Field Day Results!

We have a winner!

Congratulations to the Cadets and Counselors from “The Bridge”, club number 1520 for winning the 2016 Field Day and receiving the Field Day trophy on Saturday, December 3rd.

Field Day was hosted by First URC and held at Ontario Christian High School.  Check out the Field Day Event page for more information, and the official score sheet.

Spring 2016 Update

Summer is almost upon us and it’s bringing a West Coast Camporee!

Our Events/Camporee page provides you information and registration information on the camporee.  So check it out and make plans now.  It is a great way to prepare your RPBs and Guide Trails for the International Camporee 2017.

Our council met last Thursday at Bell One.  This was originally planned to be a webcast with regional locations available, but last-minute changes on the Executive Board necessitated a face-to-face meeting.  You can read the full minutes on the “Council News” page.  In the meantime, a brief recap of the highlights:

  • Per our Constitution, Art. V. Section 1, Matt Gabrielse was nominated and unanimously approved as interim President.
  • Some of next year’s events were scheduled: Field Day (12/3); Pinewood Derby (3/25/17); First Council meeting (9/1) at 1st URC of Chino; and Second Council meeting (10/18) at Artesia Trinity
  • Rocket launch will be held at Lucerne Valley on May 20th and the 21st, with the rocket launch happening on Saturday morning.

 

Congratulations!

Great job to the Cadets of The Bridge (Club 1520)!  Winning the 2015 Field Day and taking home the trophy with an overall per boy score of 14.625.

  • 2nd Place = Westminster OPC (Club 1566).  Points per boy: 14.571
  • 3rd Place = Artesia Trinity CRC (Club 1512).  Points per boy: 11.375
  • 4th Place = Bayview OPC (Club 1585).  Points per boy: 11.167

Thank you to all the counselors of Long Beach CRC, all the club counselors and helpers, and to the staff of Valley Christian High School for your support and help in making the 2015 Southern California Cadet Council Field Day a success.

The complete rankings are posted to the Field Day page.

Council, Field Day, and Council Workshop Conference Updates

Good day to everyone!

I’ve uploaded the minutes from last Thursday’s council meeting hosted by the counselors of Rosewood CRC in Bellflower.  See our Council page and click on the link.  Also available is the treasurer’s report from that meeting.  Please note several clubs need to pay their bill to Dave Lewis.

The Field Day page has been updated with information for the December Field Day, hosted by the counselors of Long Beach CRC at Valley Christian High.  Please note that parking MUST BE at the Middle School on Dumont.  There is a major SAT event occurring at the high school so no parking at the high school on Saturday.

I’ve created a new page under Events for our Council Workshop Conference.  This is a great opportunity for counselors and their families.  Note that an RSVP is needed by January 15th.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Valley Christian!  “Hooked on Christ”

Quest Update

For those clubs which receive the Cadet Quest magazine, check out pages 20 and 21 of the current edition – April/May 2015.

Our Southern California Field Day is highlighted in an article written by 1st URC of Chino Head Counselor Bernie Gabrielse.  Several of our own counselors contributed pictures.

Looking good, SOCAL!

Council Meetings: Old and New

Minutes are now available from the previous Council Meeting, and the next Council Meeting is just around the corner (Thu Nov 7, at Escondido URC). Here are the minutes in PDF, and here is also a PDF of events throughout the 2013-14 year.

For your convenience, I also paste all of the minutes into this news item, if that is more convenient. Please take a few minutes to read through these and be aware of important discussions that affect the whole council; such as plans for various Field Day events, and Pinewood Derby regulations.

 

Southern California Council Meeting Minutes

 

7:00pm, 5 September 2013

Bellflower One Christian Reformed Church

17603 Ardmore, Avenue, Bellflower, California

The first stated meeting of the Southern California Cadet Council in Cadet Year 2013-2014 was called to order at 7:05p.m. by Gareth Evans, Council President and at-large Board Member

  1. Prayer and Devotion. Gareth Evans provided the devotion. Reading from Philippians 1:4-6, Gareth reminded the council members of the importance of being prepared. He tied this devotion to next year’s Cadet them – A Work in Progress and to his workshop.

  2. Counselor Training (Workshops). A single workshop was provided at this council meeting. Bernie led a workshop challenging each to answer the question, “Why are You a Cadet Counselor”.

