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7TH ANNUAL ADVENTUREFEST 
The greatest campfire cookin, salty meat, Jesus praising weekend EVER


Speakers for 2018

Joey graduated Zion Bible College in 2008.  He currently serves as The Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at Philadelphia Christian Center as well as Directing Philadelphia Masters Commission Since 2009.  Joey was our Friday speaker for 2017, but God had other plans and gave him a bueatiful new born baby girl named Mia. Joey is a crazy Wildman preacher for God and will surely be kicking off the weekend with Spirit and Fire this year.


Bobby is our key-note speaker for the weekend who is a very unique, powerful speaker/preacher for God.  He grew up in the ministry being a third generational Pentecostal preacher. Having begun his education in Mining Engineering in southwest Virginia, receiving a full scholarship, God began to deal with his heart leading him out of the mining industry and began ministry at age 19. He then entered Southeastern University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry.

During this time he traveled as an Evangelist throughout the Appalachian district and upon graduation, joined Rockville Assembly of God in the Potomac District, as Associate and Youth pastor. After over four years of ministry there, Bobby accepted the call to be the Lead Pastor at Hayfield Assembly of God, a congregation he served for 17 years with marked growth and support for Missions.  During the time he also served as Men’s Director for the Section, then Light for the Lost Director for the Northern region of the district and then in 2009, was asked to become the Potomac District's first full-time Men’s Director where he oversees Men’s Ministries, Potomac Royal Rangers, Extreme Makeovers, and the Media Ministries for the District. He has ministered overseas in several countries, lead numerous construction projects and has preached throughout the Potomac and Appalachian districts.

Bobby lives outside of Winchester, Virginia with his wife, Gina, of over 28 years and their four sons. He enjoys the outdoors, sports, motorcycle riding and most of all seeing God change lives.


Del has been the lead pastor of Faith Assembly since March 2017. He graduated from Central Bible College with a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Literature from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.  Pastor Del has a consuming desire to preach and teach the Bible in contemporary and creative ways. He is passionate in leading the church to become a place where people discover God and experience His power in life-changing ways!  Del will be leading our Sunday church service and will be the guy wrapping the weekend up.  We can’t wait to hear the delivery of God’s word.  

Learn more about our history and past speakers.

Do you know of a good speaker for one of the sessions?  Or maybe you are interested in speaking?  If so please review our guidelines for more information.


PROMOTIONAL VIDEO
This promo video is available for download by clicking here. Additional promo material and forms are attached to the bottom of this page.

2018 AdventureFest Promo.mp4



WTAJ TV (central PA) did a couple segments on AdventureFest - 2017 and 2016.



REGISTRATION INFORMATION


Due to strict PA Child Safety Laws all attendees must be 18 years or older.

  • Limited electric sites
  • Unlimited tent and RV space, no limitations.  We can fit 30,000 people!
  • Warm showers and restrooms

THREE OPTIONS FOR REGISTRATION

1.) PURCHASE TICKETS SECURELY ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE

2.) PRINT REGISTRATION FORM AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE (AFRegistrationForm.PDF)

3.) PAY AT THE DOOR - cash, no discounts, except groups of 10 or more.


Ticket Prices Below: (Pay ONLINE or pre-register with form below)

  • General Admission @ the Door: $50 per man
  • Early Bird Special Online: $35 per man before May 13th, 2018
  • Church Group Rate (8 men or more) $35 per man.
  • Day Pass: $10 per day - NO OVERNIGHT STAY.
AGAPE HOTEL
$40 per night per ROOM (in addition to entrance fee). The rooms have either 4 beds, or 4 beds and two drop down bunks which makes room for 6. Sheets and pillows will be provided. Email info@adventuremen.org or call 412.515.0916 to reserve.

ELECTRIC and RV HOOKUP

Additional Costs for full hookup and electric, first come first served. Medical needs will take priority - call 412.515.0916 to reserve for medical needs.

