AWANAs, Pioneer Clubs, Missionettes, Stockade/Brigade, etc.
These are FUN!
I was a Pioneer Clubs leader for almost ten years in my Christian and Missionary Alliance Church and I LOVED it! We made campfires, did bike riding skills, did crafts, took field trips, earned badges, played games, sang, did a little Bible study, and just had a grand time every week. I taught older girls: 5th/6th grade, and 7th/8th grade. I LOVED IT! I miss it.
Why don’t Catholic Churches have these clubs?
I realize that a lot of Catholic Churches have Boy Scouts/Girls Scouts in their schools, but these do NOT offer a “spiritual” teaching time. Also, the Girl Scouts has a particularly difficult-to-accept policy about homosexuality. Although I would love to be a GS leader, I could not bring myself to accept or promote this policy, so I wouldn’t be allowed to be a leader.
I also realize that Catholic Churches have religious training (CCD). Is this ever run as club?" I doubt it, since it’s supposed to be training in the church beliefs, not “how to cook hobo stew over a campfire.”
I wish that Catholic Churches had church clubs. I would love to get back into it again. I really loved doing this kind of work–fun/useful activities and Godly teaching.
Are the kids in Catholic Churches just too busy? I doubt it–lots of them find time to go to AWANA clubs in Protestant churches. Hmm.