Year of Service

BGC Week in Full Swing

Safe in the Sound

Volunteer from the American Red Cross teaching Club members how to create a disaster kit.



The Boys & Girls Club of La Conner kicked off Boys & Girls Club Week off with an Emergency Preparedness Fair on Monday, March 24th hosted by Puget Sound Energy & American Red Cross. 
 
Over 70 Members, families, and community leaders took turns visiting each booth including; High Voltage, a twelve foot model of a community that illustrated the many potential electrical hazards. Safe Kids Skagit-Island had Club member learn how to give CPR using a mannequin attached to a simulated heartbeat sensor. The American Red Cross showed attendees how to make a put together a disaster kit in case of an emergency- and even raffled one away that was one by the Haley Family. Puget Sound Energy gave great tips on how a family can make an evacuation plan and to practice so everybody can feel confident to be leaders in case of an emergency.  
 
On Tuesday, March 25th, Club Members gathered in groups of five and canvassed the entire La Conner School District campus in search for trash and recyclable. After thirty minutes, eight filled garbage bags, and a break in the weather, members had successfully completed their mission of making their school campus a clean and beautiful place once again.  
Service to the Club Day

Club Members pose for a pictures after they cleaned up the school district campus.

 
This service opportunity is one of many the Club Members will be  participating in this year. The goal of the Million Members, Million Hours Initiative is to have every Club Member in America participate in service throughout the year. The La Conner Club has pledged to complete 500 hours. 
 
Please join us for the second half of National Boys & Girls Club Week in La Conner events include:
  • Thursday, March 28th: Be Great, Be Active | Guiness World Record attempt for most people exercising to a fitness video within a 24-hour period in multiple locations.
  • Friday, March 29th: Family PLUS Movie Night | From 6:30-8:00 p.m. National Boys & Girls Club Week will conclude with a screening of Disney’s, Frozen (PG) in the La Conner School District Auditorium.
The goal of Family PLUS is to reach, support and empower local families to participate fully in their children’s lives through collaboration with community organizations like the PSE & Red Cross to provide parents and caregivers with resources. To learn about our Club and how you can help celebrate National Boys & Girls Club Week, contact Club Director, Kendrick Davis-Pittmon at (360) 419-5306 or email at kdavis@bgcskagit.org
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Anacortes Pet Food Drive

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Anacortes Torch Club Pet Food Drive

The Anacortes Torch Club held a Pet Food Drive throughout the first two weeks of March. At the beginning of the school year, the Blue Flame Torch Club chose Service to Animals as their 2014 National Torch Club Project. They have partnered with WAIF Animal Shelter in Oak Harbor to put on this food drive, collection donations of all shapes and sizes. The first portion of the drive was a great success, with residents in the Anacortes Community donating a large amount of food, toys and animal products. 

The Pet Food Drive will continue through the next week, ending March 14th. To donate items, simply drop them off at the Anacortes Club between 2:00 and 6:00pm each day. Please see the following list of items that the animal shelter is in need of. If you have any questions contact Kendall Flannery at 360-588-9045 or by email at kendallf@bgcskagit.org.

List of needs:
Cat/Dog Food
Pet Brushes
Pet Beds
Cat Litter
Pet Treats
Toys
Pet Bowls
Collars
Blankets
Harnesses

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BGC Week in LC

BGC Week

Take the Tour March 23rd-29th at the La Conner Club.

Come and celebrate with us! It’s National Boys & Girls Club Week,and we’ve scheduled a week of fun activities for everyone to enjoy. From events that promote physical activity to our spectacular open house, National Boys & Girls Club Week is a great time to see why great futures begin at the La Conner Club. Be sure to check out our schedule below and mark your calendar.

 
  • Monday, March 24th: Emergency Preparedness Night | From 6:00-7:30 p.m. PSE & Red Cross will be on site providing families with the tools to be prepared for emergency situations.

     

  • Tuesday, March 26th: Service to the Community Day | Club Members will have the opportunity to make birthday cards for children in hospitals and shelters. The entire Club will do a campus cleanup to help beautify the surrounding athletic fields.

     

  • Wednesday, March 27th: Family PLUS Art Night | From 6:00-7:30 p.m. come join us for a night led by our Arts Coordinator, Jeff as families can make a variety of exciting crafts.

     

  • Thursday, March 28th: Be Great, Be Active | Guiness World Record attempt for most people exercising to a fitness video within a 24-hour period in multiple locations.

     

  • Friday, March 29th: Family PLUS Movie Night | From 6:30-8:00 p.m. National Boys & Girls Club Week will conclude with a screening of Disney’s, Frozen (PG) in the La Conner School District Auditorium.
The goal of Family PLUS is to reach, support and empower local families to participate fully in their children’s lives through collaboration with community organizations like the PSE & Red Cross to provide parents and caregivers with resources. 
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To learn about our Club and how you can help celebrate National Boys & Girls Club Week, contact Club Director, Kendrick Davis-Pittmon at (360) 419-5306 or email at kdavis@bgcskagit.org
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Anacortes Assists WA Trails

Keystone Club helps build trails with WA Trails Association

Keystone Club helps build trails with WA Trails Association

logoThe Anacortes Keystone Club spent Saturday, February 15th helping the Washington Trails Association build a trail at Sharpe Park. Club Members worked hard carrying rocks and soil, digging, peeling and hauling logs. Through teamwork the nearly 20′ of turnpike was constructed using drawknives, saws, buckets and good old fashioned elbow grease. Keystone and WA Trails worked from early in the morning into the late afternoon on the trail, something that community members can now enjoy.

