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    QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR NEW BOYS

    What is Tracks about?

    It’s a time to have fun, take on exciting challenges with boys of a similar age, connect with the outdoors, meet new friends and find your strengths within a group of men who are there to support you. Tracks is about celebrating and acknowledging the transition from boy to man and recognising the changes that come during this time.

    Who comes to Tracks?

    Boys between the age of 13 and 16, their fathers, young men who have already been to Tracks and return as young leaders, and adults men of all ages who help run the event. Some new boys choose to come with a friend of a similar age to share the experience.

    Does my dad really have to come?

    No, but we encourage you to consider the huge benefits of sharing this unique experience together. You could choose to bring another man, an uncle, older brother, grandfather or stepparent. If you don’t have a male mentor in your life, you’ll have the opportunity for a Tracks man to be your mentor for the event. The programme gives fathers and sons plenty of time apart from each other, so you each have times to enhance your strengths and individuality as well as time to connect and be together in a supportive environment.

    Where does Tracks take place?

    Tracks events take place in dynamic and private venues all over New Zealand: Kauaeranga Valley (Thames, Coromandel), Kapiti Coast, Golden Bay (Nelson/Tasman) and Canterbury. At this stage our rite of passage event is only available at our original venue in Wainui Bay. Wainui Bay is on the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park. Rites of Passage events will be offered in further regions over the following two years, commencing with the development of our new venue in the Kaureanga Valley, Thames.

    What happens at a Tracks event?

    We camp together for five days, which are filled with a mix of outdoor adventure, team games, real-life stories, personal challenges and rituals, all celebrating the journey from boy to man.

    Where will I sleep?

    You will sleep in the events park where most of the Tracks events take place. We have large canvas teepees and you’ll share your sleeping space with a maximum of eight other boys, young leaders and men. Your dads sleep in a separate space.

    If I really like Tracks, can I come again?

    Yes! Once you have completed a Tracks Rite of Passage Event you have the opportunity to return as a young leader to support the new boys and take on more responsibility, gaining leadership skills.

    When does Tracks happen?

    Three times a year, mainly in the school holidays; January, April and October. Refer to the events calendar for specific dates and upcoming events.

    Is Tracks religious?

    No. Tracks uses simple ways to express gratitude, respect and appreciation for who we are, acknowledging the value of the world we’re a part of.

    How do I sign up?

    Visit the events & pricing schedule or visit Register & contact and complete the necessary contact details. We can talk on the phone with you and your family to get an idea of what you want to get out of your time at Tracks and how we can best support you

    Q&A FOR DADS AND ACCOMPANYING MEN

    What is Tracks?

    Tracks is a charitable trust that provides contemporary rites of passage programmes for teenage boys. Focused on providing a healthy transition, Tracks events celebrate and acknowledge the transition phase from boy to man, and looks at the changes taking place in adolescence. It is a time for boys to connect with others of a similar age, and for dads to have the support of other men who also have teenagers in their lives.

    What is my purpose at Tracks as a father or caregiver?

    We see Tracks as an opportunity to take time and reflect on your relationship with your son and initiate change, if needed, with the support of other men. It is also an opportunity to share in and witness an important milestone in your son’s life.

    Where does Tracks take place?

    Tracks events take place in dynamic and private venues all over New Zealand: Kauaeranga Valley (Thames, Coromandel), Kapiti Coast, Golden Bay (Nelson/Tasman) and Canterbury. At this stage our rite of passage event is only available at our original venue in Wainui Bay. Wainui Bay is on the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park. Rites of Passage events will be offered in further regions over the following two years, commencing with the development of our new venue in the Kaureanga Valley, Thames.

    What happens at a Tracks event?

    We camp together for five days, which are filled with a mix of outdoor adventure, team games, real-life stories, personal challenges and rituals, all celebrating the journey from boy to man.

    What is ritual and its use in Tracks?

    Ritual can be anything from celebrating birthdays to Christmas. We believe that consciously marking the transition your son is making can help ease the anxieties that surround this sometimes challenging chapter of his life, and help to honour and empower him. We use ritual as a way to highlight and emphasise this important milestone.

    What is a rite of passage?

    A rite of passage usually involves three stages. At Tracks the stages are: separation from the old; transition from boy to man; and return to the new, involving integration and celebration. Although primarily about the young person, it also marks a change in the family relationship. The emerging young man is recognised for his gifts and talents and takes on new responsibility. The resulting confidence helps create healthy adult relationships and enriching life choices.

