Welcome to The Grand Forks, B.C. 3739 Battalion Headquarters! here you will find info on upcoming events, learn more about guys who are in The Nation, and most importantly learn more about God! The Headquarters is ran by none other than our Captain Lance Martens! Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - AUGUST


I can't believe that it is August already! In August we have Btln Alumni and a few Btln rookies! So thankful for the past and excited for the future!

Ephesians 2:6-7  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!

Owen Knopp - August 1
Caleb Hiebert - August 1
Isaac Holitzki - August 10
Steven Feenstra - August 13
Ryan Floesser - August 22
Mike Hughes - August 25
Alan Martens - August 25
Logan Cunningham - August 28
Austin Scow - August 30

THE CAPTAIN

Sunday, August 10, 2014

CREATION 2014 - SATURDAY, SUNDAY



 
 
Saturday we listened to Hawk Nelson, Family Force Five and NEED TO BREATHE! It was an awesome way to end the festival! I enjoy Hawk Nelson and Family Force Five is always a party! The FF5 mosh pit was crazy. I don't remember a mosh pit like that since the Gorge! NEED TO BREATHE was a an amazing concert. There was a small rain delay and then we heard one of the best concerts that I have ever been to! Sunday we packed up and drove home with a couple of detours to the mall and Red Robin! Can't wait until next year! Only 350 days away!
 
 
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Saturday, August 09, 2014

CREATION 2014 - FRIDAY


 
 
Friday was Benjah, Tedashi, K.B. and my favourite, Switchfoot! Friday we went swimming again and the guys played bigger or better. We ended up with a couple of floaties and a kiddie pool, both winners!
 
 
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Thursday, August 07, 2014

CREATION 2014 - THURSDAY


 
 
We set up camp late Wednesday night, so Thursday morning was the first time that we saw our campsite in the light and we were more than a little impressed! We had green grass, our own tree for shade and the river was only ten feet away! This campsite was way better than anything I have seen at the Gorge or at Enumclaw! Thursday we listened to Capital Kings, For King and Country and the Newsboys! I hadn't really listened to either Capital Kings or For King and Country before, but both were a lot of fun! Newsboys rarely disappoint, and this year they brought the spinning drum set which is always entertaining! It was awesome to hear the whole crowd singing along to "God's not dead"! Definitely one of my highlights for Creation 2014!
 
 
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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

CREATION 2014 - WEDNESDAY


 
 
I can't believe that it has already been a week since we first arrived in Tri-Cities! We left early Wednesday morning for Tri-Cities. Our first stop was at Wal-Mart in Colville. (Our traditional first stop.) After picking up some groceries and eight pigs we headed to Red Robin in Spokane for lunch. A couple hours later we were in Tri-Cities waiting to register. After straitening out a bad camping situation we headed to the Main Stage to listen to Thousand Foot Krutch! We were all a little tired after travelling all day, but listening to TFK gave us all a big boost! It was a great way to start our week at Creation 2014!
 
 
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - JULY

 
July is nearly over and I am finally getting around to the birthday blog! So many good men in Battalion! I feel so blessed to know these men!
 
Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!
 
Philippians 3:20-21  But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
 
Dan Neufeld - July 7
Blake Chursinoff - July 14
Aaron Friesen - July 24
Jordan Hammett - July 27
Dion Georzen - July 28
Jake Hachey - July 29

THE CAPTAIN

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BATTALION 3739 MEMORY WORK LEGENDS


