There are some good people who are excited about assisting you in your Cadet ministry.
The people pictured here are the people you are most likely to talk to when you have questions regarding the Cadet ministry.  Steve, Bob, Sarah, Kim, Becky, and Russ are your Cadet Corps staff. Either Kim or Sarah will be the first to field your call and handle questions about orders, registrations, finances, and general club information and will be happy to pass along information to or get you in touch with Steve, Bob, Becky, or Russ.

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Call us: 1-616-241-5616 ext. 4

L to R: Bob deJonge, Becky Baker, Russ Roozeboom, Kim Keller, Sarah Stuitje, and Steve Bootsma

Clubs may choose to form a council when there are three or more Cadet clubs within a reasonable distance of each other so that they can meet regularly for cooperative efforts in counselor education and Cadet activities. The benefits of a council are many. Regular counselor meetings at the council level are the fundamental building block of counselor training and education. The typical council will designate one or more DCEs (Developer of Counselor Education) to be in charge of arranging workshop leaders, speakers, demonstrations, and other programs to help the counselor to be effective. DCEs are specially trained through a DCE program to assess the educational needs of the clubs in his area and then develop an educational strategy to meet those needs.
In addition, a council has the privilege of electing congressmen who attend the annual Cadet Congress which is the governing body of the Cadet organization. In other words, being part of a council gives you a voice in how the Cadet organization is run.

Also, the combined resources of many clubs in a council can make possible special events (outlined in counselor aid booklets) for the boys such as:

  • SnowDerby2BCouncil Camporees: Weekend or week-long camps with a full line-up of outdoor activities and excursions.
  • Cadet-O-Rama: Often a year-end event that displays the crafts and activities of the clubs.
  • Model Car Derby: Often combined with Cadet-O-Rama — it is an event where the boys construct race cars out of blocks of wood and place them on a sloping track to see whose car will do the best job at harnessing gravity. Prizes are awarded for speed and appearance.
  • Snow Derby: (photo right) Teams of boys pack their supplies on a sled and compete against each other and the elements in skills like fire-building, tent erection, compass reading, knots and lashing, obstacle course, cliff rescue, and first aid.
  • Chuck Wagon Derby: Same as above only with wagons. A good alternative in locations where snow doesn’t happen or if you’d rather run the event at a warmer time of year.
  • Cadet-O-Ree: A competitive event that emphasizes camping/wilderness skills and some just-for-fun skills. The activities can be tailored to the confines of a school gym during winter months or outside activities in warmer months. Any competitive sport is possible for the round robin event, but wilderness skills like knots and lashing, compass, and first aid are often featured.

Check out the Regional Calendar for what’s going on in your area.
Where are Cadet Councils?

SONY DSCInternational Conventions:
Gatherings of counselors and their families for several days of workshops, inspirational speakers, sharing of ideas, and encouragement. (Photo right: Counselors learning how to do fly tying at the International Convention)

Regional Conferences: Gatherings of counselors for a day (typically a Saturday) of workshops, inspirational speakers, sharing of ideas, and encouragement.

Counselor Certification Course: An open book “test” that takes you through the materials you will be using in your ministry to boys. Contact the quartermaster in your council for a copy of this important tool.

DCE: Developer of Counselor Education: Are you committed to helping your local counselors be the best they can be? With a recommendation from your council, you can apply for acceptance in a training program that provides you with the tools to educate other counselors.

Counselor Aid Booklets: A series of how-to-do-it booklets on popular topics such as model car derby, snow derby, knots & lashing, and many more. Check with your council quartermaster or the Corps office for a Supply Catalog that will show you all the titles.

Supply Catalog: A supply catalog shows all the materials that are available to help you reach boys. You can obtain a printed supply catalog from your council quartermaster or the Corps office or you can view the catalog of supplies online.

Counselor Education Video Series: READY FOR YOUR USE — Almost two hours of educational video programs on DVD. When used in conjunction with the leader’s guide (includes viewing guide worksheets) it becomes an excellent tool in your counselor training program.

Counselor and Head Counselor Job Descriptions: Visit this page to get specific descriptions of the counselor and head counselor ministries