What to Expect

Go to our What to Expect page to help you understand more about our Gathering.

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 Kent Hudson for details at 804-221-7169 or 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).


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.

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.