Ethical Navigators Weekly Update – October 12


  • Update: Our final campout of the year will be at Washington State Park October 17-19 – please sign up. Details are below, including challenges.
  • Update: We had a planning General Meeting this morning.
  • New: Year-end awards banquet and potluck on November 8.
  • Pancake fundraiser planned for October 26.
  • Our next Council Meeting will be November 2.

RSVPs for the rest of the year
The Council has put together a survey to be able to tell who is planning to attend our various meetings and outings for the rest of the year. Please fill out this survey so that we can plan for the future. We have ten responses so far – thanks to everyone who responded.

Using the survey does not obligate you, but we would like to know your current expectations.

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 for the nights of October 17 and 18. We hope to see you there. More details to come.

The cost will be $25/person for the full weekend ($20 for ages 6 and under) and $10/$5 for Saturday events only. Here’s the agenda for Saturday:

  • 7:00 a.m. Wake up
  • 7:30 a.m. Breakfast crew gets going, eat, and clean up. Exploration until circle.
  • 9:00 a.m. Circle to go over what the expectations are for the day
  • 9:15 a.m. Challenge games TBD
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch crew gets going and eat
  • 1:30 p.m. Circle to go over afternoon activities:
    • Rest/nap for some
    • Exploration, hike on trails, river, petroglyphs, CCC buildings
    • Later afternoon can be spent journaling, reading, or resting.
  • 5:00 p.m. Dinner crew gets going, eat, and clean up.
  • Evening Fire, stories, songs, and S’mores.

The following are the challenges that the Navigators came up with at the October General Meeting for us to do:

  • Set up tent/campsite
  • Packing for cold
  • Fire Safety
  • Cooking (eggs)
  • Independent project
  • Bug hunt/Identification
  • Team Building
  • Star gazing
  • Fireside skit

Families – you will be responsible for running one or more of these events each. If you want to have your pick, please claim your choice by contacting Ellen Wilson.

Please see the attached document for more details and contact Ellen Wilson to RSVP. If you do not have her email address or phone number, then email, and we will forward your message.

Washington State Park Outing Details

General Meetings

October 12
We had our October General Meeting this morning. At the meeting, we planned for the campout next weekend and the Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser the next weekend.

You can see some pictures at Facebook and Google+.

November 8
For November, we will not have our normal morning General Meeting. Instead, we will have a potluck on November 8 at the Ethical Society at 3:30 (tentative time). We will celebrate our achievements, both individually and as a group.

This is our chance to celebrate how much we have achieved in the last year, to thank our contributors, and to recognize our growth. We will send more details about this soon, but please contact your group leader (Ellen Wilson for Stargazers, Andy Ford and Mitch Harden for Junior Navigators, and Stuart Morse for Senior Navigators) to let them know about your achievements outside of the Chapter since our last awards banquet in August 2013.


Pancake “Drive Thru / Picnic” Breakfast Fundraiser – October 26

We will have a fundraiser with pancakes and outdoor breakfast bundles on October 26th from 9:30 to 11:15 am in the lower parking lot of the Ethical Society. Eaters will be able to pull up in their cars or go picnic style as they enjoy what we prepare.

We will need people all morning advertising the fundraiser, cooking food, and cleaning up. Please plan to help, and please invite your friends. We will provide fliers at the General Meeting that you can use to advertise in your community (or you can print this PDF file for sharing). Additionally, please share the Facebook event on your walls.

Stuart Morse and Andy Ford are leading the cooking, with guidance from Mary Harden, a professional chef. Ellen Wilson will be leading the creation of signs for that morning.

We will need people to help cook, clean up, guide traffic, and wave signs on Clayton Rd. Please arrive at 8:30 that morning to help us make this a great fundraiser. Also, please bring any camp stoves and fuel that we can use that morning.

Also, one of our parents and three of our Navigators gave an announcement about the Pancake Fundraiser at the Platform this morning. It was very cute, and probably memorable for all who saw it. Thanks!

We will have a different skit next week for further advertising. Thanks!

Navigators USA National Meeting

The National organization for Navigators USA is looking for host chapters for a national meeting January. Since we hosted the Adult Training in January 2014, we are a leading candidate.

If this happens, we will likely be looking for families who are willing to host visiting Chapter Leaders for a night or two. Please consider hosting. Thanks to those who have already volunteered.

November Council Meeting

Our next Council meeting is scheduled for 9:30 am on November 2 in the Nursery School Green Room. All are welcome to observe and comment.

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