Ethical Navigators Weekly Update – September 11, 2016

Summary:

  • Update: We had a very successful volunteer outing yesterday at the Foodbank.
  • New: Date and place set for October camping outing – weekend of October 22.
  • Update: Add-ons scheduled for September and October – register if interested.
  • Our next General Meeting will be September 18 at 9:45.
  • Update: Thanks to those who helped with the SEEK kickoff/carnival today.
  • Update: We had a productive Council Meeting this morning.
  • New: Our next Council Meeting will be October 9 at 9:30.

Outings
September 10: Foodbank
20 of us from 7 families volunteered this morning at the St. Louis Area Foodbank. We assembled boxes for area seniors who need some healthy food to supplement their meals.

With other volunteers, we put together 720 boxes of food totaling 10 tons, providing 16,340 meals for area seniors.

Thanks to Krystal White for organizing this!

Some photos are available on Facebook.

The progression of a box from start to finish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdlhJ9iV3ug

Add-On: September 18, 2016: Family Day at the Audubon and Beyond Exhibition

Come explore the Natural History Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at a back to school event for the whole family on Sunday September 18th from 1-3pm. This interactive event is free and open to the public, and will feature educational activities for children and adults of all ages! With thanks to our special guests from Milkweed for Monarchs and the Wildlife Rescue Center. Please call 314-516-7248 or email amandarschneider@umsl.edu to make your reservation.

The free educational event includes a hands-on activity book, take-home activities, snacks, and prizes.

October 21-23: Camping at Babler State Park
We decided to return to Babler State Park for cabin camping in October. Our educational focus will be geology for the weekend. We might have new campers joining us from a satellite chapter starting at Mallinckrodt School. We also plan to involve the leadership skills of our older scouts more than usual. More details as they are set.

October 15 Add-On: S’mores and More Walk Together
Navigators USA has partnered with American Volkssport Association (AVA) to organize a combined walking outing called AVA/Navigators USA Walk Together (connected locally with this walk). Participants will be able to earn a one-of-a-kind patch, explore nature, and learn to identify some plant an animal signs. This 5K/10K hike will take place on October 15 at the Nature Institute in Godfrey, Illinois.

Cost:
$6/scout if registered by October 1 (includes patch and s/mores)
$7/scout at the door (may be discounted if they are out of patches)
$4/adult and others (including s’mores or $3 without)

This is a new activity that we haven’t engaged with previously, so none of us have experience with it. If you are interested in participating, please contact us for questions or registration.

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.

November: TV/Radio Station
Our intention is to earn a Communication badge by visiting a radio or TV station. Parents within our Chapter work at a radio station and a TV station, and they are working together to plan a n interesting morning for us. More details as they are set.

General Meetings
September 18
Our September General Meeting will be at 9:45 am on September 18 at the Ethical Society. We previously planned to have lessons on planes and astronauts, but our current plan is to build and fly kites (weather permitting).

Organization
SEEK Kickoff
The Ethical Society’s Sunday Ethical Education for Kids Sunday School kicked off the new year on this morning with an orientation meeting and a small carnival after the Platform. Thanks to Haley Pepper for advertising our Chapter at the kickoff, and to the Schrenk Family and Kyle Crawford for taking care of our games at the carnival. And special thanks to Bob Heck for providing the games!

September Council Meeting
This morning, five members of the Council met in the Ethical Society, plus one by phone and one guest:
Kyle Crawford (Co-Leader), Lance Finney (Communications), Andy Ford (Co-Leader), Bob Heck (Treasurer), Haley Pepper (Co-Leader), and Ellen Wilson (Quartermaster). Mike Jones also participated.

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

  • Badges – Pepper reported on her work with a committee of Navigators USA on the next revision of the Badge Book.

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


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