    Is Tracks religious?

    No. Tracks uses simple ways to express gratitude, respect and appreciation for who we are, acknowledging the value of the world we’re a part of.

    How do I know it is safe for my son to attend?

    Tracks operates within the ‘Code of Ethics for Youth Work in Aotearoa’, (download from youthworkers and all our facilitators go through, training and police checks. Duty of care, and safety and risk assessment are informed by Tracks policy and procedure frameworks.

    What experience do those who run Tracks have?

    Tracks has been running since 2002, collectively we have many years of experience with youth work, men’s work, group work and personal development.

    What do we eat?

    A range of dietary needs can be catered for and we aim to provide healthy and nutritious food. If you have any special food requirements just let us know and our cook will try to make sure you have what you need.

    Will I be alongside my son throughout the week?

    No, not all the time – your main point of connection will be the fathers/men’s group. We have structured the programme so that you get time alone, time with other men and time with the whole group – new boys, young leaders, fathers and men/facilitators.

    If I can’t attend the week with my son are there other ways I can be part of his rite of passage?

    Yes – at the beginning of the week we invite all significant family and friends to take part in a separation ceremony and at the end of the week to attend the return celebration. As a father or accompanying man, there is also an important role to play in preparing something to be presented on your behalf to your boy, perhaps a letter or gift.

    When does Tracks happen?

    Three times a year, mainly in the school holidays; January, April and October. Refer to the events calendar for specific dates and upcoming events.

    How do we sign up?

    Go to Register and fill in the necessary contact details. We can then have a chat over the phone with you and your son.

    QUESTIONS ANSWERS FOR POTENTIAL FACILITATORS

    What is Tracks?

    Tracks is a charitable trust that provides contemporary rites of passage programmes for teenage boys. Focused on providing healthy transitions, we celebrate the journey from boy to man and look at the inner and outer changes taking place in adolescence. Boys get to connect with others of a similar age, and dads have the support of other men. Assisting in the programme involves being aware of the issues boys face today and being part of a group of men who are there primarily to celebrate, support and encourage all the young people who come to Tracks.

    Who is Tracks for?

    Boys aged 13 - 16 and their fathers or other significant male role model or caregiver.

    Where and when do Tracks events take place?

    Our men’s weekend courses are happening throughout the year and across the regions. For more specific dates see the events calendar.

    Tracks events take place in dynamic and private venues including; Kauaeranga Valley (Thames, Coromandel), Kapiti Coast, Golden Bay (Nelson/Tasman) and Canterbury. At this stage our rite of passage event is only available at our original venue in Wainui Bay. Wainui Bay is on the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park. Rites of Passage events will be offered in further regions over the following two years, commencing with the development of our new venue in the Kaureanga Valley, Thames.

    What happens at a Tracks Rites of Passage Event?

    We camp together for five days, which are filled with a mix of outdoor adventure, team games, real-life stories, personal challenges and rituals, all celebrating the journey from boy to man.

    As a volunteer, what is expected of me at a Tracks rite of passage?

    First and foremost we seek your participation and your willingness to be authentic and a role model. This can extend to being a mentor for young people during the event. Whilst our primary focus is supporting the new boys embarking on their rite of passage, it is more often than not a transformative process for all, so an ability to be present in and manage your own experience while supporting others is necessary.

    Who else would be part of my team?

    Each event has experienced directors, home group leaders and assistants. We also have young leaders; young men who have been through their rite of passage and chosen to return in support of the new boys. Our full community, including new boys and their fathers, is approximately 40 people.

    How do I get involved?

    Our ‘Good Men Make Tracks’ (GMMT) weekend course runs throughout the year. They can be used as a stand-alone experience for a man, but are also designed to be an entry point for men interested in facilitating rites of passage programmes. The course assists with understanding Tracks culture and protocol, the aims and objectives of our work and the issues young men face today. Attending a training programme also means we have the opportunity to meet you prior to your working with young people and you get to decide if Tracks is really for you.

    Do I need to pay to attend a rite of passage?

    The first time you attend you are considered to still be in training and will be asked for a fee to cover the basic costs of food and accommodation.


    BENEFITS

    1. Access your potential
    2. Develop your personal identity and self-esteem
    3. Enhance your communication and social skills
    4. Trust your intuition
    5. Build constructive peer relationships
    6. Recognise your positive role within the family, community and society
    7. Embrace the responsibilities and privileges of manhood
    8. Transform this new knowledge into positive action in the wider community