Ethical Navigators Weekly Update – March 29


  • Updated: Our next outing will be a trip to the Clayton Fire Department on April 18.
  • Tentative plans in place for outings and add-ons from April through July.
  • Updated: We had a good lesson on fire-building and fire safety at our General Meeting this morning.
  • Our next Council Meeting will be April 12 at 9:30 am.

April 11 Add-on: Learning as Play Conference
Junior Leader Haley Pepper let us know about a conference regarding Learning as Play from the Experiential Educational Exchange on April 11. She intends to participate, and hopes that others will consider participating as well. Here is information about the conference:

The 3EC: Learning as Play Conference is an opportunity for us to come together to improve our practice, share ideas, collaborate on projects, and make our region a better place to live and learn. Participants will learn how to best promote and propel excellence in experiential education in our region through common areas of interest:

  • Outdoor & Adventure Education
  • Organization Training & Development
  • Therapeutic Adventure
  • K-12 Schools: Classroom Connections
  • Higher Education

If you are interested in going, please let her know so that she can try to get a group discount (cost is either $40 or $50, including lunch).

April 18: Fire Station
We have tentative plans to visit the Clayton Fire Department at 10:30 am on April 18. We will learn about fire safety, calling 9-1-1, “Stop, Drop, and Roll,” see equipment and uniforms, etc. Haley Pepper is planning this event.

May 22-25: Camping/Civil War/Shut-Ins
We have selected Silver Mines Campground in Mark Twain National Forest for our May camping outing. This campsite is less than an hour drive from both Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park and the Civil War battle site at Fort Davidson State Historic Site. We have a reservation for Memorial Day Weekend (May 22-25), and more details will come soon.

May 31 Add-on
Family Float Trip/Paddle for a Cause on Sunday, May 31 at 1:30pm.

Join the Open Space Council for a fun-filled summertime float trip on the beautiful Courtois, Huzzah, and Meramec Rivers to raise funds for this year’s Operation Clean Stream! This family-friendly float trip is approximately 3 hours long. A delicious picnic dinner and outdoor games will follow the float.

Early bird registration is available until May 15, 2015 and tickets may be purchased for $55/adult and $15/youth (age 15 and under). Tickets purchased after May 15, 2015 are $60/person for adults and $20/youth (plus service fee if purchased online.)

Tickets may be purchased online. Tickets include paddles, canoes, life jackets, shuttle, and dinner. All money raised from this event will go to support Operation Clean Stream, an annual river cleanup and restoration event in the Meramec Watershed.

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/Caves/River
We have tentative plans to camp at Onandaga Cave State Park in June. This park will provide opportunities for spelunking, hiking, and playing in the Meramec River. A specific weekend has not been chosen. Lance Finney is planning this weekend.

July 5-11: 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 July 5-11 at Knob Noster State Park, between Kansas City and Sedalia, Missouri. We do not expect this to be an official Ethical Navigators event, but we view this as a “Super Add-On.” At least one family in our chapter is considering participating, and at least one of our leaders is considering volunteering as a leader.

Camp Quest is only $380 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.

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

General Meetings

March 29
Bob Heck led us in a good lesson this morning on building camp fires and exercising fire safety.

First, we learned about the theory of building fires together, practiced in small group (with the other Navigators leading the younger ones), and then finished by building actual fires in the parking lot.

Team Red won the competition by burning the twine first.

Some pictures are available on Facebook.


April Council Meeting

Our next Council meeting is scheduled for 9:30 am on April 12 in the Nursery School Green Room. All are welcome to observe and comment.

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