Frequently Asked Questions - Membership
Homeschool Adventures is best described as a network. Homeschool Adventures provides a support structure for individual homeschoolers to set up …
Homeschool Adventures does not organize, host or sponsor events. Rather we provide the structure to assist individuals in doing so through the …
Any member of HSAdventures can organize an HSA Event - there are no prerequisites, requirements, or permissions needed to get started, but there is plenty of support! The HSAdventures website provides many resources for helping individual homeschoolers select and organize successful events, helping them to avoid the most common problems encountered by volunteer organizers of group events.
- Join the HSAdventures-Organizers Yahoo Group to share ideas and strategies with other organizers.
The HSAdventures Yahoo Group provides a large member base from which volunteer organizers can find participants. Whether for a small, intimate class or a large group excursion, the HSAdventures Yahoo Group is a great place to find others who share your interests.
Homeschool Adventures serves homeschool families in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area and surrounding areas who may join Homeschool Adventures at groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/hsadventures/info.
Being a member of Homeschool Adventures means being a local homeschooler who is also a member of HSAdventures Yahoo Group. We also have a Facebook HSAdventures Group, but the HSAdventures Yahoo Group is the primary means of communication between members.
Homeschool Adventures is an all-volunteer secular, inclusive homeschool support organization committed to fulfilling our mission without discrimination, including discrimination based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability or handicap, veteran status, economic status, or religion.
Organizations wishing to promote their offerings to members of Homeschool Adventures do not need to join the HSAdventures Yahoo Group or Facebook HSAdventures Group to do so but should contact us directly instead. Our volunteer moderators will review the submitted information and forward it to group members as appropriate. We recommend that you review our submission guidelines before doing so.
Homeschool Adventures is a support network for homeschool families not a marketing group for local organizations. While it is exceedingly rare that an organization's desire to promote a local homeschool class, event, discount, group, or field trip opportunity conflicts with our members' desire to know about local homeschool opportunities, should a conflict arise, the interests of our members is our only priority. Should the Homeschool Adventures Leadership Council feel that your marketing material is incomplete, unclear, misleading or otherwise inappropriate, we may decline to share it with our members or opt to alter so as to best serve the interests of our members.
To join Homeschool Adventures, just join the HSAdventures Yahoo Group.
Visit the HSAdventures Yahoo Group on the web and click on Join This Group. You'll be prompted to tell us why you want to join. A member of the Yahoo Moderation Committee may contact you for clarification of your reason.
Signing up for a Yahoo ID will result in the creation of a Yahoo email account as well (your-id @ yahoo.com), but you are not obliged to use your new Yahoo email address for anything, including to join any Yahoo Groups.
If you do not have a Yahoo ID and do not want to create one, follow these steps to sign up via email:
- Send a blank email to hsadventures-subscribe(at)yahoogroups [dot] com
- Check your inbox for a confirmation request from yahoogroups.com — if you don't find it, check your spam/junk/bulk mail folders. This step prevents someone from signing you up without your knowledge or permission.
- Reply to that email. (No need to write anything, just click reply and send, all the relevant information is in the email address.)
- Check your inbox again for a request from a member of the Homeschool Adventures Yahoo Moderation Committee requesting confirmation that you are a local homeschooler. This step protects the group from unscrupulous spammers. (This email is usually sent fairly quickly, but may be delayed if our volunteer moderators are not immediately available.)
- Reply to that email, too, answering any questions asked.
- Wait for confirmation that your request has been approved. (This usually happens fairly quickly, but may be delayed if our volunteer moderators are not immediately available.)
Homeschool Adventures also has a Facebook HSAdventures Group for area homeschoolers to use to both organize and announce local secular homeschool events in the Twin Cities Metro Area.
There are no fees to join Homeschool Adventures. The cost of participation varies with the activity.
Homeschool Adventures is an all-volunteer homeschool support organization.