1999-00  DEVAN ENGLAND, CALVIN PETERS (MONSTER TRUCKS, SPOKANE)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS,
JEREMY MARTENS)
2000-01  DEVAN ENGLAND, JUSTIN BEKKER, OWEN SPISAK, BRAD PAULS                        (WAKEBOARDING, ABBOTSFORD) (LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS,
JEREMY MARTENS)
2001-02  DEVAN ENGLAND,
JOE KRAFTCHICK, BRAD PAULS
(B.C. LIONS, CALGARY)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS,    
DAN TRITHARDT)
2002-03  DEVAN ENGLAND, OWEN SPISAK, JOE KRAFTCHICK, BEN JEPSEN,
TYLER FRANCIS
(B.C. LIONS, CALGARY)  
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS)
2003-04  BEN JEPSEN                                  (CREATION, THE GORGE)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS,
JOE KRAFTCHICK, OWEN SPISAK)
2004-05  BEN JEPSEN, JASON HAYASHI,         CHARLIE LANGIS, *DEVIN CHURSINOFF     (CREATION, THE GORGE)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS,
JEREMY MARTENS)
2005-06  BEN JEPSEN, JASON HAYASHI,      CHARLIE LANGIS, DEVIN CHURSINOFF   (CREATION, THE GORGE)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS)
2006-07  JASON HAYASHI, CHARLIE LANGIS, DEVIN CHURSINOFF
(CREATION, THE GORGE)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS,
JEREMY MARTENS, BEN JEPSEN)
2007-08  *DEVIN CHURSINOFF,             *NATHAN BALL, DREW BROWN,             DAVID PODOVINIKOFF
(CREATION, THE GORGE)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS, BEN JEPSEN, CHARLIE LANGIS)
2008-09  DREW BROWN,
DAVID PODOVINIKOFF, SAMMY JEPSEN, ZACH GOBBETT, MAXWELL NICHOLSON
(CREATION, THE GORGE)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS,
DAN TRITHARDT, RYLEY HEPPNER,
BEN JEPSEN)
2009-10  SAMMY JEPSEN, ZACH GOBBETT, GERRALD NICHOLSON,
MAXWELL NICHOLSON
(CREATION, ENUMCLAW)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS,
DAN TRITHARDT, RYLEY HEPPNER,
BEN JEPSEN, DREW BROWN,
DAVID PODOVINIKOFF)
2010-11 *ZACH GOBBETT,
GERRALD NICHOLSON,
MAXWELL NICHOLSON, JONATHAN FOJT (CREATION, ENUMCLAW)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS, BEN JEPSEN,
DREW BROWN)
2011-12 *ZACH GOBBETT,
NATHAN KLASSEN, GERRALD NICHOLSON,
MAXWELL NICHOLSON, JONATHAN FOJT, BEN NICOLSON
(CREATION, ENUMCLAW)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS,
RYLEY HEPPNER, BEN JEPSEN,
JASON HAYASHI, DREW BROWN)
2012-13  GERRALD NICHOLSON,
MAXWELL NICHOLSON, JONATHAN FOJT, BEN NICOLSON, NOAH MAKORTOFF,
LUKE MARTENS, BRODIE JUUL-HANSEN, EMMIT JUUL-HANSEN
(CREATION, ENUMCLAW)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS, BEN JEPSEN,
JASON HAYASHI, *JAKE HACHEY)
2013-14   MAXWELL NICHOLSON, JONATHAN FOJT, BEN NICOLSON,
NOAH MAKORTOFF, LUKE MARTENS
(CREATION, TRI-CITIES)
(LEADERS, LANCE MARTENS,
 NATHAN KLASSEN, GERRALD NICHOLSON)
 
* Completed the Memory Work, but could not make the trip.


15 years of Battalion Memory Work Trips! I fixed this post for GeRRald!
So many Btln Legends and so many memories!

THE CAPTAIN

Monday, June 02, 2014

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - JUNE


Birthday time on the blog! So many good pictures in this collage! Another year has passed for these men. I can't believe how fast time flies by! I feel so blessed when I look at these pictures!

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!

Ephesians 1:18-19a  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.

Joe Kraftchick - June 5
Parker Steadman - June 16
GeRRald Nicholson - June 20
Nathan Klassen - June 21
Stephen Kalnin - June 21
Jacob Speta - June 26
Jordon Walsh - June 27

THE CAPTAIN 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

2014 BTLN MEMORY WORK LEGENDS

 
Max has set a Btln record that will never be broken! Max has completed the Memory work for a record breaking sixth time! Congrats Max! We here at the blog salute you! Max has set the standard very high for those that will follow him!
 
Jonathan has tied Legends Devan England, Ben Jepsen, Devin Chursinoff, Zach Gobbett and GeRRald Nicholson with four! Very good company to be associated with!
 
Ben now has three to his name and Noah and Luke both have completed the Memory Work twice!
 
So proud of all the guys! The Memory Work has now been completed more than sixty times! So exciting! So stoked!
 
 
2014 BTLN MEMORY WORK LEGENDS 

MAXWELL NICHOLSON
JONATHAN FOJT
BEN NICOLSON
NOAH MAKORTOFF
LUKE MARTENS

 


BTLN LEGENDS
# OF TIMES
COMPLETED MEMORY WORK
MAXWELL NICHOLSON
6
DEVAN ENGLAND
4
BEN JEPSEN
4
DEVIN CHURSINOFF
4
ZACH GOBBETT
4
GERRALD NICHOLSON
4
JONATHAN FOJT
4
JASON HAYASHI
3
CHARLIE LANGIS
3
BEN NICOLSON
3
JOE KRAFTCHICK
2
OWEN SPISAK
2
BRAD PAULS
2
DREW BROWN
2
DAVID PODOVINIKOFF
2
SAM JEPSEN
2
NOAH MAKORTOFF
2
LUKE MARTENS
2
JUSTIN BEKKER
1
CALVIN PETERS
1
TYLER FRANCIS
1
NATHAN BALL
1
JAKE HACHEY
1
NATHAN KLASSEN 2012
1

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

BTLN UPDATE - MAYLONG 2014

 


 
Thirty-five men and boys met at Treadmill for the 34th Annual Btln 3739 May Long Campout! Bruce and I were talking, and after looking through my records, I am fairly certain that this was our 34th year! The first year was at Jewel Lake, and the second year was at Christina Lake, but was at a different beach. (I think it was Axel Johnson.) We spent one year at the Texas Point campground, and also spent a year at Ole Johnson campground. But we always ended up coming home to Treadmill! This year I was wondering out loud whether we should move the May Long Campout to a different site. I am not sure that the campout would work anywhere else. After all, Treadmill is home to Btln 3739 for one weekend in May! 
 
