"That's why he's the instructor and I work in the office," said Bob.
In 2001, the pair combined their passion for both the outdoors and family to create Colorado Youth Outdoors. It's a non-profit after-school program that demands parent participation.
"Anything the student does, the parent is going to do with them," said Bob, CYO's executive director.
That can be a tall order. CYO teaches the parent-child teams about archery, shooting and flyfishing.
During the winter, they hunker down inside and learn about the activities. One Wednesday evening at Thompson Valley High School, the group was putting together their own fly rods.
When the warmer weather arrives, everyone makes their way outside to test their new skills. CYO has just to place to do that.
The organization owns Swift Ponds, a 240-acre piece of property with 12 ponds. It's located just east of I-25 in Loveland.
Earlier this month, a group was there introducing their fly rods to the fish.
Brenda Gardner got to watch her son, Charles, catch a fish on his first cast.
"I think it's brought us a lot closer," Gardner said of the program, "Charles doesn't have a father around so I'm trying to be Mom and Dad. This is part of why I'm learning outdoor stuff."
One of the most attractive parts of CYO is its cost: It's free.
"Your payment is your time," Bob said.
It's a two-year program aimed at high school students and their parents.
"That's a time in the life when kids start to diverge from the family," Bob said.
Over the years, the two have received quite a bit of feedback. Parents and teenagers usually say the bonds formed through CYO brought their family safely through those teenage years.
"Sometimes we're not even sure of all the impacts that we make," Tom said, "They're much bigger than teaching skills."
Since its inception, CYO has found a great deal of success. The program is already in eight schools, most of them in northern Colorado.
"It's kind of up here growing, getting some flight feathers," Tom said.
The fraternal duo is not thinking small. They want to see their creation in every high school in the state of Colorado.
"To see this gift really multiply," Bob said.
That gift of family Bob and Tom picked up long ago while traipsing through the Great Outdoors.
If you want to learn more about CYO, you visit their Web site at www.coloradoyo.org.
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