Ethical Navigators Weekly Update – April 10, 2016


  • Update: We have a preliminary flyer for camping the weekend of April 30th at Pere Marquette SP.
  • We have add-ons for free summer camps and additional skills lessons.
  • New: Long-term plans added for summer camping.
  • Our next General Meeting will be April 17 at 9:45.
  • Update:Our next Council Meeting will be April 24 at 9:30 (postponed).

April 29-May 1: Camping with Caves
We have early plans to go camping the final weekend of April at Pere Marquette SP. Our criteria in selecting this location were a nearby camping site and caving opportunities.

Please see the flyer for more details.

Free Recreation Camps: All Summer Add-on
The City of St. Louis offers free Playtime Recreation summer camps for children ages 5-18. The earlier camps start on June 6, and the latest ends on August 11. Some of the camps are age-restricted, and they vary in length and time of day.

Topics include Geocaching, Art, Sports, Music, Engineering, Cooking, Cheerleading, Fishing, etc.

More information and registration is available on the city’s website.

Reminder: An add-on is an event that some families in Navigators might attend, but not an event for which we are having a formal presence. If you know of other events that might be fun for Navigators, please let us know, and we will advertise them and add them to our calendar.

June: Camping/Rock Climing
We have tentative plans to camp somewhere with rock climbing options, perhaps in Southern Illinois. No details have been set.

June 12-18: Camp Quest
Camp Quest is a “place for fun, friends and freethought for kids ages 8 to 17. We provide a traditional sleepaway summer camp experience with a wide range of activities, including sports, crafts, games, swimming and campfires.” If you had experience with a sleep-away church camp and wish your children could have the same experience except replacing the religious message with “critical thinking, ethics, scientific inquiry, philosophy and comparative religion”, this is the place for you. Camp Quest is open for children ages 8-17.

Camp Quest Kansas City will be running June 12-18 at Wildwood Outdoor Education Center in La Cygne, KSi. We do not expect this to be an official Ethical Navigators event, but we view this as a “Super Add-On.”

Camp Quest is only $450 for a full week of sleep-away camp. Let us know if you have any questions, and we will try to facilitate this as much as possible. Registration closes May 1.

July: Camping/Float Trip
Our outing for July will be be another float-trip camping weekend, likely at Meramec State Park, where we went in July 2014 and 2015. A specific weekend has not been chosen.

General Meetings
April 10: Add-on
The Ethical Navigators leaders are running extra SEEK Workshops this month.

The goal in these classes is to interest new families in Navigators, teach concepts already covered to new Navigator Families and follow badge lesson plans for Navigators to do badge work.

April 10th (some combination of these, some of which are held over from last week)

  • Learn 1 knot
  • Learn how to build fires
  • Build a Fire
  • Rig a contraption to hang a pot
  • Make hot chocolate
  • Learn a knot
  • Teambuilding activity of setting up a tent
  • Build a shelter from a tarp
  • Go on a shelter tour of what others have built
  • Brief demonstration of how to purify water in the woods

April 17
Our April General Meeting will be at 9:45 am on April 17 at the Ethical Society. We will be finishing the series of Workshops with the following topics:

  • Talk about leave no trace
  • Talk about safety in the backcountry
  • Play and make some Native American games

April Council Meeting
Our next Council meeting is scheduled for 9:30 am on April 24 in the Nursery School Green Room. All are welcome to observe and comment. We were originally going to meet on the 10th, but most of the Council was double-booked, teaching SEEK Workshops.

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