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This curriculum has incorporated the previous Crusader Standards and the Christian Development Curriculum. It is designed for crusaders to begin at an early age, but boys who enter the program later can still complete the necessary phases of the program. The most important thing is that each boy accepts Christ as his personal Savior and that he understands and practices the Seven Rites of Passage principles. The District Counselor, State Counselor, or the State Counselor’s designee will conduct a brief comprehensive training and evaluation on the seven principles when the crusader reaches the age of 17.

Following successful completion of the program, the crusader will be honored in a prestigious “Rites of Passage Ceremony”.

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Boys under nine (9) are considered candidates to become crusaders. They can begin training in the crusaders’ department if approved by their local church.

Often times boys want to participate with other boys in activities more suited and appropriate for them. In addition to the activities listed below, have them study from the Bible Lessons for the current year at their level.

Memory Activities

1. Learn the 23rd Psalm

2. Learn the Model Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) Who Is God?

God is our Heavenly Father, the creator of everything. (Genesis 1:1;

Acts 17:22-30) God made all things by the power of His word. (Genesis 1:31;

John 1:1-5) Memory Verse: Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Who Is Jesus?

Jesus is the Son of God who came into this world for our salvation.

(John 1:1-14; 3:16) In other words He came down to earth in human form to bring man back to God since man had grown out of fellowship with God through sin. The Christmas Story is all about Jesus. Without Christ, there would be no Christmas. The Christmas Story is found in the second chapter of Luke.

Memory Verse: John 3:16 - “ For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotton Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Sports and Recreational Activities Begin a basketball program. Teach basketball skills paired with Bible skills.

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Memory Activities

1. Memorize the four pledges.

2. Learn the Crusader’s Goal, Motto, Watchword, Scripture, and Prayer.

3. Memorize the Eight Psalm.

Study Rites of Passage Principle One *** Crusaders are Saved Men*** Saved means to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. We accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior when we believe in our hearts that Jesus went to the cross for us, bled and died and on the third day He arose from the dead. When we believe this in our hearts and confess this with our mouth, Jesus becomes our Savior. At this point we are then saved from going to Hell when we leave this world. There is nothing more important than accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. This is a serious commitment because it is a matter of life or death. Romans 6:23 Memory Verse: Romans 10:9 – “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Study Rites of Passage Principle Two *** Crusaders are men in the Word *** It is very important for Christians to understand and have faith in the fact that the Bible is God’s Word. The Bible is considered to be the most important book in the world, simply because it is God’s Word. When you read the Bible, you read a message from God Himself. When the Bible speaks, God speaks. The Bible is useful in our daily life, because it teaches us how to live a life that is pleasing to God. We should read the Bible daily. It is our road map for life. A good Bible for young men is “Every Man’s Bible”, Tyndale House Publishers.

Memory Verse: Psalm 119:105 – “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Sports and Recreational Activities Participate in a local basketball league or baseball league, or the sports or recreational activity of your choice. You may choose bowling or golf or any safe sports. Your coach or counselor should discuss one of these lessons with you each week before each practice.

Sports / Recreational Lessons R-E-S-P-E-C-T Learn the important of Respect in order to be successful in life.

Week 1:

R – Respect and Reverence for God The big question is “Who is God?” and why should we respect Him? God is our Heavenly Father, the creator of everything. He made us and loves us and wants us to honor Him. God sent His Son to die for us, which has paid the debt for our sins.

So we should praise Him and give Him Glory for all the things He does for us daily.

Week 2:

E – Respect for our Elders and our Parents The Bible instructs us to show respect for the elderly, (Leviticus 19:32). There is nothing wrong with saying, “No Sir, Yes Sir, No Ma’am, Yes Ma’am.” We are instructed to honor our fathers and mothers, Ephesians 6:1-3. There are two promises if we respect our parents. One is that it will be well with us. Second, we will live a long life.

Week 3:

S – Self Respect The first step to having self-respect is knowing that you were created by God.(Colossians 1:16) We must first respect God to respect ourselves. God made your body and your body is considered the Temple of God, so respect your body as you represent God. The way we speak, dress, and carry ourselves are hints of how much respect we have for God and for ourselves.

Week 4:

E – Respect for Each Other The key to respecting your peers is the realization that God made everyone and we all are individually and collectively important to Him. We should not think of ourselves as being better than others. God loves us all the same. We should treat others the way we want to be treated.

Week 5:

C – Respect for those in Charge (Authority) We are to respect those people who hold authority in our lives. Examples of persons who hold authority are teachers, school administrators, parents, police officers, and pastors. Youth should know the proper way to handle situations where they are in conflict with an adult. They should respect authority even while in conflict and allow their parents to resolve the conflict in a respectful way.

Week 6:

T – Respect for Things (Property) “Thou shall not steal” – The 8th Commandment of the Ten Commandments is very plain. Respecting other’s property also means that it is not appropriate to touch or use other people’s property without their permission. Again, think about how you would want someone to treat you or treat your belongings. (Exodus 20:150) Rank II Crusader Marquis Intermediate Crusaders – ages 12-14 Memory Activities

1. Memorize the 13th Chapter of First Corinthians.

2. Be able to recite the Crusader’s Creed.

3. Learn the Books of the Bible.

Study Rites of Passage Principle Three ** Crusaders are Drug and Alcohol Free Men ** Crusaders should try hard not to start using drugs or alcohol. Once you start using drugs and alcohol at an early age, your chances of becoming addicted are great.

