True Survivor: Beyond the Wild is back: we are pleased to once again join up with Catholic outdoorsman Will Hince, of True Survivor. 

True Survivor is a unique apostolate – seeking to offer young man a vision of masculinity quite different to that presented by culture at large. Young men will explore the essential elements of wilderness survival (food, water, warmth, and shelter) with hands-on sessions, which is an also an opportunity to think about the essential elements of our spiritual life (our spiritual food the Eucharist, the living waters of prayer, the fire of God’s mercy, and the shelter of the Church).

True Survivor: Beyond the Wild is  open to young men aged 13 –18 and takes places on 25th - 27th May 2018. We are only able to offer 20 places at this event! The cost of the weekend is £99 per person including minibus transport from within the Diocese. The group will travel to an area of woodland called Dyer’s Copse, near Poole in Dorset. The coach drop-off/pick-up points and exact timings will be confirmed once we know where people need to travel from. We aim to arrive at Dyer’s Copse for 9pm on Friday and leave camp at 3pm on Sunday. 

Our blog features some feedback from boys who went on the trip last time: it certainly made an impact upon them. shows what an impact our last trip had on the boys. Fr. Dylan James, a parish priest of the Plymouth Diocese and former chaplain to FOCUS recently commended True Survivor, after taking a group of young men from his parish, saying: "Nothing has had such a lasting impact on the boys of my parish; nothing has so dramatically transformed their vision of what it means to be a young Catholic man.”

Visit True Survivor's website or Facebook page to explore the course. You can also check out the video below to discover more of what True Survivor do:



Young people can book a place on True Survivor: Beyond the Wild by returning the consent form with either a deposit cheque for £30.00 (balance due by 11th May 2018) or a full cheque for £99.00 (made payable to Northampton Youth Ministry Office). This form also lists all the kit participants will need to bring. We have a limited number of sleeping bags and tents for any young men who do not have access to their own. Please email if you have any questions at all.