SKP CAMP: A FATHER-SON SPIRITUAL WARRIOR WEEKEND
August 7-8, 2021
ABOUT SKP Camp
What if we could inspire a generation of young fathers and sons to develop a vision together to become modern day spiritual warriors? How could we train them to be mentally tough and prepared for acts of service? You’ve found SKP. A transformative weekend in the Rockies.
SKP is a weekend camp with a mission:
1) to build father-son teams into visionary, spiritual warriors
2) to form a lasting community with other father-son teams
3) to develop mental toughness through a survival skills training program created by former Navy S.E.A.L.s
4) to strengthen the father son relationship
What does SKP mean?
SKP is short for “sunkakopatheo,” the Greek word for enduring hardship. In 2 Timothy 2:3, we’re told “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” Sunkakopatheo can be split into three words: “Sun,” Kakos” and “Pathos.” In context, “Sun” means “join in as a partner with the rest of us who are soldiers for the Lord; “Kakos” means: “face the vile, horrible, foul, ugly circumstances that are around you,” and “Pathos” means that “if you must, suffer to get the job done.”
Here’s how theologian Rick Renner explains this phrase.
You’re not the only one who has been wounded on the battlefield. The rest of us have too. Quit thinking you’re the only one who’s ever been through hardship and join in with the rest of us who are faithfully fighting it out. You must come to grips with the horrible situation around you. It doesn’t look like it’s going to change soon and in fact, it might get worse before it gets better. Instead of living the remainder of your life in fear, rise to meet the occasion! Face your fears and if necessary, suffer to get the job done that God has called you to do. Suffering is no fun. But someone must do the job. Even if your mind is under great stress, keep doing your ministry anyways.
How can we train our sons to rise above fear? To be strong enough to live up to the purpose God has for them? Helen Keller put it eloquently: “character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.” This weekend will take both fathers and sons out of their comfort zone, allowing deeper connection through shared adversity and adventure. We’ll build resiliency and learn about topics such as shelter-building, navigation, fire, cordage, and others. It will be hard. We’ll do it together. We hope you’ll join us.
The concept for SKP is born from my own story. As a young boy my father really wasn’t a factor in my life due to his sacrifice in World War 2. By God’s grace I was able to walk with different men in my hometown and church who helped me understand what it was to think, act, walk and talk like a man. At an early age I came to a belief that if I was to have a real father it would have to be God himself.
In short, when it came time to be a father for my son Lucas, I prayed and sought out resources that helped me help him grow to be a man. The books “Raising a Modern Day Knight” by Lewis and “Wild at Heart” by Eldredge gave some great direction.
Lucas and I went through the stages and ceremonies with the help of the community of men that surrounded us. Later, Lucas and I found opportunities to create this environment for other fathers to spend special times with their sons. We hosted events, camp outs and ceremonies to encourage fathers to have vision for their sons.
I am grateful to my wife Becky who gave me not only a son but also a beautiful daughter Ana. We also prepared her for womanhood with similar ceremonies and principles. Both were born on the mission field in Latin America and became familiar with mental toughness at an early age.
In these last years, the Lord has brought to my attention the cycle that too many boys go through. When they’re old enough to leave home Satan has his day with them. The question asked is, “will you continue in the faith of your parents or will you enjoy your days in the world?” The invitation leaves a lot of young men who are not spiritually and mentally prepared vulnerable to a life of disbelief in God and experimentation for many years which can lead to a ravaged life. I believe that there is a better way.
Luke lives in New Orleans and is an English and Art teacher He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and so perhaps that’s the reason he loves soccer. He also loves skateboarding, golf and taking care of his cat Zazz and his dog PBR. If you ever make down to NOLA he might invite you to have the best shrimp po-boy you’ve ever had.
Brandon and his wife Kristy live in Denver. They have two small children Rosalyn and his warrior in training Grayson. Grayson will be joining us as a ten-year old in the year 2027. Brandon is a Florida cracker who moved to Colorado to enjoy the outdoor life. He’s an engineer working travelling the state servicing water coops. He is a micro-brewer connoisseur, and is especially fond of those made in the Centennial State. He is a golfer, a fly-fisherman, a bicyclist and likes to make stuff in his garage out of wood.
Matt lives with his wife Shanna in Littleton, Colorado. He and Shanna have two small children Bode and Rylan. Matt works in the financial advising sector. A lover of the Colorado outdoors, he’ll be the point person for anyone who is interested in going fly fishing before the camp starts.
