Archive for October, 2016

5 Reasons we love Flag Football

October 27th, 2016 by Laura Smith

Fall means football, right? At least it comes to mind in most people. At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, fall at the Clubs mean Flag Football season. Thanks to a partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings, Boys & Girls Clubs are able to provide the equipment needed to get youth out on the field, playing against other units. A little friendly competition is proven to be good for you, at least I'm going with that. Here are five other reasons why we love our flag football season.

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Youth get to travel to other clubs, just like the pros 

"The kids favorite part is traveling to the other clubs," Jake, Fort Collins healthy lifestyle specialist, said. "One Club Member even said that he 'feels like the Cowboys.'"

Youth have to be responsible players on, and off, the field 

"We have high standards for our team," Mica, Lovleand healthy lifestyle specialist, said. "They have to spend at least 30-45 minutes a day doing their homework, and have to show leadership in discipline in the Club...otherwise they are suspended from a game."

It allows youth to learn new skills

Youth are able to learn how to call plays and designate responsibilities during the game.

Buffalo Wild Wings = delicious 

Enough said, really.

Youth get to interact with other club members 

What other way could we bring together Wellington, Loveland, West Loveland and Fort Collins youth every Wednesday during the fall?

If you're interested in seeing these great youth in action, make sure to stop by our Turkey Bowl happening on Nov. 23 at the Fort Collins Unit, and if you're interested in making sure this program continues, grab a meal at Buffalo Wild Wings during the month of October!

 

 

Volunteer of the month: Theresa!

October 20th, 2016 by Laura Smith
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County wouldn't be such a success without our awesome volunteers who help in the Clubs, at events and anything and everything else we can think of. Which is why we couldn't be happier to introduce a new blog series: Volunteer of the Month. If you're a volunteer with BGCLC and would like to be featured, reach out to Megan, our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@bgclarimer.org!
Meet Theresa, volunteer extraordinaire! 
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Theresa (left) while completing Ride the Rockies

What is your favorite smell?

My favorite smell is of freshly cut grass in the summer.

What is the most beautiful place you've ever been to?

 The most beautiful place I've ever been is in the mountains of Austria near Salzburg. If you've ever seen The Sound of Music you've had a glimpse of what it looks like!

Would you rather win an Olympic medal, an Academy Award, or the Nobel Peace Prize?

I would definitely want to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Giving back and working for the greater good is just in my nature!

What is the bravest thing you've ever done?

The bravest thing I've ever done was leaving home to go to college. It may not sound like a great act of bravery, but that life change was huge for me. I struggled a lot with the transition process and when I finally settled into a new way of life I was really proud. It just goes to show that everyone has different "battles" in life and that bravery doesn't always show up in grand gestures!

What is the last thing you geo-cached?

My friend and I did some geo-caching this last week and we spent a couple of hours working on a very difficult nine step riddle cache. In this particular cache we've only made it to step two so far! Since that was a lot of thinking and hard work we rounded out the day with an easy cache called the The Cat's Perch #2.

( P.S. If you've never heard of geo-caching before, you can think of it like treasure hunting)!

What do you like most about volunteering with Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County?

What I love most about volunteering with Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County is the range, abundance and flexibility of opportunities to get involved. Anyone can find a fit here as a volunteer, as I certainly feel that I have!

The Growing Project partners with BGCLC

October 6th, 2016 by Laura Smith

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County not only strives to give Club Kids great futures, but also encourage them to learn valuable skills that help them in life, not necessarily just the classroom. One such program started this summer thanks to Marla Flynn, arts program specialist at the Fort Collins Unit. Flynn decided to partner with The Growing Project, a nonprofit located in Fort Collins that promotes the value of a strong, diverse local food system so that all residents of Northern Colorado can become more educated directly on agricultural experiences.

This summer, Club Kids were taught the importance of growing fresh, nourishing, regional food and why going local is so great! During the programming this summer, youth would venture to Hope Farms where they would learn something new each day, including watching a successful garden grow!

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At the Fort Collins Unit, youth have their very own garden where they plant, care for and harvest their yummy veggies. Each week, youth also open their own "farm stand" where they give away their bountiful loot to other Club members and their families.

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Thank you to The Growing Project and Hope Farms for educating youth and hanging out with the BGCLC. Can't wait to continue this awesome partnership!