What a wonderful weekend we had in Wilmington, NC celebrating 10 years of F3 Nation! TClaps to our host region (F3 Cape Fear) and host Q (Gravity) for a top-notch celebration. We experienced three days of growth and excitement with our brothers from across the Nation. Friday night started with a welcome reception and opening comments from Dark Helmet. Men conversed with old friends and met new brothers. It was a great start to the weekend.
We rolled into the early Gloom under cloudy skies and high expectations with 355 PAX and four FNGs (welcome Reject, Sideswipe, Led Tasso, and Rojas). Slaughter took centerstage with a Britney Spears headset microphone and led the warm-up. We then broke into multiple groups for sand, surf, and sweat. One group ended up on surfboards in the Intercostal Waterway. We reconvened in two massive circles for the Count-a-Rama and the naming of the FNGs. In typical F3 fashion, we ended in a COT with Slaughter thanking the Sky Q for another day and for the future that we will lead.
After an awesome breakfast of grits, muffins, coffee, and juice, we broke into our CSAUP activities. Some tackled the Iron PAX Challenge (congrats Dreamliner of F3 Hampton Roads) Beach 10k (congrats Patch of F3 Greensboro), or Brolympics (congrats Team Murder Bunnies) while others went offsite for service opportunities. The overall consensus was if you did not have fun on Saturday morning, you need to check your pulse. There’s just something about bros being buddies to make you feel like you’re part of something bigger than yourself.
After a much needed shower and lunch break, we came back together at the hotel for six stellar Breakout Sessions. Tears were shed and truth was spoken. We are truly blessed to be surrounded by so many HIM willing to share their stories and talents.
During dinner, our guest speakers (OBT, Scratch & Win, Slaughter, and Dredd) reinforced our mission to invigorate male community leadership, encouraged us to leave space for the miraculous, pushed us to keep giving this away, and urged us to be the ones to give men their manhood back. Let that sink in. We have a mission and each man plays a pivotal part in that mission.
We ate, we laughed, we cried, and we left with missional hearts and ready bodies. Eighty-seven men took the charge and renewed strength into the 26.2 mile End it Ruck Challenge after dinner. As they rolled in the next morning for the F3-led worship service, it was clear that the mission fields are ready for harvesting and our men had the tools and strength to reap the rewards.
For those that didn’t attend, talk to a buddy who did. Ask him what the weekend meant to him. Hold him accountable in the coming weeks and months. Push him and ask him to push you. We have work to do fellas, but you’re ready. You’ve trained for this. Now it’s our time to plant, grow and serve small workout groups for men for the invigoration of male community leadership. SYITG!