What does the Bible have to say about using drugs? I Peter 5:8, “Be sober (don’t use drugs or alcohol), be vigilant (alert, wise); because your adversary (enemy) the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour (destroy).” Memory Verse: Proverbs 20:1 – “Wine is a mocker; strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” Study Rites of Passage Principle Four *** Crusaders are sexually pure men *** God has designed sex for marriage! Our body is the personal dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. Our body belongs to God and we must never defile it with impurity and evil. Do not copy the behaviors and customs of this world, but be a new and different person, standing on what you know is right.

There also is another issue of sexual purity relative to homosexuality. This is definitely not the plan of God. The original plan from the beginning is being perverted by the enemy’s attack on men and on the family. God created man and then He created woman and thereby instituted the family. It was never designed for man to be with another man, or women to be with another woman.

There are definite steps you can take to avoid sexual sin. First, guard your mind.

Do not read books, look at pictures, or encourage fantasies that simulate the wrong desires. Second, keep away from settings and friends that tempt you to sin. Third, do not think only on the moment – focus on the future. Today’s thrill may lead to tomorrow’s ruin. An excellent book for young men is “Every Young Man’s Battle” by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stocker.

Memory Verse: I Corinthians 6:19 – “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (Rank II Continued) Sports or Recreational Activities Participate in a local basketball league or baseball league, or the sports or recreational activity of your choice. You may choose bowling or golf. Your coach or counselor should discuss one of these lessons with you each week before practice.

Sports / Recreational Lessons CC Common Courtesies Begin to practice common courtesies. They will carry you a long way.

Week 1:

CC – Greetings Sharp, intelligent, and Christian young men know how to speak when they approach people. It makes the person to whom you are approaching feel warmly received and welcomed. How you greet a new comer can determine whether or not they will come back. The rule for greeting is for the person who is approaching to speak first. However, if you are there and the person does not speak, then you speak.

Week 2:

CC – Thanks First of all we should thank God everyday for the blessings He gives us daily. Especially, should we thank God at each mealtime, because there are so many in the world who do not have food to eat daily.

Then we should thank people when they do things for us. Don’t take people’s kindness for granted, because they don’t have to do for you.

Always tell a person, “Thank You” for whatever they do for you or whatever they give you.

Week 3:

CC – Responding The way we respond to each other and to adults is a direct reflection of our character. Learn to respond with kind respectful words.

Answer adults with “No Sir”, “Yes Sir”, “No Ma’am”, “Yes Ma’am”.

Respond to your friends in a kind way. A negative or ugly response can cause ill feelings. Responding in a kind way is always better for keeping a good relationship with others.

Week 4:

CC – Helping It is so good when someone comes to you and says, “May I help?

This is just a common courtesy. To hold the door for someone coming behind you is the highest level of a gentleman. Volunteer to be helpful where you can and later the same help will come to you. We should especially help elderly people when we see them in distress of carrying a package or trying to walk. Always remember our pledge, “ to do all the good we can “.

Week 5:

CC – Listening How many times have we continued to talk when someone is talking to us? Learn to listen when others are talking to you and don’t interrupt until they have finished. Then you can talk. Listening is an art, which is not often practiced. We tend to want to do all the talking and dominate the conversation. But learn to listen more and talk less.

Week 6:

CC – Ladies Men should treat ladies with courtesy. It is still appropriate for men to open the door for ladies, to help them with their coats, and to offer them their seat if they are standing. These simple courtesies don’t cost a penny, but they are wonderful ways of showing a lady respect and making her feel special. Although there are some ladies who do not want men to treat them special, but there are quite a few who still like to be treated like a lady.

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1. Make Jesus the head of your life.

2. Always follow the rules.

3. Be a team player.

4. Work hard to maintain your physical gift.

5. Trust your teammates.

6. Respect others and their roles.

7. Pick a sport and work hard to accomplish your goals.

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Memory Activities

1. Memorize the 17th Chapter of St John

2. Learn the Articles of Faith

3. Learn your Church Covenant Missionary Project Complete a special missionary project approved by the senior Counselor and your Pastor. Complete a short write-up about the project and submit to the designated person for evaluation of your “Rites of Passage”.

Study Rites of Passage Principle Five *** Crusaders Are Career Focused Men *** Each crusader should explore careers and set goals to reach his chosen career. Doing this will help you stay focused in school. Because education is the key to getting a good job by which you can take care of your future family. Every crusader should have in mind what he wants to become by the 9th Grade. The Internet is a good vehicle by which you can explore all kinds of careers. Even if you change later on, you still should have explored all the possibilities about your future career. Explore careers based on your likes and aptitude. Have fun in school but take it serious, because what you learn in school will be the basis for how successful you will be in securing profitable employment. Read “Gifted Hands – The Ben Carson Story”, about an excellent career focused man.

Memory Verse: Proverbs 28:19 -- Hard work brings prosperity; playing around brings poverty (Living Bible)

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There are some who say that dress does not matter and that it’s the heart, which God looks at and not the clothes. That is true, but there is a certain way in which we as crusaders should present ourselves. Christian young men should not walk in public with their pants down and their underwear showing. We represent Christ and His principles and our dress should reflect that.

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