Frequently Asked Questions
Outdoor Adventure Ministry for Boys
KOZ Mission Statement
KOZ is a ministry that uses hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure as a tool to mentor to boys. We train men in churches to role model and disciple the boys that are in their churches and communities through the KOZ outdoor adventure curriculum.
KOZ groups are organized and led by the men of a particular church. KOZ provides the training and materials each month for the leaders to use. This is not an assignment for a pastor, it is the laymen of the church who facilitate the KOZ program.
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.
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 very interested in taking care of boys and their needs however the curriculum does not work well with younger boys. We have 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!
Sure. KOZ holds training classes across the country or you can bring in TJ Greaney, the founder of KOZ, or other KOZ instructors to train the men in your church. For details and more information contact KOZ National office at 512-292-1113.