The May Long Campout is the traditional deadline to have all of the Memory Work done for the Btln year. This year four guys were close, but had not finished. Maxwell, Jonathan, Ben and Noah all finished the Memory work at the Campout! Luke finished earlier in the year bringing our total this year to five guys completing the Memory Work!  So proud! Great work guys!
 
Playing Cribbage has always been a part of May Long history. Nine years ago we decided to finally find out who really was the best Cribbage players on the beach, so we organized a Cribbage Tourney! This year Jakob and Bruce were the best!  26 men competed for the right to have there names engraved on the trophy! Dad and I ended up on the same team for the second time in nine years. Last time we were on the same team we won the tourney. This time around we were back in the final, but could not beat Jake and Bruce! Congrats to Jake and Bruce! Worthy Champions!
 
The 3rd annual May Long Regatta was held in Treadmill creek in the pouring rain! Not sure what the final verdict was, pretty sure that Noah and Ben's entry was the winner again! It is always fun to watch the guys running with their Regatta Stick in hand trying to keep their boat moving!
 
Friday the weather was way better than expected! We didn't have any rain on Friday but on Saturday it poured! It was some of the heaviest rain I have ever seen at Treadmill! Some of the guys tents and sleeping bags were soaked! I am so thankful that Saturday night the rain stopped! Sunday morning was the nicest weather we saw all weekend, giving us the perfect chance to slowly pack up so we could head home! As bad as the weather was on Saturday, it was still a great weekend!  
 
Props goes out to Tyler who kayaked out to Treadmill! (In 45 minutes!) Who needs a motor anyways?
 
Cribbage Tourney Champions
2006 - Cam Thompson, Taylor Wollenberg-Barron
2007 - David Podovinikoff, Abe Martens
2008 - Lance Martens, Abe Martens
2009 - Derek Brown, Jim Ridsdale
2010 - Zane Lawson, Aaron Friesen
2011 - David Podovinikoff, Eli Podovinikoff
2012 - Devin Chursinoff, Eli Podovinikoff
2013 - Aaron Friesen, Lance Martens
2014 - Jakob Boschmann, Bruce Jepsen
 
Can't wait until next year! May 15-17!
 
THE CAPTAIN


Sunday, May 11, 2014

MAY LONG MEMORIES

 
 
 
So many good memories! Enjoy!
 
 
THE CAPTAIN


Monday, May 05, 2014

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - MAY


May is here! Battalion is over for the year, but we still have the May long Campout! It is less than two weeks until we are sitting on Treadmill! There are so many guys having birthdays in May!  I am feeling very blessed to know these guys and to be able to call them friends!

1 Corinthians 1:4-6  I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you.

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!


James Podmoroff - May 1
Tyler Hanson - May 7
Derek Taylor - May 7
Brad Pauls - May 9
Jakob Boschmann - May 9
Ben Nicholson - May 14
Dalton Shore - May 19
Keegan Kenyon - May 19
Joel Feenstra - May 21
Tyson Tiller - May 21
Rik Brown - May 23
Gabe Glas - May 24
John Van - May 28
Cody Harp - May 29
Sam Schiesser - May 31

THE CAPTAIN

Friday, May 02, 2014

BTLN GROUP PICS 2013/14

 
The group photo has become a staple at Btln this year! Here is a collage of all of the group pics!
 
 
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Thursday, May 01, 2014

MAXWELL NICHOLSON - 2014 BTLN WINSTON CHAMPION



 
Congratulations Max! 2014 Btln Winston Champion! Max won most of his Helmets in the first third of the Btln Season and then hung on for the win! It seems like you need to win early to be able to win Winston.
 
Here is the list of Btln Winston Champions!
 
BTLN WINSTON CHAMPIONS
 
2008 - DREW BROWN
2009 - DREW BROWN
2010 - SAM SCHIESSER
2011 - CHRIS HENDERSON
2012 - ZACH GOBBETT
2013 - GERRALD NICHOLSON
2014 - MAXWELL NICHOLSON
 
As the year went on, the race tightened up. Maxwell didn't clinch Winston until Last Night!

