Musician Jack Johnson spends time with Club members in the Learning Garden
This past Monday, Club members at got a special surprise when musician Jack Johnson visited Vickers Boys & Girls Clubs at the Nancy P. Anschutz Center. He was in town to kick off his latest tour at Red Rocks and stopped by to hang out with some very lucky kids to help harvest food from the Club’s Learning Garden.
Jack Johnson joined Club members for a garden scavenger hunt lead by The Kitchen Community. They collected items from the garden that were all part of a recipe that they learned. After the scavenger hunt, they snacked on the fresh veggies they collected and tasted smoothies. Jack then surprised everyone with an impromptu performance and taught a few kids how to play the ukulele! The kids each went home with a bag full of fresh veggies and a new recipe to try with their families.
Friday, August 1st marked the closing day for all Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver’s summer programming. From rocket launches to wooden car races, the 2,000 kids we serve each day were given access to engaging activities to continue the learning process throughout the summer months.
We would like to give a HUGE THANKS to all of our partners who made our summer programming possible. We could not have done it without you! Below are details about a few of the countless program partners and volunteer groups that we have been fortunate to work with. Continue reading
“Camp allows me to just get away and have a week where I can just relax. I don’t have to deal with the worries I have in the city.” Arath, age 13
Drive west for roughly fifty miles while gaining over 4,000 feet in elevation and Denver’s sky scrapers will quickly morph into trees while the street lights blinding glow diminish revealing thousands of twinkling stars. This summer 544 Denver kids got the opportunity to leap out of their comfort zone and explore nature’s playground at BGCMD’s Gates Camp. For many, this is a week full of firsts: first time spending consecutive nights away from home, first time hiking, first time rock climbing and much more.
Get in the spirit of the season with Scream Scram, Denver’s only nighttime Halloween-themed 5K.
Join us Friday, October 17, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. for this fun 5K event. Gather your family, friends and teams, dress in costume and head to Washington Park early to walk the Orange Carpet. After the race, cruise Trick-or-Treat Street for yummy food and fun treats. Don’t forget the 100M Spooky Sneak for kids to kick off the race!
Getting outside and being active is an important element to staying healthy and Colorado happens to be the perfect state to accomplish this in! In efforts to encourage kids to be active, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver continuously provides fun events to promote healthy lifestyles. On Friday, July 11th, the Rockies Clinic and Triple Play Tour drew nearly 400 Club members outdoors to enjoy some fun in the Colorado sun.
While Club members at Owen Boys & Girls Club were learning how to swing a bat at the Rockies Clinic, Club members at Shopneck Boys & Girls Club perfected their jumping, running at catching skills at the Triple Play Million Minutes in Motion Tour.
As a kid, summer afternoons are often spent biking around the neighborhood. Unfortunately, a large number of our Club members do not have access to a bike. Tackling this issue head on, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver is participating in the nation-wide Bikes for Life program. With donated bikes, Club members have the opportunity to participate in a three-week program learning how to ride a bike safely. Meeting twice a week for three hours a day, the kids have the opportunity to ride their new bikes to neighborhood parks while also participating in the Fix-a-Flat and Bike Safety clinics. By the end of the program the kids will have mastered the essentials of safe riding and pedal away on their very own new bike!
Please help us give 10,000 kids a great start to the school year! You can support Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver by making a donation, purchasing school supplies or hosting a drive in your neighborhood or at your office. Supplies can then be dropped off at one of eight locations hosting our Stuff the Bus events on July 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Continue reading
As part of the $250,000 Explore Fund, The North Face has named Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver (BGCMD) a 2014 Top 10 Explore Fund grantee recipient for its Outdoor Education Program, chosen to receive up to $25,000. The North Face invites its community to vote on www.TheNorthFace.com/ExploreFund and The North Face Facebook Page for the organization of their choice, giving fans a chance to be directly involved in supporting a great cause. Continue reading