Start your son’s journey into manhood with an epic Rite of Passage

An Unforgettable experience with a lasting positive impact

3 Days that will forever deepen the bond between you and your son as you work together to Define and Pursue Heroic Manhood

It is said that a boy is born, but a man must be made.
Who’s helping your son become the man he’s meant to be?

It’s up to you to make sure your son is prepared for the challenges ahead, but you don’t have to go it alone.

Attending Dangerously Good Men’s Initiation Rite of Passage will give you the tools and support to make a legendary man!

Technology and social media have transformed adolescence into a brutal minefield. Now, more than ever, your son needs you beside him, teaching and guiding him into successful manhood.

Most men know they need to do SOMETHING to help their son become a man, they just have no idea WHEN or WHERE to begin

No Connection

Your son may have too many extracurricular activities.
You may have to spend too much time at work.
Your son may be really different than you…

The truth is that every reason you could give is really just an EXCUSE.
And no excuse is going to buy you more time with your son or bring the two of you any closer.

But the instant you sign up for the Initiation Rite of Passage, you’ll begin an intentional journey that eliminates distractions, establishes communication, and creates powerful moments that will deepen the bond with your son and create memories you’ll share for the rest of your lives.

No Plan

I can’t tell you how many fathers have shared this same concern with me.

Some Dads get overwhelmed by the number of topics they feel need to be
covered like:

  • Physical changes
  • Relationships
  • Sex
  • Communication
  • Physical Fitness
  • Bullies
  • Work
  • Developing Skills
  • Money
  • Discovering Purpose
  • Avoiding Pitfalls
  • Core Values
  • Accountability
  • Developing Goals
  • And more…

Others know what they want to teach their sons, but feel unqualified or just plain uncomfortable bringing up the subjects.

That’s why it’s so important to team up with other dads who can help you!

We’ll break the ice for you on the awkward topics, and by teaming up with other dads to initiate your son you never have to feel alone facing the tough

Tumalo Lake Lodge outside of Bend, OR

No Resources

Whether it’s time, money, or the help of other good men, most dads could point to at least one of these areas as the reason they can’t properly initiate their son.

Finding the right space, coordinating the dates with other men, and providing everything it takes to make your son’s initiation a deeply meaningful experience is a daunting challenge that can take months of planning and easily cost you $10,000.00 or more!

But when you sign up for the Initiation Rite of Passage, it’s like
getting a fast pass to skip all the hassle and jump right into the adventure!

Secure your family legacy today!

With only 10 spaces per Initiation you don’t have time to wait.

Don’t let this epic opportunity slip away!

This is an adventure that you and your son will never forget. Join today and start pursuing heroic manhood with your son!

Why work with us

Because when we say epic, we mean EPIC!

Put aside your memories of outdoor school or summer camp because we don’t do rickety bunk beds or mystery meals here.

Awesome Accommodations

Private Suites

Top Notch Meals

Powerful Moments

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Register now for the Initiation Rite of Passage

Nothing happens unless you take action.

As soon as you sign up you’ll receive a welcome email that includes an invitation to set up an Intro Call with Bill so he can answer any questions you have and get to know a little about you and your son.

The Intro Call is just for the dads and helps Bill prepare to best serve you by getting to know where each father/son pair is at on the journey to manhood (Sorry boys, but if you have burning questions your dad can certainly ask them for you!)

Before the call ends you’ll also get the info you need to make travel arrangements along with answers to any other questions you may have.

The beginning of your shared adventure

After you Intro Call is complete, you’ll receive a Welcome Video for you to watch with your son along with a short questionnaire for each of you that helps us customize your experience.

Please view the video and return the questionnaires as soon as possible so that we can use your answers help us serve you at the highest possible level!

Watch the Welcome Video and Complete the Questionnaires

Build Anticipation

Don’t wait to start building connection

Now that you and your son have turned in your answers, be intentional about counting down the days with him. Remind him often that this is a significant experience after which he will no longer be the boy he was before.

