Missions to Manhood – Get Started

Journey to Men was started for one mission. To get my kids off video games and whatever screen they could find and get out of the house to explore their world, make some mistakes and learn to be resourceful. Instead of them waiting for someone to entertain them I want them to be self starters that make things happen and have fun doing it.  You can view a sample mission I am calling Operation Timbuktu, challenging your kids to navigate your car to a destination.

Missions Overview

Each of the 25 missions are standalone and can be completed in almost any order. Missions vary in their focus, locale and time duration. For instance, Operation Penny Pinch involves saving up money for a timeframe and may not require a lot of time in one day. Other missions like the MacGyver Challenge might take them the whole day to complete. Some of the missions are outdoors while some are more indoor related. The benefit is that you can choose which mission is appropriate for the timeframe, location and level of business in your squad. Many of the missions work just as well on vacation or traveling as they do being at home. By all means include friends, family, and neighbors in the missions.

Resources Needed

For a complete list of items needed to complete all of our missions please head over to our resource page. You may have many of the items laying around the house but a small amount of capital will get you all you need for the 25 missions which will pay huge dividends for the future. Each mission will also call out specifically what’s needed to get your kid headed in the right direction.

Man Points

Each of the missions on Journey to Men allows your boys to earn “Man Points.” It’s really an arbitrary way to reward them for their journey. At the end of the missions if they have enough man points they should get some form of unique reward or prize we like to call it the Celebration of Man. For instance a fixed blade knife with their name engraved on it. This can be awarded at the end of the missions ceremony. It’s important that you as their C.O. keep track of their points, but fundamentally that should be their job as they go. Again the responsibility is theirs.

Mission Debrief

This is the fun part. We provide in the book a complete debrief on each mission that will include some practical experience of the author’s boys as they worked through the missions. The hope is that you would provide feedback too as your own kids work through the missions. We’re really trying to build an interactive community so visit, get involved on our Facebook page. Send us an email. Or follow and and interact with us on Instagram @journeytomen and share mission photos with hashtag #journeytomen. Whatever works for you, we’d really love to hear your feedback