Counselor’s Job Description

  1. Understand the primary emphasis of cadeting, which is to build a relationship between a Christian man and a boy. Always remember the goal of cadeting is to help boys grow spiritually in all areas of life — devotional, mental, physical, and social.
  2. Be a committed Christian. Pray for the boys in your group.
  3. Try to involve parents of non-churched boys in Cadet and church activities.
  4. Attend all meetings. If you cannot make a meeting, give your head counselor plenty of time to plan for your absence.
  5. Plan ahead — spend at least one hour preparing for each meeting, making sure the Bible lessons, craft activities and games are well planned and that all four aspects of the Cadet goal will be covered regularly in your meetings.
  6. Study Cadet materials before the season begins, as well as attend counselor training sessions when they are held in your area.
  7. Attend council meetings and regional workshops as often as they are held.
  8. openingexercisesPlan two or three “outside” activities for your cadre during the season, such as:
    • attending a sports event
    • camping
    • hiking
    • a service project
    • a party in your home
  9. Help organize club events — campouts, snow derbies, model-car derbies, etc.
  10. Participate in club fund-raising projects if asked to do so.
  11. Be responsible for the behavior of your cadre during the entire club meeting, as well as when you are together on special outings.
  12. Attend the “Counselors Corner” after your meetings, if your club has one, so that you stay connected with the needs of the other counselors and boys in your club.
  13. Don’t leave your boys unattended during meeting hours.
  14. Don’t be a spiritual “stumbling block” for your boys. Be a positive Christian influence.
  15. Don’t downgrade your club. If something in your club bothers you, work to make it better.
  16. Be enthusiastic – it’s contagious.
  17. Remember: you may be the only example of a committed Christian man that some of your boys will ever see. Don’t disappoint them – or God.

Head Counselor’s Job Description

The Cadet head counselor’s job is an important one in the life of his church, but need not be overwhelming. The Cadet Corps provides help in the form of a Head Counselor Handbook, a 40-page publication that walks the head counselor through the steps of doing his job effectively. A “Head Counselor Certification Course (downloadable PDF)” supplements the handbook, taking the man page by page through the handbook to familiarize him with the task. This is an outline of the job description as described in the handbook. The head counselor of a Cadet club has much in common with a manager in the business world. He is responsible for all aspects of the management process.

  1. Organizing
  2. Planning
    • • Setting goals
    • • Developing a program
    • • Scheduling activities
    • • Budgeting
  3. Leading
    • • Providing vision
    • • Motivating counselors
    • • Providing spiritual guidance
  4. Communicating
    • • Providing a link between the club and the Corps
    • • Providing a link between the club and the Cadet council
    • • Providing a link between the club and the church council
  5. Controlling
    • • Ensuring that the progress is according to plans and goals
    • • Ensuring that the finances are according to budget