  3. Announcements

Gary Evans introduced two representatives from a new council member – Emmanuel Reformed Church (Club number 1510). (Later, the board was informed that Justin Grasmeyer will assume the leadership position for this club.)

After a coffee break and refreshments, the Business Meeting was called to order by Gareth Evans at 8:06p.m.

  1. Roll Call. The following clubs reporting counselors attending:

Number

Name

Present

1503

Anaheim CRC

1509

Artesia 1 (inactive)

1512

Artesia Trinity CRC

1585

Bayview OPC

1

1518

Bellflower Bethany

2

1569

Bellflower Bethel

1

1515

Bellflower 1

4

1520

The Bridge

1

1521

Bellflower Rosewood

1

1531

Crosspoint CRC

1

1530

Chino 1

3

1517

Anaheim Christ Reformed (URC)

1510

Emmanuel RC

1

1536

Escondido URC

1

1539

Long Beach CRC

3

1558

Oasis Moreno Valley

1548

The River (Redlands)

1557

Hope Riverside

1561

San Diego New Life PCA

1563

Sun Valley

2

1565

San Marcos CRC

1566

Westminster OPC

Church name in bold indicates H/C attending

Church information in italics indicates club inactive for the 2012-2013 Cadet year

Two at-large council members attended: Gary Evans, Council President and George Bell, Council Quartermaster

  1. Council Board Nominations. Gary Evans introduced this item. The council unanimously approved his election as Council President for a three-year term.
  2. Field Day. The annual event will be held on Saturday, December 7th at Ontario Christian High. Camping on Friday evening will be available with the campus open after 5:00pm.

The question was raised whether the Board wanted to continue offering Compass Reading in light of the increased emphasis on GPS technology. The Board determined that Compass Reading will remain, at least for the near future.

Gary Conrad (Council Congressman and Head Counselor, Crosspoint CRC (Club No. 1531) agreed to purchase three new pup tents for use at Field Day.

Marksmanship remains an event of concern, given the increased number of counselors needed to run this event.

It was recommended that the knot tying badge be made a prerequisite for the knot tying event. This item was deferred to the Executive Board for discussion.

Dave Lewis (Council Treasurer and Head Counselor, The Bridge (Club No. 1520) suggested clubs list all cadets on the registration form and then just cross off the boys who do not attend. It was decided that colored event cards would be used for first-time Cadets since some clubs are having boys enter the program above the Group A level. These cards would identify these boys as being eligible to participate in the Landmarks event.

The November council meeting will focus more on registration processes and event coverage.

  1. Pinewood Derby. Gary Evans introduced the discussion for next year’s Pinewood Derby. The final assignment list will be determined/approved at the next council meeting. The council asked for confirmation for the rotation of three host clubs – Bellflower Bethany (west region), Crosspoint (east region), and New Life PCA (south region). A subcommittee of Paul deVries and Rueben Settergren) was asked to investigate hardware requirements if the council decides to acquire permanent computer systems.

Gary Evans reviewed the decisions made by the Executive Board in reaction to an incident at last year’s Pinewood Derby.

  • Kits acquired from S&W will be provided to all clubs, but without axles pre-drilled.
  • Allow the registrar to interview the Head Counselor in any case where the Cadet’s car workmanship is questioned.
  • Allow the registrar to interview any Cadet whose car is questionable to determine if the Cadet did the majority of the work.
  • Allow the registrar to disqualify any car whose workmanship is questioned.
  • Require Head Counselor certification of all cars entered into the derby by Cadets from his club.
  • No graphite will be allowed onsite during the derby.
  • Require the Cadet to present his car at the registration table on the day of the derby.
  1. Homosexuality in Cadets. The Board discussed the recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow homosexual scouts, and the reaction by the Executive Committee of the Calvinist Cadet Corps (published on the CCC website).
  2. Council Constitution. Craig Doty (Council Secretary and H/C Bayview OPC (Club No. 1585) informed the council he was working on revising the 1983 edition of the Constitution. He stated his intention to have it ready for the next council meeting.
  3. Council Rocket Launch. This annual event will be added to the council calendar for a date to be determined in June 2014.
  4. Council Calendar. Craig Doty provided council members with the 2013-2014 Council Calendar of Events. Several items were discussed/confirmed
  • AGI Event will be tentatively hosted by Crosspoint CRC
  • Cadet Executive Director Dick Broene will be visiting our council meeting on January 24th
  • Camporee Certification in April will be hosted by Long Beach CRC
  1. Board Reports
  • Congressmen Report. Provided by Matt Gabrielse and Gary Conrad. Clubs need to have the annual registration turned in by 15 October. It is due to Corps by 22 October.
  • DCE Report. Bernie Gabrielse (Council DCE and H/C Chino 1 (Club No. 1530) and Craig Doty notified council members of our next Southwest Region Counselors Conference to be hosted by the Southern California Council, on 7-8 March 2014.
  • Treasurer’s Report. Dave Lewis presented the financial status of the council. The report will be posted to the website.
  • Quartermaster’s Report. George Bell will try to get extra axles for the pinewood derby cars. Clubs should order prior to Field Day, if possible.
  • Secretary’s Report. Craig informed council members to some changes to the website and noted the approved Council Schedule of Events will be added.

