Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

Rock Outside with Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County!

April 20th, 2017 by Laura Smith

Hey Fort Collins!

OK, now that we have your attention we have a fun scavenger hunt for you! Thanks to the creative mind of our Arts Program Specialist at the Fort Collins Unit, dozens of painted rocks have been hidden all over Fort Collins. We need YOUR help in finding these adorable rocks. If you spot one while hiking, running, biking, taking a stroll, grabbing some ice cream, etc...make sure to post a picture of you (and the rock!) to our Facebook page.

Please rehide the rocks after you've taken your silly photos so others can rock(out) as well.

We're all about free fun here at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, and what is more fun that #optingoutside and finding painted rocks?!

Now go hunt, we'll see you out there.

 

BGC Loveland Unit hosts Tech Girls Rock

February 16th, 2017 by Laura Smith

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Does your daughter want to rock...with rocks? Then sign her up for our Tech Girls Rock event happening on March 17! Boys & Girls Clubs of America, in partnership with CA Technologies, are hosting Tech Girls Rock workshop at our Loveland location. This free event is an initiative aimed to encourage girls to discover an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focused educational opportunities and careers.

This event will explore different careers in the tech field, IT trends and topics, give tech challenges and also feature hands-on technology experiments.

The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that women make up 58 percent of the U.S. workforce, but only 25 percent of  the computing workforce. Since this initiative kicked off, Tech Girls Rock workshops have reached more than 1,500 tween and teen girls across the country. Help us reach even more by signing up your tween or teen today!

Participants will also get complimentary breakfast, lunch and a snack by registering!

The holidays may be over, but you can still give the gift of learning by registering your tween or teen girl today. And if you register by March 8th you'll be entered to win a FREE laptop!

Hope to see you there!

Event Details: Tech Girls Rock Free Workshop

Where: BGCLC Loveland Unit, 2500 E 1st St., Loveland, CO

When: March 17, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Who: Girls, ages 10-18

Register at: techgirlsrock.eventbrite.com

Questions? Call (970) 372-2291

 

 

STEAMfest? More like awesomefest!

September 9th, 2016 by Laura Smith

It's finally here! As our Event and Grant Specialist would say, "It's one of the greatest day of the year!"

On Sept. 17th we will be hosting our annual Day for Kids STEAMfest at The Promenade Shops at Centerra in Loveland. This event is free, open to the public and fun for all ages. Literally, even all you adults will have a ball!

Day for Kids is a national initiative that invites you to join Boys & Girls Clubs in making a difference for kids in your community. For more than a decade, adults have participated in Day for Kids events all over the country to advocate for youth and celebrate the life-changing work taking place at Boys & Girls Clubs.  In Larimer County, we celebrate by providing a FREE day of fun and S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) activities for families living in and around Larimer County!

STEAMfest will consist of hands-on educational activities, information about local vendors, and awesome experiences provided by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County.

This year, we will even have a special performance by the Loveland Unit's Step Team. I've seen a sneak preview, and it's something you won't want to miss.

So grab your friends, your kids, and anyone else you can think of and join us the 17th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m!

This could be you! 

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BGCLC Teens Gear Up for #MyEmptyPlate Challenge

September 1st, 2016 by Laura Smith

September is Hunger Action Month, and in honor and support of that, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County has teamed up with the Food Bank for Larimer County in support of their #myemptyplate challenge. During the week leading up to Sept. 1, Food Bank employees came to the Boys & Girls Clubs to educate our teen members about the importance of Hunger Action Month, and what they could do to spread awareness in order to support their cause.

Teen members were given empty plates and also given a sort of incentive challenge: whatever clubhouse uploads the most creative photo with their empty plate will win a party! To check out photos club members upload, browse #myemptyplate on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

To learn more about the challenge and Hunger Action Month, visit the Food Bank for Larimer Counties website.

Don't forget to wear orange Sept. 8, upload your own photos and take action!

 

A humorous display of theatre perfection

August 4th, 2016 by Laura Smith

"Break a leg" was quietly murmured around the Estes Park club last Thursday and Friday as club members from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County Estes Park location geared up for their theatre debut of "The Hysterical History of the Trojan War."

"The Hysterical History of the Trojan War," a play by D.M. Larson is a historical overview of the Trojan War with humorous tidbits thrown in. Because history is always easier to understand and remember when you have a slight stitch in your side.

