Archive for August, 2015

Club Closures!

August 27th, 2015 by Talia Sanders

All Boys & Girls Club Units will be closed Friday, September 4th for a staff training.

Clubs will also be closed Monday, September 7th for Labor day.

September 8th Clubs will be open again, the Loveland Unit will be open from 7:30am-5:30pm and the Fort Collins and Wellington Units will be open after school 2:30-7pm.

If you have questions please call, 970-223-1709.

Summer Service Challenge: Estes Park!

August 19th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

Estes Park Clubhouse Project:  Stanley Park Trash Patrol

 

Summer Service - Estes Park 2 We divided the kids up into groups of four and assigned them a leader from the staff. Each team was assigned a different part of Stanley Park – perimeter, fields, youth center/skate park, and dog park. We spent about an hour cleaning up and made it a competition between the four teams. The winning team with the most trash got a special treat for snack that day.

 

It was a success, we were able to get every kid at club (41 total) involved in the park cleanup. The kids had fun and one team came out victorious, but the group as a whole made the most important impact by ridding a beautiful park of a lot of Summer Service - Estes Parkgarbage.

 

Great work, Estes Park!

Summer Service Challenge: Loveland!

August 19th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

Loveland Clubhouse Project:  Envirocycle

Summer Service - LovelandOur project had two parts:

1)  Did roadside clean-up for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County's adopted highway.

2.) Called local businesses about getting donated recycled paper for use in the clubs art room.  We had 3 businesses agree to donating recycled one sided paper to the club:

Galvanize - West Pearl

Heska Corporation

Century 21 Humpal Inc.

 

This week was recycle week at the Boys and Girls Club in Loveland!  Throughout the Club, kids learned how to not only how to properly recycle, but how to be better stewards for their earth, and take responsibility for the effects their actions have on their environment.  From highway clean-up to educational presentations and scouring the internet for facts about recycling, our programs focused on teaching environmental responsibility in fun and interesting ways.

 

This window hanging was the Art room’s way of reusing discarded Items, and giving them new lifeSummer Service - Loveland 2 and colorful purpose!  Our creative kids went to work cutting up, painting, coloring, and re-using discarded boxes, bottles, and other items in a journey of both environmental stewardship and creative discovery!  After all their hard work and enthusiasm, we just want to say how proud we are of our members for learning the art of recycling!

 

Congratulations on a great project, Loveland!

Summer Service Challenge: Fort Collins!

August 19th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

Fort Collins Clubhouse Project:  Blankets for Shelter Animals

The Larimer Humane Society (LHS) has many wish list items, including the desire Summer Service - Fort Collins 2to acquire blankets intended to provide comfort for shelter animals.  Our project focused on providing blankets to LHS.  Jo-Ann Fabric in Fort Collins donated most of the fabric needed for the project, and employees at the store were excited about the project and thrilled to be able to assist. With fabric in tow, we were able to enlist several volunteers from CSU’s Lambda Theta Nu Sorority to work with Club members on creating the blankets.  Youth, staff, and volunteers worked together to create nearly 40 blankets.  Many Club members involved in the project took a field trip to LHS to donate the blankets, and received an educational tour from LHS staff that highlighted the importance a blanket can have on an animal’s overall well-being Summer Service - Fort Collinswhile at the shelter.  Club members spent time helping to socialize dogs and cats, and decided the Fort Collins Clubhouse needs focus next on adoption of shelter animals! Upon returning to the Club, we held a debriefing session with Club members to reflect on the process of the project, and what we were able to accomplish by working with others.

 

Youth, staff, volunteers, and businesses were able to work together to dispense a solid amount of positive energy into the universe, and ultimately provide the possibility of improved comfort and well-being to a generally vulnerable population. Perhaps most importantly, Club members were able to positively and thoughtfully reflect on their experience, and have developed a strong desire to implement many more service projects.

 

Great job, Fort Collins Clubhouse!

Summer Service Challenge: Wellington!

