We had our first meeting yesterday! There were five Otters and I was the only Rover. The other Rover was on her way back from Ghana picking up her adopted sons, so we are happy for her and her family despite missing her. I tried my best to orient this towards being as close to a standard Otter meeting as I could. My intention is to utilize the outdoor classroom on the campus of Emory & Henry College for our meetings so that we have at least the feel of an outdoor activity even if we are doing a more academic sort of thing. Unfortunately, there was rain most of the day with an intense downpour about the time of the meeting. I wouldn't worry about rain, but when the thunder got heavy I worried about 5-7 years olds wandering across the golf course to the meeting with lightening in the area. So we moved to the alternate location just down the hall from my office.
I found out that the dad of one of the Otters is a BSA Eagle Scout, but hasn't been involved in scouting since he turned 18. The more I talked to him about the BPSA and my own reading of B-P's works the more excited he got. At one point I was talking to the kids about their handbooks (used the one Enna? posted) and handed him the Rover handbook. Upon reading the scout law he said, "This is so much better than what the BSA uses!" He also offered support on the construction of a website, something where my skills are sorely lacking.
The central activity of this meeting was doing a raft good turn by making some "Welcome" signs for our missing Rover's new family members. Come to find out, but some of the families had been over to their house cleaning earlier that day, so it was a great focus for the kids to tie the activity, their families, and their community together with an international sort of twist. We then went over to their house and taped the signs to their house. Hopefully the rain didn't destroy the signs.
All in all it was a great first meeting! The parents are hoping to get together in the coming week to iron out some organizational matters and to decide on a necker design. Our next scheduled activity is a service project at the farmers market, but we might try to squeeze in a short hike or something before that.