Friday, June 22, 2012

Tie Dye Badge and Badge-Pinning Ceremony

We met at a park for our monthly Quest Club meeting on Tuesday. Nine families participated--29 people including two guests--in two tie dye projects and our first quarterly badge-pinning ceremony.

Badge recipients.
After chanting the club's motto ("Ask anything, explore everything!") and roll call, we conducted the badge-pinning ceremony. Donning homemade sashes, members filed up to have their earned badges pinned to sashes of a variety of colors. Here are the badges they earned: (Not all members were present to receive their badges.)

Paper crafting: Bella, Savannah, Jonathan, Rebecca, Ethan, Hayden, Eileen, Noah, Audrey F., Luke, Haley, and Brandon.

Map reading: Ethan, Hayden, Eileen, Joey, Rebecca, Jonathan, Savannah, Noah, Brandon, Haley, Luke, and Audrey F.

American Girl dolls:  Lydia.

Archery: Noah.

Barbie: Haley.

Beading: Haley.

Cooking: Audrey H.

Cowgirl: Morgan.

Crafts: Brandon and Haley.

Dinosaurs: Brandon.

Disney: Davis, Lydia, Haley, and Brandon.

Dogs: Zoe.

Fantasy: Davis, Audrey H., and Lydia.

Horses: Morgan and Alexis.

Human body: Audrey H.

Instrumental music--Violin: Davis and Lydia.

Lego: Brandon and Noah.

Microscope: Eileen.

Yoga: Alexis.

Congratulations to all our badge earners! Our next badge-pinning ceremony will be at our September meeting.

Tie dying.
Then members began working on their tie dye badge. They were able to tie dye an item they brought with us or "tie dye" coffee filters. This is done by laying a paper coffee filter flat, decorating it with washable markers, spritzing it with a few sprays of water and letting it dry. The water made the ink run and created an effect similar to tie dying. It was windy, so they used rocks to hold down the coffee filters.

Our next meeting will be Thursday, July 19, and we will be working on our Drawing Badge.

Coffee filter "tie dying."

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Serving at the Samaritan Center

Carry out!

Packaging ketchup
Soggy volunteers
This Monday and Tuesday, seven of our families--23 kids and parents--volunteered at the Samaritan Center for a total of about 46 man-hours. We helped carry food to clients' cars, packaged ketchup, and took sales labels off flags the center is giving away on Flag Day. Trivia: we packaged 5,000 individual packets of ketchup on Tuesday alone. Thanks to Carlos and Shane of the Samaritan Center for letting us help out. We look forward to serving there again!
Flag day . . . two days early.

Smile!

--some photos courtesy of Carla

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Our first festival

Silly Sally
We participated in the Kidsfest held downtown from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. on Saturday. Members set up a table with information about our group. Our table looked great with the new banner donated from Staples.

Telling others about JCSHG
Activities at the table involved sidewalk chalk and our own "Silly Sally" (Eileen) the clown with her helper, "Freckles" (Marie). Eileen made balloon animals for all the kids coming by the table and performed some very funny stunts. Everyone loved her "Silly Sally" character. A special thanks to Eileen and Marie for "clowning around" with the audience.
That beautiful, big banner!

We had many visitors to our table who expressed interest in our group and homeschooling. Thanks to everyone who helped make our first festival a success!

--text by Billie
--photos courtesy of Evie