When Victor and Caleb Matos came to Passage to Manhood Camp in 2021, Caleb was a junior in high school, and the Matos family had just recently moved. The two were full of anticipation, not fully knowing what to expect. “At the same time, we were looking forward to an adventure and a divine encounter,” Victor remembers.
Victor was drawn to Christ in the Smokies by the Christ-centered approach to manhood. He was also looking forward to connecting with his son and other parents and sons in an environment that had little distractions and high intentionality.
“I hoped that my son and I would be able to grow closer and in mutual understanding,” Victor shares. “Also, that Caleb would be better prepared to launch for life after high school and beyond.”
Thankfully, camp seemed to bring about those experiences for Caleb and his father. It also was a time where Caleb gained a deeper knowledge about his father, including learning about his victories and challenges. And, in turn, Victor was able to look at his son as a young man, not as a kid.
Not only that, but Caleb’s experience at camp inspired him to ask for a study Bible, which the two purchased on the way home.
Life has changed some for Victor and Caleb since leaving camp. For one, Victor shares how he has given his son “opportunities commensurate to his capacity and development to encourage him in his journey to manhood.”
“Caleb is a source of encouragement to others and even provides sound counsel to his peers,” Victor continues. “He has grown in his devotional life. We have ‘grown-up’ conversations, and sometimes bond over a workout.”
Victor grew and learned a lot as well during their time at camp. “As a father, I was reminded to be willing to release my son to God, and to allow our relationship to change to help him become the man that God intends for him to become,” he explains. “Also, it is of utmost importance to have other Godly men around me, to be part of our journey towards Christ-like parenting and manhood.”