Last summer, I took a hunting trip with my son for a few days away from civilization. On the first night, I planned a surprise—to wake him up in the middle of the night for a secret adventure. After he slept for a bit, I woke him up and told him we have a super-secret mission, that the owner of the land we were on needed our help finding the coyotes and hogs tearing up his property. I gave my son an all-black outfit and eye black and told him we had to go immediately. His confusion quickly turned to excitement.

That night, we didn’t see one coyote or hog. We drove around in the Jeep, using spotlights and animal calls. At times, we sat in the dark, ate Pringles as quietly as possible, looked at the stars, and laughed together. When we got home, he couldn’t stop talking about our adventure in the middle of the night.

Adventures are important for fathers and sons because they create a bond like nothing else. Here are 7 adventures for fathers and sons to go on to grow closer.

1. Middle of the Night Excursion

There is something exhilarating about sneaking around in the middle of the night. A friend of mine lives on a golf course and takes his boys golf ball hunting in the middle of the night with flashlights and headlamps. Plan a midnight adventure both of you will love.

2. Middle of the Schoolday Surprise

In middle school, there was something special about leaving school and coming back. Your friends wanted to know every detail of what you did; it was super cool. Plan a special lunch or a quick adventure out. This doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive, just intentional.

3. Outdoor Adventure

You may not be the outdoors type, but there is value in being outside together as guys. Plan a camping trip or go hiking and fishing. It may not be an ongoing adventure, but it’s a must-do to create some shared stories.

4. Fun with Food

Find an eating challenge you can do together at a local restaurant. Go grab some nice steaks and teach him how to grill. Pick a type of food the two of you like and take a tour around your state to find the best places to get it. Food brings everyone together…..

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