Making of Men Camps

The Making Of Men Camp Is A Life Changing Experience That Will Forever Improve Your Relationship And Connection With Your Son. This Evidence-based Program Will Help Your Teenage Son Transition From Boy Behaviour, Into A Respectful, Healthy, Considerate And Confident Young Man.

“Lawrence has definitely returned different! He is so much more positive and energetic. He is chattier and just delightful to be around. I can see him processing and thinking about things before he reacts now! The best thing for me, which was one of my hopes was that he would be more grateful. He certainly is now always saying “Thank you” and not complaining when asked to do something around the house." – Mother 

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April 24–28

Give Your Son the Greatest Start to His Life as a Young Man

Over the past 25 years the Rites of Passage Institute has been facilitating specialy designed bush camps that support the healthy transition from “Boyhood-to-manhood” for 10,000’s of young boys across Australia, and the world. Created for boys aged 13-17 years old, the 5-day Making Of Men (MOM) camp engages a boy and his father (or male mentor) in a number of activities, challenges, and ceremonies that celebrate his transition into manhood, and addresses the challenges your son, and your family, are currently facing at this crucial time in his life.  

Your son will gain the necessary skills, lessons and values he needs to develop into a respectful, responsible and happy young man. A young man that has a clear and healthy vision for his future, and also his role within your family, social circles, and the wider community.  

Why Every Family Needs Their Son To Experience A Rite Of Passage

When your boy is between the ages of 13 and 17 years old he is experiencing many dramatic physical and psychological changes. This is a very exciting time, but also potentially the most dangerous and confusing time of his young life.  

In short, your son is becoming a young man. If he does not have positive guidance and clear direction to develop a healthy vision of his new role as a young man - like many teenage males - he may never grow out of his boyish behaviour, and is more likely to succumb to negative influences that can lead to withdrawal from family and school, aggression, addiction, and mental health issues. Our camps provide boys with that positive guidance and education to prevent them going down the wrong path.  

‘I am a single mother and my son and I had been fighting a lot. I didn’t know what to do. Since he has come back from the ROP he has totally changed. Now we talk and he is happy to help around the house. I don’t know what you men did out there but it worked.’  

Helena (mother)  

“What a humbling experience to have my son cross the line and start his journey into manhood not only in the presence of great men but supported by great men. I could not have given this experience to my son in a lifetime by myself ... I know I have given him the greatest start to his life as a young man.” John (Father)  

Ancient Rites Of Passage

For thousands of years societies around the world have understood that a boy’s entire future is determined by how well he and his family managed the crucial time in a his life between 13-17 years old. In order to acknowledge and support their boys through this time, these societies created carefully structured and often elaborate Rite of Passage (ROPs) to provide the support, education and understanding every boy needs. These Rites of Passage also formalised and honoured the boys transition to manhood, giving him examples and direction around the behaviour and contribution that was now expected of him as a man.  

Unfortunately in today’s society this support and understanding through the transition period has all but vanished, leaving boys confused and struggling to understand just where they fit within their family and social structure. This is why modern ROPs, like our Making of Men Camps, are needed in our modern, fast-paced society, and it’s why we consistently see amazing improvement in the lives of the boys and families that attend.  

‘My dad honouring me was the best thing that has happened to me in my whole life.’ 

Peter, aged 16  

'A man should be able to show his emotions and be a warrior and show his soft side and be a real gentleman. And to be around all that, it showed me that it really is out there.’  

Christo, aged 15  


If you need more information or would like an information pack to send to someone you think could benefit from this life-changing experience, fill out the form below. 

"It was the best week of my life" – Sam, 14

About The Making Of Men Camp

The Making of Men camps have been crafted from over 30 years of research and refinement by recognised world authority on adolescent development, and Rites of Passage Institute founder, Dr Arne Rubinstein. His camps, leadership trainings and seminars have been attended by over 150,000 people in more than 10 countries. Each camp is led by a team of Dr Arne’s highly experienced and trained facilitators, who have spent decades working with young men and their fathers to develop positive masculine/man/male behavior during these critical teenage years.  

By bringing together this community of fathers, sons and male mentors, who support each other and grow together throughout the camp activities, challenges, sharing circles and Rites of Passage ceremonies, your son is able to observe many scenarios where positive male influencers are communicating and behaving in constructive ways. By witnessing, reflecting on, and then discussing his observations during the camp, your son will develop a healthy vision of male behaviour to strive towards as he grows into a young man himself.  

Proven Benefits Of Attending Making of Men Camps:

  • Learn crucial life skills and values such as respect, gratitude, honesty and responsibility
  • Preventative approach providing a healthy vision of masculinity while your son is still young, instead of trying to fix ingrained, negative behaviour when he is an adult
  • Strengthen family relationships through better communication, understanding, and respect for one another
  • Our facilitators can relate to teenage boys ensuring maximum engagement and impact Improve self-confidence, leaderships skills, resilience and develop a healthy self-image
  • Reduce the likelihood of behavioural problems, mental illness, and addiction problems Learning through positive examples of healthy male behaviour from men other than their father or male mentor
  • Increase respect and gratitude for women Fathers and male mentors gain a clearer understanding their crucial role in their boys development
  • Improve leadership, communication and social skills
  • Increase consideration and consciousness of others, and the consequences of their actions
  • Teaches boys it is ok to show emotions and seek help when needed
  • Increased gratitude and willingness to help out around the house without complaint
  • Learn constructive ways to manage emotions such as anger, frustration, jealousy and disappointment
  • Boys spend 5-days in the bush, disconnected from technology and the outside world, enabling them to connect with nature and share deep bonding experiences with their father or male mentor
  • Provides boys with the time, space and guidance for self-reflection and developing a positive vision for the man they want to become
  • Improve behaviour at school, at home and within the community  

 Join Our Next Making of Men Camp

If you would like more details, dates, location and pricing information on our next Making of Men camp please download a free information pack by filling in the form below.  

You can also call 02 6698 6158 to chat to one of our team members and ask any questions you may have.  

Dr Arne in the media

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