  • $20- per electric connection. RV (10 total) sites with electric only.
  • NEW - we now offer a power generator area for enclosed generators and RV's at no additional cost.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2018: Scholarships are available for those in military recovery programs, drug/alcohol programs, or those who can't afford to attend,. Simply complete the application at the bottom of this page and mail it in. We will do whatever it takes to help you get there! NO MAN WILL BE LEFT BEHIND! Call 412.515.0916 with any questions.


Vendors are welcome to setup a booth, but must be pre-approved. Call 412.515.0916 for pre-approval and more information.


SPONSOR A MAN - HOST A MAN PROGRAM

We are seeking organizations/people to sponsor inner city men in military recovery programs, and those in addiction groups by making a $100 donation so that they can attend this weekend event. This will buy one man a ticket to the event, an event t-shirt, and some outdoor gear. Our goal is to provide 50 men the opportunity to attend AdventureFest for free in 2017. We are a 401C nonprofit organization, which will enable you to receive a tax credit for this donation. The men who are sponsored will be mentored over the course of the weekend by a hosting church group, and will have the opportunity to learn outdoor skills such how to build and cook a meal over a campfire, set up a tent, and fish. Things that are typically taken for granted are open doors to new adventures in the outdoors for these men and provide a tremendous distraction from the daily grind of recovery. The weekend will not only teach them outdoor skills, but will also allow them to build lasting relationships with other guys and to draw closer to God. We are also seeking churches or groups of men to host up to 10 men for the weekend at AdventureFest. The hosting church would be responsible to get the men to and from festival, help them set up their equipment, provide food (money may be provided by AdventureMen Ministries), mentor, and simply take under their wing for the weekend. Please contact us if you are interested in hosting a group at AdventureFest.


An online donation can be made by clicking here, then navigating to tickets and selecting sponsorship. Or checks can be made payable to: PennDel AdventureMen, 224 Mica Ct, Bethel Park, PA 15102


RULES

1. No Drugs or Alcohol. NO POWER GENERATORS in common camp areas.

2. Pets are welcome, but must be leashed and picked up after.


Event will happen rain or shine.  Registration is non-refundable unless event is cancelled. Your registration will cover your camp spot from Friday-Sunday, activities and so much more. You will be responsible to provide your own shelter/tent, food/drink, and firewood (we provide some wood but it goes quickly) necessary for the weekend. Additionally you may also need to bring all equipment necessary to attend activities off the farm (e.g mountain bikes, fishing gear, hiking gear, boats, etc)

AdventureFest is located at Agape Farm near Raystown Lake. Agape Farm offers us 285 secluded acres! 17512 Rapture Street, Shirleysburg, PA 17260

Fly your favorite sports team flag over the weekend!


SCHEDULE

NEW START TIME - Friday Night:  Setup camp, get something to eat, then gather around a bonfire for a "hallelujah hoo-haw" at 10pm.




Saturday:  Activities start at different times through the morning.


  • HonorBound Motorcycle Ministry Ride - loop to be determined.
  • NEW - Ground level obstacle course.
  • Jack MTN 1000 Step Challenge
  • Archery
  • Hatchet Throwing
  • Potato Gun Shooting
  • Mountain biking - self guided
  • Rails to Trails ride at the LowerTrail - self guided
  • Fishing - Fly/spin stream and lake fishing within walking distance to Agape
  • Hiking - so many trails at Agape and nearby.  Are you doing the
  • Bible studies in the woods   
  • Chillin' out around the campfire cookin' or just relaxing.


5PM - AXED!  A campfire chili cook off Saturday night.  Cook it over the campfire, or bring it in a crock crockpot. Electric available in the common area. The best entries win cool stuff with sharp edges.


7PM - Special guest.


Late night - Torch walk to the cross


Sunday: Church service at the lake @ 9:30 AM



Water Baptisms in the lake at 11-11:30am.  Tear down, head home.

Many guys have been water baptized adventure man style. Man up!


Questions about ADVENTUREFEST call 412.515.0916


AdventureFest History


FAQ


Do I need a fishing license if I want to fish?

