INTEREST GROUPS

Having like-minded friends to grow and work with enlivens the school year like little else. Other parents contribute not only organization and expertise, but also insights into further development and overcoming common obstacles. 

There are interest groups of every stripe in Tallahassee and the surrounding areas. And there are many more yet to be added. Please share if you know of one that has been missed. Also, please see the shadowing and internship section of the Service page for more opportunities to sift through and develop interests. 

American Heritage Girls
MEETING IN THESE AREAS:
  • Bonifay
  • Dothan
  • Tallahassee
  • Thomasville

 

 

American Heritage Girls (AHG) was founded by a group of parents wanting a faith-based, scout-type character development program for their daughters in 1995. The AHG Program is dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. AHG girls across the nation and the globe participate in badge programs, service projects, leadership opportunities, and outdoor experiences, all with an emphasis on Christian values and family involvement.

Today there are Troops in every state and in 15 countries around the world through the Trailblazer Program. A variety of Christian denominations are also represented as Charter Organizations for Troops. There are thousands of volunteer members across the country helping girls to grow in their faith, cultivate a heart for service, enjoy the great outdoors, and have more fun than they can imagine!

There are currently American Heritage Girls meeting in Bonifay, Tallahassee, and Thomasville.
Troop Locator Page

MEETING IN THESE AREAS:
Boy Scouts of America
  • Gadsden
  • Monticello
  • Tallahassee

Boy Scouts of America is one of the oldest youth service groups in the USA. Since its inception, it has developed as a multi-faceted organization. It now has several different clubs (Venturing Scouts, Sea Scouts, Exploring Scouts and Stem Scouts). 

Boy Scouts of America Home Page.

To find a troop near your location, use the Troop Locator function here.

 

Bible Bee
Summer 2021 Areas:
 
Tallahassee (multiple areas)

Bible Bee Meetings are over until next summer. Please check back!

Bible Bee exists to engage young people in the memorization and study of God’s Word and provide opportunities to proclaim it. The heart of Bible Bee is the 8-week Summer Study that explores Scripture through reading, memorization and activities. Bible Bee participants meet weekly (usually) and celebrate their summer study with a Proclamation Day. Afterwards, participants may take a qualifying test for a seat at the National Bible Bee competition. As an added – and much enjoyed – benefit NBB has an online social site where participants can build relationships as they challenge and encourage one another.

For more information, please see the NBB home page.  To see where Bible Bee groups met over summer of 2021, please see the list of 2021 NBB Hosts.

Bible Study Fellowship
MEETING IN THESE AREAS:
  • Camilla, GA
  • Tallahassee, FL
Bible Study Fellowship offers in depth Bible study for you and your children! Our study for 2021-22 is in Matthew.
 
The evening class is on Zoom on Tuesday nights. They have classes for women as well as school aged children.
 
The day class meets on Wednesday mornings at Thomasville Road Baptist. They have classes for preschool and homeschool students.
 
Civil Air Patrol
MEETING IN THESE AREAS:
  • Albany
  • Dothan
  • Marianna
  • Tallahassee
  • Panama City

Civil Air Patrol is America’s premier public service organization for carrying out emergency services and disaster relief missions nationwide. As the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, CAP’s vigilant citizen volunteers are there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe.

 

Cadet Programs

Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program transforms youth into dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders through a curriculum that focuses on leadership, aerospace, fitness and character. As cadets participate in these four elements, they advance through a series of achievements, earning honors and increased responsibilities along the way. Many of the nation’s astronauts, pilots, engineers and scientists first explored their careers through CAP. 

Digital Media Club

aldenjhutchison@gmail.com

The Digital Media Club meets to share ideas and encourage one another in digital media work. 

 

4-H Club
FLORIDA MEETING AREAS:

 

GEORGIA MEETING LOCATIONS:

In 4‑H programs, kids and teens complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and civic engagement in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Kids experience 4‑H in every county and parish in the country through in-school and after-school programs, school and community clubs and 4‑H camps.

4-H Programs are run through each county’s Cooperative Extension. For more details, click on the county of your residence. 

4-H Teen County Council
MONTICELLO
This class is part of the JeffCo Homeschool Group. This activity is open to everyone – no fee involved. 

