Calvinist Cadet Corps or other family camps

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  1. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)


    I am looking for something for my son during 6-8 months during mid-2014 to early-2015.

    Now that the Boy Scouts is no longer a viable option, is the Calvinist Cadet Corps something that would be good for a young boy (who will be about 10). How about missionary kids on 10-month furloughs? Can he get involved enough given travel and transitions?

    Also, I am looking for family or homeschooling camps. There is the Big Sandy family camp done by Bill Gothard's group, but I am not a fan of Gothard.

    Also, I don't want to send my child out alone to a camp for a week, even if it is Christian in name (i.e. I'd like to do the camping experience with him).

    Any ideas?
  2. kvanlaan

    kvanlaan Puritan Board Doctor

    Yes, yes, and Yes. Do it. He can likely even keep going after you go back in the field with badge work, etc. I know that our Cadet program has a sister program in Kenya. I am not sure when you will be around, but I can get some info for you if you can get me more details. Two of my boys just finished up the program (one even managed to get the servant leader award!) and two more are just about to start. Just let me know how I can help you on this.
  3. Miss Marple

    Miss Marple Puritan Board Junior

    There is also Christian Service Brigade. I have no personal experience with it. There is AWANAS. There are Royal Rangers.
  4. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    Thank you! Thank you! Yes, we come home for 10 months and I think this might be right up Noah's alley. If there are "outdoorsy" badges I am sure Noah will excel. Yes, June 2014 we plan to come home (if we are not swinging by Ethiopia first to pick up a child along the way...pray for that, by the way).

    I will be mostly in Saint Louis, but maybe in Los Fresnos, Texas to do some teaching for most of my Stateside stay.

    Thanks for the encouragement. I'd love to know more, but don't even know the first things (does he need a uniform, does he need to join a local branch, can we start one here? Can 1689ers join or just WCF or Heidelburgers?)...etc
  5. Josh Williamson

    Josh Williamson Puritan Board Freshman

    I was involved in the Boys' Brigade. They are worldwide. I'd suggest checking them out. What is interesting is that the scouts came out of the Boys' Brigade, and Baden-Powell felt that the boys were getting too much church, and not enough fieldcraft.
  6. jawyman

    jawyman Puritan Board Junior

    Do it, do it, do it. Cadets is great. My son (8) just loves it! We camp, build rockets, compete in a pinewood derby, and best of all learn about Christ. This is essential the Cadets' mission, "Helping Boys to grow more Christlike in all areas of life."

    There are uniforms and supplies, but typically my boy just wears a t-shirt (that is provided). I am thankful everyday for the Cadets. I'll leave you with the goal of cadeting as well as the link to the official website,

    The Goal of Cadeting Luke 2:52 states that "Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." The goal of the Calvinist Cadet Corps, based upon that verse, is to help boys to grow spiritually in all areas of life (devotional, mental, physical, and social) by providing Christian men with a uniquely designed structure, program, and materials so that they can mentor boys effectively.

    The Calvinist Cadet Corps

    Also, depending on where you live the Machen Retreat Center has a lot of camps for homeschoolers.

    (Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic)
    Machen Retreat and Conference Center, McDowell, Virginia
    Young Adult Conference, May 29 - June 1, 2013
    Home Missions Conference, June 21 - 23, 2013
    Science Camp, July 8 - 13, 2013
    Music Camp, July 25 - 28, 2013
    Marriage & Family Conference, Aug. 14 - 17, 2013
    Labor Day Family Conference, Aug. 30 - Sept. 2, 2013
    Fall Singles Retreat, Oct. 4 - 5, 2013
    Ladies Retreat, Oct. 11 - 12, 2013
    Contact: Director
  7. JM

    JM Puritan Board Professor

    My son was a Calvinist Cadet for 2 years and we found it was pretty much a secular group. No scripture or Bible reading, just games, wood crafts and archery.
  8. kvanlaan

    kvanlaan Puritan Board Doctor

    Depends on the church - some are so watered down it is like Boy Scouts plus a smattering of Jesus. Get into one run by a URC and you will find much meat. I can even see if you can join ours or a church within the Berean council; some of the executive branch goes to our church.
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