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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Book Clubs of the Past

The Knights of Freedom
Book Club
Our Founding Fathers
First Fridays from 1:30 – 3:30
February - May
Mission: The mission of Knight of Freedom is to create lasting friendships with boys of high character, active minds and busy hands, to introduce moral leadership activities and opportunities, to bond and move through life together.

Membership is open to boys aged 7-12.

  1. Monthly Meetings, two hours in length: Each meeting begins with an opening ceremony that includes prayer or scripture and pledge of Allegiance.
  2. Reading and discussion of biographies of great men: The boys read one biography per month from the Childhood of Famous Americans series. This meeting also includes a presentation by the advisor on the era in which the famous person lived. There may be an occasional guest speaker as the advisor deems necessary.
  3. Leadership training and experience: This makes up the other part of the meeting. Basic parliamentary procedure is taught. The advisor gives a short lesson on leadership. Each boy then gives a 5-10 minute presentation on the topic of his choice. For example, cooking, volcanoes, airplanes, piano recitals, Johnny Appleseed, Big Foot, Legos. This helps him develop leadership skills while increasing the feeling of brotherhood in the club. Lessons on knighthood are given during the first meeting. The lesson will include details about armor, King Arthur’s round table, weapons, the code of honor and the “Armor of God”.
  4. Tuition: $20 for supplies. Book cost is not included. There are MANY copies available through the Library system.

Meeting 1 - February
  • Prayer
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure
  • Lesson on Knighthood
  • Discussion of George Washington – Childhood of Famous Americans Series
  • What is a Patriot, Liber and Public Virtue?
  • Activity Plywood Shield w/Leather Straps & Snack
  • Time permitting – Optional PVC Swords w/Foam Padding (additional $3 for materials) and practice fencing

    Meeting 2 - March
    • Prayer
    • Pledge of Allegiance
    • Discussion of John Adams – Childhood of Famous Americans Series
    • Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs for Kids
    • Member Presentations
    • Activity (Paint a duck decoy) & Snack
    • Time Permitting – Duck Shooting w/Bow and Arrow
    • (PVC Bows and dowel arrows optional – additional $3)

    Meeting 3 - April
    • Prayer
    • Pledge of Allegiance
    • Discussion of Thomas Jefferson – Childhood of Famous Americans Series
    • History o f the U.S. Government
    • Member Presentations
    • Activity Jefferson Wheel Cypher & Snack
    • Time Permitting – Secret Code Cracking

    Meeting 4 - May
    • Prayer
    • Pledge of Allegiance
    • Discussion of Ben Franklin – Childhood of Famous Americans Series
    • How to debate
    • Member Presentations
    • Activity Build a Kite & Snack
    • Time permitting - Kite Fighting after class at local park

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