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.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

March 2016

Packaging biscuit mix.
On March 14, five families (four adults and 12 children) helped prep for this month's distribution day at The Pantry. They portioned biscuit mix, grits, rice, and seasonings and labeled bags. Many hands made light work and all ages helped out.

Obtaining textures from our surroundings.
On March 17, seven of our members explored texture at this month's Art Club meeting. They began with a group activity and discussion that included making rubbings of their environment. Then members spent the rest of the time at one or more of these stations: (1) Creating texture with paint:
Here students investigated painting techniques that create textured effects. (2) A collage has texture:
Here students made a mono- or di-chromatic collage that incorporated texture. (3) Shape rubbings:
Here students experimented with texture and color as they created a rubbing using a single shape.

Creating textures with paint.
On March 21, six of our families (20 persons total) met at the JCMOMA (Jefferson City Museum of Modern Art) to learn more about an artist the museum is currently featuring--Purvis Young. This was everyone's first time in the newly opened museum and it was quite a pleasure to see such a venue here in Jefferson City.

Some of our group at JCMOMA.
On March 28, our Quest Club held its second Badge Ceremony. It was a celebration of all the hard work members have put into earning badges the last three months. Members earned a total of 27 badges. After the ceremony the group had a party with yummy treats.

These members earned badges since the last Badge Ceremony.
--text by Billie S. and Jeannette F.
--photographs by Deanna C. and Evie M.



Monday, February 29, 2016

February 2016

Our group outside the Da Vinci Exhibit.

On Feb. 8, two of our families volunteered at The Pantry helping package food for this month's distribution day.

A prototype of one of Da Vinci's inventions.
On Feb. 19, our group traveled to Kansas City to tour the Da Vinci Exhibit and enjoy some educational play at Science City; both attractions were located in Union Station.  Eight families--for a total of 31 members--attended this field trip. We began the day by watching a short film about Leonardo's life and then entered the exhibit where there were lots of hands-on items created from his drawings. We then had lunch together and spent the afternoon at Science City enjoying several new exhibits along with our old favorites. 

The water table at Science City.
On Feb. 22, our Quest Club held it's February meeting. The group had two presenters, Sophia H. and Hayden M. Sophia presented information about the Gardening badge, then led a project planting seeds. Each member got to take home a cup with seeds to plant at home. Hayden's presentation was about the LEGO badge. He brought LEGO figures he had built to fulfill the badge requirements. He then showed the group how to build a strong LEGO wall and let the club members try building heir own walls. Next month will be a Badge Ceremony to recognize all the club members' hard work earning their badges. The kids are excited to get their badges and have a party!
Sophia details her Gardening badge.
On Feb. 29, we celebrated Leap Day with a Game Day in the morning. Fifteen children from seven families played Pokemon, Clue, Magic the Gathering, and other games in the Art Gallery of the library. Afterwards, several of the families headed to our favorite local park to spend some time outdoors.

--text by Evie M., Billie S., and Jeannette F.
--photos by Evie M. and Matthew M.

Hayden describes his LEGO badge.

Playing Magic the Gathering at Game Day.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

January 2016

Making biscuit mix for The Pantry.
Welcome to a new year! We started this year with our usual monthly activities. Here's a recap.

Working with the clay.
On Jan. 11, six of our families helped out The Pantry. We started at the Jefferson City Country Club where we used their bakery kitchen to make the biscuit mix that goes with the chicken pot pie menu item. From there, we went over to The Pantry to take inventory and prep bags for distribution day.
On Jan. 21, Art Club learned how to make clay coil pinch pots. We used air dry clay that turns white when dry so the pots can be painted. We had a variety of structures including teacups and a castle tower. After everyone tried their hand at the coil pots, some members used the remainder of the time to make clay sculptures.
A finished project.
Nathan F. tells about the badges he earned.
On Jan. 25, Quest Club met at the library for it's regular meeting. There were four presentations. Nathan F., age 5, described what he had to do to earn the three badges he has earned so far. Luke F., age 8, shared his timeline of LEGO events that he did for the LEGO badge, level 4. Audrey F., age 10, shared some of the things she did for the Fantasy badge. And Adrianna H., age 12, shared what she did for her Marine Animal badge. Other members briefly mentioned what they were working on and we welcomed two new members--Jameson S. and Elijah S.

Luke F. with the timeline he made for his LEGO badge.
Next month some of our members will be taking a field trip to Kansas City's Union Station to see a Leonardo da Vinci exhibit and play at Science City.

Audrey F. tells about the work she did for her Fantasy badge.

Audrianna H. talks about the Marine Life badge she completed.
Till then, stay warm!

--by Evie M. and Jeannette F.
--photos by Evie M.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

December 2015

Cookie Cake honoring Quest Club members for all the badges they earned this quarter.

We were busier than usual for December of this year. We had two Quest Club activities--a field trip to the Jefferson City Animal Shelter and a Badge Ceremony--and helped out at The Pantry.

Checking out some of the dogs at the animal shelter.
Playing with a kitten.
On Dec. 2, members of our Quest Club took a field trip to the Jefferson City Animal Shelter. The field trip fulfilled several badge requirements for members. Club members brought donations to the shelter which helped fulfill a service badge requirement and helped out the animals. The group learned about what workers do on a daily basis--from rescuing wild animals found in citizens’ homes to caring for the animals at the shelter. Members asked a lot of great questions, then got to spend time with the adoptable kittens, cats, and dogs.

Members with their new Quest Club badges.
On Dec. 7, our Quest Club held its first Badge Ceremony. The event was held at the Capital Arts Gallery here in Jefferson City. Eighteen children earned a total of 64 badges. All of the children have been working on individual badges since the formation of Quest Club in September. Before the ceremony three members gave presentations on the badges they earned. Later the group enjoyed refreshments to celebrate their first Quest Club Badge Ceremony.

On Dec. 14, three of our families helped The Pantry prepare for their monthly distribution day. We met at the Jefferson City Country Club and packaged several spices, rice, and oatmeal. The kids worked very well together and finished everything there was to do in about 1 1/2 hrs.

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