Monthly Archives: February 2013

Wood Burning Craft

Logo Wood Burning

La Conner members showing off their finished logos.

This week in the La Conner art room, members created their very own logos! Members were challenged to be as creative as they could be on a logo that would represent them and their “brand”.

They first drafted their designs on paper. Next they traced the logos onto wooden plaques. Staff members used wood-burners to carve into the plaques over the traced designs. Club Members were amazed by how well the finished product came out.

The La Conner Arts Program  is ran Tuesday through Friday from 4:00pm – 5:00pm.

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Youth for Unity: Role Models

Youth for Unity

Teen Members distinguish positive terms from negative terms as part of a Youth for Unity activity.

During Youth for Unity, Teen Members at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club identified words or descriptions that they or other people may have been called. Members took turns reading words and the other participants decided whether the term was negative or positive. Teens then discussed the connotations of who uses the term and how it is used. Negative terms were taped to the “Dirty Rock” and the positive terms were stuck to the “Role Model”.

Youth for Unity takes place on Fridays from 6:30pm –  7:00pm.


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Snow-Tubing March 9th

12339-banner-GettingOut625-12-20Thanks 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 Teen Outdoor Expeditions (TOE) program for Club Members 7th grade and older.

Join the Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley Clubs on March 9th for a snow-tubing trip to Snoqualmie Pass.

Trip Cost:

$25 – Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Rental Equipment
  • Tickets
  • Snacks

Trip Info:

The Teen Members need to meet at the Club at 7:30am. We will return by 5:30pm.

Teens must provide their own snow attire including pants, jackets, gloves, etc.

Space is Limited. If you would like a permission slip or have further questions please contact Sedro-Woolley Teen Center Director Patrick Dougher at (360) 419-5525 or our TOE Coordinator Sarah Levy at or (360) 428-6995.


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Healthy Habits: Teeth & Bones

During Healthy Habits at Anacortes, members learned about the importance of dental hygiene.  Recent research shows that the simple act of brushing one’s teeth can help prevent heart disease and other chronic disease in adulthood. Healthy dental health habits begin at an early age. Brushing teeth at least twice a day (if not after every meal), flossing daily, and visiting the dentist every six months are essential habits to maintain dental health. The importance of maintaining healthy bones was also discussed. Exercising 60 minutes a day and getting enough calcium, vitamin D, and phosphorous in your diet are critical to creating and maintaining healthy bones.

After our lesson, we made healthy Mocha Brownies. Club member Nika earned the privilege of picking our recipe this week due to her regular attendance and outstanding attitude. Trust us, they are AMAZING! To try them out at home, follow the directions below!

Healthier Mocha Brownies


¼ cup melted butter
½ cup white sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon instant coffee
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder


3 tablespoons butter, softened
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup confectioners’ sugar


1.   Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour an 8 x 8 pan.
2.   Combine butter, white sugar, eggs, applesauce, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa powder, flour, instant coffee, salt, and baking powder. Spread into prepared pan.
3.   Bake in preheated oven until brownies are set in the center, about 20-25 minutes.
4.   Combine 3 tablespoons of butter, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and confectioners’ sugar in a bowl; beat until smooth. Frost the brownies while they are still warm.

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February Family PLUS Night

Jennifer and Abby Longchamps - Winners of the Family Obstacle Course

Jennifer and Abby Longchamps – Winners of the Family Obstacle Course

The Anacortes Club held its February Family PLUS Night on Thursday, February 21st. Twenty families attended the free night of family fun, starting with a macaroni and cheese dinner prepared by Club Teens. Unit Director Angela Freeberg and Skagit County Youth of the Year Alexis Huffstodt presented a member of the Anacortes Kiwanis Sunrisers, thanking them for their continued support. Program Director Taylor Goldstein introduced the February Youth of the Month and Homework Allstar and presented them with certificates for their hard work.

For the rest of the evening families were able to participate in activities around the Club including a Parent and Kid Obstacle Course, BINGO and building catapults in the art room. Congratulations to Jennifer and Abby Longchamps for their winning time in the obstacle course.

Please join us for our next Family PLUS Night on March 14 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.

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Lessons in College Financial Aid


Teen members research the different types of financial aid.

During Diplomas to Degrees (d2D), teen members at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club learned what it means to be a recipient of financial aid. Most full-time students in college today receive some type of financial aid to help them afford college. However, some students do not know the difference between the varying types of financial aid: scholarships, grants, loans and work study. Teen members had to research each type then conclude which type of aid constitutes a grant versus ones they would have to pay back.

Diplomas to Degrees takes place on Fridays from 5:30pm – 6:00pm.

