Operation Avocation: Hobbies for Boys

boy's hobby - archery

Photo Courtesy Ryan Olliffe

Finding new hobbies for boys can be an exciting and interesting way to battle those days of boredom. Not only that you can meet new people who share your interest, and you just might learn something along the way.

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Operation Avocation: Research and Develop a New Hobby

After a reconnaissance mission to your local library. Your mission is to research, choose and explore a new hobby or pastime.

Parents Only
I will admit I’m a full on hobby junkie and over the course of my life I’ve had to seriously scale down my hobby pursuits. A rule my wife and I worked out was that in order to fund a new hobby I had to sell off the equipment and resources from a previous hobby. We have developed a happy balance. That being said, in my personal and professional life having a variety of hobbies has introduced me to new worlds of people, places and things I might not have ever discovered. Indeed this site might not exist without that pursuit. My sincere hope is that this mission will help your boys to find a new interest apart from video games or screens. In our own home this is often a challenge as the allure of a new $1 game on your tablet or smartphone can be hard to resist.

EQUIPMENT: A library card ( you can get one at the library if you don’t already have one), your mission notebook and whatever you might need for your new hobby

Developing a new hobby or interest is a great way to battle boredom or to combat the lure of video games and screens. This mission is to develop a new hobby in your life apart from any form of screen such as computers, tablets, cell phones or TV’s. Doing a little research at the library you’ll discover a whole new world of interests and hobbies then you could possibly imagine.

    1. Have your C.O. drop you off at Checkpoint Lima aka the Library.
      If you don’t know where your local library is, do some research to find out and plan that out for your C.O.. Work out with your Commanding Officer what window of time you have to work with at the library such as 2 hours and plan your research accordingly.
    2. Research Hobbies
      Your library most likely has some form of computer searching system to locate books. You can do some searches on topics you might be thinking about to discover the books location in the library. Alternately you can talk to one of the librarians who would be absolutely thrilled to help you locate some books on hobbies and might have some excellent insight on sections of the library you can browse to see what they might have to offer. Look below for a variety of suggestions to stir up your imagination.
    3. Choose Your Hobby
      In your mission notebook write down what you’ve learned about your chosen hobby. What equipment would you need if any? Who could you talk to and learn more about this hobby? Are there groups of people who might work on this hobby together?
    4. Explore Your Hobby
      Begin the fun journey to become an expert in your chosen hobby. Whether that’s practicing it, looking for more items to collect or just doing it.

The important part of this mission is that it’s an independent mission that you alone will complete and pursue. You should chose a hobby that genuinely interests you, and you should research and pursue this hobby on your own. Maybe you need some equipment to go along with your new interest, Operation Kickstart might help you to get some funds. Hobbies don’t need to be expensive to be fun. As a boy I collected interesting business cards and after a while people knew to look out for them for me all free.


Hobbies for Boys 

  • Archery
  • Astronomy
  • Autograph Collecting
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Bow Making
  • Chess
  • Chip Carving
  • Coin Collecting
  • Collecting World Money
  • Comic Books
  • Cooking
  • Drawing
  • Film Making
  • Fishing
  • Fishkeeping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Gardening
  • Geocaching
  • Ham Radio
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Insect Collecting
  • Kite Making
  • Knife Making
  • Knife Throwing
  • Knife Throwing
  • Leather Working
  • Magic
  • Marksmanship – Shooting
  • Martial Arts
  • Metalworking
  • Model Building
  • Model Railroading
  • Musical Instruments
  • Sports – Traditional and New to You
  • Origami
  • Painting
  • Pets
  • Photography
  • Poker
  • Remote Control Cars, Planes, Boats
  • Rock Collecting
  • Rocketry
  • Running
  • Sports Card Collection
  • Stamp Collecting
  • Weight Training
  • Wood Burning
  • Wood Carving
  • Wood Working