Frequently Asked Questions
General
How do I start a Tribe? 

99% of Tribes are self-formed, meaning one Dad decides to do Champion Tribes and invites other dads who have middle school sons to join him on the journey. Each father will need to purchase a Champion Kit to facilitate the journey for himself and his son.
How many people should I have in my Tribe? 

We recommend anywhere between 3-8 father son pairs per Tribe, but have found the optimal Tribe size to be 5 father son pairs. The benefit of a smaller group is that it is easier to coordinate schedules for Tribe gatherings. But the downside of a small group is that you lose some of the power and wisdom that comes from additional life experiences and perspectives. The pro of a larger group are lots of energy and wisdom from the Tribe, but Tribe gatherings become more difficult to schedule. We have found that a Tribe size of 5 pairs of fathers and sons maximizes both Tribe feel and ability to schedule gatherings. 
How long does Champion Tribes take? 

Champion Tribes typically takes a year to complete (12 Tribe Gatherings= 1 per month). It is possible to do it in more or less time, but we recommend meeting once a month with your Tribe for an entire year. For those looking to extend their Tribe experience, we recommend several strategies throughout the experience in the Dad Preps. 
TRIBE
How do I start a Tribe? 

99% of Tribes are self-formed. Meaning one Dad decides to do Champion Tribes and invites other dads who have middle school sons to join him on the journey. Each father will need to purchase a Champion Kit to facilitate the journey for himself and his son. 
How many people should I have in my Tribe? 

Tribe size is not an exact science, but we recommend 3-8 pairs of fathers and sons with 5 being the ideal size. The pros of a smaller group is that it is easier to coordinate schedules for Tribe gatherings, the con is you lose a little bit of the power and wisdom that comes from the Tribe context. The pros of a larger group are lots of energy and wisdom from the Tribe, but Tribe gatherings become more difficult to schedule. We have found that a Tribe size of 5 pairs of fathers and sons maximizes both Tribe feel and ability to schedule gatherings. 

What if I can’t find enough dads to start a Tribe? 

Most of the time dads feel like there are only one or two dads that will join their Tribe. The easiest way to get a Tribe to form is to ask each of those dads to find one other dad to join your Tribe putting you at 5 dads total (the ideal number in our book). 

The best places to look for other fathers to invite to your Tribe are your church, work, your son’s friends through school or sports league. 
Where do most people meet with their Tribe?

Champion Tribes is designed for you to meet anywhere where you have access to internet and a tv or laptop. Most Tribes meet in living rooms, basements, offices, community centers or churches.
Why is Champion Tribes so focused on Tribe experience? 

The effectiveness and power of Champion Tribes is multiplied when completed as a Tribe with other fathers and sons navigating this critical time. The Tribe gives fathers extra motivation and accountability and it gives sons a comfortable space with their friends and other respected men where they can learn and grow.
ABOUT
What is Champion Tribes? 

Champion Tribes is a group-based experience giving busy fathers a plan to raise their middle school aged sons into men of character. To learn more about how Champion Tribes works watch this video

Physical Champion Kit + Digital Platform + a Tribe combine to provide busy fathers a framework to dive deeper in their relationship with their sons and ultimately give them a blessing. The experience centers on 12 Tribe Gatherings (one for each value in the CHAMPIONS acronym). Each gathering is carefully crafted to help fathers engage important conversations and create significant moments with their son. 

Champion Tribes is a tool to help Dads intentionally engage with their sons, impart values, and lay the foundation for him to become a Champion in life.
How long does Champion Tribes take? 

Champion Tribes typically takes a year to complete. It is possible to do it in less or more time, but we recommend meeting once a month with your Tribe for a year as a good cadence. 

For those looking to extend their Tribe experience beyond a year, we recommend several strategies in the Dad Prep portion of the digital experience and in our Next Level Ideas resource. 

What is the time commitment of Champion Tribes? 

We like to think of Champion Tribes as an investment rather than a commitment. Champion Tribes is a way to focus the time you are already spending with your son by creating the right context in which to engage meaningful conversations. But all that being said, Champion Tribes requires about 15 minutes of prep, 1 hour of Tribe time, and 30 minutes of one on one time with your son each month. Talk to any dad that has been through Champion Tribes and they will tell you the investment of time is the best investment that you could make. Especially when it comes to the 3 core experiences:  Commitment Night, the Cemetery visit, and the Champion Ceremony at the end. 

How to Tribe Gatherings work? 

Tribe Gatherings are the 12 group experiences that make up the Champion Tribes journey. Tribe gatherings are the monthly meetings where your entire Tribe gathers together (typically at a Tribe members house). All you need to host a tribe gathering is a internet connection and a screen. 

At a typical Tribe gathering you and your boys will start with the Tribe Up video, play a Tribe game, do an icebreaker activity, watch a movie clip about the Champion value, listen to a speaker share a lesson on the value and then a Tribe discussion. 

The Tribe gatherings are thoughtfully constructed to help keep your son engaged, but also create the proper context to have a meaningful conversation on a meaningful topic. 

Each Tribe gathering contains a short (15 minutes or less) program called a Dad Prep that helps prepare you for the gatherings. Then between Tribe Gatherings there is an additional program called Champion Training for you and your son to complete one on one. Each Champion Training contains a Champion Challenge, which is a short 5-20 minute activity for you and your son to complete and then a short 5 minute video + some questions to help you reengage the Champion Value and what your son is learning through Champion Tribes. 

What are each of the 12 Tribe Gatherings about? 

Each of the Tribe Gatherings centers around a specific value. We use the CHAMPIONS acronym as a basis for these values. 

The 12 Tribe Gatherings in order are as follows: 
Can I see some of the content before I buy? 

You sure can. If you sign up for a free account here. You will be able to see the Dad Prep, Tribe Gathering, and Champion Training content for Confidence. 
CHAMPION KIT
Do I need to buy a kit to do Champion Tribes? 

Yes. The Champion Kit is an integral part of the Champion Tribes experience as it gives the journey significance and weight for your son. 

Why does each father in my Tribe need to buy a Champion Kit? 

The Champion Kit contains items essential to the Champion journey that will be given to your son at various points throughout the journey. This is to help keep your son engaged in the journey, to provide valuable “object” lessons along the way, and also as a way for you to explore the love language of gift giving with your son. 

What is included with the Champion Kit? 

The Champion Tribes Kit gives you all the tools and resources you need to take your son through the Champion Tribes Experience. It includes:
OTHER QUESTIONS
Does Champion Tribes have a religious affiliation?

Champion Tribes does not have a religious affiliation. Champion Tribes is an experience that helps fathers connect with their sons and teach their sons values they will need for life. However, many fathers use the Champion Tribes experience, and the context that it helps them create, to have important faith conversations with their sons. To encourage this we have a supplemental guide for Christian Fathers that equip fathers to have spiritual conversations with their son.  
Do you have a mother daughter version of this? 

Currently we do not. But our good friend Courtney DeFeo is working on launching something similar. Check out Treasured Girlz to learn more. 

For father’s wanting to invest more deeply in their daughter’s lives we recommend checking out our EveryDay Milestone Kit (EDM). This tool will help you encourage, affirm and grow your relationship with your daughter every single day. 
Got a question that is not answered here? 

Email us at info@championtribes.com and we will get you an answer. We love talking with intentional parents! 
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