Each year young men in our Georgia Chapter have the opportunity to earn their way on to a “Leadership Trip” for being and showing leadership traits in the home, community, our programs, and in school.  This year Manny, Austyn, Daniel K, and Ian earned their way onto this trip.  The trip was a deep sea fishing and fellowship style trip to Panama City Beach, FL.  The mentors leading this trip were Roy Rogers and Jeff Davis.  The trip kicked off by heading out on Thursday down to Florida.  We arrived that evening and got settled in the condo we were staying in and headed out for some dinner.  We ate at Hammerhead Fred’s and then were all beat so we turned in for the night.  Friday was our “hang out” day.  We started it off with a good breakfast and then back at the condo spent some man time discussing leadership, how it applies to our programs, the traits of a leader, and ultimately how we are defined in our relationship with Christ.  It was some great discussion as men by both the boys and mentors.  After our man time we hit the beach for some swimming and beach games.  We broke for lunch and then went to Wonder Works for the afternoon.  Shortly after leaving Wonder Works, Brian Stover, called to meet him at the tackle shop.  Brian hosts our deep sea fishing portion of the trip and is a great partner for our Georgia Programs.  We met Brian at the tackle shop and the boys were outfitted with some new fishing shirts and their fishing license for Saturday’s deep sea fishing trip.  Brian invited us to  finish up our day with dinner at the steak house with him.  Saturday we were up early and hit the door to be at the boat by 5:30am.  Shortly after we arrived we were off heading out to sea.  It was a calm and clear day, perfect for fishing.  The boys had a great day as we caught some big red snapper and had a great time cutting up as we fished.  We caught our limit and headed back to shore.  After pictures we headed to the condo to clean up and rest.  We finished the day off with a great dinner at Sharky’s.  Sunday morning we hit the road early to be home by mid afternoon.

All in all this was a great trip with this small group of boys.  The bonds made, conversations had, and fellowship truly grew us all in our friendship and challenged us as men.  We pray for these young leaders and that God will continue to grow them in their walk and that more young men rise up to this level in our programs.  We are thankful for each of you that make programs like this possible for these single parent boys.  You can check out the link below for all the pictures.

2016 Georgia Summer Leadership Trip