The date is November 30, 1944. It will go down in history as the bloodiest day for the 390th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force. After receiving catastrophic flak damage from Nazi anti-air defenses your B-17 crew is forced to ditch behind enemy lines. Whether any of you stay alive or evade capture remains to be seen.
Our highly qualified cadre will lead you through training that will challenge your walk with Christ, deepen your skill-set to survive in the wild, and give you an opportunity to forge deeper bonds with your closest friends as you are immersed in the true story of an American bomber crew during the Second World War.
Tenets of Leadership: Four classes on biblical leadership in your home, church, and community
Wilderness Survival: Learn skills to stay alive.
Escape and Evasion: Remain out of the enemy’s grasp.
Primitive Hunting: Use simple tools to get vital protein.
Register solo for just yourself or get our biggest discount as a team of two. Done? Great! Now, you wouldn’t show up to a major race without training first. It’s the same here. Start getting your body ready with the Ironcenturion Fitness Plan [PDF]. Get your equipment ready by reading the Packing List [PDF].
Operation: Dauntless Eagle is a challenging event (see info on LEGIONARY level OPs). The details of this OP are closely guarded, but here’s what we can tell you: you’ll receive real world, hands on survival training unlike anything the Boy Scouts offer. We’ll test your team’s ability to handle strenuous physical circumstances in a stressful environment. And most importantly, we’ll look at why the world needs us to be leaders for Jesus Christ.
You’d have every right to be skeptical if we advertised real life change over 48 hours. Our Discipleship Guide is a six-week curriculum designed to help our instruction take root in your life after the OP. It’s for the men who realize we only get one shot at this life, so let’s make it count.
Special pricing for first responders, veterans, and full time church staff. Contact us for details.
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The location of our training site is only disclosed to registered participants. We will depart from Fort Worth, Texas.
The weekend goes from 19:00 (7:00 pm) Friday to 15:00 (3:00 pm) Sunday. That’s all you get to know for this one.
No one said becoming a warrior was easy. So here’s a disclaimer:
IN ORDER TO ATTEND THIS EVENT YOU MUST BE A UNITED STATES CITIZEN AND HAVE NEVER BEEN CONVICTED OF A FELONY.
This training is designed to closely simulate a wilderness survival experience and is extremely demanding physically, emotionally, and intellectually. You should be prepared to walk through the wild ten to fifteen miles with equipment. Hunger, thirst, and difficulty sleeping will be natural consequences of the scheduled training. You will experience high levels of stress which you will be expected to manage successfully. In addition to hands-on training, there will be lectured subject matter for you to consume.
The training involves inherently dangerous activities. We have put safety measures in place; however, you cannot attend if you suffer from a condition in which fasting for 48 hours would cause a medical emergency, are currently ill, have head, neck, or back injuries, or are unable to travel through the woods on foot. You will be camping outdoors in a remote area. Please judge your physical fitness level accordingly.
You don’t need to be Meriwether Lewis, Bear Grylls, or an Eagle Scout to succeed during this weekend. We will teach all skills necessary to survive in the wilderness. Having some grit will help.
Remember, there are no refunds.
Sick of men’s retreats? Us too. We need adventure in our lives to thrive, so we work hard to provide that in a way that draws you closer to our Lord and to the brothers he’s given you. This is nothing like any church event you’ve been a part of before. The content and the challenges are unapologetically designed to speak to what makes you uniquely male- and men keep coming back because they find themselves connecting to God and their brothers in ways that don’t happen in a retreat center. Lasting life change doesn’t happen over a weekend but we’ve seen this be a powerful catalyst in the lives of men who have attended. Invest in your walk with God and see what he does with it. We dare you.
It’s a valid question. Is your God-given need for adventure satisfied regularly? Are there other men in your life committed to see you become more like Jesus? Are you leading from the front in your home, church, and community? If you answered no to any of these questions then we want to be a part of your life. Too many men quit the race. They abandon their faith and their families because no one stood shoulder to shoulder with them- shields raised to fight the enemy. If you want all your answers to be yes, we have a place for you.
We’re based in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and our event locations are within a short drive of the metroplex.
We get this question a lot. Quite frankly, it’s because they need you to. But this guy says it better:
“Walking point– being the first man on patrol, literally the point of the spear- requires levels of alertness that, once developed, never go away… Similarly, being the point man of your family team means that sometimes you will have to go out ahead and take time away from them. You’re going to have to leave– not become an absentee father but to be the knowledgable and relevant father your son needs. If you’re not leading from the front, being the person you want your children to be, then you will not be able to show them the way. You need to be as well as be there or else the whole thing backfires.”
