Ethical Navigators Weekly Update – April 9, 2017


  • Update: April outing at 9:30 am on the 22nd to learn about farming at the Science Center.
  • Add-on to see the FIRST Robotics Championship.
  • Add-on to participate in the People’s Joy Parade.
  • Update: Initial planning has started for camping in May, June, and July.
  • Update: Our next General Meeting will be on April 16 at 9:45am at the Ethical Society.
  • Update: We had a productive Council Meeting this morning.

April 22: Farming
We will visit the St. Louis Science Center’s GROW exhibit to learn about the journey of food to our tables. Unfortunately, we won’t have a docent from the Science Center guiding us (it’s Earth Day, so they are very busy), so we will do a self-guided tour of the exhibit. We will instead participate in the Science Center’s Farming, Earth Day, and a special bovine exhibit. We anticipate a cost of $5/person to enter the Science Center.

Please meet at the main Entrance to the Science Center (south of the Interstate) at 9:30 am so that we can go into the exhibit as it opens.

April 26-29 Add-on: FIRST Championship
St. Louis has hosted the world championships for FIRST Robotics for several years, and they are great opportunities to see children from around the country and the world who have but STEM thinking to use to build LEGO or metal/plastic robots (depending on the age group) to solve various problems. Admission to the competitions and pits are free. 2017 will be the last year for a while that St. Louis hosts this great opportunity to see international children excited about STEM.

May 6 Add-On: People’s Joy Parade
We will participate in the People’s Joy Parade with a float. The Navigators have created a banner for us to carry at our recent events, and we plan also have a truck (potentially with a trailer) to carry a tent and tired Navigators.

Please wear your shirts and sashes if you participate. Additionally, the overall theme of the parade is about protecting Missouri’s endangered species, so feel free to accessorize on that theme beyond the uniform.

The event starts at 1:11 pm officially, but we will have to gather earlier. More details will come soon. Kyle Crawford is planning this event, with assistance from Andy Ford.

Note: earlier emails had the date wrong.

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.

May 19-21: Camping/Space/Mine
We intend to camp the weekend of May 19-21 in St. Francois State Park, combined with a visit to a Space Museum and possibly a mine tour and/or a visiting to a mining museum (the exact combination of museums and outdoor activity will depend on the weather – we’ll do more in museums if it’s a rainy weekend). We have a campsite reservation, and we will start asking for RSVPs soon. Kyle Crawford is planning this event.

June 23-25 (tentative): Camping/Sailing
We have tentative plans to camp near Carlyle Lake in central Illinois, with sailing on the lake during the day. Haley Pepper is planning this event.

July 21-23 (tentative): Camping/Floating
We have tentative plans to return to Meramec State Park for camping and floating. Andy For and Ellen Wilson are starting initial planning for this event.

General Meetings
April 16
The General Meeting will be at 9:45 am at the Ethical Society on April 16. We know that attendance might be light because some families will have alternate Easter plans, but we have lots of fun activities planned as preparation for the “Food to Table” outing:

  • Planting seeds in home-made paper pots.
  • Comparing the ingredient list of highly-processed food with less-processed food to discuss how food gets to our tables from farms (and from other places).
  • Matching vegetables to the lesser-known plants that they come from.
  • Reading “The Little Red Hen” for the Stargazers.

May 14
The General Meeting will be at 9:45 am at the Ethical Society on May 14. An early tentative plan is to re-mulch the trails in the Ethical Woods behind the Ethical Society building as a service project.

April Council Meeting
This morning, all seven members of the Council met in the Ethical Society or by phone:
Kyle Crawford (Jr. Co-Leader), Lance Finney (Communications), Andy Ford (Sr. Co-Leader), Bob Heck (Treasurer), Mike Jones (Stargazer Co-Leader), Haley Pepper (Co-Leader), and Ellen Wilson (Sr. Co-Leader/Quartermaster).

The meeting was mostly focused on the details of upcoming meetings and outings as described above. In addition, we discussed the following topics:

  • Retrospective – We discussed lessons learned from the Babler March Outing:
    • Parent Feedback: Some parents expressed a concern with a joke made about poison ivy and with information given regarding mushroom hunting. A parent also preferred less time for children playing in the gym when the outdoors is available.
    • Washing after meals was a bottleneck with the size of the group. We will likely have multiple wash stations at future campsites, especially when there’s a large group and/or we are at Babler.
    • Having the Senior Navigators embark on a more challenging hike and do camp cooking on the hike was a great experience, and we will look for similar options at future large outings.
  • August Eclipse – We investigated getting a bus for transportation, but road to our reservation is too small for a large vehicle; we will organize carpools. We have a few dozen Eclipse glasses in preparation for the event.

May Council Meeting
Our next Council meeting is scheduled for 9:30 am on May 7 in the Nursery School Green Room. All are welcome to observe and comment.

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