Next Council Meeting: Gary Evans noted the next meeting of the Southern California Cadet Council will be hosted by Escondido URC on Thursday, 7 November, beginning at 7:00pm

He also thanked the counselors from Bell 1 for hosting the meeting and closed it with prayer for the ministry to the boys in our clubs, the decisions and plans made tonight, and traveling mercies at 9:45p.m. Council members closed the meeting by singing the Cadet Hymn.

In service to the King and His Kingdom,

Craig P. Doty

All Counselors:

Please read below (or click here to read on the council website, or click here to download PDF) the minutes from the April 25th council meeting. The minutes contain important discussion relevant to Pinewood Derby, Field Day, and West Coast Camporee. Also please be aware that a current Treasurer’s Report has been posted. Please make sure that your club is paid up for supplies.


The fourth stated meeting of the Southern California Cadet Council in Cadet Year 2012-2013 was called to order at 7:07p.m. by Dave Dalton, Council President and Head Counselor ofWestminsterOPC (Club No. 1566).

Prayer and Devotion

Bernie Gabrielse, Council DCE and Head Counselor of First URC of Chino (Club No. 1530), provided the devotion. Readingfrom Philippians 1:1-6, Bernie reminded the council members of the importance of being prepared. He tied this devotion to next year’s Cadet them – A Work in Progress and to his workshop.

Counselor Training

Two workshops were offered at this council meeting. Craig Doty, DCE and Council Secretary, led a workshop to introduce men who are looking to step into a Head Counselor role. Bernie led a workshop entitled, “The Individual Counselor’s Plan Toward an Improved ‘13-‘14 Year”, a “how-to” for improving ourselves to be more effective counselors in our clubs.

After a coffee break and refreshments, the Business Meeting was called to order by Dave Dalton at 8:06p.m.

 

Roll Call was taken with the following clubs reporting counselors attending:

Number

Name

Present

1503

AnaheimCRC

1509

Artesia 1 (inactive)

1512

Artesia Trinity CRC

2

1585

Bayview OPC

1

1518

BellflowerBethany

1569

BellflowerBethel

1515

Bellflower1

1520

The Bridge

1

1521

Bellflower Rosewood

1

1531

Crosspoint CRC

4

1530

Chino 1

5

1517

AnaheimChrist Reformed (URC)

1536

EscondidoURC

1539

Long Beach CRC

1

1558

OasisMorenoValley

1548

The River (Redlands)

1557

Hope Riverside

1560

San Diego CRC (inactive)

1561

San Diego New Life PCA

1

1563

Sun Valley

2

1565

San Marcos CRC

1566

Westminster OPC

1

Church name in bold indicates H/C attending. Church information in italics indicates club inactive for the 2012-2013 Cadet year. Two at-large council members attended: Gary Evans, Council Vice-President and George Bell, Council Quartermaster

Old Business

Pinewood Derby.

Dave Dalton introduced this item for discussion while noting recent emails on the subject. Gary Conrad, Head Counselor, Crosspoint CRC (Club No. 1531), reminded the council of the existing 80/20 rule for ensuring each Cadet does 80% of the work on their cars.

Jim Grasmeyer, Head Counselor of Long Beach CRC (Club No. 1539), reprised the incident during registration. He noted, with incredulity, the extreme care, precision, and exacting detail which was evident as a father registered his second-grade son’s car. Jim expressed amazement at the workmanship of this Group A car and expressed his doubts that an eight-year-old boy built this car himself.

