At long last, we WILL have our first regular meeting of the season this Saturday evening from 6:45-8:45 at the Barn. We are excited to welcome several new families to ConQuest! Please try to arrive promptly so that we can explain what ConQuest is all about and discuss some of the minor changes that are new this year. If you need help with directions, please email or call me at 248-563-1671.
In an effort to make our meetings run more smoothly we are asking the dads to volunteer ahead of time for occasional jobs throughout the season. Your contribution can vary from one meeting to the next, and at some meetings you may have no specific job at all. These responsibilities fall under the following main categories:
Check-In / Code Checks: Arrive 10 minutes early to check in the boys, collect dues, award points, then do "code check" talks with boys to discuss commitments and accountability during activity part of the meeting
Prayer and Points: Prepare point belts, set up point tally board, opening prayer, squad points announcement at beginning/middle/end, closing prayer, announce next meeting
Snack: Juice, snack, cups, and plates for 24 people, facilitate serving the boys and clean-up (use other dads and older boys)
Fun Activity - Club (Older Boys): Plan and facilitate games or educational activity that is fun and exciting, and normally involving physical activity (may be combined with younger boys). Examples from previous meetings include kickball, dodgeball, fishing, and sledding. We are looking for some new, creative ideas here.
Fun Activity - Younger Boys: Plan and facilitate games or educational activity that is fun and exciting, and normally involving physical activity (may be combined with older boys). Examples from previous meetings include kickball, dodgeball, fishing, and sledding. We are looking for some new, creative ideas here.
Slice of Spirit: Provide a short reflection (roughly 2-3 minutes) during snack time, leader/man talk, virtue story, interesting facts, fun video, song, etc.
For this first meeting, we already have volunteers for "Prayer and Points" and "Snack", plus we will be joined by Fr. Thomas Flynn, Br. Joshua Thompson, and Br. Adam Zettel from the Legionaries of Christ. You can expect them to provide us with a great talk including some solid catechesis. So we are still looking for somebody to help check everybody in and to select an activity for the boys to do. On the blog, there is a recent post from one of the dads with some idea starters. If you have any interest in helping fill some of these roles for the first meeting, please send us an email. I will be happy to explain some of the terminology for you.
The cost we are requesting to cover the group's educational materials and other supplies is $70 for each boy. We purchase this ready-made package from the national ConQuest organization which maintains it and updates it each year.
Remember it is never too late to spread the word to anybody else you may know with boys between ages 5 and 16 who is seeking a solid, Catholic organization that builds Virtue and reinforces the Faith. There is so much to gain in the small amount of time that we spend together as fathers, sons, and brothers in Christ!
See you Saturday!