Cadets is a youth ministry whose purpose is to provide the church with a unique program that will enable it to effectively share Christ’s love with boys from the church and community. The basis of the Calvinist Cadet Corps is the Word of God (the Holy Bible) and as summarized in the Heidelberg Catechism, the Canons of Dordt, and the Belgic Confession. The goal of Cadets is to help boys grow in all areas of life (spiritual, mental, physical, and social) by providing Christian men with a uniquely designed structure, program and materials.
The Cadets typically meet every other week at Redemption church, and the program runs from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. The Cadets and their counsellors (full uniform is required) form rank and file (march and drill) for opening parade. The Bible study usually consists of a particular subject from either the Cadet manual, Recruit/Pathfinder/Builder (RPB book) or from the Quest magazine. After Bible study, it’s time for crafts or badge work. After a short break with snack time, the boys work on their basic skills for Snow Derby or Cadet-a-rama or play some sports. Snow Derby is an outdoor competition which takes place in January, in which eight boys form a team and navigate a course through the woods with a compass, instructions, and their sled of supplies. Cadet-a-rama is an indoor competition held in May in which teams compete in knot tying, ladder building (lashing), compass, ice rescue, and map-reading.
Cadets need counsellors and vice versa. If you are an interested man with a love of God’s creation and would like to help younger boys (ages 9-13), we would gladly teach you the program and help with the skills and crafts. If you would like to send your boy (and his neighbourhood friend) to an adventure of skills while learning about God’s love, please call any of the present leaders.
Please contact us if you’re interested.