What is an HSA Event?

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 inclusive local homeschool events organized by individual HSAdventures members from those offered by area organizations.

Those organizers who choose to use the HomeschoolRecess HSAdventures Group for event registration will also have their events listed on HomeschoolRecess and highlighted on the HomeschoolRecess Facebook page, but that is something done by HomeschoolRecess not by Homeschool Adventures.

 

It is usually quite obvious what is an 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 an HSA Event.

  1. The event must originate with a volunteer organizer who is a member of HSAdventures.
     
    A volunteer is a homeschooling parent (or a homeschooled student) who is not being paid or otherwise compensated by his or her organizing efforts.
     
    A member of HSAdventures is any local homeschooler who is a member of the HSAdventures Yahoo Group
     
    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 volunteer organizer with a suggestion for an event.
     
     
  2. The volunteer 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. 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.
     
    We do not wish to penalize those volunteer organizer 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.
     
     
  3. The HSAdventures Yahoo Group and Facebook HSAdventures Group should be 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. 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 volunteer organizer 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 or website. If the situation is ambiguous, contact a Homeschool Adventures volunteer moderator with details to receive assistance in determining the most appropriate label.
     
     
  4. When pre-registration is required, the volunteer organizer should be the one responsible for collecting registrations for the event.
     
     While there are 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 HSAdventures originally approached the location with the idea for the event.
     
    We do not wish to penalize those volunteer organizers who are lucky enough to get the location to help them collect event registrations. If the situation is ambiguous, contact a Homeschool Adventures volunteer moderator with details to receive assistance in determining the most appropriate label.
     
     
  5. In most cases, the volunteer organizer should be the one responsible for collecting payments from participating families and making a single lump sum payment to the location.
     
    Sometimes a location agrees to accept payments individually from families as they arrive, and in those cases the event may still be considered 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.
     
     

HSA Events should also be inclusive local homeschool events.

  • INCLUSIVE means that other than “age discrimination,” all HSA Events should welcome all homeschoolers (within the target age range/grade level) regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability or handicap, religion, etc.
     
    • The HSAdventures Leadership Council uses inclusive and SECULAR interchangeably. Inclusive events should welcome participants regardless of their religious beliefs or lack thereof and should have no religious teachings or practices. (An inclusive secular event might explore religious content from a cultural, historical, sociological or anthropological perspectives.)
  • LOCAL means somewhere in or near the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area as you understand it. (It's a boundary defined in many different ways.) Or perhaps an excursion outside the local area but intended for local homeschoolers. Local can be a bit amorphous. If you think it's local, it probably is.
  • HOMESCHOOL means designed or intended exclusively for homeschooled students, parents or families. It is understood that some events (summer, weekend and evening events in particular) may involve non-homeschooling family members and friends, but the primary target audience should be homeschoolers. Events that are more aptly described as "homeschoolers are also welcome" won't be considered HSA Events.

 

Announcements about local homeschool events that are not organized by a volunteer who is a member of HSAdventures are always welcome, they just are not considered HSA Events.

If you wish to share information about a non-inclusive, non-local and/or non-homeschool event of interest to you that you think may also be of interest to other members, you may post about it to the HSAdventures Yahoo Group or in the discussion section of the Facebook HSAdventures Group. The HSAdventures Leadership Council just asks that you be clear about the nature of the event.

 

HSA Events and Facebook Events

What events can be created as Facebook events for the Facebook HSAdventures Group?

Any inclusive local homeschool event, although it should be noted that the nature of Facebook events makes them better for relaxed gatherings that don't require a firm headcount or advance payment.

You may post an event that requires registration elsewhere (useful when you do need a firm headcount or advance payment) — whether elsewhere is an online registration system or database, via email or Facebook Messenger, or some other method.

Why doesn't my event show up in the Facebook HSAdventures Group’s events list?

The events list for any Facebook group may be incomplete in the desktop version. This is a known Facebook bug. To find all events, visit the mobile version. (It may look a bit odd on your desktop.)

You may also use the "Report a problem" feature if you wish to complain about this Facebook glitch. Sometimes complaining will even get your event to show up.

How do I RSVP to a Facebook HSAdventures Group Event if I'm not invited?

Because of the size of the Facebook HSAdventures Group, Facebook won't allow group members to invite other group members to a group event unless they are also personal Facebook friends. (Yes, this does rather defeat a primary purpose of belonging to the group. You can complain to Facebook about it.)

However, all group members may “Join” any group event.

You may also invite yourself using the “Invite Members” box and then RSVP. (You can also use this box to invite your friends who are also members of the group.)

How do I share a Facebook HSAdventures Group Event with non-group members or with another group?

You can't, but Facebook will trick you into thinking that you have!

When you share a Facebook Group's event in your newsfeed or in another Facebook Group, you will see the event (and so will any other member of the originating Facebook Group), giving you the false impression that you have successfully shared the event outside the group. Unbeknownst to you, those who are not members of the originating Facebook Group will only see an “Attachment Not Available” notification.

If you want to share information about an HSAdventures Group Facebook Event outside the group, first make sure you have permission to do so (that is, ask the organizer), then…

  • OPTION 1: Copy the pertinent information (title, date, time, location, any costs, etc.) into a new Facebook post, link to the the Facebook HSAdventures Group, and invite non-members to join the group.
  • OPTION 4: create a public Facebook Event (outside any group) and then share that to multiple groups. If all goes according to the algorithm, public Facebook Events shared to a group should be added to that group's list of events (but do be aware that the code often fails). Also be aware that private or group events cannot be converted to public after creation.