 
FINAL WINSTON STANDINGS
 
MAXWELL NICHOLSON - 5 Helmets and 1 Major
JOHN VAN - 4 Helmets and 2 Majors
DAVID BARNEY - 3 Helmets
LUKE BOSCHMANN - 3 Helmets
JOSH RIDSDALE - 2 Helmets
LANDON WARWARUK - 2 Helmets
JONATHAN FOJT - 2 Helmets
NATE KLASSEN - 2 Helmets
NOAH MAKORTOFF - 2 Helmets
BEN NICOLSON - 2 Helmets
RIK BROWN - 1 Helmet and 1 Major
JAKOB BOSCHMANN - 1 Helmet and 1 Major
TYSON TILLER - 1 Helmet
STEPHEN KALNIN - 1 Helmet
JAMES PODMOROFF - 1 Helmet


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LAST NIGHT 2014



 
Wow what a night! We had 60 guys at our Last Night of Btln! It was amazing! I am sure that this was a record for Last Night at Btln! We started the Last Night with Murderball! My team won the first two games fairly easily, but then lost the next two games. The last game was the closest of the five, it went back and forth at first, but in the end my team prevailed! We won 3-2! I have bragging rights all summer!
 
After Murderball we ate the 9 foot party sub! It doesn't take long for 60 guys to devour a 9 foot sub! Next we had a cake that Max made! It was awesome! The cake was in the shape of a Bible with 2 Timothy 2:1-3 written on it! (Also had a sword and torch behind the Bible!)
 
The Grad ceremony was next. All eight grads received their Bibles and dog tags and then they all received a piece of paper with the Btln Hebrew saying on it! After reading the English translation the grads ate the paper!
 
We had the traditional group photo and then it was time for Bulldog! Rik was in the middle to start after winning the Btln Masters. Maxwell quickly sacrificed himself so that he could take out John Van and clinch Winston! Congrats Maxwell, 2014 Winston Champion! Nate won Bulldog and his second Helmet of the year! Congrats Nate!
 
Once we were done with Bulldog we prayed and then the night at the gym was over!
 
The grade 11's and 12's and Alumni went to the Station for the traditional After party. The grads received their Btln Medallions at the After party. After more food and visiting Last Night and the Btln year were both over!
 
 
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Monday, April 28, 2014

LAST NIGHT PICS!


Here are the Last Night pics from the last nine years! I wish we had more pics from the past, but so happy that we have these! What a heritage we have! So proud of so many of these guys!

THE CAPTAIN

 

One of the traditions of Last Night is the grads finding out what the "Saying" is on the back of our shirts.(It is also written in our room.) The "Saying" or "Motto" was picked by the Alumni and is not told to anyone other than the grads. The grads are allowed to tell one person, that person is their wife when they get married. The grads read the "Saying" and then eat the paper that it is written on. Come watch the grads eat the paper!

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

LAST NIGHT GRADS

 
The question is, has it really been ten years? It is amazing how fast time flies by! So many good memories, and many more to come! Can't wait for Wednesday Night!
 
 
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

BTLN UPDATE - THE NINTH BATTALION MASTERS


 
Congrats Rik! Rik is now a five time Btln Masters Champion! Rik broke Calvin Peters record of four consecutive Btln Majors in a single event. Calvin won four Btln Ping Pong Tourneys in a row and now Rik has won five Btln Masters Golf Tourneys in a row!
 
Forty guys piled into seven vehicles and headed out to Cascade Par three for the Ninth Btln Masters! I can't believe that next year is year ten already! Time flies when you are having fun! Considering the weather that we have had the last week in G.F. (and past Btln Masters) the weather was amazing! There was some light rain at the end but it could have been so much worse!
 
THE 9TH BTLN MASTERS
Top Three Final Scores
Rik - 34
Landon - 37
Mitch - 37

Ben had the best score of the leaders scoring a 36! Nice work Bent!

Special thanks to the leaders that helped make it happen!
Ryley
Ben
Jason
Sam
Cam

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Monday, April 21, 2014

THE 9TH BTLN MASTERS


It is time again for the final Btln Major of the year! So excited for the Btln Masters! Can't believe that it has been nine years already! Who will walk away with the Green Jacket?  Can John
win the jacket and steal Winston away from Max? Or is there someone else that will surprise?

BTLN MASTERS CHAMPIONS
Jordon Walsh - 2005/06
Jordon Walsh - 2006/07
Parker Steadman - 2007/08
Drew Brown - 2008/09
Rik Brown - 2009/10
Rik Brown - 2010/11
Rik Brown - 2011/12
Rik Brown - 2012/13
 
We are meeting at the church at 6:45 p.m. and will be leaving for Cascade Par 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Don't be late! Bring your clubs(If you have clubs.) and ten dollars. If money is a problem come out anyway! (We will cover the cost!)
 
 
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Creation Festival