Is this normal anymore? I was in 4-H when I was little and it was well organized. We signed up for groups fully knowing when and where the meetings would be. Groups met once a month. Sometimes there would be a fee for the year to provide supplies but that was it.
This year is my son's first year of 4-H. Due to scheduling conflicts he is not in the club I was in, he's in the club that broke off of our club because they were upset the rules weren't all being followed exactly. They wanted a strict club that followed every detail of the rules. So it started back in August. My son signed up for rabbits, fisheries and wildlife, outdoor adventures, and arts and crafts. We were told we would be contacted about when the group meetings would be.
They never let us know very far in advance. One time we went to a club meeting on Thursday and found out there was an arts and crafts meeting that Saturday. They gave us the supply list at that point (7 pm Thursday night) and he had to have a candle and everything to decorate it with by Saturday morning. Umm... we live 35 miles from all major stores! Thankfully I was able to find a candle at CVS but it cost me close to $10 for 2 candles (so my dd didn't get left out) and instead of having Christmasy things to decorate I just pulled out whatever we happened to have at home. It's just too expensive to buy everything at CVS.
Since then I've learned we missed and arts and crafts meeting. Apparently they sent out an e-mail I never received and they didn't announce it at the club meeting because they didn't know the date yet. He was crushed.
We learned about a rabbits meeting 3 days before it happened too. Then a fisheries and wildlife meeting 2 days before it happened. All have been on weekends. What about people having plans? Why can't they just say "fisheries and wildlife will be meeting on the 3rd Sunday of every month at 1pm" like they did when I was in 4-H? We haven't heard a thing about outdoor adventures either. And here it is the end of December and in the past 5 months we have had 2 (1 which we were not notified of) arts and crafts meetings, 1 rabbit meeting, and 1 fisheries and wildlife meeting. That's it!
Is this normal? I've considered switching clubs but it means he has to leave AWANA early once a month to go to 4-H. Can you even switch in the middle of the club year? I would have to buy him a new shirt too (his is less than a month old because they couldn't get their act together on that either).
Maybe we will try boy scouts next year instead of 4-H.