DCE Education Plan

Rush Creek Cadet Council has a volunteer team to Develop Counselor Education (DCE).  This team plans workshops at monthly counselor meetings in order to help counselors expand their knowledge of the Cadets ministry, and be more effective counselors.  Please look over the 2021/2022 workshop schedule, and select some workshops to attend.

Thursday, Sep 9, Hager Park Reformed, 7pm

  • Introduction to Junior Cadets: Dan Dennis and Scott Oudbier.

  • Fishing Merit Badge: Do you like fishing?  Why not have your cadre work on the fishing merit badge?  Paul De Windt will lead a workshop on completing the merit badge.  A counselor and junior counselor who are fishing enthusiasts will join him to add their experience with this hobby, and guide you on how to make fishing interesting for boys in cadets.

Thursday, Oct 14, Fairway CRC, 7pm

This is a combined counselor meeting with Grand Valley Council

  • Counselor Certification: Rush Creek Council is pleased to hold "Counselor Certification" for new or newer counselors, led by Scott Oudbier and Greg Kooiker.  Our goal is to bring new counselors into a group led by experienced counselors for an open-ended conversation about what a counselor needs to know to be effective in this ministry.
    If you have questions about cadets, Rush Creek Council activities, or the Cadet Corps, this is an opportunity for you!  
    Before a counselor gets to Certification, an open book course must be taken whose purpose is to make a new counselor familiar with all aspects of cadeting in general, and the counselor manual in particular.
    The Developer of Counselor Education (DCE) team in Rush Creek requests that counselors take this course on their own, at their own pace.  The DCE team will take finished workbooks or the new interactive PowerPoint version.  The completed course will be sent to Corps headquarters, and a counselor stripe and name tag will be provided for the counselor, free of charge.

  • Jr Counselor Certification: Do you have Cadets that are being called by God to become an effective leader? Only a few Christians are given that calling and this workshop is for those Cadets listening to that call. In this workshop the Cadets will learn what leadership is and what skills, qualities, and attitudes a Christian leader should have. They will acquire from Jim VanderWeide and Don Uitvlugt the certification needed to allow them to lead younger Cadets to become more Christ-like in all areas of life.

  • No-Gap Club Leadership: A common problem in the Cadets ministry is the departure of an experienced Head Counselor, and the leadership gaps that can follow.  Regional Training Coordinators in Michigan have put together a workshop that will inform you how to avoid this problem.  Paul De Windt will lead this workshop, where you'll first look at the typical duties of a Head Counselor, then examine two possible models for sharing those duties among two or more counselors.

  • Foam and Paper Rockets: Dan Dennis and Don VanderKlok 

Regional Training Conference

Saturday, November 6

Faith Community CRC, Wyoming, MI

Thursday, Nov 11, Rosewood Reformed, 7pm

  • Fire Safety: ** Cadets Invited ** Scott Oudbier and Paul De Windt.

Thursday, Dec 9, Cedar OPC, 7pm

This is a combined counselor meeting with Grand Valley Council

  • Dealing with Sensitive Issues  It once was taboo, then accepted, now promoted. A discussion about what to do if a cadet chooses an alternative lifestyle.  This workshop will be led by Tom Dykema and Jim VanderWeide.

Thursday, Jan 13, Zutphen CRC, 7pm

  • Snow Derby First Aid: ** Cadets Invited **  Paul De Windt will lead a workshop for cadets and counselors teaching the skills needed to successfully complete the "Cliff Rescue" first aid station at the annual Snow Derby.  Topics and hands on practice include what to do in an emergency medial situation, dealing with bleeding wounds, responding to broken bones, and building a stretcher to properly move somebody in need of medical attention.  Please bring the supplies needed at the snow derby to this workshop, so your cadets can practice for the event with the materials they'll have at the snow derby.

Thursday, Feb 10, Faith Community CRC, 7pm

This is a combined counselor meeting with Grand Valley Council

  • Just OK is not OK: Paul Mulder, Heritage Council.

Thursday, Mar 10, Baldwin St CRC, 7pm

  • Mushrooms Merit Badge: Jim VanderWeide

  • Unlock the Mysteries of HVAC: Dan Dennis 

Thursday, Apr 21, Hanley CRC

This is a combined counselor meeting with Grand Valley Council

  • Annual DCE Roundtable: Jim VanderWeide, Scott Oudbier, Don Uitvlugt and Tyce DeBoer will lead a discussion regarding this year’s workshops and look for ideas for future workshops.