GPAC Awards!

At the end of July our organization attended the Great Plains Area Council (GPAC) conference which encompasses Boys & Girls Clubs from SD, ND, and MN. Not only does this conference give us the opportunity to learn new things and collaborate with others, we also celebrate achievements.

Our Board Member Julie Feurstenau received an Outstanding Board Volunteer Award for South Dakota. This award recognizes outstanding contributions by a Board Member who selflessly gives back as an advocate for our organizational mission. Julie has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2009. Julie has served numerous roles on Board committees. Whether Julie is recruiting volunteers for a project, soliciting businesses for a donation, or leading a committee, her enthusiasm overflows and is truly contagious!

Julie is also an engaged parent, as she has a daughter currently enrolled in our Kidscope after-school program. She always ensures that our programs and staff members have the day-to-day tools and supplies to execute our programs. Her generosity shines as she recently donated a play kitchen set to the pre-school, board games, furniture and a TV for our new 5th and 6th grade room that was introduced this summer. Julie will be a Board Member who continues to contribute to building great futures in our community.

Our Club received the Outstanding Marketing & Communications Award for our work on the Open Doors Capital Campaign.  Right from the start, we had three positive aspects for this campaign. First, we set the stage by having a great story to tell about the need for renovations and additional space. The second involved the volunteers who gave their time to the campaign. Their enthusiasm and support were vital to our success. And the final one is that community embraced this project and we were fortunate to have some significant contributions to get us started off very positively.

Overall, our capital campaign had 213 donors, with 56 new donors to the organization. The Capital Campaign was a big success for our organization in many ways. Not only did we surpass the goal, we engaged many community members, created new lasting relationships, and continue to use many of the new policies and procedures set for the campaign.

Finally, Jodi Driscoll, was inducted into the inaugural class of GPAC Hall of Fame! The Hall of Fame recognized individuals from each state who have made a difference not only for their Clubs in their community, but have influenced our Boys & Girls Club Movement. As a long-standing Board Member of the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown, Jodi has been involved in it all. Jodi has brought volunteer leadership within the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown to a new level through her time, talents, and personal contributions. Jodi has proved herself to be an influential pillar within the Boys & Girls Club Movement serving locally, on the Great Plains Area Council, and on the Boys & Girls Club of America’s National Area Council Committee, where she worked to implement programs to expand the goals of the Movement nationwide.

This past year, Jodi served as the Chair of our Open Doors-Capital Campaign fundraising project. She was instrumental in the success of the project. The fundraising goal was exceeded, much to do with Jodi’s work ethic and drive. Jodi is an inspiring individual who not only helped solicit donations large and small, but recruited volunteers to help with key decision making and gift solicitations. The Hall of Fame also recognized Jeff Amy, who was an Executive Director with the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown in our very early years and now Jeff works with the National Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Chicago, IL.

Transforming Lives!

Julie Fuerstenau, Board Member of the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown was presented the 2017 “Transforming Lives Award” at the January 18 Board Meeting. This award recognizes outstanding contributions by a Board Member who selflessly gives back as an advocate for our organizational mission. Julie has been a member of the board of Directors since 2009. She has served numerous roles on committees including: Human Resources, Camel Races, and Capital Campaign Marketing. Julie has volunteered her time as a Youth of the Year Judge for our local competitions and has assisted with special events including our Halloween Party and Tackle Football Extravaganza.

Julie is also an engaged parent, as she has a daughter enrolled in our Kidscope program. She always ensures that our programs and staff members have the day-to-day tools and supplies to execute our programs. Her generosity shines as she recently donated a play kitchen set to the pre-school, helped equip our 5th and 6th grade area, and provided 25 wrapped gifts for our staff holiday party.

Julie is a tremendous public relations arm for our organization. Whether she is recruiting volunteers for a project, soliciting businesses for a donation, or leading a committee, her enthusiasm overflows and is truly contagious! Julie has truly rolled up her sleeves and gone to work for the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown. She has an incredible attention to detail and a big heart in giving back to children. In her time on the Board, Julie has contributed hours and hours of her time and talents. Julie will be a Board Member who continues to contribute to building great futures in our community.

Week 2 of Summer Programs–Healthy Living

We have a full summer planned with fun activities and learning opportunities. Each day we will provide breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack. Meals and snacks are included in the membership fees. To help against “summer learning loss” each day we offer D.E.A.R., where all our members and staff “Drop Everything And Read”.

During the summer we plan activities around a thoughtful theme. This year we are focusing on the Storybooks. Each week we will highlight a new genre and book theme.

June 5th – 9th will be health where we will be focusing on things like eating well and exercise.

In the Educations Center we will activities like yoga and meditation, My Plate Trivia, and Heathy Pictionary! The Education Center is a great quiet area in the Club where friends can meet to play board games, cards, or put together puzzles as well.

The Art Room is the place we encourage our members to be creative and have fun with new projects and activities. This week our members will make their own chef hats, make a fruit mural, and learn about parts of a plant—just to name a few of the fun things we have planned!

In the Social Recreation area, we will have fruit and veggie relays, Air Hockey tournaments, musical chairs, and card games among many other fun games and activities. Our Gamesroom is always a buzz with many activities and fun. We offer our youth freedom of choice to play with their friends in an organized and facilitated fashion.  Some fun activities this week include super silent speedball and puzzles!

In the Gym to focus on the health theme, we will have fitness stations set up, relay races, and many versions of dodgeball. There will also be opportunities for open play and many trips to the park!

