Monthly Archives: May 2012

North Cascades Health Council recognized at SW Club

Rose Torset, Dianne Crawford and Amy Collins of the North Cascades Health Council

The Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club honored the North Cascades Health Council at their Family Night Open House on Wednesday, May 23rd. The North Cascades Health Council has been supporting the Club since it opened in 2001. Since 2005, NCHC has donated more than $30,000 in support of the Healthy Lifestyles Programs and Initiatives provided at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club. Council President Amy Collins from the SW School District accepted the honor at the event. “We have positively impacted our community in so many ways.  It is such a blessing to be able to give to the children and staff at Boys & Girls Club,” said Collins, a Guidance Counselor with the Sedro-Woolley Schools. Also in attendance were Dianne and Mike  Crawford, founders of the North Cascades Health Council, and Rose Torset, North Cascades Health Council Member. Thank you to the great people of the North Cascades Health Council!

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Anacortes Club Summer Camp

Avoid Summer Boredom and Brain Drain.  Join the Anacortes Boys & Girls Club this Summer for fun with a purpose.  Participate in our weekly themes filled with engaging learning activities, outdoor activities, water games, science, cooking, art and of course imagination.

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SMART Girls guest speaker Barbara Sutton

On Monday, May 21st the Mount Vernon Boys and Girls Club was visited by Barbara Sutton, a nutritionist at United General Hospital, who handles patient meals and educating patients about nutrition. During her visit, Barbara spoke to the SMART Girls club. The girls listened attentively as Barbara spoke about the importance of eating right, getting enough sleep and exercise and consuming plenty of water. One great fact that they learned was that there are different types of sugar and they all interact with our bodies differently. The SMART girls asked lots of great questions and really enjoyed their time with Barbara.

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SW breaks ground on new site

Please join the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club as they break ground on a new location and new TEEN CENTER on Monday, June 4th at 4 pm. 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County is breaking ground on a new site for the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club on Monday, June 4 at 4 pm. The new site is about 1000 feet from their current location, which has been located behind Cascade Middle School in Sedro-Woolley since April 2001. The Club will soon be located on the north end of the middle school campus, along McGarigle Road. Because of a generous investment from the McIntyre Family Foundation, the Sedro-Woolley Rotary Club and the support of many community partners, including the Sedro-Woolley School District, the Boys & Girls Club is also breaking ground on a new Teen Center. 

The 1850 sq ft stand-alone teen center will open in September. The Teen Center will be located just east of the main Club and the new covered play area. “A dedicated teen center is something the McIntyre Family has been working toward for several years, and we are appreciative of the opportunity to provide an outcome-based program for Sedro-Woolley Teens,” says Boys & Girls Club CPO David Conover. Longtime Board Member Mike Crawford started spearheading the effort more than 3 years ago and has gotten many local businesses, contractors and engineers involved with both the move and the teen center.

The Boys & Girls Club has provided a Teen Room for teens in 7th-12th grade for several years now, but their area is only about 25 feet by 15 feet. Teens are able to use the entire Club during Friday Night Teen Nights, but during the week the small teen area limits the programs staff can offer. Club Staff feel they’ll be able to provide many more program opportunities with a building dedicated just to teens.

“We are thrilled about our new Teen Center. A Teen Center will allow us to implement a full-on homework assistance program with tutors , build a stronger career readiness program and to build up our current community service efforts, and of course provide a safe place for older kids to relax and be with their peers,” says Sedro-Woolley Unit Director Jill Reid.

Because of the relocation though, the Club will not offer a summer program this year. “We offered several programs last summer and hope to again next year, but the relocation and renovations this year are just too challenging and wouldn’t allow us to provide a strong summer program,” stated Reid. The Club will reopen in September when the Teen Center and main Club renovations are complete.

A ground-breaking ceremony is planned on Monday, June 4th at 4 pm at the future site of the Boys & Girls Club, located at the north end of the Cascade Middle School Campus, just off McGarigle Rd. If you have further questions about the relocation of the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club, please contact Club Staff at 360-856-1830 or visit 

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Sedro-Woolley Family Night Photo Album

Everybody had a great time

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Anacortes Junior Staff Celebrate End of Session with Go-Karts

Junior Staff Members and Guests prepare for Go-Karts

The Anacortes Club’s Junior Staff Members celebrated the end of the year with a field trip to the Blue Fox Drive-In in Oak Harbor for an afternoon of Go-Karting. Five Junior Staff members and two special guests joined staff for 15 windy minutes of Go-Karting, special time in the Arcade, and a free mini-pizza and drink. This field trip marked the end of the 2012 Junior Staff session. Junior Staff is a program where Club Members age 10-12 work alongside staff to help answer phones, enter information into the computer, and run games around the Club. Junior Staff Members go through an application and interview process before being hired on and are required to work at least 1 hour each week. Each Junior Staff member who attended the field trip worked at least 15 hours for the Club since January, with the highest achiever working over 25 total hours. To see more photos of this fun field trip, check out the Anacortes Club’s photo album.

