Who We Are

“There is always a moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.”

Graham Greene

Taken on the inaugural experience of the Dads' Bucket List - creating a lifetime of experiences for our kids

Taken on the inaugural experience of the Dads’ Bucket List – creating a lifetime of experiences for our kids

You see, we’ve got them with us for only a little while and we don’t want to end up dropping them off at college or watch them moving their stuff out of the house and look back with a boatload of regrets about missed opportunities. We all want to build lasting memories and open new doors for our kids. We never know what experience may spark a passion in our kids we never knew existed.

In the words of one of my sporting heroes, Herb Brooks, “This is our time.”  Let’s not let it slip away.

What are we doing?

  • We’re a group of fathers and sons/daughters sharing unique, new experiences on a regular basis and having some fun along the way.
  • We want dads to meet and connect with other dads and also for kids to foster new friendships
  • Moms benefit by getting a little break and some well deserved time off.
  • We want to think of a great idea and figure out a way to make the experience happen.

Who’s In?:

  • We’ve been adding to the group organically by dads getting other dads involved.  We’re always looking to add to our numbers (just subscribe on the homepage of this site and e-mail me at mattboettcher@hotmail.com to find out how to get on board)

What this is not:

  • It’s not a religious based group
  • There is no agenda, it’s all about having fun and trying some new experiences

Possible Activities:

  • Horseback Riding (or better yet Bull Riding)
  • Be extras in a movie (heck, let’s get nominated for an Oscar!)
  • Build a garden for someone
  • Learn how to make a pizza from scratch
  • Go skiing
  • Build a bench (out of wood that you cut instead of one from Ikea)
  • Play a round of golf (at Augusta.  Do they allow 20somes for groups?)
  • Harvest a crop and drive one of those awesome combines
  • Volunteer at a food bank and see how others less fortunate get by
  • Play a game of flag football (with an ex-NFL player)
  • Take BP at a Major League ball park
  • Ride a bike down a mountain (beats riding one up)
  • Play a game of hockey (on the street and the ice)
  • Go on a long group run (and help raise money for a worthy cause)
  • Go fishing (and catch some kind of man eater)
  • Tour a TV station and try our hand at delivering the news (or an opinion)
  • Climb a mountain (that rhymes with Neverest)
  • Try orienteering (whatever it is)
  • Go spelunking (we all know what that is)
  • Take an art class
  • Watch a movie outside under the stars
  • Go camping (and return with all members accounted for)
  • Rock climbing
  • Swim with some type of fish that is bigger than you
  • Play a pick-up basketball game with an ex-Pro
  • Visit a foreign country
  • Learn to speak a new language (like Vulcan, directly from Spock)
  • Sit in the owner’s box at a professional sports game
  • Give our kids as many experiences as we can

So what do you say?  Go. See. Be. Do.

Matt Boettcher – Dads’ Bucket List

20 Responses to Who We Are

  1. Jesse says:

    absolutely love this…great job. 😀

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for following my blog. Might I say that what you guys are doing will go far in making this world a better place. Dads are in short supply and we live in a world starving for male role models. Thank you for taking seriously and lovingly.

  3. Thats a really positive thing to do. Great job man. Those kids are super luck. Keep up the good work!
    -Jake

  4. I love your mission! As a twenty(almost thirty)something, I went home to my Dad’s house just last weekend to….build a shelf….not from IKEA. That kind of stuff is STILL the most meaningful time we spend together. Keep on keepin’ on!

  5. Thumbs up to a very noble vision! Much of the world needs. => That’s a really cool header photo.

  6. 52BrandNew says:

    LOVE your project! I think it is so important for children to have dads who are strong role models! Looking forward to reading about more of your adventures!

  7. This is a great idea! I don’t have any kids of my own yet, but I will one day and I’m the oldest of 4. Sometimes i worry by the time I’m 30 I’ll be more settled down and won’t be able to travel and do things on my bucket list. This is a great spin of turning a bucket list into an opportunity to give something to your kids. I love this idea and hope to create something like this with my family one day.

  8. Hey Matt!
    Thanks for following my blog! I love what you are doing here with yours – such excellent work all around (on the blog and in real life)… 🙂
    I look forward to staying in touch.
    Warm regards,
    Deborah

  9. Hi Matt, thanks for finding my Blog. Love the idea of yours too, what a great group you have going there.
    I’m in the UK, but take summer vacations way up in Helen, GA. We just LOVE Atlanta and GA. Can’t wait to get back to Helen in August for some sunshine and a Huddle House breakfast !!!

  10. AwiroS says:

    I love your BLOG! What amazing things you are doing with your family! I only wish to be given the opportunity to share my bucket list adventures with my children one day!!! I absolutely love this!

    • awiros says:

      I need to be blessed with children first hahaha Friends have told me that my life has to completely change when I have a child and that I wont be able to enjoy the things I enjoy now (such as traveling). Clearly not the case =) I need to share your blog with them. lol

      • They definitely change things that’s for sure, but consider how great the trips will be when you’ve got your new favorite traveling companion right at your side. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and share your thoughts.

  11. RaisingDragonBoy says:

    What a fantastic blog! I have read lots of blogs about moms and their children (including writing my own), but it is refreshing from a dad’s perspective. Thanks for stopping by and the like! Look forward to reading more. Cheers, Dragon Boy and Mom

  12. susancgreen says:

    I am enjoying your blog and have nominated you for the Liebster award. The details are here http://50statesofyay.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/liebster-award/
    Thanks for the blog!

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