BAM Adventures (Becoming A Man Adventures) specializes in building
strong father and son relationships through weekend retreats and a unique
curriculum that can be used at home. The BAM Adventures movement, however,stretches far beyond
weekend retreats. The entire BAM Adventures system gives fathers, sons,
and families the tools and strategies to develop a
new community of men—one committed to doing great things in this world and
inspiring the next generation of men to do the same.
Our mission is to equip fathers to empower a new generation of strong healthy men
(mentally, physically, and emotionally) to be leaders in their family, work,
communities, and around the world.
The Origins of BAM Adventures
During the last decade, we saw a trend among young men that caused
us to have great concern. Young men were struggling to grow into
strong healthy men.The pattern
was prevalent in every age group from elementary school to post college.It continues today.
There are many reasons for this trend,
but the major issue is the decreasing relationship between fathers and
sons. Simply put, a growing number of young men are being raised without
a positive male role model. Sometimes the father or male role model is
present physically, but not present emotionally. Other times he is not present at all. This issue crosses all racial, cultural,
and socio-economic lines.
We discovered another trend while doing
retreats.Most dads have never
been taught how to help their son on the journey to manhood.
That’s why we created BAM Adventures—To provide a healthy and
constructive framework for fathers, stepfathers, guardians, and mentors to
confidently interact with their sons and provide the guidance and positive accountability
needed to build strong healthy men.
The BAM Adventures Philosophy
The Four Keys to Building Healthy Men
At BAM Adventures, we believe there are four keys to building healthy men:
Men of every age need these four elements to remain vibrant and
emotionally alive.All of
our resources and retreats have these keys for building healthy men at the core
of their structure. Whether
it is the Great Father Son Adventure Race, the construction and destruction
events, or father and son trivia, adventure is a central part of every event.
Fathers are the primary mentor for sons.The BAM Adventures retreats and resources create a structure
and system for fathers and male role models to mentor their son.
During a BAM Adventures event we build a community of fathers and
sons that support each other on the journey to manhood.Facing challenges and adversity is much
easier when you have a mentor and a community of other fathers and sons for
All of our weekend adventures and material are designed to:
1. Empower the son
2. Strengthen the bond between the father and the son
3. Provide an adventure!
The "Do and Discuss" Method
The secret to our very successful weekends is our unique "do
and discuss" method.Pairing
father and son activities with pre-planned discussions, we break down barriers
and create meaningful conversations that build lasting relationships between
fathers and sons.
Growing up with four males in a household of five, we know the
unique challenge of getting guys, young and old, to open up and talk about
important issues. The key, we discovered, was doing things together
before we talked.When we
actively did something together, whether it was throwing the baseball or
putting together a puzzle, the communication barriers began to break down, and
we were more comfortable talking. Thus, we created the “Do and Discuss.”
The “Do and Discuss” method is exactly what it sounds like.
Father and son do an activity and then talk about a relevant topic. The
activity can be ANYTHING and the topic of discussion doesn’t have to be serious
at all. The
combination is magical for getting guys to talk.When the activities are real adventures, like they are on a BAM
Adventures retreat, then the discussion is even more lively.
What Makes Us Unique?
Fortunately there are many groups doing father son retreats, but there are three things that distinguish our business from others.
1. Sons take the lead in all BAM activities. Whether it’s in a discussion or a scavenger hunt, sons are the ones taking the lead. Through taking charge, they learn leadership skills and gain confidence in their ideas and actions.
2. Conversations. Our unique discussion guides take the guesswork out of talking with young men about important topics.
3. Unforgettable projects and activities. Our weekends are packed with out of the ordinary activities and projects that fathers and sons participate in together.
In the end, we take the guesswork out of helping build men out of boys so that you can enjoy the process of helping your son develop into the man he was created to be.BAM Adventures provides all of the structure, organization, and processes for fathers and sons to experience a relationship changing adventure.