A youth development program for students age 12-18. Meets first Monnday of the month at Jefferson County Extension office. There are also other service and social opportunities outside of the regular meetings.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes
MEETING IN THESE AREAS:

TallyHOPS is investigating this program. Please check back for an update.

Florida Sheriff's Explorers
MEETING IN THESE AREAS:

Sheriff’s Explorer Post – Established in the 1960s and chartered under the Boy Scouts of America and the Learning for Life program, the Explorer program serves and mentors male and female youth between the ages of 14-21. Youth are trained by sworn law enforcement officers in the various areas to include: traffic stops, crime scene, firearms, active shooter, public speaking, leadership training, community service and more. Using what they learn, Explorers have opportunities to compete against other Explorer Posts at the regional, state, and national levels.

TallyHOPS is investigating the Sheriff’s Explorer program in Georgia. 

Please click on your county for more information.

LEGO Robotics Club (Monticello)
This class is part of the JeffCo Homeschool Group. To participate in the following classes, you have to  be an active member in the association. 
To register with JCHAI click  here:
Once you register with the association and your payment is received, you can sign up for this class.
FIRST LEGO Challenge Robotics team  (9-14 yars). The team practices Mondy evening from 6:30-8:30 at the resource enter $175 for the season. Limited to 10 students. 
 
NICHE
MEETING IN THESE AREAS:
  • Tallahassee

Homeschoolers in middle school and high school are invited to join us this year in NICHE Service Club! Make new friends, serve your community, earn service hours, and learn leadership skills.

Contact Jeanna Kite 352-804-3811 / NICHE.Tlh@gmail.com / FB: Tallahassee NICHE 

Home school associations, groups and co-ops can enroll in the Bee just like any other type of school. Enrollment begins August 20, 2021, at spellingbee.com. To enroll, visit http://spellingbee.com and select Enroll in the upper right corner of the home page.

As of last year, Spelling Bees could be done online (!) making this very accessible. 

Sea Cadets / Navy League Cadets
MEETING IN THESE AREAS:

Navy League Cadets (Ages 10-13)

Sea Cadets (13-18)

 

The mission of the Sea Cadets is to build leaders of character.  Leadership opportunities and learning valuable skills open a wide variety of career paths for our cadets.   Examples include public service, medicine, and law enforcement.  Many pursue higher education.   While there is no requirement for military service, many cadets join the armed forces.   

 

Sea Cadets do many exciting things. For a complete list, click here.

Teen Court
MEETING IN THESE AREAS:

Teen Court is a court where juvenile offender’s cases are presented to a jury of their peers. In exchange for completing sanctions given by their peers, their record is expunged. Teen volunteers act as their “attorney”. Opportunities are limited due to COVID. 

Teen Pact
MEETING IN THESE AREAS:

Teen Pact is designed to help students understand the political process, value their liberty, and engage the culture. Through our hands-on and practical teaching TeenPact Students learn how to embrace their call as the next generation of leaders, find encouragement amont like minded peers and develop the skills to engage the culture.

Ages 10-13 may enroll in the One Day Class
Ages 14-18 may enroll in the Four Day Class, followed by the One Day Political Communication Workshop. 

Florida students lodge in the Woodmen of the World campground. Georgia students stay at the Calvin Center.
Florida’s TeenPact is in January, Georgia’s is in February and registration for all begins September 1, 2021.

Trail Life
MEETING IN THESE AREAS:
  • Crawfordville
  • Dothan
  • Tallahassee (2)
  • Thomasville
  • Quincy

Trail Life USA is an environment where boys thrive! Adults are equipped to lead a program in a structured outdoor environment where boys are engaged in real-world challenge and experience camping, hiking, and fishing; they develop skills in riflery, archery, and canoeing;  and learn character and leadership in a practical hands-on manner that is naturally engaging.

Trail Life USA is a Church-Based, Christ-Centered, Boy-Focused mentoring and discipleship journey that speaks to the heart of a boy. Established on timeless values derived from the Bible and set in the context of outdoor adventure, boys from Kindergarten through 12th grade are engaged in a Troop setting by male mentors where they are challenged to grow in character, understand their purpose, serve their community, and develop practical leadership skills to carry out the mission for which they were created.

To contact a troop that you are interested in, please click the Troop icon on the map.

 

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