KIDS OUTDOOR ZONE
Outdoor Adventure Ministry for Boys
KOZ IS AN OUTDOOR MINISTRY FOR BOYS
KOZ provides men of your church with training and curriculum to mentor boys using outdoor adventure.
The training is done by streaming video at the host church. The training includes a one-and-a-half hour section with the leaders and their wives. The second is a 5-hour section with workbook for the men. Once trained, the men are certified as KOZ Harvest Team Leaders (Outdoor mentors).
After training, the men plan their monthly meetings/adventures with the boys based on the monthly curriculum provided.
Today, over 40% of the boys in our nation do not have a dad living at home. The lack of this male role model has created a dramatic increase in drug use, school drop-out, pregnancy, and more. The average kid also spends 40 minutes a week outside, 70 hours in front of a screen. This trend is creating an unhealthy mental, physical, and spiritual population among our boys today. It is at catastrophic levels. However, every socioeconomic, health, and mental statistic improves substantially when a boy receives a mentor.
Boys are drawn in by the outdoor adventure and training by an adult man. Every boy truly is “Wild at Heart.” This internal longing fits perfectly with the KOZ program.
The KOZ leader’s ability to share the love of Jesus and a Heavenly Father changes the boys. In an outdoor setting boys are more attentive and can focus on the time with their KOZ leader and the gift of knowing Jesus.
The KOZ training dives deep into all these elements of ministry for the men of the church and the boys of our world. CLICK HERE for more info on starting a KOZ group.
SCRIPTURAL MANDATE. Proverbs 22:6, Psalms 68:5, Psalms 82:3, Deut. 27:19, Psalms 146:9, James 1:27, James 2:14-17, 2 Tim 2:2, Matt. 28:19-20, Psalms 145:4
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Some of our most commonly answered questions are answered here:
KOZ IS AN OUTDOOR MINISTRY FOR BOYS. KOZ provides men of your church with training and curriculum to mentor boys using outdoor adventure.
KOZ is available for a group of men at any evangelical protestant church. To see our statement of faith and guidelines go HERE. The church must align with these basic Christian doctrines and there must be a willing group of men.
Statistic tell us that kids today spend 40 minutes a week outside, 70 hours a week looking at a screen on some type of electronics. Many men are bound inside because of their jobs. We know that time outdoors is not only healthy but it is a crucial element that Jesus, His Father and the Holy Spirit use to teach life and heart skills. It is a win, win for God, the outdoors and those who choose to “walk uneven ground.”
Every boys finds their stride in KOZ. Many “inside boys” dearly need and want to be taught the outdoor lessons but don’t know how, are afraid of the new experience or have not been encouraged and supported to “try outside.” KOZ’s motto is “No Kid Left Inside.”
The KOZ program began because of the need for fatherless boys to have male role models. Today boys of all backgrounds come and share in the outdoor adventures, God’s message and the friendships that come from the outdoor experiences.
We’ve seen moms, dads, siblings, and even grandparents affected by a boy getting mentoring and discipleship from a group of KOZ men on Saturday morning outdoor adventures. The outdoors and the mentoring combine for a beautiful and natural Ritalin that focuses and calms a boy’s heart. This calming and healing effect impacts who he is with his family.
The outside is a place every boy comes from, it is deep and real and true. Take away the electronics, the peer pressure, the false fronts and they are open to God through the outdoors. Boys and the men are designed for outdoor expression, movement and hands on learning.
“It’s a sin to bore a kid with the gospel.” Jim Rayborn Jr., Founder of Young Life.
KOZ is mono-gender – men and boys. A boy needs a Christian man to learn how to become a Godly man. Boys learn biblical masculinity. It is our vision to help this generation of boys become Godly men that will lead and love their future wives and children well.
KOZ is for boys 8 – 18 years old. The curriculum does not work well with the boys under 8 years old. We’ve seen amazing things happen in boys who had to “wait” to be old enough to participate.
No. KOZ is not a place where volunteers get to hunt and fish while on outings. Leaders and volunteers are discouraged to be the hunter or fisherman when with the boys. The focus on all outings with the boys is the boys.
KOZ provides certified training for the men at each church. Each group should be lead by a certified trained KOZ adult. Each volunteer is encouraged to train at some point but this does not mean that ever volunteer is trained. Each church assumes responsibility of their KOZ group leaders, volunteers and their program.
The kids who come to KOZ do not have to belong to the host church. As a matter of fact, they don’t have to go to church at all to come to a KOZ group. It is not and should not be used a recruitment tools for specific churches. Requiring KOZ kids to attend a specific church or church in general is a violation of KOZ guidelines. However, the KOZ leaders would love to have them!
