The father-son adventure of a lifetime.

Christ in the Smokies is a biblically based father-son adventure camp based in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains.

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The father-son adventure of a lifetime.

Christ in the Smokies is a biblically based father-son adventure camp based in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains.

Register Today

What we do at Christ in the Smokies

Passage to Manhood

Each summer, Christ in the Smokies hosts our main event for fathers to welcome their sons into manhood. This four-day event is specifically designed to engage men in daily high-adventure activities—such as white-water rafting, hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing—that bring out manly qualities of courage, determination and humility.

During the evenings, leaders share engaging lessons in what it means to be a man, inspiring sons and fathers to live out authentic Christian manhood. Many of the topics covered in the teaching are illustrated with clips from popular, contemporary movies. Throughout the week, each father is given the opportunity to publicly bless his son. There is also time set aside to share deeply with his son what his own manhood journey has been.

The week culminates with a sacred and moving rite-of-passage ceremony, where each father calls his son up into manhood in the presence of other like-minded men and welcomes him into the community of men.

Christ in the Smokies is uniquely designed for and open to all fathers and sons, but is specifically helpful for young men who are transitioning from high school to college or career.

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“My son and I grew closer together, talking about things that we had never shared, having fun together along the way, and now walking together side by side in our journey of manhood and walk with Christ.”

Gavin P.

The Camps
Passage to Manhood 2021

Base Camp (Christ in the Smokies, Highlands, North Carolina)

JUNE 13-17, 2021

This camp is located near the town of Highlands, North Carolina. This five-day event is specifically designed to engage men in daily high-adventure activities—such as white-water rafting, rock climbing and hiking—thus reinforcing such qualities as courage, determination and humility. The week culminates in a powerful rite-of-passage ceremony where each father calls his son up into manhood in the presence of other like-minded men.

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Christ in the Rockies 2021

Base Camp (Christ in the Rockies, Buena Vista, Colorado)

JUNE 27-JULY 1, 2021

This camp is based near the town of Buena Vista Colorado, situated in the beautiful Arkansas Valley, headwaters of the Arkansas River. This five day event is specifically designed to engage men in daily high adventure activities such as rock climbing and mountain biking thus reinforcing such qualities as courage, determination and humility. The week culminates in a powerful rite-of-passage ceremony where each father calls his son up into manhood in the presence of other like-minded men.

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Christ in the Rockies 2021

Base Camp (Christ in the Rockies, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado)

JULY 18-22, 2021

This camp is located near the town of Estes Park Colorado, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. This five day event is specifically designed to engage men in daily high adventure activities such as rock climbing and mountain biking thus reinforcing such qualities as courage, determination and humility. The week culminates in a powerful rite-of-passage ceremony where each father calls his son up into manhood in the presence of other like-minded men.

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To ensure that this experience is open to all fathers and sons, scholarships are available through the Taylor Strickland Legacy Foundation.

“Breaking the chains of apprehension that societal masculinity teaches, to make a man through vulnerability and authenticity.”

Sebastian M.