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Clubs & Burlington Library Partner in STEM Projects for Teens

DSC_0827The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County were able to have an added presence in Burlington this year, thanks to a partnership with the Burlington Library and a grant from Tesoro Corp, focusing on STEM programs. Through this funding, the Club’s Director of STEM Initiatives, John Garman, tours all the Club sites, now including La Venture & Mount Baker Middle Schools, as well as the Burlington Public Library once a week— introducing teens to new, fun & engaging projects.

 The workshops at the library included topics such as: Engineering Bridges, Coding, Digital Photography, Dissecting the Tulip, and 3D Printing. Garman worked with Librarian, Jenny Fredriksen, to come up with and implement the topic for each week. 3D Printing was definitely a hit with the teens. One week’s workshop focused on the free online programs available, like Tinkercad and Sculptris, where teens can create 3D objects for printing or rendering for animation. The following week, the participants saw their creations come to fruition as they used the 3D printer. “As open source technology becomes more and more available, it’s our local youth that take the lead on designing, implementing, and ultimately furthering future technologies as they explore their own creations and applications,” says Garman. 

In its pilot year at the Burlington Public Library the program saw more than 30 youth participate, averaging 8-10 per week. The program was to provided to teens ages 13 to 18 with after school programming, at no cost, and included a free Boys & Girls Club membership. The library will continue to run a youth program through the summer and the Boys & Girls Club will be providing a week long STEM Camp at the Burlington School District building in August. As of now, the Boys & Girls Club and the Burlington Public Library are in discussions about continuing teen programs for the following school year. Until then, the Boys & Girls Club and the Burlington Public Library will continue to provide youth and teen programs as well as resources throughout the summer.

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Club Kid Yoga Returns in March

Club Kid Yoga

The second season of Club Kid Yoga starts Tuesday, March 17th.

The La Conner Club is pleased to announce the second season of Club Kid Yoga with Crescent Moon Yoga Studio!

Athletics are a huge part of growing up these days for many youth in the area. They provide fun, a good source of exercise, create a sense of both pride and teamwork. Unfortunately, even young athletes can get injured while participating in sports at their age. Most of the common injuries that are experienced include strains, sprains, and motion injuries and breaks that, when repetitive, can affect the growth plates which can cause serious damage long term. Studies have shown that among the many ways to support young athletes, the one that is most underutilized is yoga. 

Crescent Moon Yoga

Thank you to Crescent Moon Yoga for this amazing fitness opportunity

Yoga can balance the body by building flexibility and strength. Adult athletes across many sports have used yoga to improve their performance. From Kobe Bryant to Russell Wilson, these stars have credited their success to incorporated yoga in their training routine.

For six weeks starting on Tuesday, March  17th, kids will head over to the Crescent Moon Yoga Studio and be lead through an hour-long workout by a professional instructor that will teach new skills, have fun, and feel good about themselves while getting better at their respective sport.

Age: 8 & older
Program Size & Length: Max 15 participants | 6 weeks
Cost: $15 per member
Club Kids Yoga Registration Deadline: March 13th. Member can’t participate until registration fee is paid. 

Club Kid Yoga take place Tuesdays in March/April from 3:30-4:30pm. For more information about Club Kid Yoga or any of our Targeted Programs that focus on Healthy Lifestyles, please contact the Club Director Kendrick Davis-Pittmon at 360-466-3672 or email kdavis@skagitclubs.org

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Club Kids ReMix a Party Classic

Chex ReMix

Club members put a spin on the classic Chex Party Mix.

This week at the La Conner Club, members made a Chex ReMix during Cooking Club. Here is the recipe so you can try at home with your family.

Ingredients: 

  • 4 Cups Wheat
  • 4 Cups Corn Chex Mix
  • 4 Tablespoons of butter
  • 4 Tablespoons of taco seasoning
  • 1 Cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Optional Mix-Ins: Pretzels, dried fruit, chocolate chips, peanuts, goldfish crackers.

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Melt butter and seasoning together in a mixing bowl then set aside. In a larger mixing bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients.  Take the melted butter and seasoning, pour over the dry ingredients and mix all together until well coated. Pour mixture on a large cookie sheet. Spread out evenly on the cookie sheet. Sprinkle on the parmesan cheese and heat in oven until melted. Let the Chex Mix ReMix cool off and enjoy!

Cooking Club  takes place every Tuesday & Wednesday. For more information about Cooking Club or any of our Targeted Programs that focus on Healthy Lifestyles, please contact the Program Director, Leah Vazquez at (360) 466-3672 or email: leahv@skagitclubs.org.

