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Notable Dates in the History of Cadeting

September 11—The first constitution was written.

January 24 — A Boy’s Club Leaders Federation was formed to unify the activities within the clubs and give direction to future development.
October 16 — The first constitutional revision was made. This was the actual beginning of the Calvinist Cadet Corps.

February 26 — A meeting revealed a membership of 30 clubs. A contest was planned to select a name, verse, and motto.

November — The first Clarion, a magazine for counselors, was published.

The first Cadet uniform was adopted.

September — Jake Heerema was hired as the first full-time executive director.
December—The first issue of the Crusader (later becoming Cadet Quest), the magazine for Cadets, was published.

April—The first Cadet counselors’ convention was held at Cicero, Illinois.

A counselors’ guidebook and revised Cadet guidebook were published.

It was reported that cadeting had: 336 clubs in 21 councils,    1,275 counselors, and 6,000 Cadets.

July/August — The first international camporee was held in the Rocky Mountains near Denver, Colorado, with approximately 300 in attendance.

February — The Cadet Congress adopted a written set of goals for cadeting and mandated a revision in the Cadet program that would update the material to better meet these goals plus add the dimension of “witnessing” as a formal and integral part of cadeting.

March — Along with Calvinettes and YCF (Young Calvinist Federation), the Cadet Corps moved offices into the new UCY (United Calvinist Youth) building located on the corner of Kalamazoo, Alger, and Nelson SE in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

September — A Canadian supply center was established in Ontario.

The Guide Trails program for 12–14-year-old boys was drafted.

July/August — The fifth international camporee was held at Hoag’s Lake in Manistee National Forest, Michigan, with approximately 600 in attendance.

June — Executive Director Dave Koetje and President Dick Broene went on a good-will tour to promote cadeting to the existing 33 clubs in Australia.

The Junior Cadet program was introduced for 7- and 8-year-old boys.

After 30 years of ministry and growth, cadeting was a network of 3,000 counselors working with 14,500 boys in 600 clubs throughout North America.

January — Congress approved a new step in leadership training: the three-phased Developer of Counselor Education course.

The ninth and largest international camporee to date was hosted by Hawkeye Council near Cedar Falls in northeast Iowa. It was also the most challenging, as a flood forced the men to find a new location and make drastic changes merely five days before the event began. A total of 1,150 campers had to be rerouted and settled in a new spot. God, as always, provided the blessing needed, and a wonderful experience was the result.

July — The international camporee broke attendance records once again, and this time  the record was really smashed. At 1,813 campers, the registration was 39% higher than ever before, despite the high cost of travel for most of the participants. The camporee was in Bow Valley Provincial Park — the Canadian Rockies in Alberta. Hosted by Central Alberta, and with help from Greater Edmonton and Stampede Councils, the camporee was the most ambitious yet. Activities took full advantage of the mountains. They included a 12 mile hike over a mountain, mountain biking, a chairlift ride overlooking Lake Louise, whitewater rafting, and a grueling orienteering course.

The DCE program received a comprehensive overhaul, with the formation of regions. Each of the six regions had a regional training coordinator, and those men reported to the staff training coordinator, a position ably filled by Bernard Teeninga of Dundas, Ontario. Mr. Teeninga had already been coordinating training in Ontario for years. Another change in DCE structure was that each council began working toward having a DCE team, rather than simply individuals.

January — Congress adopted a mission statement for the Calvinist Cadet Corps: “Helping boys to grow more Christlike in all areas of life.”

August — Programming Assistant Bob deJonge, Executive Committee Member Warren Post, and Executive Director Dick Broene made the initial trip to Africa to introduce the Cadet ministry to the people of Kenya. In Eldoret, they spent three days training about 30 people to become Cadet counselors. From that small start came six Cadet clubs.