Reuben Settergren, Head Counselor of New Life PCA (Club No. 1561), stated that he had interviewed the boy’s father about this matter. Reuben attested the father’s knowledge of the rules and assured council members that the father was careful to comply with the letter of the law regarding the workmanship of the derby car and how much/what type of work was to be done by the Cadet. Reuben also assured the council that the car was made from the S&W kit purchased through the council quartermaster. The fact that this dad considers pinewood derby a “passion” and has the skills and tools to assist his sons in achieving quality workmanship should not motivate the council to punish the second-grader, whose car won every heat and the overall fastest for Group A.

Furthermore, this father did not covet his skill set or tools, but freely advised other Cadets in the club, offering helpful tips and access to the tools to help the boys build the best car possible.

Several council and board members offered opinions ranging from disqualification because the dad “obviously” did most of the work, to why should the council punish the Cadet if he is willing to listen to the advice of his father and put in the extra time necessary to produce a quality car. It was suggested that a meeting with the Head Counselor and dad be held where the Cadet’s dad could be encouraged to “throttle back” a bit, allowing the boys to develop the skills necessary on their own.

Several suggested changes to the rules were offered. These were:

  • Allow the registrar to interview any Cadet whose car is questionable to determine if the Cadet did the majority of the work.
  • Allow the registrar to interview the Head Counselor in any case where the Cadet’s car workmanship is questioned.
  • Allow the registrar to disqualify any car whose workmanship is questioned.
  • Require Head Counselor certification of all cars entered into the derby by Cadets from his club.
  • Require the Cadet to present his car at the registration table on the day of the derby.

Dave Dalton summarized this issue as one of “substance over style”. It is obvious the car was built with a great deal of exacting detail, so much so that it was questionable if the Cadet did “80% of the work”. But can the council sit in judgment if both the dad and the club head counselor attest to the opposite?

The Executive Board will further discuss this issue with any suggestions on rule changes and bring this issue back to the council at its next regularly scheduled meeting.

Another Pinewood Derby topic for the council was how to structure the derby to allow more clubs to be involved instead of relying on the host club to develop all the plans for running the derby.

Several ideas were offered by council members. Certainly, one idea, which was strongly endorsed, was for select churches to host the derby. These host churches would be based on facility layout, available resources, etc. Once these host churches were identified, maps could then be developed to ensure continuity as the derby rotates between the host locations.

The decision was for the Executive Board to develop a list of general tasks for running a derby and then select/encourage certain clubs or individuals to step up and fill these positions on a semi-permanent basis, e.g., similar to Field Day. The general tasks were organized along these lines.

  • Projection system
  • Grand Prix software operation/database management
  • Derbyoperation
  • Snacks
  • Pre-registration
  • On-site Registration
  • Crowd control

Field Day

The council discussed several issues relative to the annual field day. These issues and the relevant discussions are provided

Archery/Marksmanship Badge Issues: Sun Valleyclub leads this event with assistance from Gareth Evans, Council Vice President and at-large Executive Board member. Gareth reported that four boys were dismissed from the event for safety violations or their inability to follow directions. He noted it was obvious these boys were not well-versed in the safety rules stipulated in the badge requirements. He also noted uneasiness with the current policy of allowing boys to come to the event with a counselor in-tow to “certify” the Cadet has earned the badge. Several ideas to strengthen the stated council policy were discussed. After the discussions, the council agreed to continue the policy of requiring the Head Counselor to certify all boys attending Field Day have earned the Archery and Marksmanship badges. It was recommended that if any boy was found not to be qualified, his number should be noted and the registration form checked to see if the Head Counselor had signed off on this Cadet’s qualifications. These rules will be highlighted on the council webpage and in the next edition of the newsletter. Dave Lewis, Council Treasurer and Head Counselor of The Bridge (Club No. 1520) will prepare the newsletter article.

School Fees: It was noted that neither Valley Christian nor Calvin Christian currently charge the council for use of the facilities. Valley Christian does ask that janitorial services be paid for, a sum gladly paid by the council. Gary Conrad will work with Bernie Gabrielse and develop an approach to discuss this issue with the Ontario Christian High School Board.

PA Usage/Acquisition: Several ideas were offered on ways to improve the public address system used at Field Day. Ultimately, the council asked Gareth to investigate options and develop a plan to improve the public address system at Field Day and Pinewood Derby and present this to the next regularly scheduled council meeting.

Old Equipment Issues/Needs: The council did not come to a decision regarding the pup tent event at Field Day. Instead, the council looked to the Executive Board to come up with a recommendation.