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Daily Challenges Kick Off on the Gridiron

 

Daily Challenges Kick Off

Football Daily Challenges in La Conner

Every day, things kick off at the La Conner Club with the Daily Challenge, a sports activity centered around a monthly theme.  With our local Braves teams and the Seahawks starting their seasons, it’s only natural that the theme for September is football!    Club members of all ages are taking part in drills focused on improving skills such as ball handling, throwing and catching, maneuvering and even strategy. Triple Play

Whether members are participating in a game of keep away, a fancy footwork drill or a Friday scrimmage, they are learning about the sport of football together, and challenging themselves to complete each activity to the best of their ability.  And to have fun, of course!

Triple Play activities like our Football Daily Challenges take place every day at the Club from 3:00-4:00pm and 4:00-5:00pm.  For more information about Triple Play or any of our Targeted Programs that focus on Healthy Lifestyles, please contact the Program Director, Leah Vazquez at (360) 466-3672 or email: 
leahv@skagitclubs.org.
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La Conner Club Kids Get Cooking

 

La Conner Cooking Club

Club kids take & bake their own pizzas.

The Cooking Club meets twice a week to learn about different food groups, a balanced diet and of course, how to cook!  This week, they dove into cheese, pepperoni, ham, pineapple and more, which can only mean one thing…pizza!  Members were each provided with their very own personal pizza crust to top however they wanted.  Some ended up as plain cheese pizzas and some had the works.  Youth also took this opportunity to get creative and make a design using their toppings.  

Once members were finished with their creations, the pizzas were wrapped up and sent home to be enjoyed later that night for dinner, or baked and packed for lunch the next day.  Although some members couldn’t help but sneak a bite or two early, before their pizza had even made it home. 
 
Cooking Club  takes place every Tuesday & Wednesday. For more information about Cooking Club or any of our Targeted Programs that focus on Healthy Lifestyles, please contact the Program Director, Leah Vazquez at (360) 466-3672 or email: leahv@skagitclubs.org.
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La Conner Stretches Its Programming

The La Conner Club is pleased to announce a program partnership with Crescent Moon Yoga!

Athletics are a huge part of growing up these days for many youth in the area. They provide fun, a good source of exercise, create a sense of both pride and teamwork. Unfortunately, even young athletes can get injured while participating in sports at their age. Most of the common injuries that are experienced include strains, sprains, and motion injuries and breaks that, when repetitive, can affect the growth plates which can cause serious damage long term. Studies have shown that among the many ways to support young athletes, the one that is most underutilized is yoga. 

Crescent Moon Yoga

Thank you to Crescent Moon Yoga for this amazing fitness opportunity

Yoga can balance the body by building flexibility and strength. Adult athletes across many sports have used yoga to improve their performance. From Kobe Bryant  to  Russell Wilson, these stars have credited their success to incorporated yoga in their training routine. 

For six weeks starting on Tuesday, October 7th, kids will head over to the  Crescent Moon Yoga Studio and be lead through an hour-long workout by a professional instructor that will teach new skills, have fun, and feel good about themselves while getting better at their respective sport. 

Age: 8 & older
Program Size & Length: Max 12 participants | 6 weeks
Cost: $15 per member
Club Kids Yoga Registration Deadline: September 29th
**Please register for Club Kids Yoga at the La Conner Club**

Club Kid Yoga take place Tuesdays in October from 3:30-4:30pm. For more information about Club Kid Yoga or any of our Targeted Programs that focus on Healthy Lifestyles, please contact the Program Director, Leah Vazquez at (360) 466-3672 or email leahv@bgcskagit.org.

 

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A Water World of Fun

Water World

Members cautiously passing a huge water balloon, never quite knowing when it’s going to burst!


This past week La Conner Club members embraced summer and participated in all kinds of water games as part of the weeks’ Water World theme.  Thankfully the weather held out and the sun shone brightly every day!
 
Games that splashed the kids kept them cool throughout the week and included Draw From the Well, a Water Balloon Relay, Frozen Feet and more.  The Sponge Relay was a big favorite of the water games.  Youth took turns using sponges to soak up water from a large bucket before running across the play area to try and fill a cup with water before the opposing team filled their cup.  Running around with a soaked sponge cooled off many club members too, and soon, the water was flying everywhere!
 
Other activities for the week included Sharks and Minnows, Beach Towel Tennis, Watercolors, Rainbow Bubbles and a field trip to a water park.
 
Thirteen Club members had a blast on Friday at Birch Bay Water Slides.  The Activity Pool was one of their favorite places to hang out because members could play games, splash around, and go nuts!  When they build up the nerve, members joined the lines for the water slides.  From the Corkscrew to the Twister to the Black Hold, the slides were a definite highlight of the week and were the main source of the day’s shrieks and laughter.
 
