The main printed book materials are the Commander's Manual, OPS manuals, and Journals. Each of these are described below.
The Commander's Manual is the primary source of information a Commander would use to understand and implement FrontLine Clubs. It gives detailed information and ideas about all areas of club.
The "OPS" (Operating Procedures) manuals provide leaders with a well-organized, comprehensive notebook of lesson plans, visual aids, record-keeping forms, and more. There are different OPS, one for each grade level grouping:
- Standard Bearers/Armor Bearers
Each leader should have his own OPS manual to be properly prepared for each club meeting. Leaders should read the specific information for each club meeting prior to coming to club. Then they will know the meeting's theme and be prepared for everything which is scheduled to occur in the meeting.
OPS manuals are very thorough. They give general details such as: the FrontLine motto, pledge, and theme song; award categories, requirements, and placement; a club time schedule; and weekly club themes and scripture passages for all clubs. They also give very detailed information about each club meeting.
Proper use of the OPS manuals will keep all your leaders informed and prepared!
Journals are the clubbers' handbooks. They give general club information as well as detailed tasks for clubbers to accomplish.
Objectives of the Journal
The Club meeting engages the clubber's attention. It is exciting and fun, a place to meet with friends and feel cared for, and a place where the Bible is taught and explained. But then the kids go home and get caught up in the cares and distractions of school, home life, and entertainment. The purpose of the Journal is to bring their minds back to God's Word and to what they learned in club. Good habits require the element of repetition.
Help clubbers develop a daily habit of Bible study and prayer.
We strive to accomplish this goal by presenting one clear truth from God's Word each day, that the clubbers can discover, understand, and remember. We require the clubbers to do each daily activity page on a different day to reinforce the principle of faithfulness.
Help clubbers practice and memorize the weekly Scripture memory passage.
Incorporated into each day's activities is instruction on practicing the memory passage. Specific tasks are given to accomplish this. Instead of saying "practice your memory passage," the children will be told to "read it out loud three times," or "say it twice while marching around the room," or "write it on a piece of paper," or "recite it to someone in your family who can check for mistakes." This helps them carry out the activities that will help them memorize nearly effortlessly. We have found that children who say the passage out loud as they practice it, retain it better than those who just go over it in their minds.
Make the Journals appealing to and appropriate for each age group.
For the younger children (Scouts and Marchers) each daily activity will give them a simple truth about God, with an age-appropriate activity that holds their minds on that truth for a few minutes. Their daily activities will require the help of an adult, but should be easily accomplished in ten minutes or less. For the children who can read and write, the objective is to provide activities that lead them more and more toward independent Bible study and prayer. A secondary objective is to present the material in such a way that the daily activities can be accomplished by the clubber with little or no help from a parent.
Make the Journals attractive and interesting.
We desire that each page should be designed so the clubbers are eager to grab their pencils and get started.