Extracurricular Programming

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Parents, community groups and other individuals are interested in developing programs that can be organized in local areas and that serve as an outlet for young people to learn about and experiment with science and skepticism, pseudoscience and the paranormal. Extracurricular programs can compliment traditional academic life by providing a less formal setting in which to explore subjects of interest. With a different structure than the classroom and a greater emphasis on interdisciplinary subjects and the popularity of the paranormal within our societies, the programs can be great fun for participants and provide a rich and diverse platform for the lifelong pursuit of learning and inquiry.

Kinds of Extracurricular Programs:

  • Camps
    Whether day, weekend, or summer programs, the camping structure and environment provides an excellent opportunity for skeptical activities as either an overall focus for the camp or as a component of a larger program.
  • After School Clubs
    After School Clubs may allow for a variety of skeptical activity to be pursued, especially if the club is one with a focus on science and social inquiry.
  • Once-a-Week Clubs
    Clubs that meet once a week provide an excellent opportunity to develop extracurricular programs that promote science, skepticism and critical inquiry. The club can be modeled as an Inquiring Minds Club for boys and girls and allow an entire program to be developed around this theme or activities and material can be incorporated into the youth groups already existing within a community.
  • Weekend Projects
    Weekends provide a break from school and work and also a time to pursue interests of your own. There are many activities and subjects within the field of skepticism that may satisfy your own interests and provide an enjoyable program for weekends and family projects.
  • Holidays & Vacations
    Holidays and vacations throughout the year offer a "free" day to pursue a variety of hobbies and activities and may be an ideal time to gather the neighborhood children together for a fun learning experience or provide interesting things to do for family trips and get-togethers.

Program Coordinators:

  • Parents & Relatives
    Family members can get involved and coordinate a variety of extracurricular programs for young people. Along with parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, and other relatives may find opportunities for exciting activities with children.
  • Community Groups & Organizations
    Local groups and organizations provide the time, commitment, structure and volunteer base to coordinate a stable and quality-rich program for young people within their community.
  • Community Businesses & Professionals
    Local area businesses and professionals with an interest in science, skepticism and critical inquiry may find it worthwhile to play an active role in their communities by hosting extracurricular programs for young people.
  • Baby-Sitters & Day Care Programs
    Baby-sitters and other caregivers have a great opportunity to provide fun and educational activities for the children in their care.

Program Ideas & Material: (being re-constructed)

  • Book Adventures
  • Weekly Subjects
  • The Ings Program
  • Investigators Club
  • Special Events
  • General, Stand-Alone Lessons
*NOTE: In addition to organizing a regular program, interested groups and individuals can also appeal to existing programs within their communities and suggest periodic visits that incorporate one or more of the ideas listed here and that serve to introduce science, skepticism and critical inquiry into larger or more generalized programs. For possible outlets where "Skeptical Visits" may be a welcome treat for members, CLICK HERE.