Young Men’s Rites of Passage


Mink Lake Wilderness Camp - Superior National Forest, MN
➔ May 27 - 31, 2020


YMROP Application

Thank you for your interest in the Young Men’s Rites of Passage event at Mink Lake Wilderness Camp, MN.

We are now accepting applications for the YOUNG MEN’S RITE’S OF PASSAGE (YMROP) at Mink Lake Wilderness Camp - Grand Marais - Minnesota 55604 near the unparalleled Boundary Waters Wilderness in Superior National Forest Minnesota ON May 27 – May 31, 2020. Applicants must be between the ages of 19 to 29 to attend the YMROP. Total Cost for the Minnesota YMROP (meals, lodging, resources & event): $375. For those requiring financial assistance to participate, we offer a limited number of scholarships covering up to 100% of the YMROP fee. Please fill out the scholarship application below or use our contact information form.

Acceptance to the YMROP will be based on perceived readiness for initiation. These rites are designed for the young man who is ready to move fully from boyhood to manhood. As a result, we expect the young man to arrive “ready” to step into what awaits him. The rites are rigorous and demanding. No observers are allowed. Only young men who will fully cooperate with the process will attend. In the Rites of Passage, images and ritual are used from a variety of religious traditions, however, our primary orientation comes from a Judeo-Christian heritage.

We are open to all faith traditions and do not make one’s religious affiliation a primary concern. We do want to make it clear that this is not some kind of Christian men’s retreat. If you are looking for a “Christian men’s retreat,” the YMROP is probably not for you. The Rites of Passage are most appropriate for young men who are spiritually seeking, who have had some encouragement from a mentor or another initiated man to do this, and who are not in a major reaction against God, grace, or transformation. It is important to note that you must have a basic mobility and health that will allow you to move around, hike, and fast.

It is best if you approach this experience as a lone seeker. This is not really a buddy experience. You may come with friends, but expect to be assigned to a group where you will be anonymous, as far as possible, and start together from zero with your group. You will actually find this to be an advantage.

The Young Men’s Rites of Passage is designed for men entering their first-half of life (19 – 29 years old) and it is a one-time only event. You will not need to be initiated more than once at this life-stage. However, we offer other Rites of Passage for older men that may offer you a second rite of passage at a later time in your life that addresses transformation issues that occur later in life. Most men who go through our second-half life MROP will be 30 – 65 years old.

Please answer the questions below honestly and seriously. The application should not be done in a perfunctory manner. In some ways, it will begin the process for you as you move toward this life-changing experience. The on-line application for the Minnesota YMROP is below. Just fill out the application and hit the submit button. You will be notified when we receive your application.

Our prayers and good energy join you as you seek to honor the deep things that stir within you. Peace, brother!


  • Please answer these questions honestly and not in a perfunctory manner.

  • Already been accepted into the YMROP? In that case please see our payment options page to pay and to confirm your registration.

  • The online application link is below, If you are unable or uncomfortable with completing the online form, please let us know using our contact information form.

  • You will receive notification of your status (accepted, waiting list, or refused) within three weeks of our receipt of your application. If accepted you will be notified with details of the YMROP, instructions for completing the required medical and travel forms, as well as instructions for final payment.

  • The registration deadline is Friday, May 1, 2020. If you register after this date we cannot guarantee acceptance, however you will be put on a waiting list. Thank you for your understanding!

Take time to thoughtfully and mindfully complete the answers to the questions below.
One of our team will review your application and call you to discuss the YMROP, your spiritual journey and answer any questions you might have.


YMROP Scholarship Application Form

MN MALES strongly encourages applicants to seek financial assistance from their place of ministry, their local faith community, or other funding sources available to the applicant. Funds for assistance through MN MALES are limited and are used to offset registration fees only.


  • This application should be filled out only after you have received notification you have been accepted as an initiate for the YMROP.

  • We will contact you within 2 - 4 weeks to let you know if assistance will be available.

  • If you are unable or uncomfortable with completing your scholarship application online, you use our contact information form to request other options.

Please answer the following questions to assist our process.


 YMROP Payments

YMROP Payment
❖ YMROP Payment ($375) ❖
YMROP Returning Initiated Man (RIM) Payment
❖ YMROP RIM Payment ❖
YMROP Retreat Staff Payment
❖ YMROP Retreat Staff Payment ($475) ❖
→ Before May 1 – 50% refund
→ After May 1 – no refund


Please use this form to contact Joe Hamilton, the YMROP Coordinator, with any questions about the rites of passage, the applications, the payments, or any other matter.




If you have received an acceptance notice for the YMROP Program or if you are registering for the Returning Initiated Men Programs, you must complete this confidential Medical Form.




Please complete the Travel Form to setup transportation. Afterwards, if you have any questions, please get in touch using our contact information form.


Returning Initiated Men (RIM)

Check-in Time:  1:00 PM Saturday, August 10 (No earlier please!)
Ending Time: 3:30 PM Sunday, August 11
Cost: $100 (includes lodging for Saturday, dinner/breakfast/lunch)
Deadline: Registration including Medical and Travel Forms as well as payment are due by Friday July 19, 2019.
Questions: Contact Joe Hamilton using our contact information form.

If you are planning to attend please fill out the registration below.

  • This is a pre-registration event. (There are no exceptions.)

  • Additional information about this event will be sent to you after you register.

  • Please be willing to carpool.

  • We will need volunteers to stay and help clean-up if you are available.

Registrations will continue to be accepted for the Returning Initiated Men Program until Friday, May 1, 2020.

We ask that all Returning Initiated Men also complete the Medical and Travel Forms information forms. Links to these forms will be provided after you have registered.