1) to learn something new, 2) to improve in something they already know how to do, and 3) to complete a service project. I began encouraging them to do this years ago because I didn't want the summer to pass and have them realize that they had remained stagnant and had not grown in any way. Society expects men to know certain things--from fixing cars to repairing things around the house to knowing how to be a leader in many different contexts. But in raising my sons, I have learned firsthand that men don't just naturally learn these lessons--they must be taught through intentional efforts. So in the past couple of summers, my boys (men) have learned valuable lessons like how to fix a flat tire, how to repair a squeaky door, cook a meal, plant and maintain a garden, and how to set up a time to volunteer at a our local food pantry. These are small steps in our overall goal to prepare our sons to thrive in the world. I hope that my sons will one day (either now or later) stop to think about how their summer goals have contributed to the men that they are becoming.