Although most Cadet clubs have joined with nearby clubs to form councils, about 15% of North American Cadet Clubs are too distant from other clubs to consider being part of a council. We call these clubs independent clubs, and they contact corps office directly for supplies and other help. Without local support, they have special needs and require greater attention. The CCC offers this support in the form of Bert Bakhuyzen. Bert was selected by the executive director to assist the independent Cadet clubs. Bert volunteers his time to help these clubs with their specific needs, noting their concerns or ideas so that they can be a voice for these clubs at congress. He spends a lot of time on the phone just being an understanding fellow counselor. We are very grateful for his service to cadeting.
Your independent club consultant is Bert Bakhuyzen. If you've been to an international camporee, he's the guy you've seen at the camp store.
You can E-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or if you'd rather contact the Cadet office you can use the guestbook.
If your club is in within reasonable driving distance of other Cadet clubs you may wish to join a Cadet council and take advantage of the activities and training that are offered. If your club is not close, geographically, to other clubs, you are offered special assistance through our Independent Club consultant (left column)
Clubs may choose to form a council when there are three or more Cadet clubs within a reasonable distance of each other so that they can meet regularly for cooperative efforts in counselor education and Cadet activities. The benefits of a council are many. Regular counselor meetings at the council level are the fundamental building block of counselor training and education. The typical council will designate one or more DCEs (Developer of Counselor Education) to be in charge of arranging workshop leaders, speakers, demonstrations, and other programs to help the counselor to be effective. DCEs are specially trained through a DCE program to assess the educational needs of the clubs in his area and then develop an educational strategy to meet those needs. The combined resources of many clubs in a council can make possible special events (outlined in counselor aid booklets) for the boys such as:
A typical council will elect a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and several members at large to help them oversee their educational programs and activities. A DCE may be be included in these members or in addition to these members. If a counselor would like to make a change or addition to the cadeting ministry, he should download a proposal form. The counselor's completed proposal should be approved by the council board and then sent on to the executive committee for their review.