What is “Stockade”
Stockade is ministry of Providence Presbyterian Church (PPC), and is a discipleship-centered program where Christian men build personal relationships with boys, ages 8-11, to mentor and nurture them toward Christian maturity.
While the program and curriculum is based upon and falls under the umbrella organization of the national organization called Christian Service Brigade, the local Battalion ministry at PPC (Unit #8024) is led by Christian men who are all leaders and/or members of Providence Presbyterian Church.
Who may participate?
All boys from the community ages 8-11 are invited to join and participate in Battalion, but the adult leadership is limited to those men who are members of PPC. A young man may begin participating in Stockade if he turns 8 years old during that same school year (for example, if his birthday is in March, he may begin Battalion in September of the previous year).
What does Stockade do?
During the school year (Labor Day to Memorial Day), Stockade meets weekly on Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall of PPC. Weekly meetings include: adult-leader led Bible studies, squad peer-led meetings, practical hands-on activities (learning new skills), and games. From time to time, the venue may change, or we may take a week off now and again, but this is our regular meeting time.
Occasionally, we will have special local outings, a gathering at one of the adult leader’s homes, or an overnight stay (or camping in the back yard) of one of our adult leader’s home. We also plan two overnight camping trips during the school year (one in the fall and one in the spring), in conjunction with the Battalion Program.
Rank: Trail Guides
In the Stockade program, boys have the opportunity to progress through five levels (rank advancement is typically done on an individual basis, outside of group meetings, under the supervision of an adult leader, and according to the effort that each member puts into it):
Welcome to Stockade
Builder Trails 1
Builder Trails 2
Sentinel Trails 1
Sentinel Trails 2
In addition to working on advancement through the Trail Guides, participants in Stockade have the opportunity to work on modules, known as Outpost Adventures in various areas of interest (e.g., Bikes & Boards, Cars & Trucks, Flight, Hiking, Pioneers, Reporter, Shape N Race, Space, Swimming, Team Sports, Weather, Woodworking, etc.). These Outpost Adventures are typically completed together as a unit during our weekly meetings.
The uniform for the Stockade program is a Stockade Uniform Shirt (light blue, button down, short sleeve shirt). The unit designation, ranks, patches, and leadership pins are worn on this uniform (the PPC unit number is: 8024). You may view these items at the CSB Ministries online store.
The initial cost, due with the registration form, is $30.00 (for the purchase of the uniform and materials) – we will order these items for you since we receive a special discount through our church account. The continuing cost for participation in Battalion is $60 for the school year ($30 due in September and $30 due in January).
If you are interested in participating in the Stockade program at Providence Presbyterian Church, or have any questions, please contact the Unit Captain: Pastor Peter Dietsch (432-520-5255). Or, you may submit an inquiry through the online contact form on the church website.
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