Native Sons and Daughters of Jacksonville is a parent-child activity program whose focus is on parents spending quality time with their children. They schedule and promote activities for parents and children to enjoy together, NOT the type of activities where parents drop a child off with a scout leader, then pick them up later when a function has ended.
The original 1926 program plan of sons learning directly from their fathers was patterned from the tradition of some North American Indian cultural groups. Accordingly, each of their families are part of a small, cohesive group of families they call a “Tribe”. They have boys’ tribes and girls’ tribes. A group of several tribes makes up a “Nation”. There are currently 3 girls’ nations and 2 boys’ nations within their “Longhouse” in North Florida.
Each year, they have around 6 big campouts, a handful of community service projects, and many other events and outings such as sports games, bowling, pine car derbies, ice skating, etc that we all attend together with our tribes. During the program season, a family can expect to go to about one function and one tribe meeting per month, but the program is a turnkey operation. You will get out of the program what you put into it. You can attend and pay for as much or as little as you and your child want.