The father and son retreat for building godly men.

Friday, May 17, 2019 | 5pm — Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 5pm

Country Lake Retreat Center

Are you ready?

I have four words for you: Dads. Sons. Fire. Zipline. Wait, is zipline two words? Forget it. Focus! Are you looking to connect with your son, dig into the Word, and maybe grab a zip line? Join us as we connect fathers and sons over a fire, well, not “over” a fire—how about beside a fire, a lake, a ropes course and hiking trails. The question isn’t how to spell zip line. The question is: are you ready?

This is what you’ll learn:

  • Skills to connect with your son
  • How to help your son resist the pull of this world
  • How to get your son to open up and talk to you
  • How to gain your wife’s undying devotion and respect
  • Tips and tools for driving meaningful conversations

Your Speakers

Aaron Harvie
Senior Pastor, Highview Baptist Church

Before becoming Senior Pastor at Highview, Aaron has served as a Church Planting Mobilizer with the North American Mission Board and teaching at Southern Seminary. Aaron is married with five kids. He has a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and loves reading, golf, tennis, and Philly sports teams.

Mark Hancock
CEO, Trail Life USA

Mark began his career founding a national advertising agency. He has served as a Youth & College Pastor, Associate Pastor, Homeless Ministry Director & Global Event Director for an international ministry, organizing events on five continents. Mark has appeared on numerous radio & TV programs including Fox News & Family Life. He serves as CEO of Trail Life USA and lives near Greenville, SC with his wife and two sons.

Nyke Gatlin
Pastor of Regional Ministries, McLean Bible Church

Born in Texas and raised in Kansas. Nyke received his bachelor’s degree in Business while serving as a flight & combat medic in the US Army. Nyke served at McLean Bible for 8+ years before leaving to plant & pastor Journey Church in Indiana. Then he came back to MBC in 2015. He and his wife Nichole have three kids. He enjoys sports & cheering on his Kansas Jayhawks and Washington Redskins.

Kevin Jones, Ph.D.
Chair of School of Education, Kentucky State University

Serves as the Chair of the School of Education and Human Development at Kentucky State University and is adjunct faculty at The Southern Seminary. Previously he served at Boyce College. Kevin has taught in Fayette, Franklin, and Jefferson Counties and served as an assistant professor in the School of Education at Kentucky State University where he and his wife are both alumni. He and his high school sweetheart, Demica, have three children.

Scott Long
Discipleship Pastor

Scott is the discipleship pastor at Highview. He and his wife Caroline have been married since 2011. They have two daughters Eden (2013) and Elliana (2015). The Long family is passionate about making disciples of all nations through the local church to the glory of God.

Kent Evans
Executive Director, Manhood Journey

Kent is the co-founder of Manhood Journey. He is also the author of Wise Guys: Unlocking Hidden Wisdom From the Men Around You. Kent is married and has five sons. Learn more about Kent here.

The Event

Friday, May 17, 2019 | 5pm — Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 5pm
Country Lake Retreat Center
815 Country Lake Road, Underwood, IN 47177

Whether you want to rough it, bunk up, or stay in a fancy lodge, we have you covered.
With three unique options, you can pick the setup and budget that fits you best:


Father & Son $97
($30/extra boy)
Camp like the pioneers!


Father & Son $197
($40/extra boy, no limit)
stay with 20 of your closest friends, bring your own pillow and blanket


Father & Son $297
(extra boys $50 each)
travel in style, limited number of these available, first come first serve

All meals included (Special diets can be accommodated)


What’s the target age range for boys?
The target range for boys attending Project: MANHOOD could range from 8 to 18 years old, we’re flexible. Just consider the activities the retreat center offers, and go from there.

Can I bring more than one boy?
Yes, you can! Do you have more than one son? Do you have a nephew or neighbor you’re discipling? Perfect! Bring him along! There are some extra costs per boy. So pay close attention when you’re registering. For example, there’s a maximum of four (4) guys to a room if you choose the Lodge option.

I attended previously, should I attend again?
I have a question for you. How many memorable camping retreats have you been on with your son since last May? If you’re answer is 52. Then, whatever, the answer is still yes. This is an epic time for you to connect with your son(s). This year, I encourage you to bring a friend.

What are the activities and how much do they cost?
There’s a bunch of activities you can do during the retreat. From fishing to paintball to ziplining to hiking. Then there’s a personal favorite of Ryan’s called “reading a book in a rocking chair.” All activities are included in your registration price.

Will food and snacks be provided?
Yes, all meals and snacks are included at this event. You won’t go hungry. We promise!

What if my family has allergies to certain foods?
Special diets can be accommodated. Please be sure to specify any allergies when you register.