I have a question regarding the USNA Alumni Association Family Picnic that is scheduled for I-Day – Do the Plebes attend this picnic and if so, is it mandatory? If we don’t attend the picnic, will we get the chance to see our son at some point during the day? I know that there has been so much helpful info posted about I-Day and forgive me if this question has been asked and answered, but I am once again feeling “overwhelmed” as I make preparations for my son and the family for I-Day and I can’t seem to remember everything that I have read regarding this matter. What exactly is the schedule for I-Day in regards to seeing our son after he reports in the morning? I have seen the schedule of events but I am still not sure when we will get the opportunity to spend whatever time there is to spend with our son. The Family Picnic is too costly for our family – with 5 family members in attendance, the cost would be $100.00 for the picnic(If I read the registration form correctly – and to have to pay $20.00 each for my 8 year old and my 11 year old??!! ). OUCH! I just can’t justify that cost in our budget. But will this be the only other time that we will get to spend time with our son because if so, then I guess I won’t have a choice but to purchase the tickets. Thanks in advance for any information that will shed some light on this subject for me.