 3. Pay at the Camp
Chesapeake Men’s Gathering 2017 Fees Include:
+ Six meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch),
+ Two nights lodging (Friday and Saturday)
Postmarked by September 2nd:
+ Men ages 21 & older: $200
+ Men age 21 and above who are registering for the first time or the first time in 5 years: $155.00
+ Young men and boys age 13 or older and less than 21 years old: $80.00
+ Boys age 5 but less than 13: $55.00 for the first boy,
~ $30 for each additional boy registered with the same father or guardian
Postmarked after September 2nd:
+ Men ages 21 & older: $225
+ Men age 21 and above who are registering for the first time or the first time in 5 years: $180.00
+ Young men and boys age 13 or older and less than 21 years old: $105.00
+ Boys age 5 but less than 13: $80.00 for the first boy,
~ $55 for each additional boy registered with the same father or guardian

And finally, don’t let financial circumstances keep you away – scholarships and work exhanges are available. Please email Kent Hudson at 804-714-0080 or at scholarships_coordinator@menswork.org for details and to find out more.

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Things to Bring

Sleeping accommodations are on twin beds with mattresses and box-springs in the camp cabins. No bunkbeds.

We strongly recommend that you bring the following items:

  • A flashlight for every participant with extra batteries.
  • Bedroll or sleeping bag and pillow for your bed.
    Twin sized sheets will fit the mattresses.
  • Be prepared for extreme weather: from hot to cold or both!
  • Toiletries (soap, towel, etc.).
  • Rain gear, a sweater or jacket.
  • Sun block and insect repellent.
  • Earplugs, if you are bothered by snoring.

Some items that can make the weekend more fun:

  • Drum, percussion or other musical instruments – there will be group drumming for those who care to join.
  • Your own poetry, and/or your favorite poetry.
  • Sacred objects to personalize the weekend such as totems, banners, walking stick, pennants, etc.
  • Games and beach toys for boys (and men, too)

Things NOT to Bring

For your safety and the safety of others, the following are NOT PERMITTED during the weekend:

  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Weapons of any sort
  • Pets (with the exception of animal assistants when needed)
  • Candles (due to fire hazard)
  • Picture taking without the express permission of those persons being photographed (or their guardians in the case of boys)
  • Voice recording or video recording without permission.

Please do not bring personal audio and video devices.

  • We encourage you to leave your cell phone off and in your car.
  • If you do have a cell phone with you in the camp, please turn it off or set it to silence during workshop presentations and group gatherings.

Workstudy scholarships

There are a very limited number of half-price workstudy scholarships available on a first come basis. If the conference is a financial hardship, contact span class=”greenemphasis”>Kent Hudson for details at 804-221-7169bor scholarships@menswork.org.

Boys Are Welcome

Boys are encouraged to attend with their fathers or other male adult guardians.

The recommended minimum age is 5 but younger boys have attended in the past.

Responsibility for Minors

Childcare will not be provided. Adults who bring minors must sign for, supervise, and take responsibility for the minor’s behavior. Given this responsibility and the lack of dedicated childcare, men who bring boys are unlikely to be able to participate in all workshops and activities.

Activities for Boys and Teens

  • There are group activities planned for boys and teens during the weekend
    that will require volunteer adult men to assist the activity coordinator.
  • There are other times during the weekend when men can volunteer to supervise
    a group of boys.
  • If you would like to volunteer to assist in planning events for boys
    and/or assist with events during the weekend:
    » » Please email Kent Hudson at info@menswork.org or
    phone him at (Voice: 804-221-7169).

Workshops

Sign up for workshops is on a first come-first served basis. You will have an opportunity to sign up for workshops when you arrive at the camp.

Presenting a Workshop

What knowledge, skills, or experience do you have to share? If you would like to present a workshop at camp or discuss an idea contact Kent Hudson at workshops@menswork.org.

Labyrinth

We are planning to construct a temporary Classical 7-circuit labyrinth that will be available throughout the weekend.

General and Medical Release

Upon arrival, you will be asked to sign a general and medical release.

Greeting and Orientation

Help greet and orient a new man to camp, get settled, learn about the weekend, meet other men. Volunteer an hour of time between 4 and 9 pm on Friday evening.