Monthly Archives: June 2013

Week One Recap

Olympic Week Soccer

Olympic Week soccer.

This week at the La Conner Club, Members took part in Olympic Week. On Monday, Members created flags and learned about the Opening Ceremonies by participating in Olympic Trivia. Tuesday was the official Olympic Day in the Town of La Conner. To honor the event, mock summer games were held. Balloon Taekwondo, Soccer, and Torch Run Relay put Members’ athleticism, cooperation, and sportsmanship to the test.
 
In the tech lab Members took part in Fraboom’s Drawing Academy.  This week, the instructors taught Members how to draw beavers in a live, fully interactive classroom setting. Fraboom is the world’s first live interactive online children’s museum. Children can attend real-time classes featuring live teachers, play games, watch cartoons, collect points, create a customized brain character and participate in a variety of interactive activities meant to entertain while stimulating the mind.  La Conner Club Members gain Gold Level Access for free during the summer session.
 
On Tuesday and Wednesday, 12 Members went to the Regal Barkley 16 IMAX & RPX Cinema located in Bellingham, Washington as part of the Regal Summer Movie Express. Thanks to a generous grant through Regal Cinemas and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, La Conner Club Members get to see pre-determined G/PG movies for free all throughout the summer. This week’s movies were The Three Stooges and Ice Age: Continental Drift.
 
Week 2’s program theme is Game Show Island.   
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Olympic Week

Staff member Sarah poses with some Mount Vernon Olympians.

Staff member Sarah poses with some Mount Vernon Olympians.

Olympic Week at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club has been amazing with 65 youth and Teen Members served. Members were engaged in several art projects revolving around Greece and the Olympics. Members participated in several Olympic Challenge tournaments each day which included running the mile, 100-yard dashes, push-up contests, and more.

All Members are required to participate during our one-hour Power Hour sessions each day, where we focus on preventing summer learning loss. Members have the option to partake in the Summer Reading program or Project Learn which includes writing, math, and science activities.

The theme for Week 2 is Red, White & Blue, so bring your patriotism. Please note that the Club will be closed July 4-5 for the holiday.

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Greatest Show on Earth

Greatest Show on Earth

Clowning around at the Club.

The Anacortes Club opened its doors for summer hours on Monday, June 24. Each week our games and activities will follow a given theme. We started the summer off with “The Greatest Show on Earth!” This week Club Members have been enjoying activities based around the circus, with lots of clown noses and animal fun. We made snacks like pinwheel cookies and apple merry-go-rounds, and art projects like juggling balls and circus sun catchers. We also played a lot of great games. Our favorite from the week was the Clowning Around Relay, where Club Members raced to put on an over-sized clown costume and run to the other side of the gym before removing the whole costume again. All in all, it’s been a GREAT first week at the Anacortes Club.

The Club has 75 Members currently registered for the summer program with an average of 40 Members per day. Next week, our theme will be Stars & Stripes celebrating America in preparation for the Fourth of July. You can also join the Anacortes Club in the annual Anacortes Fourth of July Parade. Come dressed in your red, white and blue best, and meet us at 10:00am at the corner of 5th & Commercial.

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Summer Learning

Members participating in individualized reading activities.

Members participating in individualized reading activities.

The Mount Vernon Club would like to thank Marie and Felicia of United Way for coming and supporting our Members during the launch of our Summer Reading Loss Prevention Program. During the summer, Members are required to participate one hour each day in an academic learning environment. Members are given several different options including reading and writing activities, high yield learning activities outside and educational games.

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Olympic Spirit

Members actively learning about the spirit and traditions of the Olympics.

Members actively learning about the spirit and traditions of the Olympics.

Youth and Teen Members at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club have been engaged with several Olympic programs in honor of the National Olympic Day. Youth Members have been busy learning about what the Olympic torch symbolizes, even making their own versions. Members then used the torches as batons to run a relay race for our opening games. Members continued to learn about the Olympic spirit by creating their own medals, learning what the five rings represent and participating in a variety of Triple Play Tournaments and Daily Challenges.

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La Conner Member published

Morgan

Morgan

Boys & Girls Clubs of America and EPA ENERGY STAR have partnered again to give all Clubs across the United States an opportunity to participate in energy conservation/efficiency initiatives. This year, Team ENERGY STAR also included themes from the recently released animated movie, Epic.
 
