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  • Whatley Farms 606 Lee Road 112 Opelika, Alabama 36804 United States (map)

Challenge BASIC 2016  (Ages 13-18)

This is not a world for shallow Christians of soft character

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Motivated, Dedicated, Teamwork.

 If you enjoy spending time in the outdoors in a small team setting, learning unique skills such as high angle rappel, land navigation, firearm instruction, leadership training and small team tactics, then you will enjoy CHALLENGE!  If you do not shy away from discipline, character, and a humility that comes from tough training, then show up and allow God to prepare you for your future.

The students compete against other squads in obstacle courses, timed events and problem solving activities.  Each student will learn to make their own shelter and live out of that shelter during the week.  The staff provide class room training as well as hands on field training.  All activities are outdoors and are taught in a safe manner by qualified instructors.

The Mission of CHALLENGE:

The mission of Challenge is to present a tool to the parents, specifically the Fathers to strengthen and encourage our young men on their journey to manhood. Challenge seeks to reinforce the godly principles of the home but in an outdoor setting while enduring physical and mental activities.

Challenge is not a military camp, but it is a program based on the military fundamentals of teamwork, courage, selflessness, attention to detail and a sense of urgency.  All of these fundamentals used in harmony with participating Fathers and a strong staff team helps reinforce manly ideas and strengths to the young men.

The Challenge motto is: “ I will either find a way or make one.” This motto applies not only during Challenge week when the student is required to complete a mission with limited resources, but it applies in the work force, at home and in our Christian walk. This is the foundation behind Challenge; motivating young men to “find a way or make one”, to not be comfortable in the status quo but to be prepared to give their whole heart into their mission.

When: October 14-19, 2016

Location:  Whatley Farms

606 Lee Road 112 Opelika, Alabama 36804

This covers 5 days of instruction and includes the cost for the following:


Firearms instruction
Firearms Safety
High Angle Rappelling
Basic Survival
Critical Problem Solving
Small Unit Movement

Land Navigation
Obstacle Course

Register in February/March: $250
Register in April: $280
Register in May: $300
Register in June: $320
Register in July: $350
Register in August: $380
Register in September: $400

Dads can register for 180.00



Program Director: Curtis Whatley
First Officer: Bryan Stewart
Executive Officer:  TBD

BASIC - Recruit!

. Opportunities you will receive at Basic include:

  • Tactical Firearms instruction-Receive quality instruction in basic handgun and basic carbine.
  • Bonding with squad members during an over-night obstacle course.
  • Land Navigation- Receive instruction on the use of map/compass navigation.  Use your pace count to accurately determine distance.  Learn how to navigate known/unknown distances.
  • High-angle Rappelling- Learn Rappelling skills from certified instructors.
  • Learn Leadership training.
  • Learn team building in a small team setting.

All activities will be performed entirely in the outdoors in all weather conditions.

Learn the Challenge Values: Duty, Courage, Humility, Strength, Godly, Faithful, Teamwork, Discipleship, Sacrifice, Leadership.

Come join your brothers in Christ and receive practical training that will prepare you for wherever God may send you!

“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” I Timothy 6:12 “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. “ II Timothy 2:2

Contact Information

Any questions concerning CHALLENGE Training should be directed to the First Officer at:  

Download, print and fill out the forms and waivers.  Bring these with you to Challenge Basic.

Go here to download Waiver

Go here to download Orders

Go here to download Health History

Go here to download Packing List

Go here to Register for Challenge Basic

Later Event: August 14
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