Mark is originally from Iowa but lives now in Rancho Palos Verdes, California with his family Mia, Andy and Ethan. Mark spent 20 years working for global investment management firms, then for the International Churches of Christ as a minister. He currently works for himself helping people to magnify the impact of their investments and giving. He is very good at finances and has a heart to help people in need to become less dependent on charity.
Todd McLaughlin – Todd and Tiful McLaughlin from Charlotte, North Carolina have three children Elle, Alden and Avery. He’s from Hersey, Pennsylvania. Todd has been committed to Christ since 1996. He is always looking back and striving to pay it forward. As a Physician Assistant in hospital and orthopedic medicine, he enjoys the outdoors and wandering all over the earth. He volunteers as Medical Director for a camp called The Swamp. He also leads a house church and is a Marriage Dynamics facilitator. He and his son have a side hustle working a church camp in the Middle East.
Will Neel – Will is husband to Lee Ann Neel and father to Nick and Virginia. Lee Ann and Will are from Tustin, California. Both kids are married, and Will has the distinction of being the only grandfather in our bunch. Will is from Miami, Oklahoma and has worked his whole life as Professional Golf Instructor. Before he moved to California he worked as an assistant to David Ledbetter at Lake Nona in Orlando. He was a golf pro for years at Via Verde Country Club at his own Will Neel Golf Academy in San Dimas, California. Of his golf students Charles Howell III was lucky enough to be under his tutelage. Will has been a long-time member of the Los Angeles Church of Christ. Will and Nick were a part of Lucas’ and my first father-son retreat held in Durango, Colorado.
Ramon Diaz – Ramon and his wife Maureen along with their children Jacob and Ryan live in Henderson, Nevada. Ramon, originally from East Los Angeles, grew up a fighter. He has served as church leader in California and a wrestling coach for two colleges in Nebraska. His wrestling achievements include many national awards both from his own wrestling and those of his students. Ramon has helped many young men, most importantly Jacob, grow in their abilities as athletes as well as great Christian men.
Ric Martinez – Ric is married to Rebecca. Growing up in Pueblo and in Denver, Ric has been part of the International Church of Christ his whole life. He has two daughters: Lilah and Eve and two stepsons Gabe and Noah. Ric has worked in the tech industry for many years. His two boys are special needs children giving him an expertise that will help SKPcamp cater to boys who fit this category.
Jason Weckel – Jason is originally from Wilmington, North Carolina. He lives in Denver with his wife Jacqui and two children Hudson and Lily. His boy, Hudson will be ready for SKPcamp in the year 2025. Jason works as a financial planner for Lord and Richards. He attends Wellspring Anglican church, loves camping, backcountry snowboarding, mountain biking and fast cars that whiz by his office window.
Saul Ferrel – Born in Pablado de Pena, Durango, Mexico, Saul is married to Mary and has three boys. Their names and ages are Josiah, Emiano and Hezekiah. Saul works in the oil and gas field here in Denver. Saul is a member of the Denver Church of Christ Latino Ministry. One of his favorite ministries is serving inmates at a jail in North Denver. He’s been doing this work faithfully for 10 years. Saul and the boys were part of Luke’s and my third father son retreat held in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Aaron Dominguez – Married to Debbie and father to Aaron “AJ” and Emily. He is Mr. Whittier, California. Born, raised and still lives there. He loves baseball, fishing and the great outdoors. He and his wife Debbie have been tireless servants at their church, The Los Angeles Church of Christ. Aaron is an Account Executive for a staffing agency, supplying primarily warehouse workers for businesses in California, Arizona and Nevada.
Jon Reiling and Rhodri Leach of Rogue Consulting Group LLC utilize and provide instruction in an array of disciplines that include leadership & team development, mountaineering, rock climbing, wilderness survival, and physical/mental challenge programs. With years of experience in special operations (S.E.A.L’s), Mountain Guiding, Survival Instruction, Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement and Wilderness Medicine, they have both been tested in real life and we want to help bring the warrior mindset, knowledge, experience, and humility to a wider audience. Jon has served in special operations as a Navy S.E.A.L. and Rhodri as a part of The Royal Marine Commandos.
The goal of the SKP Camp weekend from Rogue Consulting’s point of view is to help you find a deeper connection with yourself, your loved ones, your community and God. It is designed to ignite, cultivate and grow your warrior mindset. In our current “Throw away” society we need men of stature that hold moral values such as integrity, honesty, trustworthiness, loyalty and kindness in high regard. The bond between a father and son is a connection that is rarely matched. With the introduction of cell phones, Social Media, lack of discipline and diminishing efforts to cultivate that connection, the Father/Son bond in many cases is growing weak. This weekend is about learning, suffering, enduring and experiencing together, while leaving with a sense of shared accomplishment.
