Founded in 2019, Dad Guild is a Burlington-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and empower fathers by offering opportunities for connection, education, and community engagement. Over the course of three years, Dad Guild has grown from a small group of fathers who would occasionally meet at playgrounds, to a growing network of nearly 700 dads with 10 different programs, reaching fathers all across the state of Vermont.
One of those programs, Fires with Fathers, started in December of 2021 and has been taking place on a monthly basis on the Rock Point property. Fires with Fathers provides dads with the opportunity to gather around a campfire one Saturday evening a month with the intention of connecting deeply with one another. Participants regularly model vulnerability, practice active listening, and engage in meaningful self-reflection. To date, the program has attracted two dozen different participants and is being prepared to be replicated in other counties throughout the state.