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 2019/2020 workshop schedule, and select some workshops to attend.

Thursday, Sep 10, Hanley CRC, 7pm

This is a combined counselor meeting with Grand Valley Council

  • Why You Should Go to Camporee: International Cadet Camporee is the pinnacle experience of being in cadets.  Camp Great Lakes has been delayed one year to July, 2021, which means you can still get certified and go!  The question is, why should you?  Come to this workshop to hear exciting testimonies about how God works in the lives of those who attend.  Other topics include an overview of the upcoming Camporee in Michigan's scenic Upper Peninsula, and a time to ask questions about this week long adventure.  There is nothing else in the world like International Camporee, so you should attend this workshop and find out why God wants you there.

Thursday, Oct 8, Forest Grove CRC, 7pm

  • Counselor Certification: Rush Creek Council is pleased to hold "Counselor Certification" for new or newer counselors, led by Scott Oudbier and Dan Dennis.  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 Tom Dykema the certification needed to allow them to lead younger Cadets to become more Christ-like in all areas of life.

  • Getting Boys ICC Certified: For an unprecedented second year in a row, this is THE YEAR to get cadets, Jr counselors and counselors certified to attend Camp Great Lakes in July, 2021.  If you are wondering how this can be done in one cadet season, this is the workshop for you!  Paul De Windt will give you a meeting by meeting breakdown for getting cadets through the three main badges required for certification: Knots and Lashing, Axemanship, and Fire Building.  While getting boys certified is daunting, it can be done if you have a plan.  Come to this workshop to get that plan, then get ready for the biggest outdoor adventure of your life in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula at International Camporee!

Regional Training Conference

Saturday, November 7

Faith Community CRC, Wyoming, MI

Thursday, Nov 12, Forest Grove Reformed, 7pm

  • Due to COVID-19, this workshop was cancelled.

Thursday, Dec 10, Hager Park Reformed, 7pm

  • Go Virtual! - many of our clubs are shut down due to COVID-19.  Instead of the scheduled workshop, the DCE team will promote running a virtual cadet meeting, and explain how this can be done on the Zoom platform.

Thursday, Jan 14, Hudsonville Reformed, 7pm

  • Bible Knowledge Merit Badge: Why is it important to know and understand God's Word? Do you know the different ways the Bible is divided? What is the central focus of the Bible? If you are curious to know the answers to these questions and more, then attend this workshop, led by Jim VanderWeide. You will not regret gaining more Bible Knowledge.

Thursday, Feb 11, Immanuel CRC, 7pm

  • Foam Rockets: Cadets LOVE to shoot off rockets!  Come learn how to make inexpensive and engine-free rockets, powered by air.  Dan and Tom will show you how to make pneumatically powered rockets from pool noodles, do not miss this hands on workshop!

  • Bible Exploration Merit Badge: What tools can be used to explore the Bible? How do you learn about a specific person or place in the Bible if you do not remember where to look in the Bible? How do you dig deeper into God's Word to help gain more information? Come to this workshop and Jim Vander Weide will help you to learn some new ways to explore the Bible.

Thursday, Mar 11, Cottonwood CRC, 7pm

  • Law Enforcement Merit Badge: ** Cadets Invited ** Scott Oudbier and Jim VanderWeide invite you to bring your cadets to this workshop to help complete a portion of the Law Enforcement Merit Badge. There will be representatives from a local police department, and possible K9 unit, to answer questions and talk to us about his/her job in the law enforcement field. We will also talk about the connection between law enforcement, God, and the Bible in addition to what we can do to help them. So, come join us for a great time learning about people that devote their lives to serving and protecting us in our community!

Thursday, Apr 15, Messiah CRC

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