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Verd'ika Corps - NOW LIVE!
« on: Mar 04, 2013, 01:43 PM »
Verd'ika Corps
Strength through Honor

Since 2007, Mandalorian Mercs has allowed a limited sponsor-membership for the legal children of Official Members.  Over the years we've found out that while this type of membership is great for families who want to troop in-costume, it doesn't really help much where the under-18 crowd is concerned.  Legally, there are certain liabilities that the MMCC has to be aware of when it comes to minors.  Because of that, we have traditionally NOT allowed in minors (under-18) to hold any level of Official Membership without a parent/legal guardian holding current Official Membership.

In 2012 we started rolling around the idea of a kid's club for under 18 members, something that was mostly internet-based but could also morph into something larger if growth/need called for it.  That idea would set the ground-work for the "Verd'ika Corps" kids club. 

Mission Statement:
The Verd'ika Corps exists as a safe, club-style organization for kids who are fans of Star Wars and Mandalorians.  "The Corps" allows children to show off their Star Wars love, and learn positive core values (Family, Ingenuity, and Community) they can apply in their lives. 

Verd'ika Corps Goals:
1.  To provide a safe organization for children to show-off their love for Star Wars.
2.  To promote healthy attitudes in children through positive core-values.
3.  To prepare children for entering the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club as an Official Member when they come of age.

Children who apply to the Corps will be sorted by age into one of 3 "Battalions" within the club.


ShriekHawk Battalion:  Ages 4-8  Master Training Sergeant: Baelin Halon/Kevin Ward (Murraan Clan)


Strill Battalion:  Ages 9-13  Training Sergeant:  Ulrik Kanteer/Anthony Johnson (Vhe'rang Clan)


Mythosaur Battalion:  Ages 14-17  Training Sergeant:  Lady Bedlam/Kelly Sutton (Yustapir Clan)

FAQ:

Q:  Will the Verd'ika Corps have it's own website?
A:  Yes!  However there will not be a forum.

Q:  Is the Verd'ika Corps part of the MMCC?
A:  Verd'ika Corps members are NOT MMCC members, however the MMCC will sponsor and help fund the Corps.

Q:  I am an Official Member, and my child is already a Verd'ika member of the MMCC.  Can they also join the Corps?
A:  Yes.  Verd'ika MMCC members may join the Corps and still retain their Verd'ika MMCC membership.

Q:  Can Verd'ika Corps members troop with MMCC Official Members at events?
A:  ONLY AT THE DISCRETION OF THE HOST CLAN/SQUAD COMMAND STAFF.

Q:  Will Verd'ika Corps applicants have to build their costumes, similar to MMCC members?
A:  No.  Verd'ika Corps applicants can apply with a store-bought Mandalorian costume. (Boba/Jango Fett, Pre Vizsla, etc)

Q:  Is the Verd'ika Corps open to all children world-wide?
A:  Yes!  If a child can see the Corps' website and own a Mandalorian costume, they can apply for membership.

Q:  Will the Verd'ika Corps have patches and items similar to the MMCC?
A:  The Corps will run a limited amount of patches that will be available to Corps members and MMCC members.

Q:  What happens when a Corps member turns 18?
A:  At their 18th birthday, a Mythosaur Battalion member may apply for Official Membership in the MMCC.  Once approved as an MMCC Official Member, they will be dropped from the Corps automatically.  If the Corps member does not become an approved MMCC Official Member within 30 days of their 18th birthday, they will be dropped from the Corps automatically.

Q:  Will there be a Merit/Challenge System?
A:  Currently this is under development, once released Corps members will receive periodic challenges based on their battalion which focus on 3 things:  Engineering, Community, Invasion.  These challenges can range from easy to difficult, but they are designed to teach as well as encourage positive attitudes and volunteerism. 

We'll be posting more information and updates about the Verd'ika Corps as it gets closer to May 4th.

~Mandalore

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Re: Verd'ika Corps Announcement
« Reply #1 on: Mar 04, 2013, 04:38 PM »
Yay! I am in strill if I join.

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Re: Verd'ika Corps Announcement
« Reply #2 on: Mar 04, 2013, 05:05 PM »
Vor'e! Mandalore!  ;D

I think this is an excellent opportunity for younger recruits to feel alot more "A part of" the MMCC until they are old enough to become OM's, as well as making us more of a "Family" than we already are! 
I have a feeling my stepdaughter will be asking me to hurry up and finish my kit so I can work on one for her (Thanks  ???)!

Oya! MMCC!!  ;D

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Re: Verd'ika Corps Announcement
« Reply #3 on: Mar 04, 2013, 05:16 PM »
Interesting. Very smart way to handle this! Love the designs, too. :P

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Re: Verd'ika Corps Announcement
« Reply #4 on: Mar 04, 2013, 05:16 PM »
Oya! Great idea and I'm glad to see it going forward!

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Re: Verd'ika Corps Announcement
« Reply #5 on: Mar 04, 2013, 05:27 PM »
I know this isn't really pressing, but out of curiosity, are there plans down the road for maybe a special sigil or something that Verd'ika Corps members who start at age 4 and go all the way through and become official Mercs at 18?  Maybe a patch or a pin?  It's obviously pretty far off, but I thought I'd throw it out there since I happen to have a 4 year old.  :)

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Re: Verd'ika Corps Announcement
« Reply #6 on: Mar 04, 2013, 05:31 PM »
Yay! I'm a Strill - and I'm Official!

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Re: Verd'ika Corps Announcement
« Reply #7 on: Mar 04, 2013, 06:11 PM »
Will the CRLs for the Mythosaur Battalion be the same as for the MMCC?

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Re: Verd'ika Corps Announcement
« Reply #8 on: Mar 04, 2013, 06:19 PM »
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Q:  Will Verd'ika Corps applicants have to build their costumes, similar to MMCC members?
A:  No.  Verd'ika Corps applicants can apply with a store-bought Mandalorian costume. (Boba/Jango Fett, Pre Vizsla, etc)
Hope this helps

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Re: Verd'ika Corps Announcement
« Reply #9 on: Mar 04, 2013, 07:22 PM »
Mythosaur Battlion! Heck yeah!  ;D

Keep us updated as updates come, Mand'alor. I'm extremely excited to see how this goes.

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Re: Verd'ika Corps Announcement
« Reply #10 on: Mar 04, 2013, 09:52 PM »
Very cool.  I have been waiting for this to pop up.  I built a kit for my little cousin and couldn't send in his app since I am not his legal guardian. I would love for him to be part of the Verd'ika Corps and I know he will love it too.

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Re: Verd'ika Corps Announcement
« Reply #11 on: Mar 05, 2013, 01:51 PM »
Nice,

My son will be happy to know there is something for him here.

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Re: Verd'ika Corps Announcement
« Reply #12 on: Mar 05, 2013, 08:40 PM »
So if the Verd'ika Corps website doesn't have a forum then what will be on it?

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« Reply #13 on: Mar 05, 2013, 09:44 PM »
website stuff.

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Re: Verd'ika Corps Announcement
« Reply #14 on: Mar 05, 2013, 09:50 PM »
I have a perfect candidate for this from our area. The clan just adopted her at Visioncon and I'd say she fits right in to this new venture. Gonna have the wife make sure little Gypsy gets all the info on this  :)

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