Monthly Archives: April 2014

Daily Challenges Are on the Mark

Track Daily Challenge

Club member taking his turn working on his discus throw.

Throughout the month of April the La Conner Club has held Daily Challenges all geared towards track & field.  With a variety of challenges focusing on different events such as: sprinting, hurdling, discus, and shot put, members are getting a chance to get out and be active while learning how to set short term as well as long term goals for fitness.

Looking ahead to next month, May  Daily Challenges are focusing on soccer. For members who would like to get a head start on pre-season conditioning, new to the sport, or just want to stay active by using elements of the world’s most popular sport.

Triple Play

Triple Play Daily Challenges take place every day at the Club from 3:00-4:00pm. For more information about Triple Play Daily Challenges or any of our Targeted Programs that focus on Healthy Lifestyles, please contact the Program Director, Leah Vazquez at (360) 466-3672 or email


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Torch Club at the Helping Hands Foodbank

Torch april

The Torch Club at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club continues to serve the community.  On Wednesday, March 16th they volunteered at the Helping Hands Food Bank by distributing oatmeal into family size packages.  These 4th-6th graders are learning that one hour of service can make a huge difference at the food bank and throughout the community.

Torch Club is a service/leadership group that meets each Wednesday at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club to develop leadership skills, team building, and help perform services to the Club and Community.  Since September club members have earned over 800 hours of community service as kids and teens work towards earning the Presidential Year of Service Award.
If you have questions regarding this program at the Sedro-Woolley Club or are interested in getting involved, please call or email Club Director John Garman at (360) 856-1830 or
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SMART Girls with Confidence


Girls discuss tools to be confident in themselves.

La Conner SMART Girls had a lesson in confidence  last week.  The girls first took turns telling each group member positive qualities about her and compiled these qualities into separate lists for each girl.  While it can sometimes take an added effort to compliment others, it is often much harder to graciously receive compliments.  The girls discussed why this is and how some people, upon receiving compliments, practice self doubt or put themselves down in response.  

Next, each girl took several minutes alone to brainstorm additional positive qualities about herself.  The girls then created Confidence Hearts using paper, crayons and their list of positive qualities to highlight great characteristics about themselves.  These Hearts will serve as reminders to each girl that she is special and encourage her to be confident in herself.

The La Conner SMART Girls program is open to girls ages 8-12 and meets Thursdays from 3:30 – 4:30pm.  For more information about SMART Girls please contact Program Director Leah Vazquez at (360)466-3672.

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Family PLUS Night – April

Art Enthusiasts

From left to right: Club Members Rileigh, Elleanor, and Club Parent Mike appreciating artistic renditions of Skagit Valley scenery.

 Thursday, April 24th was Family PLUS Night at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club with over 90 guests and volunteers in attendance. Special guests Carrie Wallace and Jesus Robles from Leadership Skagit presented the Skagit Valley themed art work that the Sedro-Woolley Teens and residents of Country Meadow Village created in March. This project was made possible through community partnerships with Leadership Skagit and the Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA). There were over 60 paintings on display for this Family PLUS Night and Club Members each were encouraged to choose the one that stands out the most as capturing Skagit Valley. Throughout the evening Club staff took the opportunity to recognize and thank three outstanding Club kids: Levi, Wyett, and Devon for being the best at what they do to make their Club great. 

Next Family PLUS Night will be Wednesday, May 21st from 6-7:30pm at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club. For more information about the Club, call 360-856-1830 or drop in for a visit.

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Parent Satisfaction Survey

Cheyan and Hallie

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sedro-Woolley is very interested in your opinion on the quality of programs and support we are providing your children. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. Our Staff will analyze the results and make decisions based on your feedback, so your voices will be heard.

At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sedro-Woolley we are committed to creating an environment where dreams are made and Club members achieve Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. Thank you for participating in our survey. Your feedback is vital to our mission.

Click here to complete the Sedro-Woolley Parent Satisfaction Survey.

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Rick the Peanutman Foundation 2014 Golf Classic

Rick the Peanutman Foundation 2014 Golf Classic

Rick the Peanutman Foundation Golf Classic June 22, 2014 Nile Golf Club, Mountlake Terrace WA

Throughout his career as a Seattle Sports Icon, Rick “The Peanutman” Kaminski lent his notoriety to advance many charitable causes, the most notable being his affinity for the Skagit Valley Boys and Girls Clubs. Now that Rick is flinging peanuts for the Angels, the vendors at Safeco Field have established the Rick the Peanutman Foundation to see to it that this work continues.

The Skagit Valley Boys and Girls Club. empower youth through mentoring, sports, and after school programs. This inaugural event will be funding our Skagit Valley “Youth Of The Year” Program.

Please help us keep Rick’s dream alive by partnering with us in our event fundraising. Sponsorship packages and individual groups can be purchased directly by going to

This event has been set up to become one of the premier fundraising events in the Puget Sound Sports Community…reserve your spot today!

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Pre-Teen Night in Sedro-Woolley

Pre Teen

On Friday, April 25th the Teens at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club will be hosting a Pre-Teen Night at the Teen Center. This is an excellent chance for 6th graders to come and have a sneak peek of the Teen Center before summer. All 6th grade Club Members and guests are welcome, so feel free to invite your friends.

Pre-Teen Night will start at 6:00 PM and go until 10:00 PM. We will be providing a pizza dinner in addition to fun and games. Members and guests will be able to enjoy playing sports, video games and Teen Center favorites like Ninja Training and Zombie Tag.

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Anacortes Breakfast 2014

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Fun with Blowing Eggs

Blowing Eggs

Club members practice the art of egg blowing and decorating in La Conner

Last week, the La Conner kids had a great time in the Art Room participating in activities such as movie making, clay sculpting and yarn art.  The highlight of the week though, was egg blowing!

First, Club members got a lesson on the ancient skill of egg blowing, which has been practiced for thousands of years around the world.  Each member was then provided with an egg of their very own to  take a crack at blowing the contents out themselves.   The eggs were pierced on either end, and the children blew the egg yolk and whites into a pan, while taking careful attention not to crush the eggs in the process.  The result was a perfectly hollow shell!  

Once blown out, the hollow egg shells were ready to decorate.   Members used paint to express themselves and create colorful keepsakes out of the shells.

The La Conner Art Room is open every day from 2:30-5:00 p.m. For more information on upcoming art projects or any other Targeted Programs at the La Conner Club, please contact Arts Coordinator Jeff Mariott or Program Director, Leah Vazquez at (360) 466-3672.

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Food Bank Project

Members showing off Food Art.

Members showing off their Food Art.

20 Youth and Teen Members at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club participated in the Food Bank Project. The Museum of NW Art provided all the necessary ingredients to successfully decorate our Neighbors in Need Food Bank. During their six one hour art lessons, Members learned new techniques and explored new mediums for art. Members also learned how to describe their art pieces in a technical manner. Members jumped at the opportunity to described their art work to the Volunteers, Director and Board Member during their final visit to the food bank.

We would like to thank Jon Patrick Olson, an intern at the NW Art Museum, and Jasmine Valandani, Education Director at the Museum of NW Art, for making this unique opportunity a possibility for our Members.

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