Would this work well as a class in a co-op?
The THSC Rangers program is designed to fit seamlessly into the schedule of your homeschool co-op program. The program comes as a free benefit for THSC Partner Groups. It is designed as a “class-in-a-box” that provides leaders everything they need to run the club.
THSC partners with every leader to assist in the execution of quarterly projects, promoting and advertising the club, and scheduling expert speakers on relevant topics of interest.
As a club leader, you will have a vested partner, THSC, that can help bring experts to your club to teach complex issues.
What, if any, responsibilities will the leader have as far as training?
No prior training or political experience is required. THSC provides a leader manual with step-by-step lessons, ideas and activities to help guide the club through the program. THSC is available for questions and to train and mentor leaders.
How often do clubs generally meet?
THSC recommends weekly or bi-weekly meetings. Meetings can be tailored to fit the class schedule of your co-op or as necessary if you are meeting as a standalone club.
What age range is this for?
Any and all homeschool students are welcome in the program. THSC leaves it up to the discretion of the club leader to what extent each child is involved with the projects. However, THSC recommends students 12-19 as best suited for the program.
What are the costs?
THSC Partner Groups receive the THSC Rangers program as a free benefit. All student registrations for clubs hosted through THSC Partner Groups are free.
For standalone clubs, the student registration cost is $25 per student per year for THSC members. Registration is $35 per student per year for non-members. Each family will be charged for no more than two students. Registration is free for all children in the family after the first two are paid.
How much time is required?
Meeting times may vary depending on the topic or project/field trip related event. Preparation time for each meeting will depend on the topic.
However, THSC engineered the curriculum to only take an hour of prep time each week and another hour to teach. The THSC Rangers manual provides all necessary lesson plans, quarterly projects, and details on recommended guest speakers.
Will my students have to work with officials whose policies they disagree with?
No. Some quarterly projects include assisting on local political campaigns. Students are free to work for the candidate of their choice. However, if that candidate is not a THSC-endorsed candidate, students are not allowed to volunteer as a member of a THSC Rangers club using the THSC Rangers club name.
Will there be club solicitation involved?
Not necessarily. If a club volunteers for a candidate or cause, their volunteer work might include block walking, phone banking or volunteer help as requested by the candidate.
Will my student have to travel? If so, will there be reimbursement for expenses?
Travel depends on whether the club chooses to take a volunteer position for a THSC-endorsed candidate or a cause that is not local. You may also incur costs for field trips such as THSC Capitol Days and other leader-chosen opportunities.
In some cases, reimbursement may be available. However, fundraising by the club is encouraged to offset club sanctioned expenses.
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