Monthly Archives: December 2012

End of Year Annual Campaign

Support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County by making an online donation.

We are wrapping up our end of year Annual Campaign and need your support.  Please considering a one time gift or month pledge in support of the 1000 youth we provide direct services to in Skagit County.

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Wishing you a Happy New Year

Happy New Year from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County!

The staff and Board of Directors would like to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year.  We are so thankful to have four amazing communities that actively support our Clubs and youth. 

Because of you – we are able to say that Skagit Raises Great Kids.

Thanks for all you do.

David Conover, Chief Professional Officer
Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County

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Family PLUS

The goal of Family PLUS is to reach, support and empower families to participate fully in their children’s lives through collaboration with community organizations to provide parents and caregivers with resources.

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King Tut Exhibit

Club Members visit the Butterfly Exhibit after leaving King Tut

Members of the Anacortes Boys & Girls Club received an early Christmas present in the form of tickets to the Seattle Science Center’s King Tut exhibit. Thanks to a generous donation, 13 Club members joined Club staff for a day of fun and learning at the Science Center. We started our trip with an Imax film about the Pharaohs and mummies of Egypt. Next we took a break to check out the dinosaur exhibit before heading over to take our spots in line for King Tut. Everyone had a great time in the exhibit, learning about Ancient Egypt and seeing statues and other artifacts before entering the tomb of Tutankhamen and experiencing all of the artifacts collected from his tomb. After the King Tut exhibit there was still a little bit of time to stop by the Butterfly and Insect exhibits, where we learned about bugs and even got to touch a sheep brain!

Thank you do our generous donor for such a fun trip to start off our Winter break!

Click here to see more photos from our field trip!

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Donations from Generous Community

Alex from the Sedro-Woolley Papa Murphy’s delivering a nice donation to the SW Club!

What a giving community we live in! Just today, December 21st, 2012, the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club received several donations from generous local businesses and individuals. To start the day off, the local Papa Murphy’s made a generous contribution through their Bless Fund, helping to fund Targeted Programs at the Club. Thank you Papa Murphy’s for your donation!

COHO Liquidation in Sedro-Woolley contacted the Club and donated 14 Razor Flash Rider 360’s for the Club to distribute to help families in need enjoy a better Christmas. Thank you COHO for thinking of the Boys & Girls Club!

The family from Olmsted Transportation donated two new flat screen computer monitors and keyboards, along with a new printer/scanner unit and two almost-new pc’s to help outfit the Tech Lab in our Teen Center. Thank you Olmsted Transportation for your continuous support!

A local family who wishes to remain anonymous, sponsored a family through the Boys & Girls Club, helping that family to have a very nice holiday. The generous family also donated sports equipment, art supplies and school supplies to the Club for Club members to use during outdoor recreation and Power Hour.

And finally, a nice contribution was made by a group of ladies that quilt together, who have contributed to the Club annually for the past few years. Thank you ladies!

Of course numerous others donate to and support the Boys & Girls Club EVERY DAY, so we thank ALL families and businesses that recognize the need the Boys & Girls Club fills in the community – your support allows us to RAISE GREAT KIDS!

Warm wishes to you and yours this holiday season! Happy Holidays!

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Teen Center celebrates first Christmas

With the Holiday Season upon us and Winter Break coming up quickly the Sedro-Woolley Teen Center decided it was time for some baking and decorating! Our amazing volunteer Sylvia Matterand joined us for two days holiday decorations and activities. While members waited for their turns to create some wonderful confectionaries, they decorated their Christmas Tree with homemade, salt-dough ornaments that they designed and painted themselves. Members also made their own wrapping paper and decorated boxes to put under the tree.

Christmas wasn’t the only Holiday our Teens were thinking about these past few weeks though. The Goodfellas group learned about the meaning behind Chanukah and what the eight candles of the Menorah represent. In Healthy Habits Members discussed their New Year’s Resolutions, which include getting faster and stronger, acquiring a job, and winning a Nobel Prize. In Youth for Unity, Members learned about the origins of Kwanzaa and it’s seven principles as well as how Christmas is celebrated in Japan.

