Recruits: The following list is NOT a suggestion.  You will need to bring what is listed, as it is listed. 

Your clothing and anything that is visible must be of a muted or subdued color.  This means, browns, greens, and or grey.  Bright colors are not acceptable such as red, white, orange, yellow and any other bright high visibility color.  This applies to your clothing as well as your poncho, backpack, etc. There are ways to mute your gear without having to purchase new equipment.

  • Ear protection

    At least 2 pair BDU woodland camo trousers

    1 pair long pants (be prepared for mud-crawling and briars – muted colors please)

    1 BDU blouse

    4 plain t-shirts (muted colors.  No bright shirts.  No shirts with emblems or graphics)

    1 pair Hiking boots (ideally waterproof)

    1 Whistle

    Eye protection. Clear (not shaded)

    1 pair Tennis / athletic shoes

    7 pair socks (recommended wool or non-cotton)

    1 pair good quality Leather work Gloves

    1 Camo hat or other baseball cap (muted colors)

    1 set face paint (black, green, tan)

    1 Sleeping bag (mosquito net optional)

    1 Poncho or raincoat (muted colors)

    Tarp or rain fly- must be large enough to house you and your gear. (Recruits May Not bring a Tent however Dads may)

    50 ft- Rope or cord for lashing

    Flashlight / head lamp (extra batteries)

    Matches/ Lighter

    Knives-(large pocket knife or medium sheath knife would be best)

    Water bottles / canteens / Camelbak (must be attachable to your person)(you must have a total of 2 quarts of water with you at all times)

    PT gear (T-shirt, shorts, exercise in. Sweatpants and sweatshirt are optional.  Does not need to be muted)

    Bug spray and Sunscreen

    Toothbrush, toothpaste, Deodorant and Toilet Paper in zip lock bag

    Soap and 1 Bath Towel

    1 Toboggan or sock hat (muted colors)

    1 Compass 

    Simple first aid supplies (moleskin, foot powder, band-aids, etc.)

    Plastic bags to store your clothes in wet weather. (Garbage bags, or zip lock is ok)

    1 Bible (preferably not a huge Study Bible) Both Testaments

    3- pencils and or pens

    2 small notebooks

    1 Backpack (at least large enough to carry a day’s supplies).  It is not necessary to purchase an expensive one, just bring the best you have or can borrow.  (Muted colors)

Each recruit and Dad should pack individually!  All gear should be packed in such a way as to be carried about one mile (rollers won’t help). YOU will have to carry all your own gear.  Therefore, I recommend that you bring as little as possible! (Dad’s gear may be put on truck)

 

If you are flying in and will have extra travel items (such as clean clothes, cell phones, i-pods, etc.) this will need to be packed separately and turned in to the Challenge Staff before the start of Training. These items will be returned after Training. 

 

RECRUITS MAY NOT BRING any food of any type –you will be given adequate food for the week. If you have a specific food need please contact the First Officer. Dad’s will also be given adequate food but may bring extra food, which they may not share with recruits. You may not bring firearms or fireworks. 

 
 
 

CHALLENGE 2017 Pastoral Reference Letter


Dear Pastor,
Thank you for receiving this pastoral reference letter. The Timothy Group is a leadership school for young men, teaching practical applications with spiritual truths. CHALLENGE Basic is a one week training program conducted by the Timothy Group, in which we use technical and military-style training with Biblical teaching to engage young men. We require a pastor's reference for young men to attend.
CHALLENGE Basic is designed for young men who know Jesus as their Savior, and seek to grow in strength and godliness. However, we will mentor any young men that God brings our way.
Here are a few questions to consider about the young man:
1. Does the young man desire Christ-like character? Those who seek growth will receive the most benefit. See Matthew 5:6; Psalm 15
2. Can the young man operate under authority? CHALLENGE will require complete and swift execution of orders given by the officers.
3. Is the young man prepared to endure hardship? CHALLENGE will push the young man's limits in physical fitness, cooperation with members of a team, and with the mental challenge of running hard with little in the stomach and less sleep than normal. See II Timothy 2:3

 


Church name and location:
_______________________________________________________
Phone number:
_______________________________________________________
Printed name:
________________________________________
Signature:
________________________________________
Thank you. Please send this document to CHALLENGE 2017, c/o The Timothy Group, PO Box 1701, Forston, GA 31808, or
scan and send to matthew@timothygroup.org.



Challenge Basic Prep Routine

Start 3-4 Months Prior To Event                   (RPS = “Reps Per Set”)
(Monday)
Warm Up
Jumping Jacks – 30 Reps | 3 Sets | 1 Min. Rest
Push Ups
30+ RPS | 3 Sets | 1 Min. Rest
Sit Ups
40+ RPS | 3 Sets | 1 Min. Rest
Run
15 Min.
Stretch
2-3 Min.