The work was so important, that the Keystone Club Members were featured in the local newspaper. Check out the article here.

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Million Members, Million Hours

Brave Heroes

Club Members make Seahawks themed care packages for children at the La Conner Sunrise Food Bank

Brave Heroes Torch Club worked with younger Members at the La Conner Club this week, packing a total of 42 Super Bowl themed treat bags for children and families that use the La Conner Sunrise Food Bank next week.

This service opportunity is one of many the Club Members will be  participating in this year. The goal of the Million Members, Million Hours Initiative is to have every Club Member in America participate in service throughout the year. The La Conner Club has pledged to complete 500 hours.

For more information on the, Million Members, Million Hours Initiative or other outcome-drive, Targeted Programs that promote Good Character & Leadership please contact Club Director, Kendrick Davis-Pittmon at (360) 419-5306.

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Torch Club Guest Speaker

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Willow teaches Torch Club members to gently handle animals

FAMCOn Thursday, January 23rd, the Anacortes Club welcomed Willow Sterba from Fidalgo Animal Medical Center to our Torch Club meeting. The Anacortes Torch Club’s service focus this year is care to animals. As part of that, Willow met with members about animal care, how to approach an animal, and when you should take your animal to see a veterinarian. To help show Club members the appropriate way to gently handle animals, Willow brought Napoleon, an adorable fluffy bunny, for each Club member to try their new skills on.

Thank you to Willow and Napoleon for taking the time to come and meet with our Anacortes Torch Club!

Torch Club meets each Thursday from 4:00 to 5:00pm and is for Club members ages 10-12.

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MLK Day on the Hill

MLK Day

Teens prepare to leave for Olympia

Teens from the Anacortes and Mount Vernon Clubs took a trip to Olympia on Monday, January 20th, for MLK Day on the Hill. The Boys & Girls Club Washington State Alliance and partner Washinton Mentors put together this amazing day in Olympia in which Club teens from around the state met with the Lieutenant Govenor and State Legislators, as well as received a tour of the Capitol building. Lunch was provided by Subway before teens attempted to complete a scavenger hunt around the Capitol. Skagit teens and staff were honored to be apart of such an amazing and fun filled day at our states Capitol.

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Year of Service Family PLUS Night

Family PLUS Night

Mayor Gere joins Youth of the Month for Family PLUS Night

The Anacortes Boys & Girls Club held its Year of Service Family PLUS Night on Wednesday, January 15th. Fifteen Club families joined Club staff for a free soup and salad dinner before new Anacortes Mayor, Laurie Gere presented the January Youth of the Month. Service Learning Coordinator Kendall Flannery introduced the Club’s Year of Service Award recipients for the year of 2013. After ceremonies were finished, the Club kicked off its 2014 Year of Service by having families help create blankets for Island Hospital’s Blankets & Books Program. To end the night Club parents battled it out against Club members with a Kids vs. Parents round of Bombardment.

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Tasty Treats for Furry Friends

Brave Heroes TC is making dog treats to give to their furry friends at the Skagit County Humane Society as part of their ongoing PAWS service project.

Brave Heroes TC making dog treats for the Skagit County Humane Society as part of the PAWS service project.

On Monday, January 6th, Brave Heroes Torch Club Members spent the afternoon making their own homemade dog treats at the La Conner  Club. Working together as a group, they divided responsibilities and worked hard to prepare the dough while learning about healthy ingredient choices for both dogs and people.  They got creative in cutting out decorative shapes with our collection of cookie cutters and even spent time having younger Members help in the process.   

Torch PAWS logoWhile waiting for the dog treats to bake, several Members got creative and crafty and came up with their own cat toys using supplies they could find.

Brave Heroes Torch Club Members will be delivering the dog treats and cat toys to the Skagit Valley Humane Society as a part of their ongoing Protecting Animals with Service (PAWS) Project throughout the year and can’t wait to see their four legged friends soon.   

 
For more information about the Brave Heroes Torch Club, contact Club Director, Kendrick Davis-Pittmon at (360) 419-5306
 
 
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Anacortes Family PLUS Night

Year of Service Family Plus Night

Year of Service Family Plus Night

Presidents-Volunteer-Service-award.gifJoin the Anacortes Club on Wednesday, January 15th for their Year of Service Family PLUS Night. During this Family PLUS event we will be recognizing Club volunteers for their service to the Club. This includes Daily Club volunteers, as well as teen volunteers from our Keystone Club. We will also have new Anacortes Mayor Laurie Gere visiting and helping us recognize our January Youth of the Month.

Club families will receive a free dinner prepared by Club Teens before working together to create blankets for the Anacortes Hospitals Blankets and Books program. Family PLUSNight runs from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

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