Lasting growth, in whatever form, only occurs from overcoming hardship. By exposing ourselves and enduring periods of suffering is how we strengthen the soul and the mindset. Our ability to “see it through” becomes forged in our psyche and helps create an iron will. To see ourselves and others at our lowest ebb is a gift, but it’s how we act and react to the situation at hand is the only true test of our character and as Helen Keller so eloquently put it “character cannot be developed in ease and quiet”.
It is our mission to take you outside of your perceived comfort zone to help expose and reveal the real you. We will help you develop the warrior mindset which in turn will build resiliency and help you overcome future adversity. The weekend course also covers some useful survival skills that you may need in the future if you find yourself in an austere environment with limited equipment. Topics such as shelter building, navigation, fire, cordage and others will be covered.
The weekend by design, will be physical in nature, so to ensure you get the most out of the weekend we are advising a minimum fitness requirement. You will need to hike 3 miles in 45 minutes or less, carrying 20% of your body-weight in a backpack or weighted vest. Along with being a test of your integrity (it’s what you do when nobody is watching), the above requirement also serves as an opportunity to begin strengthening your bond and your base level of fitness with your father/son long before the start of the course. It is also a test of your commitment to yourself, your loved one and your tribe. If you are unable to hit the minimum fitness requirement before the cutoff date (July 15th) then please reach out to the coordinators who will address any questions/comments/concerns on a case by case basis.
All participants will be required to fill out a waiver, a medical questionnaire, and logistics, as they relate to equipment lists and specific locations etc. will be disseminated to participants in early June.
We look forward to sharing this memorable weekend with the courageous few.
The Rogue Consulting Group Team.
Questions And Answers
Is there a minimum age?
10 years old. There is no maximum. Some 9 year-olds will be admitted on a case by case basis.
What if participants have medical conditions?
We will need to determine that participants are healthy enough to participate on this course. Those suffering with medical conditions will need a note from their primary care physician that states they are cleared to participate. Each participant will need to fill out a health questionnaire. The questionnaire will also highlight food allergies, food restrictions etc. Every participant will need to sign a waiver (the parent/guardian signing for any minors). You can find all these under the “Forms” section.
What about meals?
The only meal that SKP will be providing is the “Breakfast” on Sunday morning. You are encouraged to eat a big breakfast before being coming to SKP Camp.
There will be a limited stash of energy bars and water bottles. You should bring your own water supply. (See list of items to bring under the “What to Bring” section.
How do I pay my $125 per person?
Mark Steburg will be accepting payment via the Venmo app. You can send the money to @Mark-Steburg. Another payment method is ApplePay texted to 425-306-3995. Checks made to Mark Steburg can be mailed to address: 30764 Ganado Dr, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. 90275.
Can you tell me what the itinerary will be?
Actually, we’ve been asked by Jon and Rhodri to keep the itinerary secret. In short please arrive on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 9:00 A.M. having eaten a hardy breakfast beforehand. We will start with an interactive Bible lesson about manly character qualities followed with a few more lessons throughout the weekend. Then survival skills training will make up the bulk of the rest of our time. Don’t forget that everything has been planned so that a 10-year-old all the way to grandfather aged people will be able to participate and enjoy.
What’s going on at the graduation ceremony?
SKP and Rogue Consulting will be providing a certificate of completion. There will be an invite certificate that can be presented to another father/son team bonding experience in the future as a means of “paying it forward.” Dads are encouraged to present a token to their sons at the closing ceremony. More details will follow at the “Father’s Only” meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 7:00 – 9:00 PM MST. This meeting will be held in Denver and can be attended by Zoom.
Is there a minimum fitness requirement?
Yes. We recommend “training hikes” that consist of a 3-mile hike wearing a backpack that has 20% of your bodyweight. The goal would be to work towards doing these in 45 minutes or less.
How can I buy a SKP t-shirt?
$10.00. Please indicate how many and what sizes you’ll need when you register.
What is the meaning behind the logo?
The logo was created by Lucas Moyers. SKP stands for “Sun,” Kakos” and “Pathos.” These are Greek words that translate into the words “endure hardness” from 2 Timothy 2:3 “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” The letters are in an outdoor wood font to remind us that man was created in the wild. And the arrows crossing bring to mind the scripture in Psalm 127:4 “Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.” Arrows are meant to be put in a bow and shot in a specific direction. SKP Camp will encourage fathers to have a vision for their sons and to “launch” them in a direction that will bless the Kingdom of God.