  • Be sure to watch out for one or more emails intended to help you build the anticipation even more. (Could be location or activity photos or even a sneak peak at the menu!)
  • Review the packing list suggestions (included with the questionnaires) and let packing be another anticipation building shared activity
  • And for any dads who’ve never traveled alone with their sons before, don’t make the mistake of thinking things begin when you get to the lodge. Make every effort to leave work and all other distractions behind the moment you leave home.
  • Previous attendees have all commented on the significance of the time they spent just getting to the event with their sons. It doesn’t matter if you’re flying or driving, every hour you spend on an adventure with your son is magnified in focus and multiplied in significance.

The more you lean in, the more you’ll get out

If you show up ready to lean in and fully commit to the plan prepared for you and your son, I promise that both your lives are going to be changed forever!

  • After arriving at the lodge and checking in, you and your son will have some time to get situated in your room and also check out some of the lodge amenities as well as the private lake.
  • After that, it’s pretty much go time all the time. That’s not to say you won’t have some free time to play some games or just chat with the other fathers and sons, but this isn’t a relaxing retreat you signed up for. This is an all out charge into HEROIC manhood and we’re not going to waste any time as we help you guide your son on this journey!
  • Don’t worry though, you’re going to be well fed and fully supported by other fathers who are fully invested in you and your son’s growth and success! You may leave exhausted, but you won’t be disappointed!

Show up Excited and Committed

Take Home New Tools

Leaving the lodge isn’t the end of the journey

  • Writing – You and your son each will each be leaving with a notebook full of session insights, your own books that will provide both inspiration and guidance as you continue your journey, and beautiful tokens that will serve as enduring reminders of the powerful moments and memories that have filled your hearts.
  • Reading – Additionally, each of you will receive a book at the final ceremony that will provide both inspiration and guidance as you continue your journey.
  • Remembering – Last but not least, you and your son will be taking beautiful tokens with you that will serve as enduring reminders of the powerful moments and memories that have filled your hearts.

Look Forward to More

Before leaving the lodge you’ll have the opportunity to continue your journey alongside other men by joining our members only group.

As a member you’ll get access to weekly discussion starters, video tutorials, manly project guides and more!

Even if you don’t choose to join before heading out, you can expect to receive some great some event photos in your inbox, along with a few follow up check- ins in the coming weeks, and maybe just one more surprise…

Continue the Journey

Don’t take our word for it, hear what customers have to say!

This stuff is everlasting

Being a dad is not a hobby. Why wouldn’t you invest in developing the skills to help
your son. This stuff is everlasting.
Father of 12yr old son

Unbelievable impact and value

I had the privilege of helping Bill with a recent Initiation and let me tell you,
I sure wish I could have brought my son Sam to an event like this! The tools and
tactics learned by the fathers and sons improved communication and will no doubt
help them for years to come.
Father of 16yr old son

“Help him lead his family the way a good man should”

It seems that everywhere I look, the world is telling my son to be careful and quiet, to
not “rock the boat”. And while that may seem like the way to keep my son safe, I know
it won’t help him lead his family the way a good man should.
Mother of 16yr old son

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget the details

Who is this for?

Fathers and their sons between the ages of 11-15

What is about?

3 Days that will forever deepen the bond between you and your son as you work together to Define and Pursue Heroic Manhood

When is it happening?

April 20-22, 2023
August 24-26, 2023

Where will it be?

On a private lake in the High Cascades outside of Bend, Oregon

What’s Included?

  • Transportation between Redmond Municipal Airport and the Initiation site as well as transportation to and from our off-site adventure
  • Premium accommodations in a stunning 6,000sq ft lakefront lodge
  • Each father/son pair will stay in their own private bedroom with en-suite facilities
  • Access to multiple hot tubs and a large premium sauna, perfect for easing sore muscles from your shared adventures or just relaxing while
    reviewing each days insights and discoveries
  • Top notch meals and snacks prepared by our private chef beginning with dinner on Thursday thru breakfast on Saturday
  • Including a celebratory steak feast for dinner Friday
  • 15 different sessions ranging from guided discussions and journaling times to fun games and challenging outdoor activities, all designed to guide you and your son into deeper connection as you develop a shared vision for the man he will become
  • Off-site Adventure Excursion
  • For this Initiation our excursion is a snowshoe trek up Tumalo Mountain that includes a memorable Summit Session and a hearty fireside lunch back at the trailhead
  • Snowshoes provided
  • Personal notebooks and all supplies needed for each session
  • Individual certificates for father and son to commemorate the Initiation
  • Books for each of you to take home
  • An inspiring fiction adventure book for the sons
  • A guidebook full of resources to help the fathers continue guiding
  • Powerful tokens to memorialize the lessons learned together and to aid
  • A personalized leather quiver for the sons
  • Six custom engraved wooden arrows for the fathers
  • A personalized leather journal for each pair to chronicle the
  • Plus a few bonus surprises…


