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Contenders for the Faith - (Revised)
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Contenders for the Faith
This version is the fourth major revision to the Keepers of the Faith series made during the last thirty years, and it is the best yet! Highlights include:

  • New, larger-sized book for easier handling
  • A large number of new skills have been added
  • Requirements have been added for most of the new skills requested over the last ten years!

    New skills for Contenders for the Faith include Handyman, Canoeing, CPR, and Man of the House.

    Table of Contents
    A Letter to Parents
    A Letter to Young Men
    How to Use the Contenders Handbook
    Goal and Verse
    Sample Skill in pdf format

    About the Keepers of the Faith Program:
    Yes! This is the organization that you have heard so many good things about. Dedicated to providing a system for children to record new home and family skills, with an emphasis on Christian values, Keepers of the Faith undertook the grueling task of setting up "yardsticks" for measuring well over 100 skills. Thankfully, Keepers of the Faith is not just relegated to large groups. Individual families can also benefit from the materials.

    Contenders for Boys, Keepers for Girls
  • Contenders for the Faith is for your sons ages 6 to 16. It provides guidelines for 89 different skills, each an important component to preparing our sons to be godly men.
  • Keepers at Home is typically for daughters 6 - 14, but with guidelines for over 100 different skills, some older daughters will continue to find their handbooks quite useful. Because there are no real age limitations, older children are free to participate.

  • Family Life, Nature, Homemaking, Crafts, Leadership, Sports...
    Each handbook is organized according to topic; Family Life, Nature, Homemaking, Crafts, Leadership, Sports and others, with outlines of what Keepers of the Faith has felt were the minimum requirements to master that skill. You, of course, may wish to modify their list by adding to or removing some of the requirements. There are some how-to's included, although for crafts in particular, you will want to augment the handbook; there is just not enough space to teach it all.

    Some of the topics for the girls are camping, fire safety, home decorating, organization, sign language and scheduling.

    The Contender's manual follows the same format adding additional practical skills, with more scope and complexity for the older boys. Topics include organization, foreign language, fishing and small engine repair.

    Follows Traditional Guidelines of Masculine and Feminine Behavior
    The skills for each book follow the traditional guidelines of masculine and feminine behavior. We will make no apologies for that, but merely suggest that if you feel your son or daughter should acquire proficiencies not traditionally ascribed to boys or girls, teach them. These handbooks should in no way limit what your children learn, but instead, they will free you up from thinking through the steps of each skill. If you would like to mix and match from both books, you will not be prevented from doing so.

    Achievement Pins Available
    For children that complete the requirements, top quality pins are available directly from Keepers of the Faith. More information is included with each handbook. Of course, pins are not a necessary requirement to use this program; you can acknowledge your child's achievement in any other fashion. And yes, boys can earn pins from the girl's handbook and visa versa.

    An Outstanding Supplement To Any Curriculum
    Please note that while many helps are included in each handbook these are not complete how-to books. You may, in some cases, need to find an outside source for teaching some of the subjects. This program is, without question, a valuable addition to your family's curriculum.

    An Essential Guide for Parents and Leaders is also available.
    Author: Jeff Zakula
    Pages: 366
    Binding: Paperback
    Copyright: 2000
    Publisher: Keepers of the Faith
    Made In: USA
    Consumable: Yes
    Reproducible: No
    Black And White? Yes

    CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3yrs.

    Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 2 Write a review.

      0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
    great for summer projects May 31, 2012
    Reviewer: blessed4xover  
    In order to keep everyone busy and productive in the summer months, we often had summer "goals": realtional goals, practical skills, service projects, etc. This book was our go-to resource for ideas for our son. There are practical skills, scripture memory, service projects, and many other areas. I am looking forward to using it again with our younger son.

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      0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
    Contenders for the faith works well February 9, 2012
    Reviewer: Anonymous Person from MN United States  
    The CONTENDERS FOR THE FAITH book has been really good for my 6 boys.  We have time set out during our day for the boys to focus "contenders".  It is a great overview of skills I want my boys to learn before they graduate and  leave home.  I love that the book gives them goals to reach and accomplish.  Also I like that they can work on these CONTENDER skills and activities together, adaptable for any age.  It is definitely a highlight in their school day.

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