Meeting Recap (10/24/16)

20161024_193849Another great night for our Stockaders!

We focused on an introduction to basic first aid techniques for cuts, sprains, and carries (we only carry an injured person if they’re in danger of becoming hurt worse if we don’t move them).

We also read the account of the Good Samaritan — one of the accounts in the Bible where first aid is used to help save someone’s life.  More importantly, we discussed how the story explains basic truths about our commitment to care for people – even those who we don’t know.

Luke 10:25-37 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And He said to him, What is written in the Law? How does it read to you? And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself. And He said to him, You have answered correctly; do this and you will live. But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?

The Good Samaritan

Jesus replied and said, A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. And 10-27-2016-9-25-32-amby chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’ Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands? And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, Go and do the same.




Meeting Recap (10/20/2014)

Last night’s meeting was action packed.  Our focus for the evening was on teamwork and learning to work together cooperatively.

Following our opening ceremony there was the usual time for games including an indoor version of capture the flag led by the Junior Rangers.

Next, we had the boys settle down for a brief remembrance time where we talked about Chief Ranger Dave’s untimely death in the hospital.  The boys handled the news well, and the boys shared their recollection of Dave’s ministry to them.  We also read a letter of what Dave “might have said” if he had known he had to say farewell one last time.

Our activities for the evening consisted of three special team challenges designed to help the boys recognize the value of communication, enthusiasm, and leadership within small groups.

  • skisSkis built for threeis a physically active challenge where three boys step up on a pair of skis and must walk in unison to get across the room in the shortest possible time.  The challenge is further complicated halfway to their goal by turning one of the boys to face backwards and they have to compensate for calling out cadence based on “left and right” since some of their team are backwards. Other variations call for blindfolds, not allowing the boys to speak, having them walk backwards, etc.
  • “Two Rope Circles” is a challenge for boys to work together with strong communication and planning skills. The rules are simple: the team can only move when they’re inside the boundary of one or the other rope circles and they must work together to figure out the best and fastest way to cross the room as a team. The boys begin standing within the boundaries of a rope circle and holding a second rope in their hands.  They could toss the second rope circle and jump from one to the other, but they need to find a way to bring the first rope along in leap-frog fashion. Other methods are fine, too.  Sometimes the boys realize that they can simply pick up the rope and walk directly across the room as long as they’re still “inside” the circle!
  • “Hazardous Waste Crawl” is a game where a pretend shipment of “hazardous waste” must be moved across the room without dropping it, touching it or getting too close to it.  Equipment may include an inverted frisbee, ball and ropes, but we simply cut down an old cardboard box and used a pee-wee football.  The carry tray has four (or more, or less) strings at each corner that are roughly 24-36 inches long.  The teams must use the strings to lift the load (and keep a “safe” distance from the load at all times).  Working together, they must carefully move their cargo across the room without dropping it.  This takes precision, communication and teamwork.  It can be easy to drop the load so coaches help the team stay positive to avoid frustration overload.

Following the actives, we formed a story circle and discussed teamwork as a concept found in the Bible — see associated devotional link for that teamwork discussion (Click HERE).


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Devotional – Teamwork and the Bible

fig_049At our Stockade meetings, we “build the stockade” by forming two lines that represent the walls of a fort.  Each group of boys and men are called a “post”.

We currently have two posts in our stockade – North and South.

Each post has several boys (typically six to eight).  As a group, when these boys work together, they can accomplish more than if they worked by themselves?  How come?  Each has skills and talents that the others may not have – where one boy really excels, he can help lead the group.

However, teams work best when there’s agreement over a shared goal, good communication and leadership (a communicated plan to get stuff done).

In the Bible we see references to getting along with other people, working together, etc.  Let’s take a closer look at a few examples.

Philippians 2:3-4 (NLT) – “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

  • What do you think it means when it says “don’t be selfish” and “don’t try to impress others”? Why would that be important to teamwork?
  • Are you familiar with the word “humble” and how it helps us be part of a team?
  • Do you think that being humble means going along with the opinions of others even if you disagree? Why/Why not?  Is it possible to stand up for what you think is right and still be humble?
  • By getting rid of selfishness do you think it also means we should learn to trust our teammates?

Selfishness means we focus on our own needs before worrying about anyone else.  This takes a team and breaks it into individuals – each one doing their own thing for themselves – and that loses all the power of a team to get big things done quickly and efficiently.

Another set of verses is found in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NLT) – “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.

  • IMGP6852Teamwork doesn’t depend on large numbers of people, does it? Would you say it’s more important to work together cooperatively than just to have many people on the team?
  • What happens when we try to do things on our own and they don’t go as we had planned? Who picks us up?
  • Are we ever really alone, or can we ask God for help, too? (Jeremiah 17:5 says “This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord.” And Philippians 4:13 (NLT) “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength”)

Being on a team means encouraging your team to do their best.  Think about your favorite sports teams – do you cheer for them when they do well?  Do you also comfort your family members when they’re feeling sad, too?  That’s being loyal to your team – helping, caring and supporting.  Here are some verses on that topic:

  • Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT) – Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
  • IMGP68951 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT) – So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
  • Romans 12:8 (NLT) – If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
  • 1 Peter 3:8 (NLT) – Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.
  • Romans 12:16 (NLT) – Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!

While there’s much more about teamwork in the Bible, I wanted to summarize these thoughts:

  • being part of a team means we can do more together than individually
  • as members of the team we should be humble – not being proud or being a “know it all” – sharing what we are good at doing with the others for their benefit (and teaching them to be better at these skills, too)
  • as teammates, we should encourage each other to do our best, be our best and have joy in our hearts.