Starting December 12, 2012 the Sedro-Woolley Teen Center began an experiment with french fries and a cheeseburger from McDonald’s. The food was put in a sealed plastic container and we took “guestimates” on how long it will take for the food to decompose. The point of this experiment was for our teens to see how fast-food & processed food is full of preservatives that can have an effect on our digestive system and body. The food was fine for the first 1 ½ weeks. Then we went on Winter break and when we got back we found that the cheeseburger and fries had developed some mold! Two weeks later the mold had taken over all the food! It took over a month for our experiment to come to fruition; the teens had guesses as to how long it would take. Most of our teens guessed a month, but some guessed 2, 3 and 4 months! Whew, glad it wasn’t that long. To continue this experiment the teens will be making a home made hamburger and seeing how long that takes to decay. Bon appétit!
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.
Do you ever worry about the quality of the water you drink? How about whether or not that fancy bottled water is really better than your tap water? Well the Members of the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club Teen Center were wondering just that, so our Healthy Teens Group decided to test the quality of our tap water versus the quality of bottled water. From samples of both tap and bottled water, Teens tested for pH balance, nitrates, iron, and copper content using a water quality test kit available at Home Depot. Everyone was both relieved and surprised to find that they were unable to discern any significant difference between the two waters! Both water sources tested within the “safe zone” for water quality… Obviously Sedro-Woolley has awesome tap water!
Are you interested in being a guest speaker or volunteer for Healthy Habits at theSedro-Woolley Teen Center? We would love to have you share your knowledge and expertise with our members! Contact Teen Center Coordinator Patrick Dougher by phone at 360-419-5525 or by E-Mail at email@example.com
Mount Vernon’s Teen Outdoor Expedition Club (TOE) went on their second trip last Saturday to Orcas Island to climb Mount Constitution! Their 7mile hiking journey started off at 6am in the morning to catch the early ferry out to the islands. None of the 7 participating teens were even a tiny bit discouraged by the rain that started to pour down at the club. Once we arrived at the Anacortes ferry dock the rain subsided and the sun began to rise!
Teens partook in an ice-breaker exercise on the ferry as they enjoyed the sun illuminating the beautiful San Juan Islands.
Mount Constitution has an elevation gain for 1500ft in the span of 3 miles. Teens were persistence and determined to reach the top! They encouraged each other and yelled out “No Man Left Behind” as they took turns pushing each other to continue on even with their muscles screaming for them to stop!
Teens were rewarded with a spectacular view of the San Juan Islands at the top of the mountain. Everyone enjoyed a hearty lunch in the lookout tower. Teens took their time reading about the history of the tower as it began to drizzle outside.
During our return journey the rain poured down on us but, the teen’s spirit was not broken. Teens sang Disney songs all the way down the mountain and caught glimpse of two deer, a bunch of rabbits and a salamander!
Once back on the ferry some teens fell asleep, some played the ice-breaker game from the morning and others engaged in puzzles that were strewn across table tops which the ferry service provided. We returned at 7pm and the teens were already asking about the next TOE trip we would be doing in January.