(Tuesday)
Warm Up
Jumping Jacks – 30 Reps | 3 Sets | 1 Min. Rest
Pull Ups
5+ RPS | 3 Sets | 1 Min. Rest
Squats
30+ RPS | 3 Sets | 1 Min. Rest
Burpees
1 Min. Per Set | 2 Sets | 1 Min. Rest
(Wednesday)
Warm Up
Run – 5 Min.
Flutter Kicks
1 Min. Per Set | 3 Sets | 1 Min. Rest
Challenge Basic Prep Routine
Mountain Climbers
1 Min. Per Set | 3 Sets | 1 Min. Rest
Plank
1 Min. Per Set | 3 Sets | 1 Min. Rest
Run
15 Min.
Stretch
2-3 Min.
(Thursday)
Warm Up
Jumping Jacks – 30 Reps | 3 Sets | 1 Min. Rest
Push Ups
Max Reps | 3 Sets | 1 Min. Rest
Pull Ups
Max Reps | 3 Sets | 1 Min. Rest
Sit Ups
Max Reps | 3 Sets | 1 Min. Rest
Squats
Max Reps | 3 Sets | 1 Min. Rest
Burpees
1 Min. Per Set | 2 Sets | 1 Min. Rest
(Friday)
Rest Day
(Saturday)
Rest Day
(Sunday)
Rest Day
Challenge Basic Prep Routine
Prepping Tips!
 Warm Up - Make sure to always warm up before your workout. Warm up
means to get blood-flow to the areas you’re about to focus on within your
training. Warming up will keep muscles from cramping and will also assist in a
more beneficial training session.
 PT Gear - When working out, make sure to be in something comfortable and
not constricting to yourself or your training. (Sweat pants, shorts, tennis shoes,
etc.)
 1 Mile - If you don’t know how far a mile is for your run, ask a parent or adult to
aid you in finding a complete mile. Using a vehicle is the best way to find the
distance you need to complete your training.
 Perfect Form - As you train, ensure that all exercises are done in perfect form.
Perfect form means better results and functional strength for yourself and your
body if you continue to train in the future. (See Timothy Group Exercises for
details)
 Reps, Sets, and Rest Between Sets:
Reps - reps or “repetitions” is simply how many times you perform an exercise
within a single set. (Ex: 12 reps = 12 push-ups)
Sets – Sets are a complete round of repetitions. Once you have completed the
recommended amount of repetitions for each exercise, you will have completed
a set. Attempt to do as many repetitions as you are able within a set. (Ex: 12 reps
= 1 set)
Rest Between Sets – “Rest between sets” is how much time you allow for your
body to rest between sets in a workout; it’s a short break. Before beginning a
new set, Rest for 1 Minute, then start your next one.
 Stretching – Stretching is a good way to relieve your muscles and joints after a
workout, especially after running a long distance. Make sure to stretch to ensure
optimal recovery after heavy training sessions. (See Timothy Group PT:
Stretching)
 Rest days – Resting is vital to physical training, especially if you’re just
beginning. On your rest days, your body will grow and replenish its energy
reserves for when you train next. So don’t abuse your body too strenuously on
these days.
 Living Clean – While you take up this routine, your body is going to be
undergoing some muscular changes. It is going to be vital that you be living a
clean/healthy lifestyle while doing any sort of physical training. It is vital to do the
following: Have a well balanced diet, stay completely hydrated, and get plenty
of sleep. These will ensure the success of your training and will only help you to
reach your long-term goals.

 
 

Spiritual Preparation

Memorize Psalm 15.  That is correct, all five verses.  These will be useful your entire life.

Memorize Psalm 23

Some scriptures that will give you strength and courage for the week include...

Seek God first in all that you do.  Put Him before everything, and do this with joy.  This is based on and supported by Matthew 6:33-34 "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."  Squad Officer Downey

 

Stand fast, on the chief corner stone.  "Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded"(1 peter 2:6).  If we stand on Christ we cannot be shaken, so make Christ the center of your life.  Executive Officer Hudson
 
Just as we must train and learn how to properly employ our carnal weapons (firearms, knives, fists, etc.) so we must train and study to know our spiritual weapons (scripture, prayer, etc.). Daily seek God's wisdom and search for his ways and you will be unbeatable.  Office Ferrill
 
