Young Men's Ultimate Weekend
A Wilderness Rite of Passage Adventure Camp
for Young Men Ages 13-20
Due to the ongoing pandemic,
our summer 2021 events have been postponed.
We hope to reschedule for Fall 2021.
Check back soon for dates!
As pandemic restrictions in California continue to ease and restrictions on live events continue to decrease. We look forward to hosting a live YMUW event this fall, probably in late September or early October of this year.
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.
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.