Project Description

Spark the Good Fire

For Youth Entering Grades 3-6 & a Parent/Guardian

All Genders

Kindle campout is our very first all gender camp hosted through our One Village Initiative. Equal parts play and purposeful connection, this experience is the perfect opportunity to share in the magic of childhood with your special one.

Research shows that more than money, material goods or even education, quality 1-on-1 time with a loving caregiver is essential for healthy youth development. With technology often pulling us away from what matters most, Kindle offers simple and time-tested activities to build your bonds in the presence and support of community.

Hosted at Frog Holler Park on Vashon Island, participants will be illuminated in engaging campfire stories and invited to explore their family roles in a new light. Placing our youth at the center of the village, Journeymen guides, parents and the youth themselves will come together to see and celebrate the beauty and benevolence of childhood.

Join us and lay a foundation for a lifetime of good relations – it starts in the heart.



DATES: May 21 – 22 , 2022


COST: $200 – $600 (Sliding Scale Per Pair) *



“We all feel so lucky to have Journeymen here in our community and applaud your commitment to the young men of our island.”

– Parent

“There really are no words that do justice to how much gratitude I have for Journeymen to be a part of my son’s life – thank you – never underestimate the impact you are making in so many lives.”

– Parent

“We love the sense of empowerment that this trip gave to him. We can see a new sense of confidence and increase in self esteem both in his physical body and his emotional/spiritual self.”

– Parent

Join us for this one-of-a-kind experience and:
  • Forge and strengthen the parent/child relationship

  • Cultivate trust through fun games and meaningful activities
  • Explore co-creative solutions to your specific issues with other parents

  • Gain skills and knowledge from experts in youth development

  • Get outside, into nature, and connect to your playful, wild self!


(Who It's For)

Who It's For

Kindle is for all youth in upper elementary (grade 3-5) and one of their parents/guardians who are seeking a more intimate and connected relationship with their child. This camp is intentionally focused on the parent-child dynamic with specific processes designed to deepen bonds and build friendships in a safe, inclusive space of other families and professional guides.


What is a Rite of Passage (ROP)?2019-12-23T20:24:22-08:00

A rite of passage is a ceremony and marks the transition from one phase of life to another. Although it is often used to describe the tumultuous transition from adolescence to adulthood, it does refer to any of life’s transitions (Births and Beginnings, Initiations, Partnerings, and Endings or Death). There are many passages in our lives we can choose to mark and celebrate.

What if we don’t have any camping gear?2019-12-23T19:59:10-08:00

Not a problem! We do our best to accommodate each family’s needs and, with enough notice,can try to find any items that you might need for the experience. We have also teamed up with the WTA (Washington Trails Association) and on occasion have access to their lending ‘Gear Library’.

What if my son doesn’t want to participate?2020-12-07T15:02:33-08:00

It is important to us that your son/boy says “Yes” to the experience. We’ve found that it can often be detrimental to the boy and the group when brought to an experience against their will.

That said, it is not uncommon for a boy/teen to initially resist an experience proposed by their parent or guardian. In this case, our staff team is always willing to hop on a call to chat with you and/or your son about Journeymen, the experience, and answer any questions/concerns they might have before making a decision.

We’ve found that once a boy has a better understanding of what he’s committing to and who he’ll be engaging with – he is much more empowered to make an informed decision that is in his overall best interest.

Is Journeymen a religious organization?2020-12-07T14:33:46-08:00

Journeymen Institute is not affiliated with any religious group or church.

We look to our external and internal environments for inspiration, wisdom, and guidance. Finding our place in nature is both fun and healthy.

I can’t afford this offering. Do you have Financial Aid?2020-12-09T16:56:11-08:00

Journeymen is committed to maximizing inclusion and access for participants who are unable to afford our courses and are otherwise qualified to enroll.

In recognition of historic and ongoing economic disadvantage, participants identifying as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, & Person of Color) may opt to waive Course Fees (except the required $25 processing fee), and/or pay what you wish/can toward enrollment.

We believe that finances should not prevent anyone from receiving the support they need to thrive. Simply select the “Financial Aid” option during the registration process.

How are mentors selected?2020-08-27T16:59:32-07:00

All mentors participate in an intensive 8-hour training and submit to a full background check process.

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