The kids who come to KOZ do not have to belong to the host church. As a matter of fact, they don’t have to go to church at all. It is not and should not be used as a recruitment tool for specific churches. Requiring KOZ kids to attend a specific church or any church is a violation of the KOZ guidelines. Obviously, the KOZ leaders would love to have them!
Sure. The default way to train is to utilize the “Start a Group” page on our website and utilize the videos in Step 4, after you’ve registered and paid for your church. The videos and the manuals work well together and you and your men simply go through the training together (approximately 6 hours). However, if you would like a KOZ staff member to come to your church to train your men, you will need to pay for travel, and per diem. This would be scheduled by contacting KOZ National Office at 512-292-1113.
KOZ Statement of Faith and Foundation
MEET THE KOZ TEAM
Mission Statement: To Train Men in Churches to Mentor Boys Using Outdoor Adventure.
Founder of KOZ
TJ is an award-winning outdoor travel and adventure writer, radio show host and past President of the Texas Outdoor Writers Association. He published a Texas lifestyle magazine with his wife Sandra for more than 25 years from their former home in Austin, Texas.
If you ask TJ his passions he would tell you. Jesus Christ, his family including dear friends, the ministry of KOZ, writing, coffee, hiking and the cool air of the mountains. He is involved daily working with KOZ leaders, creating materials, fundraising and mentoring.
TJ & Sandra have three adult children, two amazing grand-daughters and one grandson! They now live on a small hobby farm in Smithville, Texas and loving the country lifestyle!
See TJ Greaney/LIVE recorded presentation at Woodbine Church, Pace, Florida. Click Here.
Listen to the TJ Greaney/KOZ Interview on the 200 Churches Podcast: Click Here.
Chief Of Operations
With the heart of a pastor, Rick is on mission with what God is doing in the hearts and lives of his family, and in men and boys in his community. An outdoorsman, Rick was born and raised in rural Mississippi and has made Lynchburg, VA his home for more than 20 years. Having a BS in Wood Products and a MA in Christian Leadership, Rick came to KOZ in 2016 after fifteen years in the Timber industry and fifteen years as the Administrative and Men’s Pastor at Hyland Heights Baptist church in Lynchburg, VA.
Rick has been married for 33 years to an amazing lady –Martha. Rick is blessed to be the dad to three awesome grown sons (Ethan, Caleb, and Josh), a beautiful daughter in love (Rani), and “PopPop” to an amazing granddaughter (Emery). Rick enjoys Jesus, family, a good tree stand in the fall, and a farm pond or lake just about any time of year. Contact him at email@example.com.
Sandra L. Greaney
wife to T.J. & Special Events Coordinator/Office Support Manager
Sandra loves being involved in any and every aspect of KOZ. From organizing special events to speaking with the wives of the men serving, it’s all a joy to her.
On her off time, Sandra likes to go hiking with her husband T.J., playing board games, cooking with their adult children, spending time with her long time girlfriends, and of course having fun with her grand-babies and grand-dogs!
Her heart’s passion is to show the love of Christ to those around her and when available the KOZ boys!
Database Management & Bookkeeping
Nicole Greaney has been part of KOZ for over 10 years and loves everything about it!
She brings a high level of knowledge and experience in nonprofit and corporate marketing, events, database management, fundraising and more.
Nicole is married to Cody Ryan Greaney, the son of TJ, and they have a beautiful little girl. Nicole loves Jesus, life on the farm, spending time with family and friends, singing, hunting, fishing, and visiting small town coffee shops.
In 2020, Angie and her husband, Gary, moved to Texas from South Carolina and have enjoyed learning and growing in the community. In 2021 Angie joined the KOZ team and serves as Administrative Assistant for the ministry. Her heart is to serve the Lord and others. Having been raised in a single-family home, Angie understands the need for a ministry like Kids Outdoor Zone.
WIFE TO RICK AND ONBOARDING AND RETENTION SPECIALIST
Martha has been a champion of KOZ for many years. As a former pastor’s wife, KOZ wife, and KOZ mom, she has had the joy of witnessing first-hand the eternal impact that KOZ has in the lives of boys, their families, and in the men that step up to join the rescue. After a career in nursing, homeschooling their 3 boys, and working as an Academic Advisor for Nursing at Liberty University, Martha officially joined the KOZ Team in April 2022.
From hiking, fishing, and camping to gardening or hunting for seashells by the ocean, being outdoors is most definitely Martha’s happy place. Martha loves spending time with her adult children and being “Mo Mo” to her adorable granddaughter, Emery!