Ethical Navigators Weekly Update – August 24

Summary:

  • New: Add-on for camping at Forest Part on September 13.
  • Tentative plans in place for September and October outings.
  • Tentative plans for a Pancake fundraiser in October.
  • Our next Council Meeting will be September 7 at 9:30am.


August 16: Pool Party
Bob Heck said that several items were left behind at the pool party, including shoes. He will bring them to upcoming meetings, but you can also ask him if you know of something specific you are missing.

September 13-14: Add-on camping at Forest Park
Kids aged 6-18 (which unfortunately excludes most of the Stargazers) can “learn to camp or fish or maybe go canoeing or create great meals outdoors” on Saturday, September 13. Here are the details as we know them:

Have you ever wanted to learn to camp or fish or maybe go canoeing or create great meals outdoors?  If you answered yes, 2014 WOW St. Louis is for you.  This educational family event will be held in Forest Park Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14. Program registration is open now through Aug. 29.

On Saturday, the program offers classes in a variety of outdoor activities including archery, canoeing, fishing, geocaching, orienteering, kayaking, outdoor cooking and more. Classes are open to anyone age six and up.  WOW participants will have the opportunity to spend the night in Forest Park Saturday night.  The camping experience will include campfires, tent set-up, and stargazing courtesy of the St. Louis Astronomical Society.

Tents will be available on a first-come, first served basis for those who don’t have one.  Campers should bring their own sleeping and personal gear and dress for the weather. The cost to attend the outdoors skills classes Saturday is only $10 per person.  The Saturday night campout is an additional $5 per person.  Registration includes equipment for all activities and lunch on Saturday, and a hotdog cookout for Saturday night campers, along with breakfast snacks on Sunday.  Financial assistance to cover to the cost of the event is also available.

Registration information is here: http://www.stlsprout.com/calendar/todays-events/eventdetail/89822/-/register-for-the-wonders-of-wildlife-overnight-campout-event

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.

September 20: Moveable Feast
Plans are progressing for a Moveable Feast on September 20, but our reservations are not set enough to publicize yet. The plan will be to learn about wild edibles and/or visit an urban farm. Jim Jordan will work with Mitch Hardin and Ellen Wilson to plan this event.

October 17-19: Outdoor skills challenge & campout
Our final campout of the year will include skills challenges and competitions to show how much we have learned. Jim Jordan and Ellen Wilson will investigate options for sites, and Bob Heck and others will devise the challenges. We hope to have this at a campsite that is not very far away.

General Meetings

September 14
Our next General Meeting will be 9am on September 14 at the Ethical Society. This will also be the first day of SEEK for the year, so it will be a big morning!

Organization

The Navigators birthday cake
In March, we made a cake in the style of the 250 STL birthday cakes. Our creation has been in the Becker Room since then, but the SEEK leaders want to free up that space. If anyone has an idea for the cake or wants to keep all of it or part of it, please let us or the SEEK leadership know.

Fundraiser – In discussion during and after the meeting this morning, we revived the idea of a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser. We have asked the Society office about potential dates in October to make sure there are no conflicts. Watch for more information in the future.

September Council Meeting

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


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