For those of you who don’t know, WinShape Camps for communities added a new skill this year called Man Land. After the success of Girl World in 2013, over half of our staff suggested we add a Man Land…and we listened.The challenge with a skill like Man Land is figuring out what you’re actually going to do everyday. It’s not like Basketball where the first day you’ll learn the keys to dribbling or like Yard Games where you know you’ll play a new game outside every day. The hard part is deciding what you’re actually going to do.
This year, Man Land has tackled some of the key things every man needs to know. The first of which is shaving. It’s something every man must learn at some point, so why not start them young. Another skill they learn is grilling. Cooking a good burger is a passageway into manhood.
But the real win for a skill like Man Land is not “what you do” so much as it is “who you become.”I’ll never forget a few weeks ago having a mom come up to me on Chick-fil-A Friday Family Fun Day raving about WinShape Camps. Her campers had been for the last two years and they absolutely loved it. She even spoke of building a team of people to promote camp more throughout that community.
I asked her what she felt like her campers had gotten out of the week. She went on to tell me that the first day after camp, she asked her son what he learned. Her son replied “I learned what a man does.” She turned back to him and asked “What does a man do?” He replied “Love. Serve. Protect.”
She went on to tell me how that completely blew her away. She said “that’s something that will never ever leave him. He’ll remember that the rest of his life.”
On the first day, we teach the campers the Man Land code. We think these truths can continue to resignate with campers for the rest of their lives. Check out the code below:
Campers: “Yes Sir”
Skill Leader: “Are we men today?”
Campers: “I am a man”
Skill Leader: “Who made you a man?”
Campers: “God made me one.”
Skill Leader: “What do men do?”
Campers: “Love. Serve. Protect.”
Skill Leader: “What kind of men are we?”