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Please come join us for our 25th year on September 18, 19, & 20, 2015.

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Please consider downloading our CMG 2015 Flyer in PDF, print some out and place them in places you think men would notice! We would be very grateful for your support!

Chesapeake Men's Gathering 2015 Fees:
Include Five meals (Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast),
Two nights lodging (Friday and Saturday)
Postmarked by September 5th:
Men ages 20 & older: $205
Teens and Boys (13 - 19): $120
Boys 5 - 12: $60.00
Additional Boys are each: $60.00
Postmarked after September 5thth:
Men ages 20 & older: $235
Teens and Boys (13 - 19): $125
Boys 5 - 12: $62.50
Additional Boys are each: $62.50

And finally, don't let financial circumstances keep you away - scholarships and work exhanges are available. Please email Kent Hudson at 804-714-0080 or at for details and to find out more.

Our Gathering Location for 2015

Reserved Dates: 18, 19, 20 September, 2015

We, the Men of The Leadership Council, are excited and pleased to announced the selection of Camp Round Meadow in the Catoctin Mountain Park (in our Nation's National Park system) near Thurmont, Maryland as the setting of our 2015 Chesapeake Men's Gathering! We have confirmed reservations from the National Park Service for this beautiful campground.

Camp Round Meadow is a group camp featuring 4 dorms sleeping 30 men and youth each and a dining hall seating 120 people. Additional facilities include a gym with a basketball court and wooden floor, a small outdoor gazebo, a conference room, and other rooms for small groups.

We cordially invite men, and boys and youth with men, to join us at our Gathering the weekend of Friday through Sunday, September 18, 19, & 20, 2015.

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The Chesapeake Men's Gathering - 2015

We invite you to join us for the 25th Annual Chesapeake Men's Gathering. Established in 1990, this powerful weekend retreat has brought together thousands of men to share our dreams, discuss our challenges, and rediscover the fire that motivates us and drives our lives. Some may remember this as the Buffalo Gap Men's Gathering. Men of all ages and walks of life are welcome.

This retreat offers a time for men to come together in friendship and brotherhood, share our joys, discuss our challenges, and rediscover the fire that motivates us and drives our lives.

During the weekend we take time to deeply explore and celebrate what it means to be man. We ask important and tough questions, have fun, enjoy camaraderie and experience true and genuine connection to other men. This is an opportunity for deep personal growth and spiritual renewal. It is a place to celebrate all that it means to be a man.


This year's theme will be "Now that I‘ve come this far, where the hell am I." All too often we hide behind a self made fašade or mask. In a safe and special community of our peers we will offer the opportunity to discuss and share the good and beautiful qualities that make us what we really are and what gives us hope, motivation and renewal.

We ask only one thing....that you bring your passion, wisdom and most authentic self.

Video Testimonials: Men Share About Our Gathering

Our own Paul Scribner recently sat down to talk with you about his experiences at our Men's Gatherings!


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If you are interested in being part of a community of powerful and authentic men seeking to become their best selves and make a difference in the world, then this is the place for you. We come together in friendship and for personal growth, connection, sharing of our gifts, all in a beautiful and natural setting. Boys ages 5 and older, in the guardianship of a man, are welcome.


  1. Explore simple things you can do to have more, optimism, courage, joy, passion or love in my life during the next year.
  2. Be in the presence of strong and authentic men who really care and really listen.
  3. Create lifelong friendships that continue outside of the gathering.
  4. Participate in our traditional purification and renewal Ceremony (aka sweat lodge in the Lakota tradition).
  5. Participate in a small group led by a skilled facilitator. These groups provide an opportunity for more personalized connection and sharing in a safe space.
  6. Join our many whole group activities, including story telling, poetry, a bonfire ritual and talking stick time, where men can speak from the heart.
  7. Fathers and guardians are invited to bring their sons ages 5 and older to participate in a safe semi-structure program for boys.
  8. Participate in one of several workshops including Breathwork, a powerful technique that allows you to get in touch with and release emotions stored in your body.
  9. Experience a variety of activities that encourage and honor your uniqueness, and encourage your to share the passions, paths and purposes that enrich your life.
  10. You deserve a weekend dedicated to your personal growth and to reclaiming your personal power.
"When my son was born I got to thinking, 'Where can I go where my son will have other supportive men to mentor him? I can't do this by myself!' I remembered hearing about the Men's Gathering and decided to take my son when he turned 5. He's now 13, and not only has he wanted to go back every year since, but I've found it's just as important to me! Nowhere else have we found such an amazing community of genuine, supportive men who really care."

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And finally, don't let financial circumstances keep you away - scholarships and work exhanges are available. Please email Kent Hudson at for details and to find out more.

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The Washington Men's Council makes some partial scholarships available each year for men who cannot pay the full fee. If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund, you may click on this button to do so, safely & securely.

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