Monthly Archives: December 2013

LC Enjoys Winter in Seattle

Teens enjoy taking in the sights of Seattle.

Teens enjoy taking in the sights of Seattle.

On Saturday, December 14, 10 La Conner Brave Heroes Torch Club Members and Teens took a field trip to Seattle to celebrate the winter season. The first stop was the Seattle Center where youth visited the fountain and watched a variety of musical and dance performances. They also investigated the winter train and village.

Next was a first experience for many as Members hit the ice for some skating fun thanks to Seattle Center. The adventure continued as youth got on the monorail to head downtown.  Torch Members loved seeing the lights and decorations of downtown Seattle  while visiting the Sheraton Hotel’s Gingerbread Village, walking through Pike Place Market with a stop at the infamous gum wall.

The evening came to a close with a wonderful dinner of pizza thanks to the generous donation from Zeek’s Pizza and sightseeing at the Space Needle and the city at night on our way back to La Conner. Members were full of smiles, laughter and singing voices on the trip home and will be sharing memories of their adventures for a long time. 

Thank you to Zeek’s Pizza, Seattle Center, Seattle Monorail and Burlington ARCO gas station for all of your support and making this trip possible for our Club Members. 

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It’s Magic! 2014 Annual Gala

It was a magical evening! Thank you to our Sponsors, Board, Gala Committee, Community Investors and everyone in attendance. We will be posting an in depth overview of the evening very soon.

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MV Creates Holiday Art

Ricardo creating a Winter Wonderland Piece out of shaving cream.

Ricardo creating a Winter Wonderland piece out of shaving cream.

The holidays always inspire youth to create some amazing art pieces and at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club, and Members have been busy with just that. Every day there are 15-20 Members in each arts & crafts session exploring their creativity and making custom presents for their family and friends. 

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MV Healthy Habits

Members playing the Word - Healthy Food Game.

Members playing the Healthy Food Game.

Once a week at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club, Members choose to participate in the Healthy Habits Program where they learn about healthy nutrition and how to stay fit. Last week, Members broke down the “My Plate” diagram and created a word game involving healthy food choices.

To learn more about the Healthy Habits Program, or make sure your youth is signed up, call Club Director, Vesta Anderson at (360) 419-3723 x33.

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Club Holiday Closures

Holiday Club Closure Reminder: All BGCSC will be closed December 23rd-January 5th. Clubs will be open for normal hours beginning Monday, January 6th.

Happy holidays from BGCSC.

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MV hosts Family PLUS Night

Cynthia E. playing games with Zandrya during Family PLUS Night.

Cynthia E. playing games with Zandrya during Family PLUS Night.

The Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club had a Family PLUS Night this month, providing a health care class to our Members’ parents. Cynthia Eichner from Skagit Community Action came to the Club to help parents who are currently uninsured sign up for insurance through the Washington Health Plan Finder website. She also provided information for any parent who just wanted to learn more about the Affordable Health Care Act. 

Family PLUS Nights are held monthly at the Club, and are open the public. Each of these outreach events feature dinner and valuable, educational programs for families. The next Family PLUS Night is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21st, 2014. For more information, contact Club Director, Vesta Anderson at (360) 428-6995 x33.

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LC Delivers Stuffed Animals

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La Conner Torch Club Members collect stuffed animals to deliver to those in need

On Thursday December 12th, La Conner Club Members delivered 42 stuffed animals to the Mount Vernon Food Bank. The stuffed animals will be given to families and children that come in over Christmas to receive a toy for the holidays. The food bank is expecting over 600 children to come in for the holidays this year.

LC stuffed animals 2The La Conner Club is a S.A.F.E. Chapter (Stuffed Animals for Emergencies), that collects stuffed animals from the community and then sorts, organizes, cleans and delivers them to organizations in need throughout the year. If you know of organizations or individuals that could benefit from this program, please contact Kurt Wambaugh, at (360) 466-3672.

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LC Raises SMART Kids


LC Club will begin its SMART Kids program Fridays starting in January

The La Conner Boys and Girls Club will soon be implementing the SMART Kids Program. 

The SMART (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) Kids Program is a prevention and education program designed to address problems such as drug and alcohol abuse.  The group will meet once a week for 12 weeks and will be targeted for children ages 6-9, although older children are also welcome to attend as peer leaders.

Young people today are faced with so many messages – in the media, from their peers, and in the world around them – encouraging them to engage in unhealthy behaviors.  The program is designed to teach youth how to say “no” to unhealthy behaviors by involving them in relevant discussions and activities to learn resistance and refusal skills, as well as how to develop assertiveness, strengthen decision-making skills and analyze media and peer influences.  The ultimate goal is to promote abstinence from substance abuse through practice of responsible behavior.  

 Parents interested in signing up their Member for this great program are encouraged to contact Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator Leah Vazquez. If you have any questions about SMART Kids or any programs that promote Healthy Lifestyles, please contact Club Director, Kendrick Davis-Pittmon at the Club at (360)466-3672.




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LC Protects Animals With Care

Club Members get a visit from La Conner Veterinary Hospital

Club Members learn about animal care from a representative of the La Conner Veterinary Hospital

On Monday, December 9th, La Conner Torch Club Members got a chance to learn about animal care, grooming, and care techniques for dogs and cats. Thank you to La Conner Veterinary Hospital’s Marion Gries for coming in to talk to our Members and answer their questions.

This year, Brave Heroes Torch Club lessons are often focused on service and care to animals through the Boys and Girls Club National Project, P.A.W.S.: Protecting Animals with Service. Members take field trips, learn aspects of animal care, and will implement a related project they want to work on in the community.

BTorch PAWS logorave Heroes Torch Club Members recently took a trip to the local humane society in order to observe the staff, and help take care of the cats and dogs. They also decided to make dog treats as a fundraiser to support the services at the humane society and hope to continue volunteering with several organizations relating to animal care throughout the year.

For more information about the Brave Heroes Torch Club, contact Club Director, Kendrick Davis-Pittmon at (360) 466-3672 x23.


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SW Teens Make News

Ramilio, Shaely, and Kindred show off the Positive Newspaper

Ramilio, Shaely, and Kindred show off the Positive Newspaper

Sedro-Woolley Teens have been participating in a program called, News Hounds since the Teen Center opened last year.  In this program, Club Members read and discuss stories that appear in the news. The program builds valuable reading comprehension skills and knowledge of current affairs. 

After analyzing local newspapers, Members decided they wanted to try their hands at journalism by crafting their own newspaper which would focus on positive stories. Each issue of the “Positive News” includes an interview of a Club Member,  a happy headline, a positive play sports article, a cute animal picture and a list of a Member’s five favorite things. A great deal of members have contributed to the newspaper by brainstorming, writing articles, and interviewing other Members.

Contributors include, Jalen Rantschler, Dylan Carpenter, Justine Wilton, Shianna Samuelsen, Shaely Spilker, Tayler Wortner, Hunter Olsen, Alysa Stewart, and Jacenta Kearney-Elder. 

Some of the positive headlines have included “Batkid Saves San Francisco” and “Problem Solvers Help CMS Food Drive.” If you’re interested in learning more about the Positive Newspaper or any of our other programs contact Teen Coordinator, Patrick Dougher, at

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