Monthly Archives: October 2012

SW Torch Club Volunteers at Humane Society

Torch Club volunteers at Humane Society

Sedro-Woolley Torch Club spent their day volunteering at Skagit County’s Humane Society. Before the trip the kids baked some homemade dog treats and created some cat toys to take to the animals at the Humane Society. Through community service our Torch Club Members learn first hand the value of lending a helping to those in need, whether they have two legs or four. This trip is one of many to come as our Members work towards their Year of Service Award.

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SW Members blow their tops

Club Volunteer Erin helps Club Members with their VOLCANO!

Volcanoes! That was the topic of study the past week at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club. Club Members used team-building skills and learned all about volcanoes during this high-yield activity. Members chose a type of mountain to build: block mountain, dome mountain, or fold mountains. Members scoured the Club to find recyclable items to build the base of their volcano, using items like recycled paper and scraps and cardboard. Once they had a strong foundation they used paper-mache to make the outside solid, then completed their volcano with paint. The last part of the project included Club Members learning about gas pressure and mixing elements when they “exploded” their volcanoes. Because the members used different types of mountains, the kids could see which volcanoes were more violent to humans and which ones could actually change the landscapes over time.

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La Conner: Prepping for the Zombie Mouth Apocalypse

La Conner ZM Survival Kits

La Conner will be giving away Zombie Mouth Survival Kits for Halloween.

What are YOU doing to prepare for the Zombie Mouth Apocalypse?

The La Conner Club is arming its members with Zombie Mouth Survival Kits. Filled with a brand new toothbrush, toothpaste, pistachios, fruit snacks, and a chewy granola bar! Also included for a safe and fun Halloween experience is a glow stick bracelet so all the ghosts and goblins can be seen a mile away.

We are also giving away codes to download the hit game, Plants vs. Zombies. It is a family friendly video game has been played by more than 120 million people worldwide. And it’s won over 30 Game of the Year awards!

Stop by the La Conner today from 2-6 to join the fight to Stop Zombie Mouth.

Have a safe a fun Halloween!

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Anacortes Healthy Habits Club

This week in Healthy Habits we had a fruit and vegetable tasting contest! Blindfolded, we sampled a variety of fruits and vegetables and competed to name them the fastest. Apples, bananas and blueberries were the easiest; but we had a tough time with mango and jicama. We also learned that making your fruits and vegetables colorful is a great way to eat well and get your vitamins.

Keeping with the fall season we made pumpkin muffins – with a few changes to make them healthier. Follow the recipe below to make your own pumpkin muffins at home!


Pumpkin Muffins

Yields 24 Muffins

1 cup raisins
2 cups white flour
1 cup + 2 tbs wheat flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
4 eggs
29 oz canned pumpkin
2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2/3 cup chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 12 cup muffin pans, or line with paper muffin liners. Soak raisins in hot water for 10 minutes to plump, then drain.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ground cloves. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, pumpkin, and applesauce until smooth. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and stir thoroughly to make a smooth batter. Stir the raisins and walnuts into the batter. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups.

3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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La Conner: Fuse Bead Art

La Conner Fuse Bead Craft

Club member Allison H., all smiles as she works on her fuse bead project

Today in the Art Room, members got an opportunity to work with fuse beads. This popular craft takes a great deal of patience and creativity. Some of the designs included: Captain America’s shield, a black cat, penguin, butterfly, and spooky spider!

We run our Arts Program on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm to 5pm.

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La Conner: Nail Ball Challenge

La Conner Nail Ball Challenge

Club member Alex D. tries to knock down the nail.

Today in the La Conner club, members took on the Nail Ball Challenge. 

The Nail Ball Challenge is set up by placing three balls, all touching each other, near the center of the pool table. Next we placed a flat nail head down in the middle of the three balls, which are arranged in a triangle formation. 

Members were instructed to use the cue and the cue ball to try and knock the nail over once the three balls were hit with the cue ball. 

