What a great opening night! We had ten boys, four junior rangers, and three adult rangers participate.
Our focus for the fall is “Cars and Trucks” as we head into “Pinewood Derby” (or as CSB prefers to call it “Shape’N Race”) season following Christmas time.
Boys arrived from 6:45 until 7 PM and we played dodgeball with safety rules in place (no head shots and keep it fun for all). We have Gatorskin, Soft-Balls to help keep the game fun, too – the balls are squishy, easy to grab and throw, but are softer than “Nerf-style” balls of similar size.
At 7 PM we called the meeting to order by forming the stockade — this is where the boys line up as though they’re the walls of a frontier fortress called a stockade.
Next, we selected two volunteers to hold our American Flag and CSB Stockade Flag while we recited the pledge of allegiance, the CSB motto (“Bright and Keen for Christ!“) and checked on our positive mental attitude (response from boys is to shout loudly “Boy, Am I Enthusiastic!“) We covered announcements, and went over the schedule for the night’s events. We went around the group and had everyone introduce themselves so that we’d begin to learn everyone’s names.
We dismissed the stockade and returned the flags to their closet. The Junior Rangers are responsible to organize games for the first half hour of the program, and tonight we continued with variations on dodgeball as everyone was enjoying that game. Sometimes we do team building events, and sometimes we organize board game nights, etc.
At 7:35 we took a break for icewater, and then got organized for the evening activity – a discussion of cars, trucks and buses — how many different designs there are and how to classify them and name them all. The boys were then given markers to color any of their favorite cars or trucks and this exercise was to help them work on fine motor control, art, and to learn what types of cars or trucks the boys would want to build for the upcoming derby program.
At 7:55, we gathered the markers and started our devotional. We noted that man has made many types of cars and trucks – each with a purpose or function in mind. Some are suited for hauling rock and gravel, while others are designed to race on special roads. Some are designed to help fight fires, or transport special cargo and others move our families to the shopping center and back home again.
While we may have a preference for sports cars, we can recognize that they all have important roles to play and that without trucks, we’d be in the dark (utility trucks to fix the electric wires) and without much to do (trucks deliver all our furniture and food to stores from factories and farms).
Just like each type of car and truck has a purpose in the way it is designed, God had purposes and plans in mind when He created each of us. Even if some of us function differently than others, each role is important and we’d all suffer without the diversity and range of purposes and activities in our lives.
- We are created to glorify God. Our very existence is also a purpose or role that we occupy. We are, as created beings, a testimony to God’s greatness….Isaiah 43:7 – “Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory….”
- We were created with specific plans in mind when God created us – good plans for our welfare….Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil to give you a hope and a future….”
- We have had duties (revere God and obey his commands) communicated to us — things that we can do out of gratitude to God for His love and care for us….Ecclesiastes 12:13 “Fear God and keep His commandments for this is the whole duty of man….”
- We have specific jobs to do, good works to perform on a daily basis….”Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them….”
Following the devotional time, we cleaned the room and gathered in a circle to solicit prayer requests from the boys – we learned of an upcoming quiz at school and the celebration of a birthday. We prayed and thanked God for a great night of fun, that students would be calm and ready for their quizzes or tests and that birthday celebrations would be well remembered.
We conclude our meetings with a benediction;
Lord, our Savior, Guide and Captain,
Be a stalwart wall around us;
Make of us Stockaders valiant;
Keep us in the name of Jesus, Amen!
It was great to meet many moms after the meeting, and we appreciate your prayer support for the program – that God will keep us safe, help us to have fun, and reach the boys with strong lessons from His Word to help them grow into strong, faith-filled men.
Upcoming Meeting Schedule:
Oct. 3 – Club Meeting
Oct. 10 – Holiday: Columbus Day (NO club meeting)
Oct. 17 – Club Meeting
Oct. 24 – Club Meeting
Oct. 31 – (NO club meeting)
Nov. 7 – Club Meeting (Need extra CSB Adults – Ranger Leslie Lin will be available)
Nov. 14 – Club Meeting (need extra CSB Adults)
Nov. 21 – No Club Meeting – Week of Thanksgiving
Nov. 28 – Club Meeting
Dec. 5 – Club Meeting (CSB in White House/Sunday School Annex — across the parking lot that night so Pioneer Girls can have their Tea in the main building.)
Dec. 12 – NO Club meeting, off until January restart (to be announced)