Not if you are fishing in the little lake at Agape Farm. Yes there are lots of little fish in there!

If you are fishing in Raystown Lake or any other public water you will need a current PA license.


Should I bring firewood?

We will have some delivered to get you started, but there is no telling how long it will last.     There is a lot of local wood for sale at nearby places.


Can I bring some beers?

NO


Is my dog allowed?

Yes, we love dogs they are mans best friend but they are friendliest when leashed.


I have a medical need for electricity, how do I reserve a site.

Call 412.515.0916. Medical needs come first all others can make do.


Can I get a shower over the course of the weekend?

Yes, there are plenty of showers and toilets available.


Can I bring a gun?

We are unable to shoot guns on Agape Farm property at this time. But, there is a local  skeet shooting place nearby.


What am I getting for my entry fee?

A place to setup camp for the entire weekend, speakers, worship, prizes, and lots of Jesus.




USEFUL LINKS AND INFO


Raystown lake Hiking Map


Hotels in Huntington PA (don't worry, we'll only make fun of you for a little bit)

  • Comfort Inn, 100 South 4th Street, Huntingdon, PA (814) 643-1600
  • Days Inn,  U.S. 22, Huntingdon, PA (814) 643-3934
  • Fairfield Inn and Suites, 9970 Shaner Blvd, Huntingdon, PA (814) 643-3672

Boat Rental (rent a luxury boat for fishing and or sleeping)

Seven Points Marina, 5922 Seven Points Marina Drive, Raystown Lake, Hesston, PA

(814) 658-3074

www.7pointsmarina.com

Bike/Kayak/Canoe Rental  (Discounts for AdventureFest.  Ask for Evan)

Rothrock Outfitters

418 Penn Street, Huntingdon, PA

(814) 643-7226

www.rothrockoutfitters.com



2017

ADVENTUREFEST SIX - HALLELUJAH HOOHAH

Speakers
Friday Night: Rev Jerry Conley (Midnight Riders).  Joey Cullen Family emergency.
Saturday:  Tom Rees (men's director for the Assemblies of God) 
Sunday Morning: Pastor Robert Bennett (Jakes Run Assembly) 

Worship provided by
Saturday:  Latin worship by Front Street Community 
Sunday: Redemption's Promise

NEW THIS YEAR
Friday night events start at 10:00 pm with a Bon-Fire HooHaw 
Beard Contest
Daily Recovery Meetings
Clinics: fire starting, fire cooking, fishing, e-bike, more

Chili Cookoff Winners
1st Place Regular:  Matt Tennant
1st Place Hot:  Matt Grand

What We Know
209 in attendance
18 Water Baptized
9 Accepted Jesus



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2016


ADVENTUREFEST V5 - FREEDOM FIGHTERS (#FF4JC)
June 10-12th 2016 @ Agape Farm
Special Guest Sam Childers
"The Machine Gun Preacher"

In 1998, Sam arrived in the village of Yei, Southern Sudan. The African nation was in the midst of the Second Sudanese War, and Sam, urged by his Pastor in America, had joined a mission group to help repair huts damaged in the conflict. During this assignment Sam stumbled across the body of a child torn apart by a landmine. He fell to his knees and made a pledge to God to do whatever it took to help the people of Southern Sudan. Sam returned to Sudan several months later to run a mobile clinic. To fulfil his promise he ventured far across the nation, from the western town of Yei to the eastern villages of Boma. While passing the village of Nimule,on the Ugandan border, God sent him a message:I want you to build an orphanage for the children, God said. And I want you to build it here.


A major motion picture was created staring Gerald Butler as Sam Childers - The Machine Gun Preacher.  Learn more here http://www.machinegunpreacher.org/


We look forward to hearing about Sam’s epic and life threatening adventures as a Freedom Fighter for Christ.  

Pastor Jimmy Rivera
Pastor Jim Rivera was a drug addict and criminal in the streets of Philadelphia until he was radically saved by way of David Wilkerson on a park bench, he is now the pastor of City Limits Assembly of God in Allentown, PA. 

