Posts Tagged ‘Arts at BGCLC’

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.


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!


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.


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!


Meet BGCLC Staff Amber Lorenz!

August 11th, 2016 by Laura Smith
Amber has been an outstanding Program Aide at the Estes Park Site for the last three summers. Amber is famously known for her work directing and organizing the Annual Estes Park Play each summer, which she started three summers ago! This fall Amber will be headed back to school for her final year in college, where she is earning a degree in Education. We will miss you Amber, and hope to see you next summer! Read below to learn about more about Amber!
(Amber is on the left)

(Amber is on the left)

What is your favorite food? 
All things cheesy. There's this dish they have in Costa Rica called casado that's basically rice and beans, fried fish and veggies (and cheese, obviously) which I could eat for every meal for the rest of my life.
What is your ideal vacation?Well, I love beaches and tropical locations but the problem is I am gourmet mosquito food (apparently mosquitoes are more than twice as likely to feed on people with type O blood, which is me). Lately I'm feeling the idea of a staycation. People vacation to Estes from all around the world, and I get to live here! Sometimes that still amazes me.
If you were trapped on a deserted island, what three things would you bring with you?
 1. A fun and willing companion who knows a lot about wilderness survival.
2. A really good knife or something...I don't know, ask my companion.
3. A satellite phone so I don't have to stay forever. 😉
What is an unique talent you have? 

I'm really good at Disney Scene It.

What do you enjoy most about working at the Boys & Girls Club?
My favorite part of each summer is—hands down—the plays I've worked on. I love the entire process of making a play happen—making the set and awesome costumes for each kid, seeing the enthusiasm and dedication in the kids...honestly, it's amazing seeing kids who've never done theatre before break out of their shells. Overall, though, I really love the relationships I've built with the kids over the last three summers. I miss them so much during the year!