Camping and Outdoor Adventure
start with yes we will be going camping, no we won't be getting to full
backpacking this year. If your kids really want to move up to backpacking, I'll
get in touch with the Palos Verdes club where they go on an annual trek down
into the Grand Canyon. We'll be doing three trips this year with two planning
meetings in the weeks prior to each. While no locations have been set, our first
trip will be a single day excursion, leaving early in the morning, setting up
the tents and fire, cooking lunch and dinner then packing up and heading home.
The second trip will be an overnight and the third will be two-three nights out
in the wilderness. While a parent/guardian must be with members at all project
meetings, I can't stress enough how important the role of the adult will be in
this project. If you don't already have the basic gear, tent, sleeping bags,
etc., then cost may be an issue. We will attempt to find items to borrow
whenever possible to help out, but give no guarantees of being able to find
everything for every one. Also, plans for the trips will include the parent
assisting with cooking, set-up duties, camp clean-up, etc. Every age is welcome
to participate but, if you will be bringing kids under 5, you'll need to have
two adults there - one to help with the project members and one to ensure your
little ones don't find their own adventures with mountain lions and rattlers...
okay, poison oak is most likely, but lions sound more dramatic :)
Creative Arts and Crafts
be focusing on one area of creative arts at each monthly meeting, really getting
our hands dirty with the work so most, if not all, will be held outside. All
ages are very welcome except for one meeting which I'll explain about in a
minute. Thus far, I've settled on making our own Roman vases/urns, plaster body
parts, creative basket weaving (my dad swears this was my major in college), a
kind parent will be helping with a lesson on knitting and crocheting, and
homemade books. I'm open to suggestions on additional topics. Also, an optional
meeting (due to cost and safety) will be a class taught by a lovely woman on
candle making. It will run about $30 per person, everyone over 5 is welcome to
participate, and you'll leave with half a dozen or more candles that are
fantastic. I took her class through West LA extension and friends call me to ask
me to make them more candles.
final topic I'll be working in throughout is marketing and selling your handmade
items. If there is enough interest, we'll arrange for a table at a local arts
and crafts fair for the members to try their hand at sales.
Cultural Arts & Leisure Education
be the scavenger hunt, located here. I'd also like to arrange at least one art/culture
festival that the project members put on for the club.
Health & Physical Fitness
be meeting four times during the year, about once every 12 weeks. The first
meeting will focus on designing your own fitness plan and realistic goal
setting. The subsequent meetings will discuss stretching techniques, nutrition
and cross-training with special emphasis on weight training. Each member will
design their own program and track their own progress and at no point will they
be forced to share how things are going with anyone - I promise :) This is
especially important for the older members who may already be dealing with
Individual & Group Sports
enrolled in this project will also be enrolled in the above Health project. No
separate meetings will be held, though for those doing both (some may just want
to do the health aspect), there will be additional logs for tracking their
workouts and results.
dh is leading this project and actually hasn't worked out all the details yet,
other than it will be meeting every other month. Also, they don't need expensive
cameras, even disposable ones will do. Nick uses a digital camera and we've
found that is actually the cheapest for the young photographer - no film or
developing costs while prints cost the same from digital as from 35mm.