Monthly Archives: November 2012



SMART Kids We Are Family Session

Club member Allison working on her family dynamic poster

This week’s SMART Kids session was all about being in a family. Member discussed the concept of a family in general and talked about their specific role in their own family and how each member help and care for one another. They then made posters of what their family meant to them using different themes such as rainbows, animals and even the solar system!

SMART Kids is a component of the SMART Moves Program for 6-9 year olds. The purpose of this program is to give members a forum to find out more about themselves and learn tools to be successful in school, home, and in the community.

SMART Kids runs every Tuesday at the La Conner Club from 4:00 to 4:40pm

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SW to hike Orcas Island soon!

Thanks to the generous support of the Skagit Community Foundation, Foothills Toyota, and the George B. & Ruth Elizabeth Ferguson Advised Fund – the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County is excited to continue our TOE (teen outdoor expeditions) program for Club Members in 7th grade and up.

Join the Sedro-Woolley Teens on their second Teen Outdoor Expeditions (TOE) trip! On Saturday, December 8th our teen members will explore lovely Orcas Island and Mount Constitution during a day trip out to the San Juan Islands. This trip is open to any middle- or high-school student, non-members welcome!

The group will leave the Teen Center early (EARLY) Saturday morning to catch the ferry to Orcas Island and Moran State Park. Starting at Mount Lake Campground, we will follow the summit trail past Mountain Lake and Twin Lakes as it switchbacks to the top of Mount Constitution. From the summit we will enjoy panorama views of Puget Sound, the San Juans, Mount Baker and the North Cascades.

Lunch and snacks will be provided. If time allows we will explore the village of Eastsound before catching the ferry back home.

Sign your teen up at The Club today! The cost of the trip is just $10. Space is limited. Contact Teen Center Coordinator Patrick Dougher at 360-419-5525 or at

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Cooking Club @ SW

Sedro-Woolley Members participate in Cooking Club every Friday. This month they each had the chance to make some breakfast fun with their own pancakes. Members each mixed a pancake in a separate bowl, working it until the mix had the right amount of water and consistency. Instead of using syrup the kids made silly faces with strawberries, bananas, and a low sugar whipped topping. This gave the kids an opportunity to decorate and have fun with healthy snacks. We were able to engage the kids in discussion about all the sugars they eat, in this case syrup, and how a sweet and tasty treat can also be healthy by using alternative toppings that are just as good. 

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MV Members Make T-Shirt Scarves


MV Member Jasmine with her finished scarf


Mount Vernon Boys & Girls club members learned how to take old raggedy t-shirts and make beautiful scarves for a fashionable winter!

Members each had their own t-shirts that they would cut off the top from armpit to armpit and the bottom hem so they had a tube left. Then they proceeded by cutting horizontal strips ½ to 1 inch width and stop about an inch before the end. Members would then stretch out each strip as hard as they could to create a tube/loop effect. Once completed, members tied knots on the bottom.  

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MV Keystone Club volunteers at the Humane Society of Skagit Valley


MV Keystone Club at the Skagit Humane Society

The Mount Vernon Keystone Club helped out at the Skagit Humane Society this week.  Teen members socialized and cuddled with the animals even walked a few dogs. Teen members also brought up some cat and dogtreats that the Torch Club members baked the previous week! Keystone members will be taking the volunteer training course that the Humane Society offers each month so they can continue to be actively involved with their organization.

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LaC: Knobby Knees Relay Race

LaC Knobby Knees

Members getting the instructions to the Knobby Knees relay race

Today members participated in the Knobby Knees Relay Race. Members were divided into two teams. Two jars were set up about ten feet away from the lined up teams. Their goal was for each player to put a checkers piece between their knees, walk over to the jars and try to drop the checker into the jar. If they missed, they had to keep trying until they were successful. Once the checker drops into jar, they pick it up, run back to their team and give it to the next person in line. The first team to finish was the winner.

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

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Sedro-Woolley Helps at Food Bank

Sedro-Woolley Members bag 3000 lbs of rice to be distributed to over 500 families for the Thanksgiving weekend.

 13 of our Members helped process and distribute food Wednesday, November 21st at the Helping Hands Food Bank in Sedro-Woolley. We bagged enough rice for 540 families at just over 3000 lbs of rice. In the past we have contacted different places to volunteer in the community, but this was the first time that the Food Bank contacted us to help out for their pre-Thanksgiving distribution day. They handed out food for over 800 families today. It’s so important for our Members to participate in our community food drive, process the donated foods, and then distribute it directly to needy families in their community. Being a part of this holiday distribution brings it full circle for our Members and instills in them the importance of playing a vital role in their community. 

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MV diplomas2Degrees

MV Teens actively participating in d2D

The goal of this week’s diplomas2Degrees (d2D) is to become aware of the types of individuals who might serve as potential mentors and to understand the various ways mentors can help members in the college search process. Teen members created a flip chart that identified “who can help me” and “how they can help me”. After this activity, teens discussed ways to approach potential mentors and enlist their help as wells as how to be motivated to seek out mentors in the first place. 

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MV Sign Language Club

MV youth signing the alphabet

Members continue to work hard on their alphabet as they try and get faster. This week, after members reviewed what they had learned previously, they played a High Yield Learning Activity game called Sign Language Silent Ball. Signs are incorporated into the game where every time a member catches the ball, they must sign something.   

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MV Youth for Unity

MV youth setting up for Youth for Unity

One of the perks of being in the program, Youth for Unity, is that members get to throw their own Diversity Party. Members vote on what country/culture they want to learn about and then they research the food, games and other things about that country. Afterwards, they decorate the Learning Center for the party which will include the food and games previously learned about. For our first Diversity Party, members have chosen Hawaii as their culture.   

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