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Young Men's Ultimate Weekend

A Wilderness Rite of Passage Adventure Camp

for Young Men Ages 13-20

Registration for the next Young Men's Ultimate Weekend is OPEN!

Event Details:

September 24-26

EcoCamp Berryessa, Napa CA

Click Here to register your Young Man

Questions about registering? Email help@ymuw.org

YMUW is using the Napa County Covid Overnight Camp Requirements as our guideline. Our safety team will be focused on preserving everyone’s health and well-being. 


These are our basic requirements for Participants & Volunteers regarding testing and masking:


  • A Covid-19 Symptom Screening Questionnaire and screened with a thermal scanner upon arrival at the event

  • Maintain 6 - feet distancing whenever possible. When we cannot maintain six - feet distancing, everyone will wear masks per Napa County guidelines.

  • This year’s event will be 100% outdoors

Take the challenge

Get ready for the ride of your life. The Young Men's Ultimate Weekend is a life changing adventure where you'll experience excitement, adventure and fun (and great food).

The "Ultimate Weekend" is a modern day rite-of-passage experience where you will be challenged and mentored to take the step up from boy to young man. 


It's Your adventure

At the Weekend you’ll learn how to connect with your masculine wisdom by making hip-hop beats, conquering the obstacle course, playing sports, participating in a sweat lodge, learning martial arts & yoga, working in teams and overcoming your deepest fears.


Trust us, you'll love it.


The Young Men's Ultimate Weekend began in the year 2000 and has had approximately 3500 young men graduate. We are a non-profit staffed entirely by volunteers devoted solely to helping you succeed in the modern world.

Workshop for parents


We strongly encourage parents attend the companion workshop that's offered alongside each Ultimate Weekend.

The workshop is taught by Dr. Mark Schillinger, YMUW Founder. This practical presentation will be held at a hotel close to the YMUW site. When you learn the same technology that our mentors use with your son, you'll be able to skillfully use your authority and influence in a way that will motivate your son to become more responsible inside of your home, more resilient in the outside world, more respectful of himself and others, as well as more relaxed with the world.

The parent workshop is also offered online.


For more information on programs for parents, click here.

It Takes a Village

Parents no longer have the assistance of their community in raising young men who can take good care of themselves, their family and their community. In one transformational weekend, our trained mentors provide a safe setting for your son to voice his concerns about adulthood, discover his own values and learn the importance of teamwork.

The YMUW community empowers young men to develop self-respect by mastering their  

strengths and overcoming their weaknesses.

Podcast - Graduates reveal their experinces from YMUW
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The Purpose of YMUW

To provide young men a weekend filled with

incredible fun and challenges, while building a solid foundation for a confident and successful adulthood, through learning the importance of teamwork, developing a sense of accomplishment

and acquiring leadership skills.