Why Our Campfire Talks Are Important

What makes our ministry different from other “adventure trips” are our campfire talks. The trips themselves instill confidence and capability in the teens but equally if not more important are the Campfire Talks.

The Campfire Talks are ministry-led discussions about Christian masculinity that occur throughout the trip. They’re designed to help the teen answer the following questions:

  • What does it mean to be a man?
  • How do I become one?
  • What are the right things that a woman needs from a godly man?
  • How do I become truly alive?

While these obviously can’t be fully answered in the few days of the trip, these talks will plant the seeds for Christian manhood answers.

The Talks

The talks are based upon 2 Christian books:

Wild At Heart – Discovering the Secrets of a Man’s Soul by John Eldredge. The book asserts that a man needs to be or feel 5 things:

  • Dangerous – Not in choosing to hurt others but having the will and ability to take action if necessary
  • Hero/Battle To Fight – One must have a battle to fight, a great mission to his life
  • Warrior/Protector – To shield and defend others
  • Beauty to Rescue – To be what a woman needs in a man
  • An Adventure To Live – Men are hardwired for adventure, to be put to the test

4 Pillars of a Man’s Heart by Stu Weber. The book asserts a man has 4 roles in life:

  • Servant King
  • Warrior
  • Mentor
  • Friend

The final campfire of the trip will involve music, food, reflection, and a simple ceremony marking the boy’s transition to manhood. Each teen will be presented a knife with their name inscribed on it.