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John Hunts participates in Boys to Men ‘End of Summer Outing’

Pagosa Springs seventh-grader John Hunts joined other “Journeymen” (teenage boys who have completed a Boys To Men-Rites Of Passage Adventure-ROPA) from New Mexico for a weekend of fun near Taos.

The weekend included tubing through the Rio Grande River Gorge and staff planning for the upcoming initiation weekend.

Boys to Men of New Mexico/Southwest Colorado (BTM) have scheduled the next Rites of Passage Adventure Weekend (ROPA) for Oct. 1-3, at Camp Chaparral, located in the Jemez Mountains near Cuba, N.M.

The 48-hour event, Friday evening to Sunday evening, offers 16 boys ages 12-17 a powerful, authentic initiation into manhood. Led by experienced facilitators and trained staff, the ROPA provides a 2:1 ratio of staff to initiates.

Group sharing processes, one-on-one mentoring, celebrations including plenty of drumming and outdoor activities are just part of the weekend’s highly structured format. The weekend is a life-changing experience boys never forget as they mature into adults.

After the weekend, the Journeymen have the opportunity to meet regularly with their peers and mentors while continuing their journey to manhood. Tuition is $295 and includes food, lodging, transportation and all materials for the weekend. Partial scholarships and payment plans are available to ensure every boy has the opportunity to participate.

For the staff, a group of 32 men and Journeymen, the weekend is an incredible contribution to the development of the boys, occasionally proves challenging and is always fun. The weekend satisfies that part of men that knows they are duty-bound to pass their gifts to the next generation. Prior to participation, staff faces a mandatory criminal background check searching for any crimes involving child predatory behavior.

Visit www.btmnm.org for more information and to register.

For questions or to meet with a local BTM representative, contact John Gwin, 731-9666 or jgwin@centurytel.net. John and local Journeyman John Hunts will again staff the ROPA in October.