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« Topic Start: February 10, 2010, 07:37:14 pm »

I am wanting to start a Pagan kids group in our area -- just something low-key for little ones (and their parents) to enjoy together. We had contemplated starting a SpiralScouts group, and had started pursuing that - but it petered out because we couldn't find a male to commit his time to being a leader. They're fairly heavy on the Wiccan ideas, as far as I can tell, and while I appreciate their desire to honor both the male and female energies by requiring a leader of each gender... it just didn't work for us. There are a couple of dads who want to be involved, but not make a formal commitment. (Which I understand!) So we stalled out, and I decided to table it for now.

I'd like to do something more organized than a playgroup, but less than a "scouting organization." Anyone have any ideas? I've got five other families who will probably be interested, at least in getting together seasonally.

Ideas on how to make it inclusive of different practices/beliefs, while still giving the kids a chance to celebrate their path communally, would be awesome. I'm thinking focusing on activities rather than on ceremony is probably good, but I think that some small ritual for opening and closing would be nice. The expectation in Pagan groups tends to be fairly Wiccan, which is fine - I have no problems with "the four elements" etc even though it's not the language of my path. But I want it to be something that Wiccans and Asatru (and other!) families alike will feel welcome.

Help me brainstorm, and if you have experiences with anything like this, do share!!
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« Reply #1: February 10, 2010, 07:47:55 pm »

I'd like to do something more organized than a playgroup, but less than a "scouting organization." Anyone have any ideas? I've got five other families who will probably be interested, at least in getting together seasonally.

I started a vaguely pagan-flavored homeschool group with a friend of mine when my son was a kid (okay, he's still a kid...a 20-year-old kid).  We did various seasonal crafts and attended cultural events and the like.  It was just structured enough that people were motivated, but not so structured as to squeeze all the fun out of it.  If you have questions about specific things we did, lemme know.  Smiley

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« Reply #2: February 10, 2010, 08:00:06 pm »

I started a vaguely pagan-flavored homeschool group with a friend of mine when my son was a kid (okay, he's still a kid...a 20-year-old kid).  We did various seasonal crafts and attended cultural events and the like.  It was just structured enough that people were motivated, but not so structured as to squeeze all the fun out of it.  If you have questions about specific things we did, lemme know.  Smiley

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That would be great, if you could share a bit more! We are all homeschoolers (although I know another family that is Asatru and they aren't homeschooling, but would certainly be welcome!) so a "pagan-flavored homeschool group" would be right up our alley.  Smiley
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« Reply #3: February 10, 2010, 11:38:06 pm »

That would be great, if you could share a bit more! We are all homeschoolers (although I know another family that is Asatru and they aren't homeschooling, but would certainly be welcome!) so a "pagan-flavored homeschool group" would be right up our alley.

Cool.  Smiley  My best advice is to keep the religious aspects fairly general.  Every time someone came up with something more structures/ritualized, it was a miserable failure.  The best times we had were crafty things that were seasonally relevant.  We did things like dipping candles at Imbolc, planting seeds at the spring equinox, making cob fairy houses/birdhouses at Beltane, and decorating sugar skulls for Dia de los Muertos.  We also did non-season-specific stuff like soapmaking, screenprinting, and cob construction.  As long as you're willing to have a messy house, the sky's the limit.  Everything was potluck, and so fairly low-key.  As an unschooler, you know how learning happens when kids are having too much fun to know they're learning.  And that's what our group was all about.

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« Reply #4: February 10, 2010, 11:46:06 pm »

We had contemplated starting a SpiralScouts group, and had started pursuing that - but it petered out because we couldn't find a male to commit his time to being a leader.

I'm a spiralscouts leader and we have no males involved in the leadership of our group.
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« Reply #5: February 11, 2010, 01:52:13 am »

I'm a spiralscouts leader and we have no males involved in the leadership of our group.

I've heard from several people that they've lightened up about the gender polarity thing.  It used to be, if not enforced, more strongly encouraged.

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« Reply #6: February 12, 2010, 04:03:23 pm »

Cool.  Smiley  My best advice is to keep the religious aspects fairly general.  Every time someone came up with something more structures/ritualized, it was a miserable failure.  The best times we had were crafty things that were seasonally relevant.  We did things like dipping candles at Imbolc, planting seeds at the spring equinox, making cob fairy houses/birdhouses at Beltane, and decorating sugar skulls for Dia de los Muertos.  We also did non-season-specific stuff like soapmaking, screenprinting, and cob construction.  As long as you're willing to have a messy house, the sky's the limit.  Everything was potluck, and so fairly low-key.  As an unschooler, you know how learning happens when kids are having too much fun to know they're learning.  And that's what our group was all about.

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These are great ideas and will probably go over really well! Thanks!
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« Reply #7: February 12, 2010, 04:07:53 pm »

I'm a spiralscouts leader and we have no males involved in the leadership of our group.

Every time I mentioned that we were struggling to find a male leader, and asked for another extension to our time because of that reason alone, they never once said that perhaps we could go ahead without one. I once asked if we could go ahead with the female leaders we had and look for a male leader once we were already more established in the community - and they said that they REALLY prefer at least one male leader. By now, it's moot.  Angry Still on the table though, for a future time.
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