Ethical Navigators Weekly Update – May 24


  • Updated: Eleven families had a great time in the Ozarks camping this weekend.
  • Plans in place for outings in June and July.
  • For children age 8 and up,please consider going to Camp Quest.
  • Our next General Meeting will be at 9:45 am on June 21.
  • New: Our next Council Meeting will be June 14 at 9:30.

May 22-25: Camping/Civil War/Shut-Ins

35 people from 11 families met at Silver Mines Campground in Mark Twain National Forest in the Missouri Ozarks over Memorial Day weekend for some camping fun.
In addition to the normal camping activities of setting up tents, building fires, and cooking outdoors, we also had fun outside the campground.
On Saturday, we went to Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, where Navigators and their families had fun playing in the water, hiking, and climbing a cliff. Later, many of us went to Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site to learn about the pivotal battle late in the Civil War that kept Missouri in Union hands.
Sunday morning, we hiked within the campground. Currently, that’s where the pictures end (available on Facebook), but several families stayed for another full day of fun.
If you have more photos from the weekend to share, please email them to

May 31 Add-on: Float Trip

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 26-28: Camping/Caves/River
We will camp at Onandaga Cave State Park the weekend of June 26-28. This park will provide opportunities for spelunking, hiking, and playing in the Meramec River. Lance Finney is planning this weekend, and more details will come later.

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.”

Camp Quest is only $430 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 17-19: Camping/Float Trip
Our formal outing for July will be be another float-trip camping weekend at Meramec State Park, where we went in July 2014. We have campsites reserved for July 17-19 Tom Draney is planning this weekend.

General Meetings

June 21
Our next General Meeting will be at 9:45 am on June 21 at the Ethical Society in preparation for the Onandaga Cave State Park outing. We will probably make cave-related dioramas to learn about the caves.


June Council Meeting

Our next Council meeting is scheduled for 9:30 am on June 14 in the Nursery School Green Room. All are welcome to observe and comment.

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