Archive for September, 2015

A Successful Summer!

September 25th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

DSC04691While we have dived head-first into a wonderful fall here at the Clubs, we are still glowing from our most successful summer in our history!

This summer, we ran five Club locations.  There were our three permanent locations in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Wellington.  It was our first time piloting an additional site in Loveland to handle the overflow and we were located at Winona Elementary.  It was also our second summer having our program in Estes Park and we served over 100 youth.

Total, we served 1,547 Club members during the summer program with over 40 impactful programs offered in the areas of Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles.

Our community partnerships this summer were definitely a highlight!  We had over 25 amazing partners who augmented our programming and offered amazing opportunities to the Club youth.  Partnerships included Team Fort Collins, La Familia, Rand Scot Inc, Poudre Fire Authority, Wellington Fire Department, Wellington Farmers Market, Learning Place in Estes Park, Fort Collins Parks and Recreation, SAVA, Hope Farms, Pinot's Palette, RMNP, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, Larimer County 4-H, Loveland Library, Geek Squad, Old Navy, and many more!

The Boys & Girls Clubs employed 44 program staff members who offered over 525 hours of youth programming.  Thank you for your great work!


Check Out our AMAZING Day for Kids STEAMfest Vendors & Activties

September 17th, 2015 by Talia Sanders

Day for Kids STEAMfest is a free community wide event to celebrate both kids in Larimer County and also encourage STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering arts, and math). This event features fun, hand-on, interactive activities and booths brought to you by our STEAM community partners and our own in Club STEAM program.

Join us for a day of family fun and STEAM learning this Saturday at the Promenade Shops at Centerra off of I-25 and Highway 34 from 10am-4pm.

Featured Vendors & Their Activities:

4-H Science Out of School - Balancing Act
Action Works - Remote Control Robots
Airbound - Human Water Hamster Balls
Alliance for Suicide Prevention - Strike Out the Stigma
Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County - Flubber, Angry Birds Sling Shot, Elephant Toothpaste
Colorado Eagles - Inflatable Shoot Booth
Colorado Maker Hub - Zoom Tool Building Workshop
Colorado Odyssey of the Mind - Spontaneous Problem Solving
CSU Engineers Without Boarders - Water Filtration
Deep Space - The Rover Rally
Fort Collins Creator Hub - Air Pressure Rockets
Fort Collins Museum of Art - Norman Rockwell Art
Great Western Bank - Dinosaur Bone Dig
Hach - Turning Water Into Kool-Aid and Back
Leading Learners
Loveland Creator Space - Engineering with Popsicle Sticks
Loveland Police Department - Police Vehicle Tours
Loveland Public Library - Building Artbots
Neaera Robotics - Robots and 3D Printers
NOCO Beekeepers Association - A Bee Colony
Phoenix Garage - Electric Motorcycle Build
Pinot's Palette - Acrylic Painting on Canvas
Red Baron - Create Your Own Comic
Science Matters in America - Exploration of Dinosaurs:Frozen Dino Eggs
Security Services Federal Credit Union
Team Fort Collins - Brain-Based Movement
The Wild Animal Sanctuary - Educational Caravan

Meet Rob, Unit Director of the Wellington Unit

September 17th, 2015 by Talia Sanders


Rob has been Unit Director in Wellington for over a year. Prior to that, he served as the Loveland Unit's Technology Specialist.  Rob is great at implementing new and innovative programs at the Wellington Unit and inspiring BGCLC Members to get involved in these new programs.  Read more below about Rob! ​

1. What is your favorite type of food?
Asian; Japanese, Chinese,Vietnamese, Lao and Indian!  I love food!

2. What is your ideal vacation?
The kind that slows down time with a balance of books and adventures, a place that teaches me and challenges me. I would want to have plenty of sleep and laughter and to meet other sojourners and locals filled with stories.

3. If you were trapped on an island what three things would you bring with you?
I would sure hope that the island had the basic necessities or I would wither away with my saxophone.  What about the climate?  What if I brought a hammock to an island that was forlorn with no vegetation?  Will I be alone?  Would I be able to bring things that I don't own?  Like the world's largest yacht with all the amenities and supplies imaginable for me and anyone else that would like to go island hopping?  I guess I would bring my saxophone, a yacht with a captain, and find the perfect island for my hammock.

4. What is a unique talent you have?
I used to write music for bands and still do from time to time.

5. What do you enjoy most about working at the Boys & Girls Club?
I love witnessing personal, positive growth.  I really enjoy seeing how Club Members grow, how coworkers grow, and how I grow.

Learning Through Nature

September 15th, 2015 by Talia Sanders

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BGCLC Members from our Wellington Unit hiked Horsetooth Falls to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of the school year.

Healthy Lifestyles are important priority outcomes of programming at BGCLC.

Programs and activities such as hiking and spending time in nature promote healthy lifestyles with our Larimer County youth and also teaches them essential leadership and outdoor skills!

Members Learn Essential Skills from Gray Wolf

September 9th, 2015 by Talia Sanders

Gray Wolf is a man of Cheyenne and Micmac descent, who spends much of his time experiencing the old ways of the 1700 and 1800s. He lives often in his tipi, wears authentic clothing, uses ancient tools, and cooks over open fires. He studies Native American history and philosophy, and with great respect tries to keep alive the ancient ways of life of some of the earliest peoples to inhabit the land now known as North America - including the Cheyenne who once lived at Sylvan Dale Ranch (The Heart-J Center for Experiential Learning).

Members from the Wild Child STEAM Program were lucky enough to learn from Gray Wolf about survival skills in the wild and building shelter. Gray Wolf also taught them about his amazing heritage.

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BGCLC Members Visit the Magpie Meander Natural Area

September 1st, 2015 by Talia Sanders

The City of Fort Collins organized this trip complete with a Naturalist Guide who helped Club Kids understand how a beaver adapts to their environment in order to survive. Members participated in hands-on exploration of the outdoors. They learned about what animal tracks look like in the wild, what types of flowers are in that area, and about the aquatic life that strives there. They also used nets and small buckets to examine the aquatic bugs that live in the pond located in the Natural Area. We were able to find various types of small and large aquatic life. Learning about the effects the flood had on the surrounding area's plant and animal life was another highlight of this adventure!

This trip is part of BGCLC’s STEAM Program (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). STEAM values teaching members to discover and learn from experience and hands-on learning. It was fantastic to have an expert Naturalist Guide there to answer questions and assist in activities. We are thankful for the Collaboration with the City of Fort Collins.

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