One hundred eighty Calvinist Cadet Corps counselors, spouses, and children converged on West Des Moines, Iowa, for the 2009 Calvinist Cadet Corps Convention.
Calvinist Cadets is the ministry to boys offered in most Christian Reformed churches.
The men spent a large portion of the event in workshops, where they learned about new merit badges, various activities suited for the Cadet program or their personal lives, and current social and cultural issues.
Wayne Mersbergen, a Cadet leader and an organizer of the convention, said personal interaction was an important aspect of the gathering.
“We can pray and laugh with each other as we catch up on the happenings in our lives,” he said. “Counselors can share with each other things that are happening in their Cadet clubs.”