“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” — Psalm 19:1
Lutheran Pioneers and Lutheran Girl Pioneers are Christ-centered programs available to boys and girls in grades 1-8 at King of Grace. Both groups, led by dedicated adult volunteers, meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, September through May, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. A typical meeting night begins with joint opening devotion, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Then the two groups break out for hands-on activities designed to teach practical life skills.
The national Pioneers organization, of which our Pioneer groups are a part, takes as its mission statement: Lutheran Pioneers exists to reach out to and nurture the youth of the world with the saving Gospel message of Jesus Christ. And to achieve that mission, Pioneers provides a program that:
1. Is of interest to youth.
2. Teaches useful skills for living in God's world.
3. Develops a knowledge of God's creation.
4. Develops Christian leadership skills.
5. Encourages fellowship with Christians.
6. Encourages serving our Lord by serving our fellow man in our church and community.
The Pioneer programs offer children opportunities for service, education, recreation, fellowship, evangelism and worship. Many activities throughout the year keep our Pioneers busy, including: campouts; bike & canoeing trips; nature hikes and study; orienteering; educational field trips; and practical training in various skills, such as cooking, money management, canoe safety, music and child care.
Boy Pioneers participate in campouts, including district events in October at Camp Croix in Danbury, Wisconsin, and again in May. The Pine Car Derby, held in January, is open to both boys and girls. Throughout the month of February, Pioneer kids work at creating their very own non-motorized, hand-made pine cars, under the tutelage of skilled adult carpenters. Their hard work pays off in March at the annual Pine Car Derby, where they compete in races.
As for service projects, once a year the boys have a Saturday night sleepover at King of Grace, which culminates in them serving as ushers for Sunday worship services. And each Christmas season, the Boy and Girl Pioneers invite the seniors of the congregation to an evening of activities and games. At the end of this popular event, the seniors are given bags of Christmas goodies, made by the Pioneers, to take home.
In May of each year, our Pioneer groups hold an awards banquet. There they receive recognition and encouragement for their efforts in the form of certificates, badges, ribbons, and charms.
Learn more about Lutheran Girl and Boy Pioneers at the national level!