New to CISV? Here’s what you need to know.
The documentaries are great, right? Next it’s important to mention that CISV members are not required to travel to be a part of the Junior Branch (JB). We offer regular activities and service projects, so your child can become a part of an organization that is inclusive and fun! Parents and siblings are encouraged to attend, too. Here is a list of things you might expect from CISV Columbus each year:
- Yearly recognition – we honor specific days each year that fall in line with our values. These include: Earth Day, Global Youth Service Day and International Peace Day.
- Yearly activities – Here is an idea of events that may take place each year to promote CISV and to just have a little fun! These can include:
- January – Selection Day
- February – JB Cookie-a-thon Fundraiser
- March – JB North Market Scavenger Hunt
- April – Global Youth Service Project
- May – Chapter Spring General Chapter Meeting/Bon Voyage Party and National Mini Camp (hosted by a CISV USA chapter)
- June – World Refugee Day
- August – Adult and JB Board retreats
- September – Mini Mini Banana Camp and Peace One Day
- October – CISV In Motion (National conference) and Chapter Fall General Meeting/Open House with Program Announcements
- November/December– Regional Mini Camp (TBD each year, dates vary)
- PLUS our newly energized Mosaic committee is planning an awesome project this year!
- Locally hosted programs – in order for our chapter members to attend CISV programs worldwide, we are required to host programs locally. There are a variety of ways to get involved and a great step is to become a host family. Becoming a host family is a short commitment (no longer than a few days), but gives you the opportunity to meet CISV delegates from around the world. The Columbus Chapter will host a Step Up in 2018 and a Village in 2020.
In addition to local programming, we offer opportunities to travel to CISV International Programs. Each late-October, we reveal our program invitations for the following year.