Clubs Not Supporting Field Day: This has been an issue for several years and one that is well documented in past council meeting minutes. Several ideas were offered on ways to “encourage” clubs to attend Field Day, but no decision was reached by the council.

Knot Change Proposal: Deferred to the next council meeting

2013 Counselor Convention Support.

This item had previously been voted on and approved at the November 2012 council meeting. The convention booklet advertisement will be a one-half page advertisement for $125.00. Gareth Evans and Matt Gabrielse, Council Congressman, were tasked to finalize the promotion material and forward to Dave Lewis. Dave will cut the donation check and sent the package to the 2013 Convention Committee.

West Coast Camporee.

Bill Mulder, Head Counselor of Artesia Trinity CRC (Club No. 1512), encouraged all clubs to attend. He noted the registration remains only $75.00 (early registration until May 29th) when it will increase to $90.00. If clubs have boys that are interested in attending, the counselors should let him know and he will find a way for the boys to attend (even if their club counselors cannot). Information on the camporee and the registration form are in the newsletter and on the council website.

Executive Board Recommendations.

Dave Dalton noted that two board members will be stepping down: Jim Grasmeyer has represented the council as congressman for ten years and feels that “younger blood” would be a better influence at Congress; Dave Dalton also indicated that beginning in the fall, Gareth Evans will be stepping up to the office of Council President.

The motion was made and seconded from the floor to install Gary Conrad as the second congressman representing the Southern California Council. A vote was called for and the vote was unanimous to approveGaryas congressman. Garythanked Jim for his many years of service, noting that “I have large shoes to fill”.

Dave Dalton mentioned that other nominees for council president would be welcomed and a vote taken at the next council meeting.

Reports

Congressman Report: Jim reminded council members that about half the council member churches have not made their annual love offerings to Corps. These offerings need to resolve quickly to avoid an assessment fee byGrand Rapids.

DCE Report: Bernie Gabrielse reminded council members that Craig and he stand ready to assist any club in a workshop. Craig mentioned the 2014 West Coast Counselors’ Conference will be hosted bySouthern California council at a location to be determined.

Quartermaster Report: George Bell, Council Quartermaster and at-large Executive Board member, noted that he sold almost 630 pinewood derby cars this year. He has excess inventory of weights, so if a club orders next year, weights probably will not be required. He also suggested that a certificate of achievement be developed for the archery and marksmanship events at Field Day. This would be similar to CPR cards and would identify each boy as earning these two badges.

Treasurer Report: Dave Lewis informed council members that the snack bar at the Pinewood Derby netted almost $600, due in large part to the donations of food items. The council noted and approved of the uniformity of charging $1.00 for everything. The council asked that a spreadsheet of standard items/suggestions be provided by Gary Conrad and Jim Grasmeyer to help in future planning of Pinewood Derby days and Field Days. Gary offered several hundred red and blue lanyards from this past Pinewood Derby to help defray the cost of next year’s Pinewood Derby. Dave stated that an updated treasurer’s report will be available on the website.

Secretary Report: Craig reminded the council members of the council’s website and the function of “subscribing” to receive any updates. The calendar is also available on the website and clubs have their own page, which can be updated to provide information and pictures. Clubs were encouraged to use this website as a means of providing information (communicating!) to their local cadets, parents, and churches, as well as an outreach method to the local community. Gary mentioned the Cadet Council Rocket Shoot is set for May 31st and June 1st at theLucerneDryLake. More information and directions are in the council newsletter.

New Business

Next Council Meeting: Dave Dalton announced the next statement meeting of the Southern California Cadet Council will be determined by the executive board at a later date.

He also thanked the counselors fromChino1 for hosting the meeting and closed it with prayer for the ministry to the boys in our clubs, the decisions and plans made tonight, and traveling mercies at 9:45p.m. Council members closed the meeting by singing the Cadet Hymn.

In service to the King and His Kingdom,

Craig P. Doty

Field Day 2012 Results

One day and 264 boys later, Field Day 2012 is in the can. Congratulations to Crosspoint for their 14.618 points/boy club victory!

The results spreadsheet can be viewed here; previous years’ results have also been uploaded to the Field Day Page.

The executive board welcomes your feedback and suggestions! If you have any thoughts on how we can run an even better Field Day next year, drop a comment here, or contact any member of the EB.