Club Members of Estes Park worked extremely hard on this production and were rewarded with a packed house and plenty of applause.

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As part of the BGCLC summer plan to educate and immerse youth in a variety of activities, this performance was just one of many valuable experiences club members were able to experience this season.

If you weren't able to catch this showing, make sure to mark your calendar for yet another Estes Park performance on Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. at Performance Park as club members perform with Ballet Renaissance to conclude an amazing summer.

Hats off to you club members, keep up the great work!

 

A ramtastic day at Hughes Stadium!

July 21st, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County Club members, CSU coaches and CSU collegiate athletes all had one thing in common on July 6: smiling (and sweaty) faces at Hughes Stadium. Thanks to a partnership with Colorado State University Athletics, the BGCLC took over the stadium field for the first time ever during an active field day with CSU Athletes. Fifty or so athletes from soccer, football and volleyball divided Club members into groups and taught them various drills for each sport. Each participant spent 30 minutes focusing on each sport, which included catching passes, working on volleyball serves and dribbling the soccer ball.

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The field day, which ran from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., also consisted of a free lunch courtesy of McDonald’s, some CSU swag, and the opportunity to chat with athletes during an autograph session.

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Thanks to this partnership, over 75 club members from Loveland, Fort Collins and Wellington got to meet some of their idols and feel on top of the world, for at least the afternoon. This clinic was put on in attempt to engage youth members in outdoor physical activity while also exposing them to a collegiate atmosphere. While this was the first event of this magnitude, judging from the feedback from athletes and Club members, be on the lookout for future events and continued partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County and CSU Athletics.

Snakes and turtles and lizards oh my!

June 30th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

While no one was shouting, ‘there’s a snake in my boot!’ on Friday afternoon, there were a lot of snakes, and boots, in the BGCLC Fort Collins Club gym. As a special treat to club members who participated in Brain Gain, The Colorado Herpetological Society paid a visit to the club to provide some real-life, hands on learning. CHS was formed in 1972 as a way to promote knowledge in both herpetology and herpetoculture, as well as a way to encourage the conservation and appreciation for all reptiles and amphibians. CHS is also a non profit organization.

Along with some in-depth knowledge, the volunteers of CHS brought with them lizards, snakes and turtles of all sizes. One turtle even suited up for the occasion.

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A special shout-out to CHS and Charles, Academic Program Specialist, at the Fort Collins Club for making this special, informative and fun event possible!

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Youth of the Year 2016

January 15th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi
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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County (BGCLC) will name the 2016 Youth of the Year on February 18th, 2016 at the Growing Great Futures Youth of the Year Breakfast. This is an honor bestowed on a BGCLC club member, ages 14-18, who has shown tremendous involvement, leadership and a positive impact on their Boys & Girls Club as well as on their community.

It’s a long road for a club member to achieve the title of Youth of the Year and it’s often the journey itself that will transform a glimpse of potential into a sustained expectation for greatness. BGCLC believes that each and every one of the youth that comes through the doors of a club has the potential to do incredible things, including earning the title of Youth of the Year!

The road to Youth of the Year starts with simple recognition. Hundreds of youth flow through the doors of BGCLC every day, each with their own chip on their shoulder. Kids, in general, are often “recognized” for their poor choices and behavior that often results from the weight of life bogging them down. How often do kids get recognized for actually carrying out the good things that are expected of them? “Thanks for being a good sport!” can be heard by club staff when a club member shakes hands with the kid who just beat them at ping pong. Weekly honors are given out to kids who helped clean in the art room every day. A member lights up and runs down the bleachers to be recognized in front of their peers as Youth of the Month for their involvement in club programs and the positive impact they’ve had on others.

BGCLC strives to recognize youth whenever possible, as well as build upon that recognition to give them the confidence and skill set to attain the title of Youth of the Year!  The Clubs each present their Youth of the Year, and the winning youth of these three will be announced and honored at the 2016 Youth of the Year Breakfast, being held on February 18 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland.  Details Here.

Congratulations to Gaby (Fort Collins), Katelyn (Loveland), and Sergio (Wellington), for the wonderful honor of being their Club's youth of the year!  Each of these amazing competing finalists started with small accomplishments which were recognized and built upon.

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!