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A Wilderness Leadership Camp for Young Men Ages 13-20

Young Men's Ultimate Weekend

Upcoming Rite Of Passage Initiations
JULY 16- 18 2021
 AUG 20-22 2021
Harston Angus Ranch in Sebastopol, CA
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. ​If you'd like to know more, download our flyer.


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.

COMPANION Workshop for parents


While the YMUW is underway, we highly recommend parents attend the workshop "Raising Your Son to Be Happy, Responsible & Resilient - Without Nagging, Yelling, or Punishing", due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we will be offering a virtual workshop. Please check back for those dates.

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.


For more information about the workshop please 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.

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.

Contact Us

Dr. Mark Schillinger, D.C., is both the Executive Director of the Young Men’s Ultimate Weekend, Inc (YMUW), and the sole owner of Challenging Teenage Sons, Inc (CTS). This notice is in compliance with California Non-profit Law (section 5000) and the California Business and Professions Code (Sections 5230 through 5239, and Section 10133) and applies to any activities coordinated between YMUW and CTS.

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