Looking for ways to help your son get excited about following Jesus? The Christian Service Brigade (CSB) Program of Covenant Life Church provides an active setting where fathers and sons (grades 1-6) can deepen their relationship with each other and with God. Along with fun and games, boys participate in a variety of scouting-like activities that help them grow physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.
The success of the program depends on fathers participating actively by spending time with their sons as well as by serving in other capacities during events. Sons of single moms are also encouraged to participate, with leadership provided by a “big brother” or by other fathers in the program.
From October to August, CSB meets twice a month on Monday nights, generally during the first and third weeks. Grouped by age in “posts” like the "Wolverines" or "Fighting Falcons," boys work on achievements, listen to a brief teaching, meet with their dads for one-on-one application, and play large-group games. CSB also offers monthly activities on Saturdays including hikes, campouts, bike trips, visits to historic sites, pool parties, and service projects. Every winter boys and dads compete in the Shape ‘n Race Derby (or equivalent activity).
The high point of the year is in August when we hold our annual father-son retreat at Hemlock Wilderness Brigade Camp (Wardensville, WV). For three days boys get to shoot slingshots, build fires, swim in the pool, learn gun safety, and compete on the archery and rifle range. Boys and dads serve together, play together, pray together, and of course soak each other with water balloons. Camp Hemlock is the highlight of the year for many boys and their dads.
Stay tuned for the dates of the 2017 Camp Hemlock retreat.
For more information, visit any of the monthly meetings (see church calendar for dates and times) or email the Christian Service Brigade. All fathers and sons, grades 1-6, are welcome! Church membership is not required.