The Timothy Group

Leadership Training
 for Young Men


CHALLENGE creates a safe environment where young men are trained and tested not just physically, but also mentally and spiritually. Over the course of a week, young men ages 13-18 learn to forge a team with total strangers and are expected to play the man from the outset.

We believe that God calls men to face hardship and to persevere faithfully. The Timothy Group (through CHALLENGE and other programs) seeks to promote that robust vision of Christ-like manliness in young men.

Recruits rappelling


Basic might be summarized as a hard-core VBS. While much of the training time is spent on physical skills, the spiritual message and the particular event theme remain central.

After sucessfully completing CHALLENGE: Basic young men are granted the rank of "specialist" and become eligible to participate in CHALLENGE: Extreme (see below).


A parallel program with basic is CHALLENGE: Intro. This program allows young men ages 10-12 to participate in the training alongside the recruits at basic, but at a lower intensity level more appropriate for younger attendees.

Physical training includes:
  • Drill and ceremony
  • Tactical squad movement
  • Camouflage
  • Shelter building
  • First aid and basic trauma
  • Rappelling
  • Physical conditioning
  • River crossing techniques
  • Firearms safety and marksmanship
Spiritual training includes:
  • Guest speakers
  • Daily devotionals
  • Private quiet time
  • Scripture memory
  • Daily worship
Specialists at CHALLENGE Extreme.


Extreme takes specialists to the next level. With more advanced training and a more leadership-oriented structure (compared to the bootcamp-like rigidity of Basic) young men ages 16-24 are pushed to even higher limits than they encountered at Basic.