A Man Up Campfire in Southeastern Minnesota's bluff country.

Preparing for a Campfire

The Basics About the Trip

Looking for Adventure?  Great!  Gather around the Campfire!

Our Campfire will take place in the historic bluff country of Southeastern Minnesota inside of Forestville State Park. The dates of the Campfire are Thursday afternoon, October 8th (arrival) through Monday, October 12th (departure).

The Man Up Campfire offers attendees a more laid back approach (day-hikes are optional), while still providing each man the relevant and powerful Biblical teaching that will lead them into authentic Biblical manhood.

In addition to the optional dialed-back day hikes, each participant will experience meaningful times of worship, a service on Sunday morning, passionate mini-sessions, campfire talks, morning devotions, great food, and even better fellowship. There are only 16 slots available for this trip, so you'll want to act fast! You can secure your slot by filling out the online registration form and submitting your payment. (A link can be found immediately to the right, or toward the bottom of the page.)

The pre-registration rate of $349 for this Campfire is available until July 9th, after which the rate will increase to $399. Registration will end on September 17th, 2020.

Your registration includes 4 nights of lodging in a cabin, all camp meals (including campfire snacks), guided* adventure, and event registration.

Use the form on the Contact page if you have questions or need additional information. All pertinent, trip-related information will be sent to the registrant via email after the registration process has been completed. We're super excited to have you join us for this Campfire!

10/10 slots have been filled for this Campfire.


The graph above illustrates how full the trip is, and how many Campfire slots are still open.

Basic Campfire Info


Where? - Forestville State Park, Minnesota. (click for map)
When? - October 8 - October 12, 2020
How Much? -
Pre registration rate is $349.
After August 16th registration goes up to $379.
Registration cost is securely paid online via credit/debit card or bank account. Registration isn't complete until full payment has been processed.
Registration ends on September 17, 2020.
Who? - All Man Up Campfires are open to men ages 16+. If a father brings his son (or a father-figure brings a mentee), the age limit for the son/mentee is lowered to 13.

Your Accommodations


The cabins featured in the Forestville Campfire are outfitted with electricity and heat. Please remember to bring your own bedding and towels. There are shower & toilet facilities within short walking distance.

Important Additional Info


This section is designed to give you the proper information in order to be prepared to make the most of your Campfire. There are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Check in starts at 3:00pm on Thursday, October 8th and, for those who would like to stay as late as possible, check-out is no later than 11:00am on Monday, October 12th.
  • The average high in Preston, MN during October is 60 degrees Fahrenheit (great for hiking), with an average low of 36 degrees Fahrenheit (great for campfires). October in Southeastern Minnesota generally sees a moderate amount of precipitation, so please pack weather-appropriate clothing.
  • We will be eating our supper together on Sunday evening in Preston, MN. The cost of this meal is NOT covered in the registration costs. Estimated cost of this meal is $20 - $30.
  • Forestville State Park is a fee area. The cost of entering the park is NOT covered in your registration. Four $7 daily passes can be purchased for $28 (per vehicle), or you can purchase an annual permit (good for entrance into all MN State parks) for $35/vehicle. We strongly encourage carpooling - so make sure you bring some friends!
  • Each registrant/group attending is responsible for their own transportation to and from our Forestville State Park meeting place. We strongly encourage carpooling to reduce trip costs for all those involved.
  • Once at the Park, there may be brief times of traveling to get to some of our adventure locations. We will need registrants to volunteer to drive their vehicles in a manner that is best conducive to carpooling.

What We Provide


  • Lodging
  • Guided* Adventure
  • Life-changing Teaching
  • All Camp Meals
  • Campfire Snacks
  • Great People
  • Fresh Air
  • Amazing Scenery

Packing Necessities


  • Bedding/Sleeping Bag
  • Pillow
  • Good Hiking Boots/Shoes
  • Daypack
  • Camera
  • Camping Chair
  • Weather Appropiate Clothing
  • Bible
  • Case of Water
  • Extra $ for meal in Preston  ($20-$30 recommended)
  • Rain Gear
  • Coffee Mug (If you're a coffee drinker)
  • Journal

Extras You May Want


  • Trekking Poles
  • Extra Snacks
  • Flashlight
  • Pocket Knife
  • Sun Screen

Physical Recommendations


While the Forestville Man Up Campfire is designed to meet the needs of men who cannot participate in our more demanding Man Up Adventures due to physical limitations, it is important to note that all registrants must be in good general health and be able to physically care for themselves without any assistance. This includes being able to move from place to place without assistance from another person or walking aids. The cabins at Forestville are NOT handicap accessible.

While our goal is not to exclude men from participating in our Campfires, we strongly encourage each man to make an honest self-evaluation prior to making the decision to register.

Although we are not licensed medical professionals, we reserve the right to ask you not to participate in physical activity while at the Campfire if we feel that your health is at risk. We also reserve the right to decline your registration or ask you for a letter from your doctor approving your involvement if we feel that your health conditions deem it necessary.

Because every adventure needs a Guide*

Your Forestville Campfire Guides*

Let's not kid ourselves, we know that when it comes to the adventure of manhood, God is the greatest guide. There's no greater adventure than the journey towards the discovery of the man inside. God's formation of great leaders frequently led them outside - into the wilderness. Moses found himself and his God on the backside of nowhere. It was the God-ordained wilderness experience that inaugurated a young David into an influential king. Even Jesus launched his ministry immediately after a time in the wilderness. The bottom line: The wilderness makes you Man Up. As your Campfire Guides*, let us lead you into the wilderness on a similar journey into authentic Biblical manhood.

Galen Thompson

Galen Thompson

Campfire Guide*

Husband, Father, Pastor of Greater Life Tabernacle in Columbia Heights, MN, & Co-Founder of Man Up Adventures.

Nathan Thompson

Nate Thompson

Campfire Guide*

Husband, Missionary to the Family, & Co-Founder of Man Up Adventures.

Are you ready to take the plunge?

Register for your Campfire

We've planned it, prayed over it, and set it up. Now all that's left is for you to make it happen! Click the button below to register! There are only 16 slots available for this Campfire! You can ensure your spot by filling out the registration form and by submitting your payment using the button below.
This is where your adventure begins!

* Man-Up Adventures does not provide liability or any kind of insurance for protection of individuals, groups, organizations, or others who may participate in a Man-Up Campfire.

In consideration for your participation in Man-Up Adventures - Campfire, you hereby release and forever discharge Man-Up Adventures from any and all actions, causes of actions, claims and demands for, upon or by reason of any damage, loss or injury, which hereafter may be sustained by participating in Man-Up Adventures - Campfire.

While we are very familiar with the geographical terrain that our group will be Adventuring over, We (Nathan & Galen) reserve the right to use the term "Guide" loosely. We are not associated with, nor do we represent, the State of Minnesota, Forestville State Park, or any of its entities, and are not registered outdoor "guides" with any lodge, company, or outfitting group.