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Teen Fitness Challenge

Friday Fitness Challenge

Teen members competing with younger members as part of our Friday Fitness Challenges.

Teen members at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club participate in a fitness challenge once every two weeks for the Healthy Habits program. This week, teens partnered with younger members and conducted several fitness activities. Teens were a great obstacle for youth members to overcome and youth members were a great motivation factor for the teens.

Teen Healthy Habits takes place on Friday from 4:00p.m.-4:30p.m.


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Teens get creative

Teens with their pipe cleaner chicken farm.

Teens with their pipe cleaner chicken farm.

Last Wednesday, the Sedro-Woolley Teen Center Program Assistant started an Arts & Crafts project that took on a life of its own in a way no one could have predicted. The project was simple: Make animals out of pipe cleaners. It wasn’t long until the Teens made so many animals that they decided they needed an environment to contain them all.

That was when the project took on a life of its own. Teens went about finding whatever cardboard and supplies they could get their hands on. By the end of the next day, the teens had created three unique homes, an aquarium, a chicken farm and a Jackson Pollock-themed zoo for their pipe cleaner animals to inhabit.

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Keystone Teen Trail Work Party

Teens assist the Washington Trails Association as part of

Keystone teens assist the Washington Trails Association as part of the national Year of Service.

On Saturday, February 23rd, nine Anacortes Club teens and two Staff members headed out to Sharpe Park to participate in a Washington Trails Association (WTA) work party. From 8:00am – 3:00pm, Keystone Club teens helped build a new section of trail by digging up roots and moving large rocks.

Club staff and members were joined by six WTA volunteers and nine other community volunteers at the work party. Everyone had a great time. Teens participated in the trail work party as part of the BGCA National Year of Service, each earning seven community service hours.

Thank you to the Washington Trails Association for showing us how much fun community service can be.

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Please welcome our new Unit Director

Please welcome John Garman, new Unit Director at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club. As Program Director at the Sedro-Woolley Club for the past two years, John has created an environment where Club members are safe, productive and educated, working hand in hand with Club families to support the development of young people striving to be their best in a positive environment with high expectations for good behavior. “John has been the lynchpin of the Sedro-Woolley Club for the past two years, creating a strong and efficient staff team that engages and challenges youth and teens to be their very, very best. John’s priority is ensuring Club Members learn each and every day, and that families see the Club as a partner in education and child development,” says Jill Reid, outgoing Unit Director. 

John Garman

Sedro-Woolley’s incoming Unit Director.

John graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology. John held the interim Unit Director position for the Sedro-Woolley Club during Reid’s six-month term as the Interim Executive Director for the organization in 2011. With roughly 14 years’ experience working with youth and teens, John spent four summers as a Group Counselor at Hidden Valley Camp, planning hiking, backpacking, sports, science, and team-building activities for a group of 6-10 boys ages 8-16 in a 10-week outdoor residential camp setting. John was a soccer coach for three seasons and spent five years volunteering as a camp counselor at Camp I-V, a week-long overnight camp for families affected by hemophilia. John also spent a year with the Skagit Valley College Science Van, and two years as Teen Night Volunteer at the Sedro-Woolley Club, which led to his career with Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County. In his spare time, John enjoys exploring the Puget Sound area, his long-time home, through snowboarding and scuba diving. “I’m so excited to take on this opportunity and the challenge to help the Club continue to grow. Jill has established a history of community involvement, in the CLub, something I will build upon. It’s really the kids that keep me coming to the Club. While I encourage them to learn new things, it’s really the kids that teach me,” says Garman.

Outgoing Unit Director Jill Reid will be taking a position with the Whatcom County Boys & Girls Clubs on March 4. Reid has been with Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County for 14 years, as Unit Director since August 2007. Says Reid, “It has been a pleasure working with Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County for the past 14 years. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to impact youth at the Cascade Mall Club, the Mount Vernon Club and, finally, the Sedro-Woolley Club. I feel so privileged to have worked for Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County. During my tenure, we developed an organization where Members, staff, parents and community members are invested in the Club and our mission, thus helping the Boys & Girls Clubs to change Skagit County, one child at a time. John will continue the legacy of offering diverse, creative Targeted Programs and great opportunities to help kids and teens excel, while maintaining a safe, fun, and collaborative environment between Club and community.

Please join us in celebration of this transition at the Boys & Girls Club Family Health Fair on Wednesday, February 27th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. We will wish Jill luck in her new role, and give John a big Sedro-Woolley welcome in anticipation of the new leadership at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club.

Please contact John Garman at (360) 419-5523 or with any questions about the Sedro-WOolley Club. For questions about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County, please contact Chief Professional Officer David Conover at (360) 419-3723 x 3.

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