'IT IS THE MISSION OF EACH TRUE KNIGHT—HIS DUTY—NAY, HIS PRIVILEGE! TO DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM, TO FIGHT THE UNBEATABLE FOE, TO BEAR WITH UNBEARABLE SORROW, TO RUN WHERE THE BRAVE DARE NOT GO; TO RIGHT THE UNRIGHTABLE WRONG.'
― Joe Darion, Man of La Mancha
Attention Future Knights and Ladies!
Chateau Le Mur presents 'Chivalry Camp' for future Knights and Ladies who want to enjoy an interactive fun filled week in an authentic Medieval setting in Brittany, France learning the the values of faith, loyalty, courage, and honor of Chivalry, understanding the Code of Honor by utilizing teachings, exciting activities, and the creative arts.
Please Note: Chivalry Camp is Temporarily Suspended
The Art of Chivalry is alive and well each summer at Chateau Le Mur! We offer intensive summer camps based on the Code of Chivalry in order to become a Knight or Lady of Le Mur. The Medieval historic setting presents an interactive and intensive program of swinging from trees, horseback riding, paintball, illuminated manuscript writing for budding artists, swimming and paddle-boating. Daily workshops and/or cinema demonstrate examples of knighthood's values and adventure. Additionally there will be trips to medieval festivals, castles and the Knights Templar church, Adventure Park, and the worlds number 1 theme park, 'Puy de Fou', all culminating in a medieval feast and knighting ceremony.
Who should attend ?
Teenagers or young adults who have are interested in any of the following:
Enhancing leadership skills to make a difference
in your generation;
Participating in Art, drama, music, dance, video, and film;
Learning about Medieval Knighthood and how to apply the values of Chivalry in your modern world;
Adventurers wanting to see what Brittany, France
has to offer;
Meeting international students and making new friends.
Squires—those attendees who are working their way to Le Mur Knighthood—arrive at the Rennes train station where they will be met and driven to Le Mur. Accommodations include comfortable housing in the authentic Medieval Manoir du Mur, situated on a historic 181 acre site that once was a Roman Military Camp.
Using the biblical values and scriptures presented in the Code of Chivalry, a series of entertaining activities will highlight the lessons learned in order to become a Knight or Lady of Le Mur.
Throughout the week there will be interactive and amusing workshops that cover the main ideas presented by various authors that include; Geoffroi de Charny's "Book of Chivalry" that expounds upon the importance of Christian faith in every area of a Knights life, in addition to an ideal of chivalry which is essential to the modern concept of the Knight as an elite warrior sworn to uphold the values of faith, loyalty, courage, and honor. Robert Lewis “Raising a Modern Day Knight”, “ King Me” by Steve Farrar,“Wild at Heart” by John Eldredge, and “Daughter of the King”
by Melissa Deming.
Depending upon the skills and interests documented in the applications submitted by our future Knights and Ladies, a custom made program will be formed to allow their individual and group creative talent to flourish – utilizing the stage for musical presentations, dance, video, or drama/comedy that the attendees will produce themselves.
Here is a sampling of themed presentations enhanced by day trips and/or group activities:
A comical presentation, 'All the French you need to know this week'.
Becoming a Knight or Lady of Le Mur – what to expect this week (A Knights Tale —cinema).
Brief History of Knighthood (trip to 'Eglise de L'Temple )
Mastering your body rather than Your body mastering you (Adventure Parc and Paintball).
Famous Medieval Monks—Cultivating a Heart of Humility and Service by being a monk for a day. (Service day in Rennes, Brother Sun, Sister Moon— cinema.)
Living under persecution, history of persecution and why it continues to exist today. ('Puy de Fou' Theme Park.
The Code of Chivalry (biblical values —
the Code of Honor).
Sampling of Workshops and Activities
Illuminated Manuscript; Feasting and Foraging in the Forest (learn how to prepare a Medieval meal from scavenger hunting); In-house Dramas (quick comedy skits that highlight the lesson of the day);
Story-telling (using historical literature); Adventure Park (physical training course for all levels that include swinging from trees); Puy de Fou (voted the world's best theme park; allows you to walk through history of France with theatrical presentations and historical reenactments); Forest of Broceliende (Mythical forest of of King Arthur); Knights Templar church and artifacts; Medieval Festivals; Horseback riding; and visits to the Medieval cities and villages Brittany has to offer.
Meals will be hearty with Medieval Menus that may include rabbit, venison, vegetables, duck, and stews. Three meals a day will be served with the main meal in the afternoon at various locations that include restaurants, picnics and in the medieval facilities; The program
ends with a Medieval Feast Celebration and entertainment where squires become officially knighted. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Housing will be in the furnished apartments in the Medieval Manoir with at least one adult chaperone in each apartment, separated by gender. Opportunity given to sleep in the authentic Knights Chamber.
(For all inclusive costs, please download the application form. Discounts available for church groups, sibling groups, and children whose parents are in full-time ministry. Please contacit us directly. )
Parents: consider giving your teen an experience that will benefit them for a lifetime while at the same time giving them an opportunity to live in a Medieval setting learning about Chivalry, Faith, Loyalty, Courage and Honor, with other young adults. We are happy to have them with us giving you an opportunity to have peace of mind while you are touring through France or Europe.