Pastor Wayde Wilson

Wayde Wilson is the author of the the book “Circle of Swords”.  He uses the adventures of David’s Mighty Men, 37 of the baddest dudes in the Bible - to talk to guys about God. Circle of Swords takes on 9 subjects that should matter to every man: leadership, reputation, connecting with God, service, courage, friendship, broken relationships, family, and leaving a legacy.


Wayde is our guest Pastor for Sunday morning field church down by the lake.  We’re super excited to hear his message and share the weekend with him around the campfire. 

Music From:

New Hope - Friday & Saturday Night

Pastor Paul Housman - Sunday Morning Worship
Recap

The 5th Annual AdventureFest (Freedom Fighters) was a tremendous weekend filled with great weather, lots of guys, and testimony after testimony about God's presence and provision. Over 160 guys were in attendance making it our largest year ever.  Forty-four guys stepped up to complete the 1000 Step Challenge in support of a young man who lost 80 lbs specifically to make it up this mountain with vigor this year.  The warrior flag was carried to the top as encouragement and reminder to be a Freedom Fighter in all areas of our lives.  Many fishing trips were charted without a single fish caught - skunked this year, but hey, that's why they call it fishing and not catching.  However, many little fish were caught in the small lake at Agape. Late night campfires raged, drones buzzed the sky, hatchets were thrown at targets and  potatoes were launched across the field from homemade potato guns.  We had so much fun that we forgot all about tossing the Huffy bicycle, which actually went missing.  A mystery to be solved. There were no sightings of Big Foot this year, although some guys thought they heard him in the bathroom a few times.  Guys came forward for salvation, healing, and answers to prayers during the course of the weekend.  Nearly 20 guys were baptized in the Agape lake adding to the tens of thousands that have been baptized since the early 1960’s.  It's not about the numbers, it's not about the fun, and it's not about the food. It's all about relationships and giving men the opportunity to connect with our Lord Jesus Christ in the great outdoors - standing firmly on the soil that He created and strong under the sky that He painted. Freedom Fighters!  #FF4JC



2015


This was our first year at our new home @ Agape farm.  

Friday Night
: Entertainment by the Good News Blues Band with testimony from Bob Chillinsky. Bob was the "Sargent of Arms" or the enforcer for the Pagan Motorcycle Gang and will be sharing war stories from battles, rides, benders, time served, and how Jesus Christ saved him from the Gang life. Bob also plays harmonica for the Good News Blues Band and will surely be a blessing. Bonus: Midnight fireside chat with Rev Jerry Conley of Midnight Riders Motorcycle Ministries. 

Saturday Night: Pastor K.R. Mele and Harold Morgan pedaled for 3,178 miles on a bicycle trip from Santa Monica, Calif to St. Augustine, Fla to raise money for church mission projects. They will be sharing stories of the epic adventures, sweat, and the salvation of so many on the way. You can learn more about their trip at www.c2c4jesus.org

Sunday Morning Church Service: Tom Rees could not make it due to an emergency.  Pastor Paul Housman will be sharing an encouraging Word of God as the sun rises over Agape Farm. We are super excited to have him as our guest Pastor for church.


2014
Tired of dealing with park rangers and strict rules this was our last year at Raystown lake.

2013

June 7-9th 2013 - AdventureFest at Raystown Lake

AdventureFest 2013 is a multi-church men’s ministry camping weekend at Raystown Lake. Suggested Registration Donation: Group camp rates are $45 per man, or $40 per person for groups of 10 or more. Father/son teams (up to 21 yrs) will only pay $50. Children must be 16 or $25 if you book your own private campsite or luxury boat.

Friday night: Setup camp, meet and greet with casual praise and worship late night around the campfire.

Saturday: Activities start at different times through 9am. How to clinics from 1pm through 6pm. Break for chili cook off/dinner and resume at 8pm around the campfire under the big pavilion. Guest speaker – Rev Bruce Cote (pictured below). Praise, testimonies, and giveaways. 

Sunday: Church service at 11am. Water Baptisms in the lake after Teardown, and head home better men, husbands, fathers, or sons.


