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November 22-24 (Illinois - High School)

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What is a Project 5130 weekend?

Project 5130 is a life-changing, experiential weekend retreat for teen guys. It is the start of a journey with other guys like yourself that will help you live at deeper levels of integrity and truth. The goal of the weekend is for you to come away equipped to break through the barriers of today’s culture so you can live courageously with more purpose, passion and power.


Do you ask yourself, “Why am I here? Does my life have meaning? What am I supposed to do?” You’re not alone. A Project 5130 weekend will help you understand your purpose and live more in tune with God’s mission for your life.


What gives you energy? What drives you? For some guys those are easy questions, but for many of us the answer is out of reach. Project 5130 is designed to allow you to get out of your head and into your heart to find your passion.


Every guy wants to feel powerful in some way whether that be on a sports field, in the classroom, or somewhere else. Too often we think we don't have what it takes. You will come away from a Project 5130 weekend with a confidence that God has equiped you with great power.

Who should go?

  • Any teenage guy who is willing to take an honest look at his life to examine what is working and what is not.
  • Young men who are willing to stop running from the challenges in their lives and face them head on with the support of other brothers doing the same.
  • Guys who desire more from life and want to live like Jesus with courage and compassion.
  • Someone who understands they don't have it all figured out but simply wants to become a better man.
  • Project 5130 is even for the guy who thinks he has it all together. Every participant can gain a fresh perspective on some area of his life.

What happens on a weekend?

Through a series of carefully crafted activities, you will explore areas of your life like

  • MANHOOD - What does it mean to be a man of God in today's broken world?
  • ANGER - What in this world makes you angry? Can anger ever help you?
  • LIFE EVENTS - What events in your life have shaped you?
  • FEAR - Where does fear show up in your life and how does it hold you back?
  • COMMUNITY - What does it look like to have authentic community with other guys?

What do people say about Project 5130?


The Illinois events are held at Dickson Valley Camp and Retreat Center in Newark, IL or Streator Baptist Camp in Streator, IL. The participants meet at a church in Aurora, IL and are transported by van to the event location.

The Texas events are held at Cramer Retreat Center in Spring, TX and participants typically meet at a local church before being transported to the retreat location.

Project 5130 derives its name from Psalm 51 and Psalm 130 which form the primary guiding principles. Reading these psalms, one understands that we are all imperfect people in need of God to touch our lives with grace and truth.

The umbrella organization over Project 5130 and Made for More is called 5130 Ministries. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization so your donations will be tax deductible. The easiest way to financially help out teens is a donation through PayPal at

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Every weekend is staffed by a mix of adults and youth who have all experienced similar weekends and desire to see other young men come to a deeper understanding of their God-given purpose, passion, and power. We also screen all adult staff with a professional background check.

Yes. There have been some participants who have experienced a Project 5130 weekend that would consider themselves agnostic or in the "I don't know" camp. Everyone can get something out of a 5130 weekend, but we acknowledge that lasting change can only come about through the power of God.

Truths from the Bible are used throughout the weekend to shed light on our lives as men, but you will not be preached at. A Project 5130 weekend is a safe place free from judgement.

Even if you don't consider yourself a Christian, please check us out. We would love to journey with you.

Project 5130 is not associated with any particular church or denomination. We desire to partner with churches, youth groups, and parachurch ministries to help teen guys on their journey to become the men God intended.

The Bible

We believe in the Scripture of the Old and New Testaments (66 books) as being the inspired word of God, completely inerrant in the original writings, and of supreme and final authority in faith and life.


We believe in one God, eternally existent in the three equally divine persons of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who is the creator of all things, and infinitely perfect in love, power, and knowledge.

The Human Condition

We believe that humans are created in the image of God and designed to live in love and holiness, but all people are born separated from God because of our sin and justly deserve God's wrath.

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man. He was sent by God the Father and lived a sinless life. Jesus assumed the judgment due sinners by dying in our place as a perfect, all-sufficient, and atoning sacrifice. He rose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will come again according to the Scriptures.


We believe that the salvation of man is wholly a work of God's grace and is not the work in any way of human deeds, goodness, or religious ceremony. God imputes His righteousness to those who repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.

Holy Spirit

We believe in the indwelling presence and transforming power of the Holy Spirit, who gives to all believers a new life and a new calling to obedient service.

Our Response

We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another. With God's Word, the Spirit's power, and fervent prayer, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil and lovingly make disciples among all people.

Eternal Destiny

We believe in the future personal return and victorious reign of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge all people with justice and mercy, giving over the unbeliever to eternal condemnation and conscious separation from God, but receiving the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with Him in the new heaven and new earth.

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