This week you will learn much and be through much. You will be forged by the crucible of difficulty into a young man of Christ.  You will learn that without Jesus you can do nothing, but with Him you can do all things. Satan knows this; he hates your guts. As 1 Peter 5:8 says he prowls about seeking whom he may devour.  Be alert. Be self-controlled. The devil is going to fiercely and subtly attack you. He sees what God is working in you and he will try to hinder that great work at all cost. But we serve the all-powerful God. In Christ Alone is found victory. Be alert. Be self-controlled. Run with endurance the race that is set before you.  Persevero,  Squad Officer Samuel Schalchlin
 

"Men. It is only in Christ that you can Stand Fast. In Christ Alone. In Christ alone is your only hope to stand. But with Christ you can stand against all. In Christ you can indeed be the strong Christian man you so strive to be. But it is only in Christ. In Christ Alone."  Galatians 2:20-21Logistical Officer Joseph Schalchlin

 
1 samuel 24.  As children of God, our purpose in life is 1: Give glory to God and 2: Fulfill his purpose for us.  As such it is our duty to stand fast even if we do not see his plan for us yet.  By not taking Saul's life in that cave David was trusting God and realizing that God’s plan and God’s timing for that plan is the absolute best.  He chose to stand in his faith in God and that his life was in God's hands. God does have a plan for us and the best thing that we can do for that plan is to trust that it does exist and keep ourselves emotionally, physically and mentally available as soldiers of God.  Staff Officer Hudson

Confidence.  According to the Latin roots, this word means, “to KNOW FAITH”.  Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  God wants you to know faith.  God has a plan for each of you.  His plan will take you out of your comfort zone.  God wants you to be dependent on Him.  Live your life dependent on God.  Do not be afraid to trust God.  Hone your ability to hear from Him.  When you hear, be obedient.  Your obedience will lead to action.  The action will result in experience.  This action and experience will build your confidence.  Bruce Stansbury, Program Director
 
 

Orders

Timothy Group CHALLENGE BASIC—Mon, Aug 14, 2017 14:00   Sat, Aug 19, 2017

Pine Mountain, Georgia

 

 

From:

Matthew Carnley

Program Director,

CHALLENGE

 

 

TO:

Recruits

Timothy Group CHALLENGE

 

 

Welcome Recruits and Dads!  We are excited you have decided to join us. We will be based at Pine Mountain, Georgia all week and will have some wonderful exciting experiences together. 

 

Please read the following carefully.

 

ARRIVAL TRANSPORT:  CHALLENGE will begin at 2pm EST.  Please plan to arrive by 1pm EST so that we can in-process your son and he can get ready for the program.

 

FLIGHTS: If you are traveling by air, schedule your flight to arrive at the Atlanta Intl Airport no later than 11am Eastern Standard Time on 14 August.  You will be picked up at your baggage claim by a member of the Challenge Basic staff.  Please contact First Arrival and departure driving and flight information for ALL recruits and fathers should be entered into the online database.

 

Driving Direction to:

 

Ambrester Compound, 1600 Hadley Road, Pine Mountain, Georgia, 31822.

 

From Atlanta (or the North/Eastern United States) take 1-85 south toward Montgomery. Take exit 21, I-185 toward Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Follow I-185S to exit 34. Take Hwy 18 left toward Pine Mountain.  Turn right onto Hadley Road.  Follow Timothy Group Event signs to the Ambrester Compound.

 

From Montgomery/ Auburn (or the Western United States) Take 1-85 North to Exit 21. Follow I-185S to exit 34. Take exit Hwy 18 left toward Pine Mountain.  Turn right onto Hadley Road.  Follow Timothy Group Event signs to the Ambrester Compound.

From Columbus (or the SouthEast United States) Take I-185N to exit 34. Take hwy 18, right toward Pine Mountain.  Turn right onto Hadley Road.  Follow Timothy Group Event signs to the Ambrester Compound. 

 

Parking

When you arrive at Ambrester Compound, follow the signs for parking and registration.

 

 

DEPARTURE TRANSPORT: 

Those who survive Timothy Group CHALLENGE Training will be released from Ambrester Compound at 1100 am Eastern Time on 19 August 2017.  Flights should be scheduled to depart Atlanta Airport no earlier than 1430 Eastern Time on 19 August 2017.  If you need flexibility in your travel times please contact the First Officer for information.  Arrival and departure info for ALL recruits and fathers should be entered into the online database.

 

 

FATHER PARTICIPATION:

Fathers who attend Timothy Group CHALLENGE with their recruits are not required to participate in the physical activities.  However, fathers are highly encouraged to participate if they so choose.  You will be assigned your own staff member and will be able to experience morning Bible studies specifically geared towards Fathers and raising young men.  One of the goals for Challenge is to encourage our Dads as they raise up this next generation of leaders.  The staff at Challenge wants you to have a memorable time and leave inspired to further continue the good work you are doing. 

