Boot Camp for New Dads® (BCND)
About This Program
Target Population: Dads-to-be in the months surrounding their baby's birth
For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 0
Boot Camp for New Dads® (BCND, also known as Daddy Boot Camp®) is a unique father-to-father, community-based workshop that inspires and equips men of all economic levels, ages, and cultures to become confidently engaged with their infants, support their mates, and personally navigate their transformation into dads.
BCND directly addresses shaken baby syndrome, including explaining what it is and how to avoid getting in a situation that could lead to shaken baby syndrome. The idea of “if you feel yourself getting angry or frustrated, put the baby down in a safe place and leave the room” is emphasized and often Veteran Dads give advice and tips on how to deal with a crying baby to help mitigate those situations. Boot Camp also reinforces the positive role an involved, loving father has in his child’s life which impacts the child’s future in a variety of positive ways
The goals of Boot Camp for New Dads® (BCND) are:
- Increase knowledge...
- Men will know more about how they can benefit their wives and babies.
- Men's problem-solving strategies will shift from a narrow to broad perspective.
- Increase self-image...
- Men will develop a view of parenting as a masculine activity, consistent with their identity.
- Men will be inspired to be as good as (or better than) the veterans.
- Men will understand they will have their own individual style.
- Set expectations and increase confidence...
- Men will have a higher expectation of their own responsibility as parents.
- Men will know what to be prepared for and be ready to be proactive.
- Men’s attitudes will shift from being “prepared to survive” the transition to being “eager to master” it.
- Men will know that it’s okay to make mistakes and that when they do, they will try again.
- Men will say to themselves, “I think I know what to do to accomplish this.”
The essential components of Boot Camp for New Dads® (BCND) include:
- Veteran Dads (who have previously attended BCND) return to class with their babies to provide opportunities for hands-on experience caring for a baby and show the dads-to-be that they too can rise to the occasion as fathers and be confident and caring for their babies.
- Round table discussions with opportunities to ask questions of men who have recently become fathers to find out what they’ve learned to be most important.
- BCND is a dads-only environment, which provides a relaxed and safe atmosphere for men to get their questions answered.
- A well-trained, engaging Coach, who is also a father is assigned.
- Some of the Coaches are trained at the semi-annual Master Coach Training in Denver, Colorado conducted by BCND's team of National Trainers.
- Others are trained on-site by a National Trainer.
- Coaches who have attended the Master Coach Training are then able to train other men to be Coaches for their Boot Camp program.
- A great Coach can move the group through all the necessary topics while engaging the guys to share their stories, encouraging great participation, and getting Rookies excited about their baby and looking forward to coming back as Veteran Dads.
- A classroom setting with a coach, 3+ Veteran Dads, and ideally 10-12 dads-to-be, but there can be a lot of variation in class size.
Boot Camp for New Dads® (BCND) directly provides services to parents/caregivers and addresses the following:
- Men about to become fathers for the first time
One session before baby; men are invited to return as veterans which approximately 25% do
This program is typically conducted in a(n):
- Community Agency
- Community Daily Living Setting
- Military Base
Boot Camp for New Dads® (BCND) includes a homework component:
Men are asked to go home and make a list with their wives/girlfriends/partners of all the things they like to do together. When the baby is about 6 weeks old, they can start picking things off the list to do so they can reignite their relationship with mom.
Men are encouraged to talk with their partners and develop “game plans” together around the topics of gatekeeping, postpartum depression, sleeping plans, parenting as a team, and more so that the first time they talk about these issues isn’t in the heat of the moment when stress, tiredness, and tensions are high.
All dads-to-be receive the Crash Course for New Dads book to take home, which includes many pages with checklists or worksheets to fill out about what kind of father they want to be, how they will manage visitors, and thinking ahead of activities he can do with his child. There is also a Childbirth Coaching Guide that the guys are told to put with the hospital bag so they can have it on hand when labor starts. This fold-out includes space for the birth plan, and a place for important numbers for him to fill out ahead of time.
Boot Camp for New Dads® (BCND) has materials available in a language other than English:
For information on which materials are available in this language, please check on the program's website or contact the program representative (contact information is listed at the bottom of this page).
Resources Needed to Run Program
The typical resources for implementing the program are:
Room, contact with fathers-to-be, trained facilitator (Coach), program coordinator, and a license from National Headquarters
Education and Training
Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications
There is no minimum education requirement, only the ability to facilitate a group and training for this is provided.
Education and Training Resources
There is a manual that describes how to implement this program , and there is training available for this program.
A manual that describes how to implement this program for Coaches and Coordinators is part of the licensing package.
- Boot Camp for New Dads
phone: (949) 754-9067
Training is obtained:
There are three options: Master Coach Training is offered twice a year in Denver, on-site training can be arranged through the national headquarters, or if the program has a trained Master Coach, he can train other Coaches for the licensed site he is working with.
Number of days/hours:
1 ½ days
Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research
Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Boot Camp for New Dads® (BCND).
Bishop, G., Wallace, M., & Ault, C. (2008). How to prepare men to be fathers. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 23(1), 4-7.
Capuozzo, R. M., Sheppard, B. S., & Uba, G. (2010). Boot Camp for New Dads: The importance of infant-father attachment, Young Children, May, 24-28.
Lee, J. (2008, June 16). Daddy boot camp: The playbook for modern fatherhood now includes a prebaby crash course. Time, 55-56.
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2013
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: February 2018
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2012