Quest for Fire is a two week boys Rite of Passage Wilderness Immersion Journey into the heart of the Olympic Mountains.
A Rite of Passage marks the beginning of a point of transformation. Coming of Age Rites have been used in cultures all around the globe since time immemorial and are a foundational element of healthy societies.
Quest for Fire marks the initiation of the journey into adulthood, and gives rise to the opportunity for boys to explore what healthy masculinity means to them, what sort of man they hope to be, and what their role will be in today’s society. The canvass of the mountains, skies, forests, and cold waters of the Olympics is the medium that allows WildWise guides and mentors to provide the space for boys to orient to their own internal wisdom, learn to communicate with intention, explore and develop their weltanschauung, and enkindle wonder of the world around them. As boys face and overcome the trials and challenges of the journey and what it means to live closely in a community of mentors and peers away from the influences of media, video games, and daily life, a quieting of the mind begins to allow for their internal voice to be heard.
Throughout the journey boys will work on their relationship with Fire. Fire is primal. We fear it. We love it. We need fire to survive. The relationship with the element of Fire is part of what makes us human. Stepping across the threshold into their journey as a boy, and returning home as initiated young men, having mastered a proficiency with Ancestral Fire, is a gift that young men will bring home, along with a sense of purpose, direction, and membership in community.
Is this all seriousness? No! Boys get to hike some of the most beautiful country our state has to offer, play games, laugh, tell jokes and stories around a campfire, make new friends, star gaze, and revel in the joy of an experience that awakens their true selves, one they will remember all their lives.
Family and community participation is a significant and necessary component of the Rite of Passage. Parents and Guardians, along with important people in the initiates life, will be asked to take part in severance and integration ceremonies that mark these important transitions at the beginning and end of each of their journeys.
- All WildWise Guides and Mentors are trained, certified, and experienced Wilderness First Responders, and our Apprentices and Assistants are trained in Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and Rescue Breathing.
When: July 22 – August 4, 2019 – this is an overnight, 13 -day wilderness trip, not a day camp
Where: Begins at WildWise Campus – Kingston | Adventure in the Olympic National Park
Winter Sale: 25% ($821.25) January 1, 2019 through February 15, 2019 *
Spring Sale: 10% ($985.50) February 16, 2019 through March 30, 2019 *
Family & Friend Discounts *:
Family: 20% for each family member
- 1 friend – 10%
- 2 friends -15%
- 3 or more friends 20%
*Winter and Spring Sales may not be combined with Family & Friend Discounts