The trick: If the nail is placed directly in the middle, not touching any of the pool balls, this challenge is almost impossible. 

Members spent the first part of the day, trying different bank shots to accomplish the feat!

Many entered. 5 were victorious in conquering the mighty nail:

  • Morgan G.
  • Miles S.
  • Max D.
  • Allison H. 
  • Delaney C.

Triple Play Games takes place everyday from 4:30PM to 6PM

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Thank you Burlington Michael’s

Thank you to the Burlington Michael’s!

THANK YOU to the Burlington Michaels and their customers for making the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County their charity of choice! If you’re a Michael’s shopper, over the past year you’ve often seen and participated in the collection of school supplies, art supplies and other fun Michael’s goodies. These donations go directly to your local Boys & Girls Clubs in Anacortes, La Conner, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley, where they’re immediately put to good use for art projects, Family Nights, and as incentives for completing Homework and Reading. Thousands of dollars in craft and school supplies have been donated the past twelve months – most recently the shopper’s collected 650 sets of Glow Sticks to help keep Club Members safe on Halloween. Club Members and Club Parents were very appreciative of the gift for their trick-or-treaters. Thank you again to the generous Skagit County shoppers who continue to support the Boys & Girls Club through your Burlington Michaels Store!

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Teen Volunteer of the Month: November, 2012

Congratulations to Tiffany Steuer, the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club Teen Volunteer of the Month for November, 2012. Tiffany has been attending the Boys & Girls Club for 10 years, since she was in 2nd grade. Tiffany has been very active at the Club this year, independently creating art curriculum and lessons for Club Members in the Main Club, and volunteering as a Reading Buddy in the Power Hour Homework Program. We greatly appreciate Tiffany’s hard work to provide great opportunities for elementary-aged Club Members.

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SW Keystone Helps at Community Kitchen


Keystone Club Member Parker R. working at the Open Door Community Kitchen.

On Thursday, October 18th teens from our Keystone Club helped to serve dinner at the Open Door Communty Kitchen in Sedro-Woolley.  Every month our teens show up at Community Kitchen eager to help. We show up early enough to setup tables, chairs and place settings, and prep dinner. Through this service project our teens learn how they make difference in their community and meet others who simply enjoy helping others. We finished off the evening with cleaning up the dining room and saying good bye. Many of these teens are working towards their Year of Service Awards which is given out 14-18 year olds who perform a minimum of 100 hours of community service and many of our teens are well on their way.

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SW Halloween Dance!

1st Annual Ghosts & Goblins Dance at the Sedro-Woolley Teen Center on Oct 26.

The Sedro-Woolley Teen Center hosted their first annual Ghosts & Goblins Dance on Friday, October 26th with 86 Sedro-Woolley teenagers in attendance!

Club teens did all the decorating and decked out the Teen Center with caution tape and paper bats – there was even a Jack-o-Lantern crime scene in the corner (someone smashed poor Jack and the Jack-o-Police were on the scene).

The dance started at 7:00 PM with a live band setting up in the kitchen and playing for about an hour. A big THANK YOU to the Sedro-Woolley band “I Thought I Saw a Zombie” for starting the night off with some killer tunes! For that first hour there were 25 teens enjoying the live music. When the Cascade Middle School Halloween Dance got out, Teen Center Club Staff walked over to CMS and escorted 61 teens over to the Teen Center so they could join the fun! A total of 86 teens danced, enjoyed refreshments, had pizza dinners, participated in a costume contest, and socialized until 10:00 PM. 

Thanks again to the band and to Kathy and Robert Reim for donating use of a sound system. Be on the lookout for more Teen Center Dances in the future! If you would like to donate your DJ services for Teen Center Dances, which provide a drug- and alcohol-free atmosphere on the weekends for 7th-12th graders, please contact Teen Center Coordinator Patrick Dougher at or call the Teen Center at 360-856-1830 ext 44.

Check out pictures of the event in our photo album.

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