2012
June 6-8, 2012 Raystown Lake PA

George Krebs was out key-note speaker.

John Fedesco was the winner of the $1300 bike that was donated by Big Bang Bikes.  


2011

This is the group that started it all.  We went down to Raystown in 2011 to scope a location for 2012 - the first AdventureFest.  From Left to Right.  Jon, Walter, Andy, Eric, Greg, Brian, Chuck 

Recap

Awesome! This was the most commonly used term to describe the weekend at Raystown Lake.  Whether we were ripping down a trail or just soaking in the beauty of our Creator's masterpiece, nothing was repeated quite as much as “awesome.” 

 

Our journey began with a 7:30 a.m. rowdy carpool meeting in Monroeville that involved several men with excited dispositions, elevated by the effects of our friend Juan Valdez.  Sixty-five miles per hour later we were on our way.  The ride through the Appalachian Mountains was pristine as to be expected, but even better was knowing that we would soon be settling within them.  Experiencing Christ through adventure had already begun.

 

 We soon arrived at the Susquehannock Campground to the intoxicating smell of campfire and a narrowing road that could only mean one thing.....our campsite. We made it!  Unpack.  Set up.  Eat.  At this point our friends from Mechanicsburg were here and we were ready to hit the trails.  Special thanks, by the way, to Eric, Walt, and John for great fellowship and trail guiding.  We entered the trailhead after a hill climb that got our lungs opened and hearts pumping.  Wow – before we knew it, we were twisting, turning, jumping (more like sailing) through the air at warp speeds!  I could practically smell my brakes burning like a semi down an 8% grade.  Each bend's G-force whipped us around the berm only to be launched over the next dip; then another, and another.  “Man, this is awesome,” I kept thinking to myself. The yells of excitement from the others confirmed that they, too, were catching big air, one after another. The slightest mistake could land you over a hillside that even a 13-year-old wouldn't venture down.

 

Several miles into our ride, the effects of 90+ degrees began to take its toll on our bodies.  Water was low and warm and sweat was running over us instead of the dried creek beds.  With a few miles to go, and hopefully no casualties, it was time for a break. Images of cold watermelon, grapes and mangoes glazed over our faces like a mirage on a deserted island.  Back to the trail.  We all made it out alive but were reminded that we are human. Thanks to the IMBA for the Allegrippis trail system!  It was well planned with fast slopes, jumps, rock gardens, hill climbs and every challenging aspect of a genuine epic mountain bike ride.

 

We found ourselves back at camp were a feast a la Nass awaited.  But first, a jump in the lake was a must to bring our body temperatures down somewhere under boiling.  After jumping several times from a rock ledge into the crystal clear water of Lake Raystown, we emerged to dry in the hot summer sun on our walk back to camp.  Awaiting us were chicken breasts over charcoal, spaghetti with deer meat (thanks to Jim Teague for the venison donation), salad, chips, cold lemonade, and much more.  After all, when you burn over 2500 calories, it's only fitting to pig out…I mean replenish, right?

 

Following dinner was a fantastic study on the Armor of God.  Greg put together a creative twist on the material relating it to the sport of mountain biking.  God was with us as we shared testimonies and good fellowship.  Soon after the study, we stoked the campfire and headed off to what would turn out to be a long night of praying for a breeze.  Our tent acted as a sardine can for five grown men only separated by a heavy layer of perspiration.  That was enough for me and Chuck.  We laid on the very rock we jumped from earlier just to cool down from the light wind swirling on the lake.  Did I mention it was 2 a.m.?  Well, every adventure has to have a story. 

 

Finally morning had come with a break from the previous 88 degree night.  We broke down camp and saddled up for one last easy but wild ride on the trails.  The lake shore turned out to be a great spot for our lunch before heading home.  As always, it's never fun to leave a great escape, but, I guess our bodies needed rest. 

 

So, the next time you're in the mood for an adventure that leaves you wanting to do it all over again, do it with us next time!

 

Brian Loizes


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