..to hear of the outcome of your first season of Navigation Games. Keep up the good work :)
Yeah - along the way I was feeling like it was a lot of effort for very few participants, and I was embarrassed. But I see that over time we have reached quite a few people, and awareness is growing.
This only makes sense if we get keep up some consistency, with classes and events regularly.
I'm giving it 2.5 more years of my effort, and then either others will have taken it and run with it, or it will fade away.
I really need to raise some money tho. We are operating at a pretty big loss right now. I meant to send out a fundraising plea a couple months ago, but feel I need to have all the finances clearly laid out (past & future) before I feel comfortable with the ask.
Seeing the Morse school 5th graders take to it in such a strong fashion last week was great. So much running; everyone wanting to do it again; having a mixed (boys/girls) team win; all good. Need to make a team there. With a goal. A goal of competing in some scheduled spring race. Sprint camp might be good - but the previous camps were too expensive and we'd have to think about how to handle an IS competition. Guess I should sit down with Alex and Ed about it. It's funny - the Mayor's Program kids were focusing at the high school level; I thought middle schools would be better, but now I'm thinking the grade schools might be ideal to target, for teams. Grades 3-5.
I´m not totally updated on your school system but I guess by grade schools you mean younger kids. Grades 3-5 would then mean 8-10 year olds? I think that´s a good time to start - before they are seriously hooked up into some other sports.
Consistency and regularity are definitely important aspects of keeping the newcomers. They come because they are curious and/or interested in the first place - if they don´t get enough of what they came for interest may fade quickly.