It's no secret that to the best of our ability and with the Lord's help, The Hubs and I have firmly resolved to raise boys to be men. Men who will lead with love. Men who will know and trust the Lord. Men who will rise to the challenge of a life laid down in service to God and to others. Men who will learn the value of hard work.
Because, let's face it, the world doesn't need any more men opting for extended adolescence. We need MEN. Real men. Men who embrace their natural, God-given leadership rolls with humility.
In an intentional attempt to pass the baton to the next generation, The Hubs has enrolled he and our oldest son, Super Boy, in Alert Cadet, a subdivision of ALERT Academy, designed to help equip fathers in raising sons towards Biblical manhood. As the cadet motto declares, it is a program aimed at preparing boys to be "strong to overcome" (based off of 1 John 2:14)
Part discipleship training, part skills training, Alert Cadet has a very Boy-Scout kind of feel with a Biblical emphasis. Fathers take a commanding role in teaching and modeling Biblical manhood through such disciplines as service to others, Scripture memory, and physical training.
The Hubs and Super Boy are currently enlisted in the Basic Training program and are in the middle of completing the Basic Training Manual/Handbook. After passing this short orientation booklet, they will advance onto further ranks earning more "official" uniforms and badges of honor.
This initial Alert Cadet program specifically geared for 8-17 year olds and is patterned after the original Air Land Emergency Resource Team (ALERT) designed to train young men 17 and up in emergency and life skills...equipping them to "serve nations."
For more info on ALERT and its main vision, go to International Alert Academy or watch this brief video.
It will be years before Super Boy or his younger brothers are old enough to attend ALERT Academy, should they ever have the desire. For now, however, The Hubs is more than eager to dive into Alert Cadet with them.
The level of participation in the program is completely voluntary. Some father/son pairs opt to go through the program as a singular team. While others join together with other father/son pairs to form a unit that meets monthly or bi-weekly. The Hubs is currently in the planning stages of forming a unit, but is happily content to work through the program with just our boys should a troupe not materialize
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While working through various stages and ranks, the duo will have opportunities to participate in the following:
- Scripture memory and Biblical discipleship
- Crisis response training
- Leadership training corps camps
- Disaster relief
- Father/son camps
- Three-day challenges
- Unit meetings
- Award ceremonies
- Community service projects
- Adventure outings
- Physical fitness challenges
I'm not sure how long my men-in-training will participate in the Alert Cadet program. Who knows what the future will hold. For now, I am enjoying watching and cheering from the sidelines as The Hubs intentionally carves out time to pour into the boys walking in his shadow.