Chad Huisman, 15, of Kentwood, Mich., became the first Cadet in the 55-year history of the Calvinist Cadet Corps to earn the highest award that organization has to offer: the Servant Leader Award.
In order to gain this award, a Cadet must progress through all the ranks from Recruit to Advanced Guide, earning at least 11 merit badges and six of the more difficult guide trails. Huisman earned more than 100 merit badges and 17 guide trails.
Said Huisman, “God put us on this earth for a reason, and it is to help others, to give back to our community. . . . Most of us would rather have someone else do the project, but if we all thought that, then nothing would ever get done.”
Huisman was presented the award Oct. 14 at a ceremony in his home church, Kelloggsville Christian Reformed Church.
Most Christian Reformed churches provide a Cadet club for boys from first grade to high school. GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting their Savior) is the comparable program for girls.