-Eric Davis, Former US Navy SEAL
We cannot provide refunds or credit to other events. If you are unable to use your ticket please notify us so that we can donate your ticket to our scholarship fund for guys that can’t afford to come. If your team knows of a replacement let us know an they can be added to the standby list. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s the idea behind teams: it’s easy to make some snap decisions or resolutions that you don’t really intend to keep. Especially over a “retreat” weekend. We’ve been around long enough to know that. So your team is there to keep you honest over the long haul. The closer you are to the men on your team the better. But even if you’re not blood brothers yet we’ll give you a solid foundation to start from if you just show up. Bottom line: you’ll get more out of this weekend if you bring at least one guy with you, but we won’t turn you away if your friends are lame and you have to come solo.
We get it. We’re married and have kids too- It can be hard to justify a whole weekend away that on the surface looks like a goof off time with the guys. We can assure you that’s not the case. Men’s lives are changed and we’ve seen it with our own eyes. Pray about it with her. Have her get in touch with us and we can answer any questions she has or we can have her talk to our own wives that fully support us on this endeavor. The key is to make the decision as a team. (Flowers, chocolate, and Caribbean cruises never hurt anyone’s mood either.)
(See also: Why should I leave my family for a weekend?)
Our events are only for men who are US Citizens or permanent residents 18 years old and up. Some events are closed to those with a felony record due to the laws regarding our subject matter.
That’s a statement, not a question… but we’ll answer it anyway because it’s one of the biggest excuses we get.
What shape were you expecting to be? We’ve had plenty of men complete our courses and none of them have been triangles, trapezoids, or rhombuses.
Under that dad bod you may be rocking is a perfectly good warrior. A warrior that is built for this. Just because this lies outside the fringes of your cubicle dwelling comfort zone doesn’t mean you lack what it takes. Show up and you’ll prove it to yourself. Justin did- see what he has to say about it.
Read our challenge level rating for each event, and know that all of our events are designed to push you physically. You may be required to hike over rugged, hilly terrain with a pack, rappel into a canyon, crawl in the dirt and other activities that will make you sweat. Without getting into legalese, you’ll need to be in decent shape and injury free, but you don’t need to be a super-athlete. (See also: “I’m not in shape.”)
We realize one of the joys of getting old is that the body doesn’t quite function like it did when when you could throw a pigskin a quarter mile. We’ve had men in their upper 40’s complete our events and we’re always looking to set new records. If you’re willing to work through any limitations you have and give us 100% effort we won’t quit on you. For a bit of perspective- King Leonidas was over 60 when he led the 300 Spartans to victory in Thermopylae.
Late arrivals/early departures must be cleared with Ironcenturion at least 24 hours prior to our event except in case of family emergencies. If your arrival or departure causes you to miss a substantial amount of course material we may choose to not allow your participation in the event for the safety and benefit of the other participants. Please check with email@example.com prior to purchasing your ticket if you have any questions regarding this policy.
You caught us. We made it up. But here’s where it comes from:
Iron [ahy-ern] n.: Ore that is extracted from the earth and made into durable, useful tools through the hands of a blacksmith capable of driving out impurities and forming it through the forging process.
Centurion [sen-too r-ee-uh n] n.: The commander of a Roman Century of 80-100 soldiers, a rank typically earned by enlisted soldiers that distinguished themselves in battle by displaying uncommon valor and were subsequently given the authority to lead men. No pedigree required, just a warrior’s heart that has proven that he’ll fight for the lives of the men next to him.
In short, Ironcenturion means: one who has been forged from dirt and rock into a leader of men. But that’s just the beginning.
We don’t think if you haven’t killed an elk with a letter opener that your faith is suspect. Jesus never said you had to like camping, the outdoors, or other things our society calls manly to be a real man of God.
Thanks to the Discovery Channel, the assumption these days is that if you’re into things like wilderness survival or tactical training you probably have a cache of food and ammo for the next three decades in your closet, but that’s not us. We’ve simply found those skills have made for great adventures from childhood forward. You’ll be pleasantly surprised that the guys that attend our events are normal too- teachers, accountants, former military, and factory workers- a cross section of American working men.
We’ll go to great depths to make sure everything we teach is perfectly in line with Scripture and the lives we lead are in step with that same teaching. But we’re only men, so give us grace and call us out when we stumble, and test our words against what the Bible says.
Not all men believe the same stuff we do; not everyone enjoys the stuff we do. And that’s ok.
Jesus Christ is the sacrificed and resurrected Son of God and His return from the grave spares those who trust in His name from eternal separation from a holy God.
God has instilled in some men a passion for His creation and a desire for adventure that cannot be quenched. It is a longing to know what is around the next river bend, on top of the mountain, or waiting in the wild.
God has given all men a need for community in order to grow. All spiritual growth in the BIble happens in the context of community-with others & with God.
Our Savior delights to meet us in the place where our passions lie to teach us and to shape us to be more like Him.
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