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The Calvinist Cadet Corps was founded in 1952 by Christian men who saw the need to mentor, by word and example, the young men and boys in their community. It has become a world-wide ministry that incorporates weekly meetings and outdoor adventure.
The basis of the Calvinist Cadet Corps is the Word of God (the Bible) according to the concept of the same as expressed in the Heidelberg Catechism, the Canons of Dort, and the Belgic Confession. Practical Application of these Beliefs God is revealed in His Word – The cadeting ministry encourages studying the Bible as the guide to life. God is revealed in nature – The cadeting ministry encourages experiencing the presence of the Lord in His glorious creation. Learning the skills of an outdoorsman builds a boy's character, and developing a boy's understanding of his place in God's world helps him to be a faithful steward. Men as God's servants – The Calvinist Cadet Corps is the ministry of men of God who are dedicated to bring boys into a living relationship with their Lord and Savior. These men, understanding their imperfection, hold on to the promise that the Lord will bless their prayers, their example, and their instruction if they rely on God's strength

Boys from 4th - 8th grades meet with the Rock Valley Cadets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 7:20 p.m. Head counselor is Travis Blankespoor. Counselors from our church are Jeremy Van Beek, Jared Blankespoor, Kory Vander Zeil, and Josh DeJager



Cadet Schedule for 2023-2024

Schedule is subject to change throughout the year.

*** All meetings are from 7:00 to 8:30 pm unless otherwise noted. ***


August 16 – Counselor Meeting

September 6 – Three Rivers Meeting

September 13 – Kickoff Meeting 6:30 PM, Food provided, Flag Retirement Ceremony at 7:15

September 20 – 8th Graders pack candy boxes

September 22 to 23 – Fall campout overnight

September 27 – Lesson, Candy boxes for fundraiser distributed at end of meeting

October 4 – Three Rivers Meeting

October 11 – Lesson

October 25 – Lesson

November 1 – Three Rivers Meeting

November 8 – Lesson

November 15 – Lesson

December 6 – Three Rivers Meeting

December 13 – Lesson

December 20 – Snow Derby practice at Cadet building

December 30 – Snow Derby 9:00 AM

January 3 – Three Rivers Meeting

January 10 – Lesson

January 17 – Open Workshop to work on Pinewood Derby Cars

January 21 – Cadet Sunday (Varies by church)

January 26 – Pinewood Derby (6:30 PM weigh in and 7:00 PM start time)

January 28 – Cadet Sunday (Varies by church)

February 7 – Three Rivers Meeting

February 14 – Ash Wednesday, no meeting

February 21 – Lesson

February 28 – Lesson

March ??? – Prayer Day Service, no meeting

March 6 – Three Rivers Meeting

March 13 – Lesson

March 20 – RVCS Spring Break

March 26 – Counselors clean RVCS bus barn for Cadet-O-Rama

March 27 – Three Rivers Cadet-O-Rama 6:00 PM at the RVCS bus barn and Cadet building

April 10 – Lesson

April 24 – Walk Ditches 6:30 PM and Points Auction

May 1 – Three Rivers Meeting

May 8 – Counselor Meeting

May 25 – Practice for Memorial Day Activities and place flags, 10 AM

May 27 – Participate in Memorial Day Activities, 8:40 AM


The Goal of Cadeting Luke 2:52 states that "Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." The goal of the Calvinist Cadet Corps, based upon that verse, is to help boys to grow spiritually in all areas of life (devotional, mental, physical, and social) by providing Christian men with a uniquely designed structure, program, and materials so that they can mentor boys effectively.