Father Son Retreat

Father-Son Retreat

Date: May 18 – 20, 2018
Speaker: Matt Mitchell

Take this opportunity to get away and share some quality father-son bonding time together in the great outdoors at Fort Wilderness, our outpost camp. This is a rustic retreat designed to provide a step back to focus on growing in God’s Word and building father-son bonds through awesome activities. Shooting sports, great food, hiking, trail rides, paintball, and team building on our low-ropes Confidence Course are just some of the options!

Theme: “Digging For Wisdom”

Learn how to ransack the Book of Proverbs to find wisdom for you and your boys’ lives.

God has filled His Word with precious truth to unearth and put to work for our good and His glory (see Proverbs 2:1-8). This year, Pastor Matt Mitchell will be teaching us how to read, understand, and apply the hidden treasures of wisdom found in the Book of Proverbs and how to pass that wisdom on to the next generation. Come ready to be equipped, encourage, and challenged.

Matt Mitchell

Matt MitchellPastor Matt Mitchell is Heather’s hubby and daddy to Robin, Andrew, Peter and Isaac. Since 1998, Matt has pastored Lanse Evangelical Free Church, a 125-year-old rural church parked along Interstate 80 in Central Pennsylvania. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Matt received his doctorate in biblical counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary in 2012. He is a regular contributor to the Journal of Biblical Counseling, Lifeway Pastors, and EFCA Today. Matt is the author of Resisting Gossip: Winning the War of the Wagging Tongue and Resisting Gossip Together: Participant’s Guide and Bible Study. Matt is a long term friend of MMR and a frequent speaker at our events.

Activities will include: Trail riding, hiking, clay pigeon shooting, target shooting, father son time, hay ride, and confidence course.


Shooting Sports

  • You may bring your own 22 rifles or shotguns, no other guns please. We will have guns available if you can’t bring your own. If you plan to shoot 22, please bring your own ammo.
  • There is no age limit for the father and son retreat, and men without sons are welcome.
  • Participants must be at least 8 years of age to join the trail ride.
  • Please bring your own ear and eye protection.

Father Son Retreat Costs: (subject to change)

Top Hand Quarters: $135
Bunkhouse: $110
RV/Tent: $90

Bring a group of five or more, and get $15 off per person!

Paintball Option: $30 (about 2 hours) Paintball will be at 2:00 PM Friday afternoon with early check-in starting at 1:00 PM. Price includes gear, paint. You are welcome to bring your own gear; if it meets safety specs you will be able to use it. Sons must be at least age 11 to participate.

Dinner: Dinner is included for those arriving early for paintball. If you arrive early and are not participation in paintball, dinner is on a donation basis.

Sample Schedule for Father & Son Retreat

1:00PM            Optional Early Check-in
2:30PM            Paintball Option  (about 1.5 hours)
5:00PM            Check-in Town Hall Office  and Father & Son Photos
6:00PM           Dinner
6:30PM            Buckboard Open /Octaball Game
7:00PM            Wagon Ride to Fort Wilderness (leave from Town Hall)
7:45PM            Set up camp
8:00PM            Marshmallows over the fire
8:30PM            Introduction to the Weekend with Don and Donnie Rosie
9:00PM            Challenge Time
9:45PM            Breakout session
10:30PM          Bedtime

7:00AM           Rise & Shine Personal Devotions
8:00AM           Breakfast
9:00AM           Challenge Time with Matt Mitchell
10:00AM         Confidence Course/ Trail Ride/ Shooting/Buckboard
12:30PM          Lunch
1:00PM            Confidence Course/ Trail Ride/ Shooting/Buckboard
3:15PM            Wagon ride back to Ranch for one group and back to the Fort for others
3:30PM            Confidence Course/ Trail Ride/ Shooting/Buckboard
6:15PM             Wagon Ride back to the Fort
6:30PM            Dinner – Southern Style Pig Roast
8:00PM            Challenge Time  with Matt Mitchell
9:00PM            Father & Son time / free time
10:30PM          Bedtime

7:00AM           Rise & Shine Personal Devotions
8:00AM           Breakfast
8:30AM           Clean and pack up
9:00AM           Challenge Time with Matt Mitchell
10:30AM         Something to remember leathercraft or Hike
11:30AM         Wagon Ride back to Ranch
12:30AM         Lunch
1:15PM            Clean up – Showers open

"I learned more skills about riding horses." - Summer Camp Rancher
"...She also benefitted greatly from continued education in God's love for her and learning to have faith in His plan for her life." - Parent of a Rancher
"Friendships, relationships with Jesus, life skills, positive influences." - Kerri on Summer Camp
"The staff has great, great focus on God with the horses" - Rancher's Mother
MMR is one of the best places I have ever been. I love it so much!! The staff there are amazing, Godly people and I learn and grow Spiritually every time I set foot on the Ranch..." - Kaylee, Summer Camp Rancher
"MMR is an AMAZING place...the staff are courteous and know their stuff...I am proud of the friendships that were developed there and sooo look forward to my next visit" - Joey