The La Conner Boys & Girls Club will be open all summer long. For more information  any of our fun & engaging summer programming, please contact the Club at (360) 466-3672 or email laconner@skagitclubs.org

 

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Nickelodeon Week is Wild and Crazy!

Nickelodeon Week

La Conner youth work together using every day objects to make the tallest structure in the Leaning Tower of Stuff competition.

You can always count on something fun going on at the La Conner Club but last week, the crazy and silly activities were even more abundant as members celebrated Nickelodeon Week!

Members had a blast getting exercise while participating in all kinds of activities such as 3 Legged Soccer, obstacle courses, balloon games and a Suitcase Relay, during which teams raced back and forth to dress in grown-up’s clothing then run back to their team and switch outfits. Youth had so much fun with the relay that they wanted to do it over and over again! Nickelodeon_Splat_Logo

Several hands-on learning activities also had members learning and smiling throughout the week. Dora the Explorer Bingo had youth learning colors and basic nouns in Spanish. The next day members used mini marshmallows and uncooked spaghetti to become mini architects and build their own structures. The building continued with daily Lego Challenges, personal baking soda volcanoes and a Leaning Tower of Stuff competition which challenged teams to work together to build the tallest tower out of every day items.

To round out the week, a group of members loaded into the Club van and took a trip to San Juan Lanes for some bowling!

The La Conner Boys & Girls Club will be open all summer long. For more information  any of our fun & engaging summer programming, please contact the Club at (360) 466-3672 or email laconner@skagitclubs.org

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PacMan, Roller Skating & More During 80’s Week

Skagit Skate

Club members take a break from skating to pose for a quick photo.

Although Club members weren’t able to experience the 80’s first hand, they sure enjoyed celebrating 80’s Week at the Club.

During arts & crafts time club members of all ages used fuse beads to make brightly colored designs reminiscent of pixelated 8 bit images from early computers.  Later in the week a group of older members used bright yellow fleece and string to sew their own PacMan plushie.  Most of them underestimated the ease of sewing and got quite tied to the challenge.  To round out flashback crafts, members chose from a variety of colored craft lace to weave their very own Boondoggle key chain using the box stitch.  
 
In the world of Project Learn, members were most excited about all the Uno!  Card games are always popular at the club but from young to old, all members had a great time playing this colorful game, which was actually invented in the 70’s but became popular in the 80’s.
 
Triple Play games revolved around retro classics too! Dodgeball, Red Light, Green Light, Red Rover and Scooter Races were all a hit, though the Triple Play Field Trip to Skagit Skate in Burlington was Club members’ favorite way to exercise during 80’s week.
 
The La Conner Boys & Girls Club will be open all summer long. For more information about Olympic Day, or any of our other fun & engaging summer programming, please contact the Club at (360) 466-3672 or email laconner@skagitclubs.org
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LC Rings in Summer with Olympic Week

 

Olympic Flag

Members pose with their official Olympic Day flag outside of the Club.

Summer is in full swing at the La Conner Club.  Last week members celebrated athletics and sportsmanship with Olympic themed activities.  Through Arts and Crafts, Project Learn and Triple Play, members learned about different types of sports and about different countries from around the world.

A simple project using just paper, scissors and glue allowed members to recreate national flags for many different countries.  Later in the week youth used empty toilet paper rolls dipped in paint to make abstract paintings resembling the Olympic Rings.  The most popular craft project of the week was the Olympic Medals though!  Youth used salt dough to design and shape their very own medals, which were then baked by a staff member, and painted by members.  With the addition of a ribbon, La Conner athletes had their very own medals!
 
In the Learning Center, youth had fun learning about different Olympic sports through word searches, crossword puzzles and games.  They learned about Italy and engineering while 
participating in an activity called the Leaning Tower of Pisa, where members were given 20 sheets of paper, and had to work together in teams to construct the tallest tower.  Focus was a must for this project! 

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And of course, Triple Play activities revolved around Olympic sports, too.  Soccer, basketball, tennis, table tennis, and track and field events kept kids moving and outside for large portions of the days.  Thursday, June 26th the Club celebrated National Olympic Day by participating in a Pentathlon consisting of five different track and field events and signing this year’s Olympic Day Flag.  Youth had fun participating in a little friendly competition with their fellow Club members while getting in some good, old fashioned exercise too.
 
The La Conner Boys & Girls Club will be open all summer long. For more information about Olympic Day, or any of our other fun & engaging summer programming, please contact the Club at (360) 466-3672 or email laconner@skagitclubs.org
 
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