WHAT TO BRING
Each person needs the following. (Items in blue are linked to places where you can buy them; they’re only suggestions)
Closed toed footwear – hiking boots/athletic trail shoes (make sure you wear them in to minimize blisters)
Wool socks x 2
Pants x 1
Underwear x 2
Top base layer x 1 (i.e Smartwool)
Mid layer x1 Waterproof shell jacket x1
Warm hat x1
Gloves x 1pair (leather palm is preferred)
Sun hat x 1
Sunscreen x1 (small)
Sunglass case x1
Personal prescribed medication (inhalers, insulin, heart meds etc.)
Small first aid kit x 1
Hard plastic water bottle with metal cup x 1
Tarp x1 ***per father and son*** (8’x10′)
Headlamp x1 (with new batteries)
Bug spray x 1 (small bottle)
Sleeping bag x1
Backpack x 1 – 35 liter minimum. Last name an initial written in permanent marker on duct tape firmly attached to the upper outer lid of the backpack.
Black trash bag x 1 – to keep contents of backpack dry
Rope x 100ft
Flint & striker x 1
Knife (fixed blade) x1
One-gallon Ziploc bags x 3 with name written on every bag in permanent marker
Pencils x 2
Writing pad x 1 – make sure it fits inside one-gallon Ziploc bag.
Liquid hand sanitizer x 1 (small and alcohol based)
Registration Deadline – TBD
SKP Camp – August 7-8, 2021
T-shirt size if desired = Add $10 to your payment
Send $125 per person to Mark Steburg. You can use the Venmo app and send monies to @Mark-Steburg. Checks be made to Mark Steburg mailed to address: 30764 Ganado Dr, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. 90275.
303 880 4442
1315 N. Marion St.
Denver, CO 80218
2020 Camp Photos
Miracle Child: Aiden McLaughlin, 16 years old
Aiden McLaughlin, 16, attended SKP in 2020. He graciously agreed to share his perspective about living gratefully, being raised by his father, how his unique birth story has influenced his life, and his thoughts about SKP camp.
In my view I just appeared. Just showed up. My dad was in school and dealing with cancer and chemo. I heard it was very hard. He pushed himself. He was told he’d be sterile. Mom and Dad already had my older sister, Elle, but he wanted a boy. The doctors said it would be impossible to have another baby. After much struggle and many treatments, against all odds I was born. They also had my younger sister, Avery. The word “blessed” is rightly used here. I was his goal. After struggling to beat cancer he and mom had me!
Having grown up with such a fighter for a dad, I believe that the greatest attribute a father could give a son is that of a fighter. A father doesn’t have room to be negative in this negative world. My dad doesn’t have a negative side. When I reflect on his struggle the only word that comes to mind is unbelievable. Cancer was tough on my dad. But he was tougher. He has said he’ll never repeat chemo. And I believe him. Cancer and chemo don’t want to waste their time on my dad. He’ll resist them. Everyday I see him stronger.
He’s a fighter even with me. He holds to some views and values that I don’t. And we get into it sometimes. We argue and sometimes it’s hard to communicate. Sometimes I feel like he can’t relate and has a lack of understanding. There are boundaries he can’t understand. You know, stuff at school. But I like him because he gives me space. He points out the good and bad – but shouldn’t every dad? We have a great system. He can accept me for who I am, but stops short of giving me approval for the things for which we don’t see eye to eye. He takes time to express his thoughts and gives me time to express mine too. He strives to recognize my different thoughts. He strives to understand.
If I’m asked what he is trying to say to me right now I would answer faith. Faith has always been huge. He is a positive person because of his faith. He has raised me to be good. He has worked his faith through all our struggles together. We grow together. His faith has influenced my life. He is constantly telling me that I am who I surround myself with. This is something I can clearly see. He always wants me to be the best I can be.
My father fathers me. There are times when I barely listen. You know like the times he tells me how I should treat my sisters. There are times when I say, “I know this,” but I still don’t care. These times I know that I’m totally wrong. Still, it’s hard.
There are times when we’ve been apart for a while. My dad is a physician’s assistant and he works long hours. After we’ve been apart for a while, it’s great to know it is family that matters most.
When the day comes for me to be a father, the thing I want to imitate most is how he treats my mother. It is obvious that he holds her in high regard.
I’m glad we got to go to SKP Camp in Colorado. We suffered together. Besides that, we fished, played golf, and met new friends. The challenges of the survival skills portions were real. Exercises like the “eye exercise” got deep fast. I wondered if I could do what the Navy Seal and the British Commando were asking. How far can I go was the question I asked myself. However, I’ve discovered that without suffering there’s no building of character for the soul.