Circle Meetings: Each circle usually has a monthly meeting, lasting 1½ - 2 hours. Each circle meeting has a host Father/Daughter and the meeting usually takes place at the host family's house. Each family will receive a book from the YMCA which includes suggested programs for circle meetings. The following is a typical meeting -- each circle can determine what works best for them.
- Navigator calls meeting to order.
- Navigator starts the meeting with a ritual. (See here for an example ritual)
- Treasure Keeper collects circle dues, perhaps $1 for each daughter, dad dues may be optional. These can be used for special projects, a party, a community project, etc.
- Each Princess stands up, says her circle name, and gives a “scouting” report for the month:
- A good deed they have done, and/or
- An activity, project or event they have done with their father/family.
- Navigator announces upcoming expedition events, YMCA news, etc.
- Plans are reviewed for the next meeting.
- Host introduces the night's craft, which is supplied by the Host. Crafts include anything that can be completed in ~30 minutes, or which can be completed in a couple of circle meetings. Examples include:
- Construction of decorations or projects for an expedition event
- Making bead or leather projects
- Planting seeds for a home garden
- Crafts related to upcoming holidays or seasons
- Map reading
- Host provides and serves refreshments.
- Host or circle members tell a story, usually with a moral, and/or sing songs or perform skits.
- Navigator leads closing ritual.
- Meeting is adjourned.
See the individual circle pages for additional information about the specific practices of the various circles.