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Boot Camp for New Moms donations campaign

For over 10 years, Dads of Douglas County has increased public awareness about the important role fathers play in their children's healthy development. We have also worked to change how institutions in our community interact with fathers. Additionally, we continue to provide direct support to fathers by providing parenting training, personal and professional development opportunities, and individual coaching and mentoring.

We are particularly proud of providing the Boot Camp for New Dads workshops in partnership with Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Boot Camp for New Dads links veteran dads of newborns with dads expecting a first baby, so they can share experiences and expectations of parenting and child development. Since 2016, we've facilitated seven workshops and helped more than 50 expectant dads learn the ropes of parenthood. Our next workshop is in April.

We are now excited to expand our commitment to parenting by sponsoring Boot Camp for New Moms, a workshop for expectant moms to learn from real moms about what to expect and how to prepare for motherhood. We believe providing boot camp programs for both dads and moms promotes partnerships in parenting.

Providing the Boot Camp for New Moms program requires becoming licensed and providing training for three women to facilitate the workshops. The training takes place in Denver, Colorado, in the spring of 2018. Several women have expressed interest in completing this training and taking the lead on implementing the Boot Camp for New Moms program.

We need to raise $3,000 to cover the cost of the license and training. We'd like your help in raising these funds. Donations of any size are welcome. However, if you are able, it would take just 15 $200 donations by April 18 to reach our goal. Please make your tax-deductible donation to Dads of Douglas County, 200 Maine Street, Suite B, Lawrence, Kansas 66044 or donate online by clicking here.

Because every mom and baby knows... Dads Are Magic, Too! Join us in partnership with National Fatherhood Initiative and find Baby Magic products at Walgreens!
Thanks, Baby Magic, for promoting the magic of fatherhood. Dads of Douglas County appreciates the respect you've shown all of the great dads that are working hard to embrace their role as parents and champions for their kids.
The penguins are back! Join us for 18 holes of mini golf inside the Lawrence Public Library. One of the funnest family events in Lawrence returns this weekend, and to go along with the "Wonders of Lawrence" theme, we've brought back the emperor penguins (some of nature's most "wonder"-ful dads, right?) we designed a few years ago for the last Caddy Stacks event. Bring the whole family from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 27th, or on Sunday from noon to 5:30, to play real mini golf in specially constructed holes throughout the library. The cost, which can be paid at the door and goes to the Library Foundation, is $5.00 per person, or $20.00 for groups of 6 golfers. If you're looking for a good date night idea or something to do with a group of grown-up friends, join us Friday night from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. for the adults only mini golf party. Local sports media celebs Tom Keegan, Brian Hanni, and Kevin Romary will be on hand for the festivities, which include unlimited mini golf, clubhouse snacks, and drinks for all. Reservations are required, and cost $40/adult ($20 tax deductible). Visit to make a reservation or find out more, and please share these Facebook events: (family days) (golf night for grown ups)
Boot Camp for New Dads workshop

Boot Camp for New Dads, a unique program for expectant dads, is being offered at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in partnership with Dads of Douglas County.

Registration for the Boot Camp workshop, which costs $10, is available at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital website at

Boot Camp is a highly successful program in which new dads (Veterans) show the ropes dads-to-be (Rookies) who are expecting their first baby. The program uses a men-only training approach giving guys the opportunity to talk about things they might not normally discuss. It also includes real babies brought by the Veterans to give guys some hands-on experience.

This combination – Rookies, Veterans and babies – in a room for three hours makes for great chemistry. The Rookies are all eyes and ears as they watch the Veterans feed, burp, change and care for their babies while hearing their experiences and advice. A strong sense of solidarity quickly develops between these men and peaks when the Vets give their babies to the Rookies for hands-on training. There are few other opportunities for new dads to obtain the insights of other men on the challenges of becoming a father.

Boot Camp prepares men to be dads in all respects, beginning with holding and comforting a real baby. Veteran dads demonstrate burping, changing, swaddling, the troubleshooting a crying baby and deal with a broad range of issues including bonding, work hours, forming a parenting team, safety, preventing child abuse, dealing with relatives, etc. The strongest emphasis is placed on the tremendous support new moms need from dads.

Lawrence Bicycle Club is hosting a 3-mile ride at 10 a.m. Aug. 19 along the Lawrence Loop! Bring the family for an easy, fun ride, three miles on the Lawrence Loop Trail beginning at Broken Arrow Park.
Open Pinewood Derby - All Children Welcome

Dads of Douglas County is hosting our first Pinewood Derby! Open to children of all ages. Prizes will be awarded for speed, but also imagination and creativity! There will be food, beverages, and activities for all ages. Limited to first 50 entries.

Due to the generosity of our sponsors and donors, we are waiving the registration fee ($30 per child). We encourage you to purchase car kits at Cottin's Hardware, located at 1832 Massachusetts Street.

Adult races will be held on Friday, June 16th at 7:00 p.m. See separate event information on Dads of Douglas County Facebook page.

Check back soon for more information and detailed rules. Feel free to post questions or email directly to

Special thanks to all of our partners with this event:

Edie Insurance
Cottin's Hardware
Free State Brewing Co
Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority
Dalton Paley

Play-Well TEKnologies LEGO® program coming to Lawrence. To register online or find more information, please visit:
Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department, along with Play-Well TEKnologies are offering a free youth LEGO® program for children ages five years-old and older. The program will be held in two sessions: 2-3:30 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at the Carnegie Building, 200 West Ninth St. To register online, please visit
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