BAM! Downloads

Ideas for starting BAM! groups in your community (pdf file)

Presentation slides you can use to help advocate for boys (ppt. file) 

Five Tips for Understanding Boys

(pdf file)

View a video clip of the Talking Cards activity.  You will hear ten year-old boys describe their experience in a BAM! group using visual images they selected. This is convincing qualitative evidence of the group’s impact. (QuickTime file)

Read the article, Three Things Boys Need To Learn and We Need To Learn About Boys published in the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education’s Journal CSEE Connections. (pdf file)


Tell us your story...

The BAM! Guidebook contains quantitative and qualitative tools to measure the group’s impact.  We are compiling the results from BAM! group leaders around the country.  We are also interested in your BAM! success stories and ideas for modifying the curriculum to fit your needs.  Please share your data and experience with us. We will update this page to include new tips that group leaders are discovering.  Take a look below.

BAM! Tips

  1. BulletA boy scout troop leader is training a group of high school boys to serve as co-leaders with adult BAM! group leaders.

  1. BulletBAM! has grown into an elective class for boys at a middle school in Washington.  Administrators are pleased to see improved attendance, grades, and behavior on the part of participating boys.

  1. BulletA middle school counselor writes, “We are selecting a pen pal for each boy in their BAM! group.  These are men from the community that we know in some capacity.  Every week we email them the topic and they write a letter to their pen pal sharing some experience, thought, etc about the topic.  They will get the chance to meet their pen pal at an evening event full of fun and adventure.  We are leaving it up to each boy on whether they would like to write back to their pen pal.  We also asked our deputy superintendent to be one of our pen pals, we decided to aim high!”

  1. BulletAn elementary school counselor writes, “We added a ‘Fear Factor Food’ event to each week’s meeting.   Our group meets after school so we knew we needed to feed the boys.  We decided to do a food that they would never choose...things like sushi, tofu, edamame, dried mangos, figs, goat cheese, soy milk, anything we could find that would be different.  The boys LOVE this part of group.  We explain to them that it's an opportunity to try something new but it's also an opportunity to practice their personal courage by not being influenced by the crowd. “