There were certain lessons learned in last year’s event that we are addressing for MMR2017. Let me tell you about some of the changes.
- Food: When selecting the food I choose from a list the camp provides. I went up and down the list and selected those items which most sounded like man-food to me. Only after the event was done did someone point out that every single meal had pork as the meat. That one is on me, and I will try to draw a finer line between man-food and variety.
- Registration: I had made a request that group leaders come in to register their men, instead of each individual coming in separately. Some did and some didn’t. This works for small groups, but for larger groups it is not as easy to manage since they do not travel together. So for this year we will be prepared with a system to do either group registration or individual registration. We would still appreciate every group that is able have their leaders bring in their list of attenders and let us register your group all at once to save time.
- Free Time: I believe the free time is one of the best benefits of the event, but when the rains came last year that greatly limited the recreational possibilities. In addition to this we have a number of senior men who are not extremely likely to go down a zip line or up a climbing wall. This year we will be adding a few breakout sessions for those who would like to learn about a specific area of men’s ministry, during that free time.
- Sunday Morning: One of my goals last year was to keep a relaxed schedule. But by Sunday morning the attenders are already moving out of mountain mode and back into valley mode. This does not mean they want to skip worshipping their Lord, but if they have a large section of time doing nothing they face a temptation to skip out early. So this year we will have a tighter schedule on Sunday Morning.
- Cabin Time: I have heard from my own group every year that cabin time was the greatest part of the event. As expected I heard from some of the other groups the same thing. But we also heard one group call cabin time a waste and a joke. We will continue to encourage good training on this part of the retreat so that it will be a team building time for your men.