 

 

OBJECTIVES TO COMPLETE PRIOR TO YOUR ARRIVAL:

SPIRITUAL: Pray that God will use this week to mold each of us into Godly Men for the Army of Jesus Christ, and that nothing would distract us from hearing God’s mission for our lives.  Pray now that God would prepare your heart for the important leadership training you will receive. 

PHYSICAL: Commit to working out on a regular basis and being in good physical shape prior to Challenge.  Begin today to set up a work out routine.  Be accountable to someone in your family!  START HYDRATING NOW!  Every day drink one ounce of water for every two pounds you weight.  If you weight 100 pounds, drink 50 ounces of water every day.

 

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

40 push-ups in 2 minutes

50 sit-ups in 2 minutes

Mile run in 10 minutes or less

 

 

 

GEAR TO BRING:

 

 

Recruits: The following list is NOT a suggestion.  You will need to bring what is listed as it is listed. 

Your clothing and anything that is visible must be of a muted or subdued color.  This means, browns, greens, and or grey.  Bright colors are not acceptable such as red, white, orange, yellow and any other bright high visibility color.  This applies to your clothing as well as your poncho, backpack, etc. There are ways to mute your gear without having to purchase new equipment. 

 

ear protection

At least 2 pair BDU woodland camo trousers

1 pair long pants (be prepared for mud-crawling and briars – muted colors please)

1 BDU blouse

4 plain t-shirts (muted colors.  No bright shirts.  No shirts with emblems or graphics)

1 pair Hiking boots (ideally waterproof)

1 Whistle

Eye protection. Clear (not shaded)

1 pair Tennis / athletic shoes

7 pair socks (recommended wool or non-cotton)

1 pair good quality Leather work Gloves

1 Camo hat or other baseball cap (muted colors)

1 Sleeping bag (mosquito net optional)

1 Poncho or raincoat (muted colors)

Tarp or rain fly- must be large enough to house you and your gear. (Recruits May Not bring a Tent however Dads may)

50 ft- Rope or cord for lashing

Flashlight / head lamp (extra batteries)

Matches/ Lighter

Knives-(large pocket knife or medium sheath knife would be best)

Water bottles / canteens / Camelbak (must be attachable to your person)(you must have a total of 2 quarts of water with you at all times)

PT gear (T-shirt, shorts, exercise in. Sweatpants and sweatshirt are optional.  Does not need to be muted)

Bug spray and Sunscreen

Toothbrush, toothpaste, Deodorant and Toilet Paper in zip lock bag

Soap and 1 Bath Towel

1 Toboggan or sock hat (muted colors)

1 Compass 

Simple first aid supplies (moleskin, foot powder, band-aids, etc.)

Plastic bags to store your clothes in wet weather. (Garbage bags, or zip lock is ok)

1 Bible (preferably not a huge Study Bible) Both Testaments

3- pencils and or pens

2 small notebooks

1 Backpack (at least large enough to carry a day’s supplies).  It is not necessary to purchase an expensive one, just bring the best you have or can borrow.  (Muted colors)

 

Each recruit and Dad should pack individually!  All gear should be packed in such a way as to be carried about one mile (rollers won’t help). YOU will have to carry all your own gear.  Therefore, I recommend that you bring as little as possible! (Dad’s gear may be put on truck)

 

If you are flying in and will have extra travel items (such as clean clothes, cell phones, i-pods, etc.) this will need to be packed separately and turned in to the Challenge Staff before the start of Training. These items will be returned after Training. 

 

RECRUITS MAY NOT BRING any food of any type –you will be given adequate food for the week. If you have a specific food need please contact the First Officer. Dad’s will also be given adequate food but may bring extra food, which they may not share with recruits. You may not bring firearms or fireworks. 

 

COMMUNICATIONS:

Upon arrival at Camp Thunder, recruits will be given a final phone call to inform parents of their safe travel thus far.  However, during the duration of Timothy Group CHALLENGE Training, the telephone communication privileges of recruits will be strictly limited to zero.  Parents should NOT expect to hear from their recruits during Training.  Recruits may not use personal cell phones during the week.  Of course, if there is any emergency, the parents will be contacted.  Fathers of recruits who participate are allowed to bring cell phones for discreet use as necessary. 

 

 

WAIVER INFORMATION:

Do not fail to read and sign the waiver forms and bring it with you to the training!  You will not be allowed to enter Challenge without the waiver forms.  ALL FORMS MUST BE SIGNED TO PARTICIPATE!

 

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

 

Any questions concerning CHALLENGE Training should be directed to First Officer Carnley at: matthew@timothygroup.org, or (850) 516-7092.