Father-Son Bucket List


“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

-Helen Keller

Men long for adventure. We long to explore, to create, to discover. This world is full of adventures waiting to unfold—it’s up to us to pursue them.

So when was the last time you took your son on an adventure? Do you have any plans for any exciting journeys with him in the future? Take a few moments and sit down with him to put together a bucket list of things you’d like to do together. Here are some ideas to help get you started:

Simple ideas that cost nothing or very little

  • Take a camping trip
  • Ride the biggest roller coaster you can find
  • Build a tree house
  • Teach your son to drive stick shift
  • Go rock-climbing
  • Cook out on the grill
  • Figure out your family
  • Make a time capsule
  • Take surfing lessons
  • Hike to the top of a mountain
  • Go white water rafting
  • Serve an elderly neighbor, widow, or widower
  • Make “Manna Bags” for the poor and hungry
  • Pray together

Other ideas you can save up for

  • Go on a deep sea or fly fishing trip
  • Visit the Hall of Fame of your favorite sport
  • Take a road trip to Washington, D.C. and see our nation’s capital
  • Take a missions trip to another country together

Of course, I know there are plenty of great experiences for fathers and sons to share together that I didn’t list above.  The most important thing is that you focus on things your son is passionate about.

Please feel free to share other ideas you have in a comment below.

Additional Resources:

Mother-Daughter Bucket List

Mother-Son Bucket List

Marriage Bucket List

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Band of Brothers USA

    Amen Mark – And as as a father of four teenage girls, there is a Father/Daughter Bucket List as well!

    Bringing adventure into the lives of your kids is life changing. We do this for Father/Sons through http://www.peakchallenge.net I also take my girls annually to hike 14ers in Colorado.

  • So good to hear. Your Father/Son adventure sounds cool.

  • I met a man when I was doing a tour of Morocco, he was a retired school teacher and he had a deal with his kids. When they finished high school he would take them for a week, just the two of them, anywhere in the world.

    I’ve made the same promise to my boys.

  • Schlonte McGee

    This is right on Awesome!

  • Wonderful promise!

  • mika

    hey ,hw can i help kids in church?