Pathways - Firekeepers 


Pathway's youth have the opportunity to return the following year as young leaders in training, with their own stepped leadership programme and hold a key role as 'elder brothers', supporting the new youth, exemplifying the Pathways culture, and providing assistance with many day-to-day camp duties. Returning is an opportunity for them to continue their own personal development while also being in service to the wider camp.

The ‘Fire-Keeper’ role is a parallel process that links with the youth, fathers and facilitators. It is a training programme in it’s own right. It is a chance to step up, be seen and have a stronger voice in the world.


What's covered

The Firekeeper programme offers leadership training opportunities for the young men who wish to return in future years.



Who's it for?

Firekeepers are Pathways Youth from the previous year's course.  



This is a chance to contribute back to the Pathways programme in a role that involves being a mentor to the new Pathways' youth. There are limited places each year, with priority going to those who can proactively communicate a keenness to step up and be of service.



Dates for 2022:  April School Holidays (Dates to be Confirmed)



Pathways takes place at a magical location right on the water in its own secluded bay, just three hours north of Auckland.  This is the second year we have met at this site -  a member of the Essentially Men community with a very big heart has offered to make his piece of land near Whananaki the new home of Pathways. Embraced by a beautiful valley, we meet outdoors, sleep in tents or even under the stars, while enjoying everything this spectacular setting has to offer.

The site is north-east of Whangarei and 3 hours drive from Auckland.  Come and enjoy camping right next to the beach, on a beautiful Pohutukawa coast, in the company of noble men. Please note NO DOGS as the site is a wildlife refuge.

All meals are included with vegetarian and non vegetarian options available. Unfortunately we are not able to cater to all dietary requirements. If you require a specific diet, please ensure you have food that can be supplemented by the food offered.