Bill Winchester

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Bill grew up in the city, but that didn’t keep
him from constantly seeking out adventure. From climbing trees and building forts in
his younger years to swapping engines and wheeling in his ’65 FJ-40, he was always
looking for a challenge to test his abilities and fuel his passion for growth.

In 2000, Bill married his high school sweetheart, Christie, and started up his own
remodeling company. One daughter, two sons, and 20yrs later, Bill and his family
“escaped” from the city and moved to the high desert outside of Bend, Oregon where
adventure abounds.

After decades of transforming homes and years of coaching his boys’ teams, Bill has
combined his experience and passion to pursue his new calling of making
Dangerously Good Men

Dangerously Good Men’s

Initiation Rite of Passage

April 20-22, 2023
August 24-26, 2023
outside beautiful Bend, OR


or 2x $2250

August 24-26, 2023

  • limited to the first 10 fathers who register along with one son between the ages of 11-15
  • This program is not designed to accommodate fathers bringing multiple sons at once. Discounts are available for additional Initiations booked within 1 year
  • Out of age range participants are considered on a case by case basis, please inquire for additional details

Frequently asked questions

While every boy is unique, most enter puberty between the ages of 9-14, and  while the physical transformation is pretty obvious, mental and emotional  changes are occurring as well. In my opinion there is far more harm in being late  than early when it comes to initiating boys.

As they say, “You can’t put the genie  back in the bottle”. Don’t wait until your son is treating your his mom  disrespectfully and taking stupid risks just to assert his independence. His  relationship with mom is supposed to change. His desire to find his own identity  is normal.

Missing out on the opportunity to guide him through these challenges  just means more pain and frustration for your son and everyone who loves him.

Nope. Don’t bring your 10yr old either. In my experience 12-14 years of age is  the ideal range for when boys should be initiated, but our program is open to  boys 11-15yrs of age.

For the dads whose sons aren’t quite ready to be initiated I have some  resources I’d love to share with you. 

For those dads worried they missed the opportunity to initiate their sons, I’m  really excited about another program I’m developing just for you and your older  son. 

In either case, shoot me an email for more details.

You totally can and there are even a number of great books to help you out. In  fact, thats exactly how I did things for my son Jake. That said, there is  absolutely something different about initiating boys in community.

Whether it’s  less stress on the son because he’s not the only boy being initiated or less  pressure on dad because he isn’t responsible for everything going on, the result  is genuine and authentic connection that’s hard to create while managing they  event on your own.

And while you could probably do something cheaper, you  couldn’t do what we’ll help you do for anywhere close to the cost.

I know it might seem easier if you didn’t have to miss work and your son didn’t  have to miss school. But we’re not aiming for easier here, we’re aiming for  impact. Imagine if your dad told you he was pulling you from school and taking  off work to spend some time with just you. How would you feel? 

Impact – 1 Easy – 0 

Now imagine the trip home on Saturday and all the great conversation you’ll be  able to have with your son without having to worry about work the next morning. Impact – 2 Easy – 0

Finally, imagine having an extra day to review what you just went through  together and even share it with the rest of the family 

Impact – 3 Easy – 0

Nope. One of the best things you can do for your son is to share in some  experiences like this that will help build his confidence. While we’re definitely  going to challenge your son (and you) in order to help you discover more about  yourselves, this isn’t a boot camp or scared straight. If you can handle some  strenuous activity and you love your son enough to get uncomfortably real with  him, your both going to reap huge rewards for your effort!

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