The distance covered is no small feat of physical strength, but even more impressive are the leaps and bounds these young men grow in working together. There is no room for egos in the boat and teamwork is the only way to persevere. By the end of the trip, the boys work as one and their relationship with each other changes from one of friendship to brotherhood. The bonds they form on these trips will last a lifetime, proven by the alumni of fifty-day trips that have gone before them, dating back to 1965.
“My favourite part of trip was watching the kids develop over fifty days. It’s pretty cool when you get seven 16 year-old boys together and on day one they’re not really working together as a team, arguing about little things and struggling with the longer days. By the time you are into days thirty, forty and then day fifty, you’re just working so well together, everyone is getting along, and you’re just moving so much faster than you were at the beginning.” – A 50 Day Staff Member
We’re calling these three trips the 50 Days of Brotherhood.