- Where Leadership is Learned
Battalion is the ideal
program for the church to build its future leaders.
If today's teens are to become tomorrow's leaders, they
must be given the opportunity to observe examples of
leadership and to test their own leadership abilities.
Battalion achieve this?
- Christian men! Participation of men in a program
geared for Christian growth, and the friendship and
involvement of these men helping shape the lives of
individual boys and encouraging them to follow Christ.
- Battalion provides leadership opportunities by the adult
leaders sharing the leadership responsibility of the
weekly meetings, with the young men they have carefully
- Offering a well-rounded achievement experience for boys,
that guides their growth into Christian manhood.
Team of Battalion:
- Captain. Key man in Battalion, he guides the weekly
meetings and delegates tasks to the senior and junior
(teen) leaders. Oversees the planning of all
Battalion activities, and has a strong desire to reach
boys for Christ.
- Lieutenants. Assist Captain in many ways. Small
group leaders, of a group of 8-10 boys called a Squad.
- Junior Leaders:
- Sergeant. Assist the Captain
as needed. Teen leader with the most maturity and
experience. Directs the formation of the
- Corporal. Leads the majority
of the Squad meeting devotions, assists the Lieutenant
as needed. Corporal and Lance Corporal (Assistant
Squad leader) also keep Squad records and helping boys
with their individual achievements.
#3698 teen leaders are
trained through achievement manuals, beginning with
Leadership Trails. These achievements also guide
teens into God's Word and experiences that will help
them progress to be strong leaders. They also
participate in the bi-annual Leadership Advance - a
weekend training camp at Camp Hickory Hill, or as teen
leaders at Summer Camp either on Service Crew or as a
meeting, held on Monday nights at
Hub, is where a teen boy regularly joins with his
friends and where he finds adults who want to establish
a caring friendship. It provides many
opportunities for men and boys to do things together and
disciplining to occur.
- Battalion Formation
- Squad Meetings
- Battalion Action
- Council Ring
- Leaders Huddle
Battalion #3698 has
the finest meeting place in all of Western New York!
When the boys arrive they can play ping pong, pool, air
hockey, bubble hockey, informal games, or tests of
Meetings begin with a
military style formation, with each Squad together in a
line. Each Corporal stands in front of his Squad,
and the Sergeant centered in front of all Corporals.
The Captain and Lieutenants are in front of the
Sergeant. Captain opens in prayer at this time,
and also gives announcements.
Corporals lead the
Squad meetings, which includes a devotional, attendance
check, review of achievements, and a special activity or
discussion. Each Squad meets on its own.
Special feature of the
night, either through a demonstration, discussion, or
hands-on project. Many times a series of meetings
(usually 3-4 weeks, called a block) are related on the
same topic - and an Activity Patch can be earned.
Past blocks in #3698 have been Orienteering, Skit
Production, Power Point Presentations, and AirSoft.
Future planned blocks are; Backpacking, Auto
Repair (hands-on), and Canoe Building. Some times
a special guest speaker is brought in.
Action packed time,
many times the highlight of the night. Gives the
boys a time of physical action to develop skills,
alertness, friendship, and sportsmanship. Games
allow boys and men "to be themselves", and may reveal
more of their character and needs - allowing the leaders
an opportunity to disciple the boy. Games also
help break down personal barriers, enabling the boys to
gain confidence in their leaders and themselves.
The Bible is the
foundation of every Council Ring, usually in the form of
a story, talk, or discussion. The Gospel is
presented as the boys are challenged to Christian growth
and service. The meeting is then closed in prayer
, and the the Council Ring closes by repeating together
the Battalion Watchword...
we trust in God to keep us
Bright and keen for
want to serve Him
Until we see Him face to
get together after the meeting with the Captain, senior
and junior leaders. Program is discussed, future
plans are made and checked, and fellowship prayer for
the Battalion Unit.
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