Catalyst Program

American Camp Association’s 2017 Edie Klein Award recipient for excellence in programming. 

The world tells you that you are too young to make a difference. They say you’re not ready. But what do you say?

Just as a catalyst speeds up a chemical reaction, the Catalyst Program at Rockmont challenges its participants to consider what they can do here and now to begin contributing as young men in their families, communities, and the world. Young men today have not been told enough that they are both needed and able to do significant things. In this program specifically designed for 16 and 17 year-olds, we want to partner with families in helping their teenagers become young men who initiate a life of service towards others.

The Catalyst Program marks the end of the boy’s time as a camper and the beginning of his life as a young man. This invitation is good news for our 16 and 17 year-olds, but it is never easy. The path to becoming a young man is not something that is merely stumbled upon, engaged in many youth organizations, or happens during your first semester at college. During our years of working with boys and young men, we have seen the need for a more intentional journey during this time of development. The Catalyst Program is our hope to jump start this time of transition.

The Catalyst Program is thoroughly structured, and it is important for the integrity of the young man’s journey to be a fresh experience each day. That is the reason we do not list the daily schedule or list of activities. The newness of each day allows a young man to learn to say “yes” to each day’s reality and not have to try and control, fix, become an expert, or even form expectations. He is able to react to life as it comes at him, and that is an important skill in maturing and becoming a young man. We will go into the details and specifics of the schedule and activities during the opening day meeting with the parents.

Dates, Rates, & Availability

2020 Catalyst Program

Catalyst Session 213 DaysJune 21-July 3$3425Open!
Catalyst Session 313 DaysJuly 5–July 17$3425Open!


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Participant Age

Priority will be given to 16-year-olds during registration. 17-year-olds will also be considered for the program. 15-year-olds who turn 16-years-old during the calendar year may apply for the program.

Program Size & Length

Because there will be a significant amount of teaching, reflection, and peer review within a small group setting, the program will be limited to 10 participants per session. A participant may only register for one 2-week session. A Wait List will be available for interested applicants once a session has filled.

Travel Plans

Participants will need to arrive on the opening Sunday of their session between 9am and 12 noon. There will be a 12 noon Parent Meeting for any parent who can join us. Departure is scheduled for the closing Friday between 9am and 12 noon.

Sharing Your Story

During the Spring, each Catalyst participant will be asked to complete a questionnaire called “Sharing Your Story.” This questionnaire will help the Catalyst to begin thinking through some of the significant issues that will be addressed during the program.