August 19th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

Summer Service - Wellington 2 Wellington Clubhouse Project:  Car wash fundraiser with the local fire station to benefit the Assisted Living Home

 

The kids helped every step of the way in coming up with the idea, organizing the things we needed to make it happen, and were vital in making the day happen.  We had 4 teams and each team had a team leader.  We had a Car Washing Team, Car Drying Team, Sign Holding Team, and Money Collecting Team.  Each of these teams were responsible for coming up with a list of things we needed as well as making sure we had everything we needed that day.  They also had to recruit other Club Summer Service - Wellington 3members to join their teams.  We needed to advertise, so the whole Club one afternoon jumped on board to make signs to hang around town and we made about 25 signs to hang up.  Club youth approached business owners and residents along our path and told them about the car wash.  They hung up signs at their shop and made connections.  We had at least 3 or 4 people show up that they talked to that day!

 

The results were that we raised $413 in just over 2 hours and got to wash over 20 cars and trucks ranging from a Mitsubishi Sports Car to a Flat Bed Work Truck.  The Summer Service - WellingtonClub youth had a blast and were talking about it for the whole rest of the day and talking about “next time”.  Also on August 7th, the youth delivered the donation to the Assisted Living Home to give them the money and play some bingo with the residents.

 

Great work, Wellington Clubhouse!

Meet Rachel, STEAM Specialist

August 17th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

RachelRachel LOVES STEAM!  She serves as our only dedicated staff member to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) programming and has done a fabulous job.  Rachel has initiated many community collaborations, Club programs, and field trips in the area of STEAM, exposing Club members to many new experiences.  In addition, Rachel's program will soon be featured across the state in a STEM PSA through Comcast!  Read below to learn more about Rachel.

1.  What is your favorite type of food?
Favorite food is for sure Greek or Italian food.  Growing up, I worked in a Greek Family restaurant and was surrounded by delicious pastries and pastas!  Yum.

2.  What is your ideal vacation?
My ideal vacation would be packing up a pack and just going on a huge hiking trip around Europe or South America.  There is just something freeing about being out in the wild with only your pack.

3.  If you were trapped on an island what three things would you bring with you?
Art journal, my sister, and a guitar (plenty of time to finally learn)

4.  What is a unique talent you have?
The unique talent that I have is to break into song at the drop of a word.. Super. .supercalifragilisticexpialidocious even though the sound of it is simply quite atrocious.  If I am not singing I am for sure humming to entertain myself.

5.  What do you enjoy most about working at the Boys & Girls Club?
Making connections with the staff, the members and the community. Everyone is excited to make the world a better place and I am happy to be a part of that.

Thank you, Rachel, for all you do!!!

Sertoma Fishing Derby

August 14th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi
Fishing Derby Day

The Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County had the Wellington Unit and the Loveland Unit attend a Fishing Derby at Swift Ponds.  The Sertoma Fishing Derby was a gift of guidance and assistance from very well experience fishermen, who were able to share their time with our Club members.

It was great to see Club members from the Loveland Club and the Wellington Club be able to connect in a non-competitive, collaborative setting and spend some time with each other and fish.  By the end of the day, both Club Units were moving so fast to help one another get fish of their hooks and bait the hooks for the next cast in a speedy, tactical fashion.

Fishing Day was a hit and Club members are eagerly discussing about the next time we go fishing!


 

 Fishing Derby Day

Chipping Fore Charities

August 11th, 2015 by Talia Sanders

Join the Chipping Fore Charities Golf Tournament and support youth and children in Larimer County. This amazing event presented by SERTOMA Club of Fort Collins and the ROMEO Golf Club donates 100% of all proceeds from the golf tournament to the chosen charities!

Want to win some amazing prizes in a fun way?  There will be a ball drop from a helicopter, and the closest ball will win a $1000 smart TV or cash!  Ball Drop forms can be picked up at the BGCLC Program Support Center at 103 S Smokey Street in Fort Collins during normal business hours.  Contact Jenna Riedi at jriedi@bgclarimer.org or call (970) 223-1709 with questions or to coordinate your forms for this event.

Learn more here!