Shoot Straight 2018

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Our annual Shoot Straight Men’s Retreat was the best it’s been so far! Experience, they say, is the best teacher, and when it comes to improving this retreat every year, we couldn’t agree more!

2018 Shoot Straight Retreat Group

Thirty-nine men and young men (8+) came for a weekend of bows and arrows, walking the woods and being encouraged by those fabulous Benham Brothers. Whether experienced or not, shooting the bows was an experience the men enjoyed, even if some of them admitted to having sore muscles by the end!

2018 Shoot Straight Hatchet Throw

The event started with some dart throwing for the young men and hatchet throwing for the grown men! Hitting the target can be harder than you think, but they enjoyed their turn at trying!

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Later in the evening, the guys were given a bunch of tickets to enter the giveaways, which were held all throughout the weekend! There’s nothing quite like the suspense of hearing those numbers called out, watching them match up across the ticket, and your heartbeat quickening when you realize your number has been called! YESSSSS!

2018 Shoot Straight Benhams

The Benham Brothers shared encouragement throughout the weekend, offering the young and grown alike the challenge of walking in godly manhood through the sharing of their own experiences and walk with the Lord.

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Saturday morning, after a hearty and delicious breakfast, the guys headed to the field to practice shooting their bows! We had guys who were at a hunting level, which means they hit the bulls eye a bunch! We had guys who haven’t shot since last year’s retreat, and still others who hadn’t shot a bow before ever! The competition was friendly and I don’t think anyone felt out of place because of their experience level!

2018 Shoot Straight Tourney

After lunch, the guys were broken into teams and the tournament began. Most of the 3D targets get sprinkled throughout the woods of our paintball course, with a few out in the open just outside the woods. Hiking around the property to shoot at the 20 target locations is about as fun as trying to hit the animals striking a pose!

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We heard the guys mention how they enjoyed the intimate atmosphere and being able to get to know the other guys at the retreat. Not feeling overwhelmed with a crowd helped them each relax just a bit more, which is the point of such a weekend!

If you like what you’ve seen here and want to be in on next year’s retreat, block off the weekend of October 4-6, 2019 and plan to join us! We’d love to have you be a part of escaping the noise and encountering God’s whisper in the woods of Whisper Mountain Camp.

Shoot Straight 2016

The weather couldn’t have been more gorgeous a couple weekends ago as we welcomed a small group of men to our Shoot Straight Retreat. Men came to Whisper Mountain to get away from their responsibilities for a while and to breathe slower and deeper with a little man time in the woods! Fathers and sons came together which made for an even more memorable time.


100 yard shoot was challenging and fun!

Pros and amateurs alike enjoyed the challenge of the 3D Archery Tourney!  Bears, turkey, deer, boar and a few other 3D animal targets could be found scattered throughout our woods awaiting the rounds of arrows heading for their kill zone! Some arrows met their mark, and well, some never did! But in the end, the getting away, the connecting and the encouragement made the weekend a success!


Here’s what one person said about the men’s weekend:

We are already looking forward to next year! Mark your calendars for October 6-8, 2017! We hope to see you then, if not sooner!


Fall 2015 >> Shoot Straight Men’s Retreat


Thanks to Hurricane Joaquin, raincoats became a big part of our first men’s retreat here at Whisper Mountain! But, what’s a little weather when guys get out in the woods, away from their normal pressures, enjoying good conversation and laughter, and indulging in home-cooked meals?


We saw everyone have a good time, even if they’d never shot a bow before! Some kids shot as good as some of the guys, but it was never really about skill. It was about the refreshment and connection a weekend like this offers.



After some target shooting, the guys broke into teams to begin the 3D shoot in our woodsball paintball course!

Whisper Mountain Men's 3D Archery Retreat 2015


We are thankful for Jason Dellinger (he’s the guy on the right in the photo above!) offering the guys short but powerful challenges, encouraging them to be men of diligence!


All throughout the weekend, prizes were raffled off randomly (how did some of those kids get so lucky!?!). For the tourney, one winner from the adults and one from the youth were recognized. Junior and Issac (pictured above) won those trophies! And the giveaway of all giveaways (the crossbow!) went to Joe! He’s looking pretty pumped, right?!


To those of you who came: we really enjoyed having you join us for our first men’s weekend! Thanks for having fun even in the rain. We hope you’ll join us again next year!

To all the others: plan on coming next year! We’ve worked out all the kinks now!! Dates will come out in January, but plan on October for sure!

(GUYS: if you want the weekend’s pics — lots more than seen here — sent to you, please email and I’ll get them to you!)