Even though we are only open for three weeks of December the Sedro-Woolley Teens have been busy getting as much Boys & Girls Club fun in before Winter Break rolls around and they have to go two weeks without the Teen Center. How will they survive? Hopefully the presents and lack of school will help! Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Sedro-Woolley Teen Center!

To view photos from the Teen’s holiday activities click here.

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SW Torch Club goes Caroling

Tis the season in Sedro-Woolley as our Torch Club visits the Country Meadow Village-Assisted Living Facility on Wednesday, December 19th for a jolly round of Christmas Caroling. The songs were hand selected by our Members and included “Jingle Bells”, “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”, and “Feliz Navidad.” There was much anticipation and excitement as the Torch Club kids practiced their lines on the ride over. The show was a great success and the residents are always excited to see the group of cheery Boys & Girls Club kids. 

Torch Club is a service learning program for our 4th-6th grade Members.  Many of the Torch Club Members have earned over 10 hours towards their Year of Service since September and are excited for the upcoming new year. If you have any questions or comments about our Service Learning Programs please call Program Director John Garman at (360) 856-1830.

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Family Night in Sedro-Woolley















The December Family Night Open House at the Sedro-Woolley Club was attended by 95 Club members, parents and guests on Thursday, December 13th. A warm and cozy dinner of baked potatoes and chili was put together by the Foresters and the Club Staff, and everyone was able to enjoy desserts provided by “Treats & Sweets by Renee”.

After dinner, the night started off with lots of recognition for Club Members! The December Stars of the Month for Homework and Reading were Alexis Pitts and Lane Budrow. December Youth of the Month were Evan Paulk and Taylor Millar, and Teen of the Month was Emma Hoover. Teen Volunteer of the Month was Victoria Arquitt. Club 52 Members were also honored; Club 52 is for the youth who have attended the Club at least 52 times to date!

With December bringing the year to a close, it was time to announce the YOUTH OF THE YEAR! Ryan Pierce was named Boy of the Year and Girl of the Year is Adriana Timblin. Congratulations Ryan and Adriana! The YOUTH OF THE YEAR was Teen member Tiffany Steuer! Tiffany is 17 3/4 and started attending the Club in 2nd grade. Congratulations Tiffany!!

Finally, after all the recognition and awards, families were able to participate in some holiday fun and games! Thanks to a donation of red silk boxes from JCPenney, every family was able to bedazzle the pretty red boxes to create a lovely holiday decoration. Cupcake decorating (and eating) ensued as well as Christmas Bingo, Pin the Bow on the Gingerbread Man, and other fun family games!  Thank you to our families for their support this year and we look forward to starting 2013 on a great note!

To view photos from our holiday evening click here.

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All Aboard the Polar Express

Club Members boarded and ready for the Polar Express

The Anacortes Club held its annual Polar Express day on Wednesday, December 19th. Club members came to the Club in their pajamas, ready to board the Club’s “Polar Express”. Each kid was given a boarding pass (First Class passes went to kids who had their Boys & Girls Club cards) then were welcomed by Santa onto the train. Once seated, each member got a cup of hot cocoa and a candy cane, then sat back and relaxed to enjoy the movie Polar Express.

The Boys & Girls Club will be closed for winter break December 20th thru January 2nd. Enjoy the holidays! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Anacortes Boys & Girls Club!

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Youth of the Month – December 2012


Evan, age 7

Evan attends Mary Purcell Elementary and started attending the Boys & Girls Club in September. Evan enjoys completing his homework in Power Hour every day and earning those Power Hour Points! He earned Youth of the Month because he’s always polite and enjoys helping around the Club.

Taylor, age 8

Taylor attends Central Elementary School and has been attending the Club for two years. Taylor participates in SMART Kids and Power Hour, and enjoys helping the community through the Club’s Year of Service Challenge. Taylor was awarded Youth of the Month because she is super helpful and makes a difference all over the Club.



Emma, age 13

Emma has been started attending the Club in 2007, and now enjoys participating in the new Teen Center. Emma is active in Keystone Club, SMART Gals, and enjoys volunteering in her community with the Boys & Girls Club. Emma was honored as Teen of the Month for being an amazing role model and for all her help with the community service programs. 



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