Ethical Navigators Weekly Update – February 1


  • Updated: More details about Cabin Camping February 13-15.
  • New: Planning started for March, April, and May outings.
  • Updated: Next General Meeting 9am on February 8.
  • New: Good Council Meeting this morning.
  • Please register if you haven’t yet.


February 13-15: Cabin Camping
We will be winter cabin camping at Camp Wyman near Six Flags. Haley Pepper and the rest of the Council have been making plans for the weekend, and we have lots of ideas and activities:

  • Star gazing (please let us know if you could bring a telescope)
  • Service Project
  • Science Project
  • Archery
  • Pioneer Skills
  • Night Hike
  • Cold Weather gear and clothing

The exact combination of activities will depend on actual weather conditions and the group’s interest.

Camp Wyman has insulated heated cabins with attached bathrooms. We plan to sleep 10 to 12 people per cabin (bring your sleeping bags), and we will cook our own food (please bring a camp stove, if you have one).

We got a discount on staying in the cabins for two nights, so these are our prices (including group meals) for those staying both Friday and Saturday night: $30/adult and $25/child

Our discount wasn’t as good for those staying only one night: $24/adult and $19/child

Note 1: If you want to join us and have difficulty with the financial contribution, please let us know so that we can try to help.
Note 2: The prices above are for the group dorm-like rooms. If you want more privacy, please let us know, and we will find out what the additional cost might be.

Thanks to those who responded to the email request this past week for tentative RSVPs. We will likely have around 20 people from perhaps eight families, based on what we have heard so far. If you haven’t responded yet and are still interested, please let us know.

If your initial RSVP was conditional on pricing and planning details, please let us know if you are still planning to join us.

Our tentative outing plan for March is a trip to Jefferson Barracks. We intend to have a hike, perform a service project (perhaps cleaning some of the gravesites), and perhaps visit the Civil War Museum. We do not have a specific weekend picked out yet. Ellen Wilson has volunteered to organize this event.

Our tentative outing plan is a visit to a Fire Station to learn about civics and fire safety. We do not have a specific weekend picked out yet. Haley Pepper has volunteered to organize this event.

Our tentative outing plan is a camping weekend at or near Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, including a visit to the Civil War battlesite at Fort Davidson State Historic Site. We do not have a specific weekend picked out yet. Andy Ford has volunteered to organize this event.

General Meetings

February 8
We will have a General Meeting in advance of our cabin camping outing on February 8. We had hoped to be on SEEK’s schedule, but it didn’t work this month. So, this meeting will be at our familiar 9am time in the Ethical Society.

The topic will be archery practice and safety. We will use indoor-safe archery sets to learn how to shoot bows and arrows. Weather permitting, we will do more advanced archery at Camp Wyman.

February 22
After our outing, we will start our new normal schedule – incorporating with SEEK as one of the 10am options. We had hoped to meet on the first Sunday of every month, but the first Sundays of the next several months were already full. So, we are meeting on the last Sunday of each month in the Spring, starting with February 22. We are on the SEEK calendar for February 22, March 29, and April 26.


February Council Meeting

This morning, five members of the Council met in the Ethical Society Nursery School’s Green Room:
Tom Draney (Treasurer), Lance Finney (Communications), Andy Ford (Junior Navigators), Haley Pepper (Junior Navigators), and Ellen Wilson (Quartermaster).

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

  • Badges – Pepper has been working on badges for the Junior Navigators, including the transition plan for our former Stargazers. She presented her proposals and received Council approval.
  • Fall Camping – A Society member has offered to us access to a cabin for a free weekend in September. We don’t have a lot of details yet, but we were excited about the idea. If it pans out, we may change our outing plans for the end of the year, moving camping from October to September and moving a Pinewood Derby from September to October, for example.

March Council Meeting

Our next Council meeting is scheduled for 9:30 am on March 22 in the Nursery School Green Room. All are welcome to observe and comment.


We have registered several families for the year the last two weekends, but we need registrations for other families, too. Please talk to Lance Finney or Tom Draney if you have not yet signed up but intend to. We have streamlined the paperwork for returning families.

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