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Anacortes Club Welcomes Key Bank Volunteers

Key Bank Volunteers Spend Day at Anacortes Club

On Thursday, May 24th, the Anacortes Club welcomed five Key Bank Volunteers. The Volunteers spend the afternoon helping out around the Club with games, snack, homework help, and art projects. Volunteers joined in on games such as Volleyball, Capture The Flag, and Jenga, as well as sharing their artistic skills outside with sidewalk chalk. A big thank you to Key Bank and the great volunteers who spent the day with us!

See more pictures here.

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Members Make A Spinning, Flying Machine


Giselle With Her Gyrocopter.

This week’s Club ZOOM session, members learned about gyrocopters and how their spinning wings have the effect of slowing its fall to the ground. ClubZOOM activities help members to learn that science is interesting and something that they can do.

Below are the steps for you try at home.



  • Piece of Paper
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Paper Clip


Gyrocopter Fold Guides.

  1. Carefully copy this pattern onto your piece of paper.
  2. Cut along the two dotted lines.
  3. Fold one of the flaps along the solid black line.
  4. Turn the gyrocopter over and fold over the second flap.Fold over the small flap at the bottom, and slide on the paper clip. Throw it into the air as high as you can.



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Fine Art Contest: Week Three

Congratulations to Beau Mohr, who won the Fine Art Contest this week. Each week in May, members are given one medium to use and they can create whatever they like. Each art medium available during the contest are the same that will be used in the fall for the National Fine Arts Exhibit, where club members from all over the country showcase their artwork in age-specific divisions.

Using watercolors, Beau made a painting of a hot air balloon flying over a beach.

Her winning painting, along with the other awesome paintings, will be featured on our art wall for everyone to see.

Also participating in last week’s contest was Ele Drews, Irie, Lupton, Giselle Rindy-Cox, Allison Hill, Charity Jordan, and Sammy Davidson.

Next week’s art medium is sculptures.

Sammy Davidson NFA Contest: Watercolors.










Ele Drews NFA Contest: Watercolors.












Irie Lupton NFA Contest: Watercolors.










Allison H. NFA Contest: Watercolors

Allison Hill NFA Contest: Watercolors.










Giselle R.C. NFA Contest: Watercolors

Giselle R.C. NFA Contest: Watercolors.


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Open House fun at the SW Club

A great time was had by the 115 people who attended the Carnival Family Night Open House at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club on May 23rd! Families got to enjoy face painting, bingo, cookie decorating, juggling, and Blossom the Clown was a hit as she wowed the kids with her balloon animal skills! Kids and parents worked to go through all the booths to enter to win fun prizes.

The Club honored the North Cascades Health Council for their support since the Club opened in 2001. Since 2005, NCHC has donated more than $30,000 in support of the Healthy Lifestyles Programs and Initiatives provided at the SW Boys & Girls Club. Council President Amy Collins from the SW School District accepted the honor at the event. “We have positively impacted our community in so many ways.  It is such a blessing to be able to give to the children and staff at Boys & Girls Club,” stated Collins, a Guidance Counselor with the SW Schools. Also in attendance was Dianne and Mike  Crawford, founders of the North Cascades Health Council, and Rose Torset, North Cascades Health Council Member.

The Youth of the Month for May were also recognized; that honor went to which went to Jessica Cannon, age 12, and Sam Cannon, 12 1/2 , both Club Members since 2009. The Teen of the Month honor went to Tiffany Steuer, 17, member since 2007. Homework and Reading Stars for the month of May were Aaron Elder and Shaely Spilker.

Thank you for Dr. Nadya Volsky for informing attendees about sports concussions and the symptoms and risks of concussions. The Sedro-Woolley Public Library was also on hand to talk about their fun summer reading program. Thank you Skagit Speedway for donating Family Passes – our families were excited to get up to the races!

Please join us for our last Family Night of the school year on Wednesday, June 13th. We’ll “Get Tropical” with lots of luau fun! Help us celebrate the Great Futures that start in Sedro-Woolley with our Annual Club Awards. 

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