Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November 2016


The hayride.
Beautiful weather and great fun were had at our annual Parks & Rec hayride and bonfire on Nov. 11! Thirty-two of our members came out to enjoy tree climbing, wienie roasting, chess playing, creek exploring, Frisbee catching, and so much more. This year we splurged for extra time fireside and made a day of it. Thanks to all who participated, let's do it again next year!


On Nov. 17, our Quest Club held its badge ceremony. Seven members earned badges during the ceremony. Members discussed future group events and enjoyed homemade cookies (made by Ariel) afterwards.


--text by Evie M. and Billie S.
--photos by Evie M. and Billie S.


Enjoying the fire.


Playing chess.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

October 2016

The entire Pumpkin Patching crew.
It's fall and that means our annual trip to Fischer Farms Pumpkin Patch. This year 12 families participated on Oct. 5. (That's 17 adults and 27 kids!) From picking pumpkins to the corn maze to the new slide into the corn box, we had a great time. Fischer Farms is open to the public on weekends.



Milking the cow.
That following weekend, Oct. 7 through 9, we had a family campout at Meramec State Park near Sullivan, Mo.  Beautiful weather, cave exploring, hiking, and marshmallow toasting was our entertainment for the weekend.  Some of us also enjoyed hanging out in our hammocks and toasting our toes by the fire!  We hope to plan another camping trip for June.

Hiking at Meramec State Park.
--text and pics by Evie M.



Toasty toes.

Friday, September 30, 2016

September 2016

Lots of good food at the Annual Family Picnic.
Here's what we were up to this month:


Water relay game.
On Sunday, Sept. 11, five of our families met for our Annual Family Picnic celebrating our group's birthday date of Sept. 1. JCSHG turned five this year! The weather was beautiful for our potluck picnic at the North Jefferson City Recreational Area. Everyone enjoyed fellowshipping and hanging out and our younger ones enjoyed the ever-popular water relay game. Next year our Annual Family Picnic will be held in September again, this time at Niekamp Park in St. Martins.


Bean bag toss game.
On Thursday, Sept. 15, our Science and Nature Club met at Runge Nature Center. Shannon W. led the group in an autumn-inspired activity. Club members learned about the chemicals that create the different colors in leaves. Then they collected leaves from various plants and trees and did an experiment to see which chemicals each leaf contained. Later the group took a nature walk to look for signs of fall.


On Tuesday, Sept. 27, our Quest Club held another event month at Park Day. Members earning their Dips Badge invited the entire JCSHG group to participate in a dips party. Each family made and brought one or more dips to share. Quest Club events are a great way for the members of Quest Club to share what they are learning with the entire group.


--text by Billie S. and Jeannette F.
--pics by Evie M.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

August 2016

Helping at The Pantry.

Here's what we were up to this month:


Making cement bowls.
On Aug. 8, we participated in our monthly service project--helping at The Pantry.  Four of our families helped out by packaging grits, cream of wheat, rice, and beans.  This time we were in it's new location, which will make free food more easily available to more people by being along a city bus route in Jefferson City.  The new location is  409 Ellis Blvd., in the Table of Grace church. The Pantry has served 6,000 people in the last two years!  No paperwork is required, no questions are asked. If you or someone you know needs food, distribution day is the fourth Friday of every month from 1 to 7 p.m.


Talking about the Dinosaur Badge.
On Aug. 9, our August  Science-Nature Club meeting was led by Matthew McMichael. The topic was cement and concrete. The group learned about the properties of cement, how it reacts with water, and its uses. Then the kids enjoyed a hands-on activity making their own bowls with a technique using a plastic bag, cement, and water.
 
Talking about the Learn about Pokémon Badge.
On Aug. 22, our Quest Club held their monthly meeting. This month was a presentation meeting, which is held bi-monthly. The club had three presenters, Luke, Ethan W., and Sophia. Ethan led a computer presentation on the Dinosaur Badge. Luke presented information about Pokémon and the requirements for the Pokémon Badge. Sophia gave a presentation on the Learn About Rainbow Loom Badge. She brought in lots a examples of her work and let the club members try the loom. The kids did a great job sharing information about their badges and practicing public speaking.
 
Talking about the Rainbow Loom Badge.
--text by Evie M. and Billie S.
--photos by Evie M. and Billie S.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

July 2016

Quest club members receiving their earned badges.

On July 19, this month's Science-Nature Club meeting was led by Amber. She talked to the group about wild edibles and medicinal plants. She also taught the group the importance of identifying poisonous plants. Then the kids tasted honey-sweetened dandelion tea!

Billie pins on Luke's Advanced Baking badge
while his youngest brother, Caleb, sits nearby.
On July 25, our Quest Club held its quarterly badge ceremony at the park. Eleven members earned badges this quarter! Afterwards the families enjoyed some much deserved treats and fun at the park.

--text by Billie S.
--photos by Jeannette F.

July 2016

Quest club members receiving their earned badges.

On July 19, this month's Science-Nature Club meeting was led by Amber. She talked to the group about wild edibles and medicinal plants. She also taught the group the importance of identifying poisonous plants. Then the kids tasted honey-sweetened dandelion tea!

Billie pins on Luke's Advanced Baking badge
while his youngest brother, Caleb, sits nearby.

On July 25, our Quest Club held its quarterly badge ceremony at the park. Eleven members earned badges this quarter! Afterwards the families enjoyed some much deserved treats and fun at the park.

--text by Billie S.
--photos by Jeannette F.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May 2016

Some of our volunteers for the Bake Sale.
On May 6, we held our fifth annual Bake Sale. Several families helped out by manning the table and several more baked brownies and cookies. We held the sale at the Walmart on Stadium West Boulevard and raised $390.05.

This money will fund all our activities for the next year--supplies for Art Club, Science Club, and Quest Club; hall and pavilion rentals for various events--and will offset expenses for our out-of-town field trip in February.

Thanks to all who helped out!


During our tour inside the Missouri State Penitentiary.
On May 16, 27 of our members took a field trip to the Missouri State Penitentiary. During this student tour, we heard about some famous characters who were housed within its walls. We listened to stories about inmate escapes and learned about the different devices and techniques that were and are used to keep inmates inside. Some of us decided we want to go back for one of the longer tours!


On the penitentiary grounds.
After the tour was a visit to the Missouri State Penitentiary Museum where we got to see all sorts of things made by the inmates--from beautiful furniture to handmade weapons--as well as learn some more history about the place.

Working with positive and negative shapes.
On May 19, we had our monthly Art Club meeting. It was all about shape. We did a project where we learned about positive and negative shapes, then we went on a shape scavenger hunt. Our last project of the day was to glue a yellow circle onto a piece of paper and incorporate it into a drawing. We had cats, a bacon and egg breakfast, Pacman, a midway at a carnival, and several others.


Completed Art Club projects.
--text by Evie M. and Jeannette F.
--photos by Evie M.