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.
of Extracurricular Programs:
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
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
& Day Care Programs
Baby-sitters and other caregivers have a great opportunity to provide
fun and educational activities for the children in their care.
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|*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.