New this year was the challenge to help EPA ENERGY STAR create a Team ENERGY STAR Book filled with collective energy-saving success stories, titled, “Our EPIC Fight to Protect the Climate with ENERGY STAR”.
 
Over 200 Club Members across America entered  stories. Morgan, age 10, submitted two short stories and both were chosen. For being selected, Morgan will receive a copy of the book “Our EPIC Fight to Protect the Climate with ENERGY STAR” (available September 2013), and a set of movie tickets to see Epic with her family.
 
The La Conner Boys & Girls Club would like to congratulate Morgan for becoming a published author by writing about such important issues as conservation and energy efficiency.
 
Morgan has been a Member of the La Conner Club for years with her brother Miles. She was a former Youth of the Month, and she participates in Junior StaffTorch Club and Knitting Club programs. 
 
For more information about the EPA ENERGY STAR Challenge  or other programming at the La Conner Boys & Girls Club contact Club Director Kendrick Davis-Pittmon at (360) 466-3672 x 23
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Torch Club at the Landing

June 2013Members from the Sedro-Woolley Torch Club visited “The Landing, A Healing Place for Kids” on Wednesday, June 5th.  The kids worked hard pulling weeds in the Memory Garden to help beautify the landscape and create a lovely place for their clients to enjoy. This is the fourth trip the Torch Club has made to help with weeding, and the Landing administration was very grateful. Working hard at the Landing has made a large contribution to Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club Members earning over 1500 hours of community service since September 2012.

Sedro-Woolley Torch Club Members continue to serve the community as they work towards their goal of earning the President’s Volunteer Service Award which will be presented at our Family Night on Thursday, June 13th.   If you are interested in learning more about the Year of Service or if you have suggestions for service needs in the community, please contact John Garman at (360) 856-1830.

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Club Bux Auction

Club Bux Auction

Sophie works with Program Director Taylor after winning “Assistant for the Day” at the Club Bux Auction.

The Anacortes Club held is Club Bux Auction on Friday, June 7th. Club Bux were acquired by Club Members throughout the school year for helping around the Club, participating in activities, showing good sportsmanship, and more.

At the Auction, Club Members were able to use those Club Bux in two different ways. First, there was a purchasing portion in which they could raise their hand to spend bux on things like extra snack, TV time, and computer time. The second was the actual auction where Members bid against each other for awesome prizes such as “Assistant for the Day” where they would help Program Director Taylor Goldstein plan the day’s activities, and “Movie Day” where they got to pick the movie we watched for Friday Movie day. Club Members had a fun time spending their hard-earned Club Bux.

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SMART Girls Night Out

SMART Girls Night

Sedro-Woolley SMART Girls

Friday evening marked the completion of Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club second session of the SMART Girls program. This group of young women have been working hard on finishing out this school year and now it’s time to celebrate their achievements. With SMART Girls volunteer, Renee Buchanan and Club staff, the girls had dinner, made strawberry fudge, designed their own mugs, and took turns thanking their group for all the great memories and support they’ve shared through their involvement with the SMART Girls. 

If you have any questions or would like to get involved with the SMART Girls Program, contact Club Director John Garman at 360-856-1830 or email jgarman@bgcskagit.org.

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Mad Science

Mad Science

Club Members make stratovolcanoes

In Mad Science we have been exploring our Earth, latitude and longitude, structures around the world, and finally, Friday, May 24th, was VOLCANO SCIENCE.  We started by making models of stratovolcanoes.  During this time, we talked about the different types of volcanoes around the world – volcanoes on land and in the ocean.  We talked about the different types of lava that come from these volcanoes.  When we got back together later in the day, we did some experiments.  The first was of low viscosity lava (runny) that resulted in the flat basalt fields.  We used vinegar, dish soap and food coloring mixed together.  We added a bit of baking soda and watched the fun.  The next experiment was typical of the Hawaiian volcanoes, with a similar result as the first, but with the lava being thicker and oozing down the sides.  The third was like a stratovolcano, using Alka Seltzer tablets and a little water in film canisters.  It was hard to anticipate just how much pressure had to build before each one popped!  The last was the most destructive of the volcanoes and what caused Crater Lake to come into existence.  Using shredded paper and flour, we formed a hollow in our mountain.  Placing a balloon in the hollow and covering it up with flour was next.  We blew the balloon up and when it reached the surface, we popped the balloon.  The result was a deep hole with vertical sides.  Many thanks to Megan, Ashlyn and Alberto for their help with set-up, helping other students, and of course, the clean-up after!

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