Ethical Navigators Weekly Update – August 31


  • Add-on for camping at Forest Park on September 13.
  • Update: Much more detail about our September and October outings. Please RSVP for September.
  • Tentative plans for a Pancake fundraiser in October.
  • Our next Council Meeting will be September 7 at 9:30am.

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 has officially expired, but you might try anyway. Information is here:

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: Farm to Table
What: This month we will learn about growing food and have some fun volunteering and learning about a local urban farm right here in St. Louis.

When: September 20, 2014 at 1:00 or before at a restaurant. The official tour should last 1–1 ½ hours depending on how much we can handle and the weather.

Where: Bell Demonstration and Community Garden. 3871 Bell Ave., St Louis, MO, 63108. We will have an educational program about growing food locally, get to taste some yummies, see the community garden learning center, and visit the chicken coop.

Extra: Since the official activity does not start until after normal lunch time some may want to meet prior to have a locally grown meal. As a group we will not make a reservation (unless a lot of people want to go), but there are several choices if you want to eat. One option is this:

Local Harvest Café (in the Tower Grove neighborhood)
3137 Morganford
St. Louis, MO 63116

8:00-3:00 Saturday and Sunday Brunch

Ellen Wilson organized this outing, and she will be at Local Harvest at 11:00 if anyone wants to join her. Please let her know if you plan to come so she can try to save some space. This is a pretty small place so expect to wait. Tower Grove Park is directly across Arsenal so if we get done early there is a place to play before heading to Bell Garden. If you know of another place and want others to meet you there instead let Ellen know and we can create a list of options depending on where you may be coming from.

Cost: There is no cost for the tour at Bell Gardens although they take donations and we might consider that. If you want to meet for a locally grown meal before that cost will be up to each family.

Contact: Ellen Wilson is organizing the event. If you do not have her direct contact information, email, and we will pass your RSVPs and questions on to Ellen.

October 17-19: Outdoor skills challenge & campout
Our last camp trip for the year will be in Washington State Park near Petosi/DeSoto area. This will be an end of the year skill challenge and we need all hands on deck. We plan to have challenges on skills learned over the year for the youth to participate in. These could include anything from cooking or a physical challenge or a talent or something else. We need help deciding on challenges. We will be working with the youth leading up to the event to design some fun things to do, but encourage families to come up with something that we all can compete in. The park has lots to do and we will split our time there between having fun in the group site with our competitions and exploring all that the park has to offer. We have the scout area reserved on October 17 and 18. We hope to see you there. More details to come.

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!


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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