Life on a military base can be somewhat boring, but there are several ways to make time on base more exciting and fulfilling. One of the easiest ways to get to know members of the community is to become friendly with your close neighbors.
The community on a military base cannot help but become intertwined. There are many parent who need someone to watch their children while they handle business or enjoy time alone. A babysitting club is one way to help parents keep their sanity.
Parents in the neighborhood babysitting club can take turns watching the children of another family – to give them some free time. The amount of time permitted for for babysitting is limited, so check with officials on base for more information.
Here are several more ways to keep your community connected;
Start a Charity – There are thousands of veterans and current members of the military (maybe in your community) who are in dire need of everyday necessities. A charity that collect Winter coats, clothes, canned goods, school supplies, shoes and cash can be started to help those in need.
Organize a Volunteer Party – People are needed to donate their time as volunteers at hospitals, homeless shelters, in nursing homes, botanical gardens, animal shelters and many more places. When resident in a community get together to donate their time, everyone involved feel a lot better.
Start a Knitting Club – Men, women and children of all ages can benefit from the calming effects of knitting, not the mention the colorful hand-knitted scarf that is visibly askew. If, after advertising for fellow knitters there is lackluster response, think of another hobby that may interest the masses. Star Trek seem to have a lot of followers, start a Star Trek Club or a reading club – anything that is fun and it get the people involved.
Bible Study Group – There are many members of the local church who would love to spend at least one night each week reading and studying the Bible. Get together with a group on a weekly basis to study Scriptures and the word of the Bible. Refreshments or a full pot luck dinner can be served to those who attend.
Get everyone to bring a simple covered dish. Most bases have events for members to attend, including Vacation Bible School. The Chaplain can offer many ideas to get the community together to study the Word of God, for all denominations and religious affiliations.
Don’t forget to check out the Chief Petty Officers Club, Officer Spouses Club and the Enlisted Spouses Club. These are the most popular clubs on base. This is a great way for men and women to get to know their neighbors. Members have regular dinner parties, fundraising events and they visit many of the most interesting local attractions.