Nine Manly Prepper Lessons from Frank and Joe Hardy

Nine Manly Prepper Lessons from Frank and Joe Hardy


Remember them? The Hardy Boys?


For a few generations their stories were staples for developing young men into manly men. This was part of the American way. They were stories of adventure and using wits to overcome hardships. They were tales with a purpose.


I’m not even sure they still publish new volumes. Are you? I am fairly confident that this is no longer the American way. Today, our young men are expected to remain boys forever. That, or to become women or sissies.


It’s sad but true. But it need not be for preppers. Brett and Kay McKay from The Art of Manliness have some lessons we can all learn (or remember) from those older Hardy Boys stories. Please click and read their article in the original. Go ahead and bookmark AOM – it’s an incredible site, an island of sanity in an increasingly pathetic world.


Photo by AOM/Dixon.


“If you are a red-blooded male who came of age sometime in the last 90 years, chances are you grew up with two action-loving, adventure-seeking, mystery-solving literary companions: Frank and Joe Hardy. The Hardy Boys books in which these young detectives star have never been out of print since first coming onto the scene in 1927, have been translated into 25 different languages, and continue to sell over a million copies annually.

The famous Hardy boys were created by the American publisher Edward Stratemeyer and subsequently brought to life by a series of ghostwriters under the pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon. (Pro tip: The best volumes in the series are 1-16 and 22-24, which were all written by Leslie McFarlane.) While there have been numerous spin-offs and iterations of the series, enthusiasts consider the first 59 volumes to be the true Hardy Boys “canon.”

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A few years back, I bought half the canon for my children to one day enjoy, and I’ve sometimes looked at the old Hardy Boys volumes sitting on the shelf in my office and thought about what exactly has made these books so popular and enduring; why do they continue to line the shelves of libraries and bookstores, engage generation after generation, and remain indelibly printed on our cultural consciousness?”


That’s an important question and it leads to the lessons!

Here are those nine lessons:


No. One – Build as many skills as you possibly can.


It’s always skills over tools. Remember that.


No. Two – Always be Curious.


It doesn’t kill the cat; it makes the man.


No. Three – Learn to be Observant


This is the gist of situational awareness.


No. Four – EDC matters.


If you have the skills then you know you will need some basic supplies. Carry them religiously.


No. Five – Be an example and a mentor to young men (and women)


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Lead by example and inspire the youth.


No. Six – “Free Range” the kids with confidence


They are capable of more than you know. This is a lesson lost on modern “helicopter” parents – the young usually do not need your help to succeed – just let them find their own way.


No. Seven – Strength in numbers.


Sometimes you can go it alone and sometimes you can’t. Learn to tell the difference and when to associate help.


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No. Eight – Persistence Pays


Keeping up the good fight means keeping it up. Don’t quit!


No. Nine – Be a detective.


This means questioning everything. Use a method to find your own answers in a world of uncertainty.

These great old stories are more than good entertainment for boys. They’re packed with lessons that all Americans should heed, especially today. It stands that most will not. And that’s why it is critical for you and your children to do it. Stand out and survive.

Many of the above ideas are so at odds with modern “culture” that they’re probably considered criminal. “Free Range” parenting, for example, is seen as child abuse in many areas. The busybodies just can’t leave us alone. All the more reason to learn to fight off their pathetic, effeminate version of our society and way of life.


Harken back to the days when men were men and boys wanted to be. Leave the modern pop nonsense for the blue-haired SJW types. We’re better off without them and their “values.” Trust what works! Trust the Hardy Boys.


By the way, even the name “Hardy” is at odds with the new American way of fragility. Sad. Don’t be a part of it.


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