While Homeschool Adventures does not organize, host or sponsor events, it does support local homeschoolers who do. One of the ways that Homeschool Adventures supports volunteer organizers is by clearly distinguishing and highlighting events organized by individual HSAdventures members from those offered by area organizations. Those organized by individual HSAdventures volunteers are …
- marked as HSA Events in the calendar
- in a separate HSA Events Calendar
- are highlighted when posted to the Homeschool Adventures Facebook page
- may be posted by the organizer as a Facebook Event on the Facebook HSAdventures Group
- (Those organizers who choose to use the HSAdventures HomeschoolRecess Group for event registration will also have their events listed on HomeschoolRecess, but that is not something that Homeschool Adventures does — it just happens when the organizer sets up the event for registration there.)
It is usually quite obvious what is a HSA Event and what is a general class or event for homeschoolers. Sometimes, it gets a bit murky, so here are some general guidelines as to what makes something a HSA Event.
- The event must originate with a volunteer Homeschool Adventures organizer.
A volunteer Homeschool Adventures organizer is simply a homeschooling parent (or in a few cases, homeschooled student or a homeschooling grandparent, aunt or uncle, etc.) who is a member of the HSAdventures Yahoo Group and who is not being paid or otherwise compensated by his or her organizing efforts. Any member of HSAdventures can organize an HSA Event — there are no prerequisites, requirements, or permissions needed to get started, but there is plenty of support!
By "originate" we mean that the volunteer organizer came up with the idea and approached the event location to set up a date and time for the field rip. Of course, ideas do not need to spring fully formed from the mind of the organizer! Organizers routinely make use of the Field Trip Ideas section of this website and other resources to generate the idea. In some cases, a staff member of the organization might have originally approached the Homeschool Adventures member with a suggestion for an event.
- The volunteer Homeschool Adventures organizer should be the one primarily responsible for promoting the event to homeschool families.
If the event is primarily promoted by the location itself, than the event more appropriately "belongs" to that location, not to the Homeschool Adventures member. To be clear, such events can still be announced and discussed on the HSAdventures Yahoo Group, the Facebook HSAdventures Group and submitted to the website calendar, they are just not categorized as HSA Events.
However, we do not wish to penalize those volunteer organizers who are lucky enough to get the location to help them promote an event. If the situation is ambiguous, contact a Homeschool Adventures volunteer moderator with details to receive assistance in determining the most appropriate label.
- The HSAdventures Yahoo Group should be the primary place or one of the primary places that the event is promoted.
If the event is primarily promoted to another group, than the event more appropriately "belongs" to that group, not to Homeschool Adventures. Such events can still be announced and discussed on the HSAdventures Yahoo Group, the Facebook HSAdventures Group and submitted to the website calendar, they are just not categorized as HSA Events.
This is not meant to discourage Homeschool Adventures volunteer organizers from promoting their HSA Events elsewhere — although organizers should always make sure that doing so doesn't violate the posting policy of any other group. If the situation is ambiguous, contact a Homeschool Adventures volunteer moderator with details to receive assistance in determining the most appropriate label.
- When pre-registration is required, the Homeschool Adventures volunteer organizer should be the one responsible for collecting registrations for the event.
While there may be some exceptions to this rule, if the organization accepts the registrations, the event is generally considered a general homeschool class or event rather than an HSA Event, even if a member of Homeschool Adventures originally approached the location with the idea for the event. Again, if the situation is ambiguous, contact a Homeschool Adventures volunteer moderator with details to receive assistance in determining the most appropriate label.
- In most cases, the Homeschool Adventures volunteer organizer should be the one responsible for collecting payments from participating families and making a single lump sum payment to the location.
Sometimes the location agrees to accept payments individually from families as they arrive, and in those cases the event may still be considered an HSA Event. However, if the location is accepting both advance registrations and advance payments, the event will almost always be considered a general homeschool event rather than an HSA Event. Once again, if the situation is ambiguous, contact a Homeschool Adventures volunteer moderator with details to receive assistance in determining the most appropriate label.
Announcements about local homeschool events that are not organized by a volunteer member of HSAdventures are always welcome, they just are not considered HSA Events.
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