I’ve never made a mistake. I’ve only learned from experience.Thomas A. EdisonI have two terrific boys. They embrace their boyhood, they engage in trampoline boxing, nerf wars and of course video games. But there was a problem. These fun-loving boys (ages 11 and 13 when I started Journey to Men) lacked resourcefulness a trait that I think is critical to growing contributing members of our society. Their overall expectation is that somebody will ultimately post a video or be there to guide them, or even enroll them in a class. They realized and expect that society will cater to them as they are “special.” To combat that sentiment I created 25 missions that will inspire creativity, responsibility and ultimately resourcefulness. Come along with us and join up!
Operation Manhood – 25 Days to Resourcefulness
Operation Manhood is 25 days of focused “Missions” that fosters the creativity and resourcefulness that lives inside our kids. Each mission includes a detailed brief for the boys, recommendations on the equipment needed, the number of man points they can earn and any other information that will help them successfully complete their mission. Go check out our first mission: Operation Timbuktu to get an idea of the mission format. But what it won’t do is spell out exactly how they can reach their goal. Our job as C.O.’s (Commanding Officers aka Parental Units) is to come in only when their mission may end in catastrophe.
Types of Missions
These missions can be done at any time but are especially suited for summer breaks or vacation time where the cadet has plenty of unstructured time that might benefit from, yes you guessed it, structure. Is it raining out? It’s a perfect day for Operation Cleansweep. Their living quarters will be ship shape in no time. Ready to take a trip away from HQ? Operation Timbuktu is a perfect mission to hit the road and have your cadet plan the trip.
Through the course of the 25 missions, there is plenty of opportunity for fun all while they are learning by doing various tasks. Time management, fueling the car, public transportation, whittling, bike maintenance, problem-solving, caring for others are all topics covered plus many more.
If you are interested in joining with us on this journey sign up below. There’s no charge for the first 3 missions, give them a try and if you are interested in continuing you can purchase our entire collection of missions which includes a parents guide, individual mission feedback and complete missions for your cadet.
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