New Adventures: Exploring Yellowstone

"Hiking into the wild, not knowing exactly what might be found; grizzly bear tracks, the bond of shared experiences or the simple pure joy of being with friends." -Julian

“Hiking into the wild, not knowing exactly what might be found; grizzly bear tracks, the bond of shared experiences or the simple pure joy of being with friends.”
-Julian

After a full summer of successfully fulfilling their duties as youth leaders and exceeding their goals at their respective Clubs and Gates Camp, ten Club Members were rewarded with an unforgettable week of exploring Yellowstone National Park. Thanks to Yellowstone Adventures, these Club Members got to learn copious amounts about the history and landscape at Yellowstone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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An Academic Success Story

Diotto helps Katelyn with her homework.

Diotto helps Katelyn with her homework.

Once a day in the afternoons, Power Hour strikes putting a brief pause to all activities non-school related. During this time, all Club Members are required to dedicate one hour straight to working on an academically focused endeavor. Connecting with many promising students, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver has helped many students realize their full potential in the academic world.

At Place B&GC, last year Power Hour was led by Tadeo and Diotto, two student peer leaders who have attended the Club for several years. Eventually, their increasingly veteran status helped transition them into more of a leadership role within the Club. Starting as volunteers and then receiving paid positions, Tadeo and Diotto filled their afternoon hours running the Power Hour Peer Leaders program.

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Healthy Food Rocks!

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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.

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Thanks to our summer program partners

summer-learning-partnersFriday, 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

Escaping the Concrete Jungle

GatesCamp“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.
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Scream Scram

2014 scream scram monsterGet 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!

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Fun in the Sun

rockies storyGetting 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.

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Bike for Life

bike for lifeAs 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!

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