Upcoming Important Summer Dates:

Friday, June 23rd: Retirement Celebration for Linda Schoepp at the Elk’s 5:30pm.

July 3rd and 4th: All Programs are CLOSED.

July 18th and 19th: Tackle Football Registration Nights for in-coming 5th and 6th graders.

Wednesday August 9th:  The Optimist Club Family Pool Party for Club members at the Watertown Family Aquatic Center.

Friday, August 11th: Last Day of Summer Programs for Kidscope and The Boys & Girls Main Site.

August 14th-23rd: The Boys & Girls Club Main will be Closed while moving to our temporary location, Garfield Elementary.

Summer Week 1: Travel!

Our first week of Summer Programs will begin Tuesday, May 30th. We have a full summer planned with fun activities and learning opportunities. Each day we will provide breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack. Meals and snacks are included in the membership fees. To help against “summer learning loss” each day we offer D.E.A.R., where all our members and staff “Drop Everything And Read”.

During the summer we plan activities around a thoughtful theme. This year we are focusing on the Storybooks. Each week we will highlight a new genre and book theme.

May 30th – June 2nd will be travel where we will be focusing on things like journals and maps.

In the Educations Center we will activities like travel themed Pictionary, States BINGO, and trivia games! The Education Center is a great quiet area in the Club where friends can meet to play board games, cards, or put together puzzles as well.

The Art Room is the place we encourage our members to be creative and have fun with new projects and activities. This week our members will draw their dream vacations, play charades, make their own maps—just to name a few of the fun things we have planned!

In the Social Recreation area, we will have legos, Air Hockey tournaments, doll houses, and card games among many other fun games and activities. Our Gamesroom is always a buzz with many activities and fun. We offer our youth freedom of choice to play with their friends in an organized and facilitated fashion.  Some fun activities this week include super silent speedball and magnatiles!

In the Gym to focus on the travel theme, we will play Ships Across the Ocean, of course, along with trying different popular sports from around the globe like soccer, Chinese Jump Rope, rugby, and lacrosse. There will also be opportunities for open play and many trips to the park!

Upcoming Important Summer Dates:

Friday, June 23rd: Retirement Celebration for Linda Schoepp at the Elk’s 5:30pm.

July 3rd and 4th: All Programs are CLOSED.

July 18th and 19th: Tackle Football Registration Nights for in-coming 5th and 6th graders.

Wednesday August 9th:  The Optimist Club Family Pool Party for Club members at the Watertown Family Aquatic Center.

Friday, August 11th: Last Day of Summer Programs for Kidscope and The Boys & Girls Main Site.

August 14th-23rd: The Boys & Girls Club Main will be Closed while moving to our temporary location, Garfield Elementary.

A Storybook Summer!

Can you believe it’s almost Summer? Neither can we, but we have been busy coming up with great summer programs to keep kids active and learning the whole time. Our summer theme this year is: “Storybook Land” each week we will highlight a new genre and book theme. May 30th – June 2nd will be travel where we will be focusing on things like journals and maps. June 5th – 9th we will focus on Health with activities such as gardening, cooking and sports. June 12th – 16th we will dive into fairy Tales. The week of June 19th – 23rd will be filled with mystery. June 26th – 30th will explore science fiction. July 3rd – 7th we will find out how the West was won by discovering the best in westerns. We will laugh our way through July 10th – 14th with a focus on comics. To be or not to be coming to the Club on July 17th – 21st because this week we will learn about the Classics and focus on Theatre. Don’t be too afraid to the come to the Club July 24th – 28th because this week we will have some fun with the horror genre. July 31st – Aug. 4th will bring us on many adventures as we make our own action & adventure. Finally, our last week of Summer, Aug. 7th – 11th we will focus on great series of books like Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narina, and A Series of Unfortunate Events. It’s going to be a great summer!

Here are some special dates to note regarding the Boys & Girls Club Summer Schedule: 
Thursday, May 25th: The Boys & Girls Club Main Site will be open for the Watertown School District’s Early Dismissal Day
May 26th-May 29th: All Boys & Girls Club Programs will be Closed.
Tuesday, May 30th: All Summer Programs Begin!
Friday, June 23rd: Retirement Celebration for Linda Schoepp at the Elk’s 5:30pm.
July 3rd and 4th: All Programs are CLOSED.
July 18th and 19th: Tackle Football Registration Nights for in-coming 5th and 6th graders.
Friday, August 11th: Last Day of Summer Programs for Kidscope and The Boys & Girls Main Site
August 14th-23rd: The Boys & Girls Club Main will be Closed while moving to our temporary location, Garfield Elementary.

C.A.T. Program

C.A.T. (Club Against Tobacco) is a program provided for 3rd-7th grade youth at the Boys & Girls Club. At an early age, our Club members learn the negative effects of tobacco and learn how to avoid these products in the future.

Did you know it takes 48 hours for smell and taste to improve once all the nicotine leaves the body? This is just one of the facts youth members learn in our C.A.T. Program. Through role playing and games our Club members learn to say “no thanks”. “We equip youth with the tools to say ‘no’ if presented with these negative situations in the future,” explains Kyle Thyen, Director of Program Services at the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown.

The program consists of six 2-hour sessions which includes hands-on activities, role playing, experiments, and incentives along the way. Once members have completed their 12-hours, they celebrate with an interactive game of Jeopardy and a pizza party. The program is hosted throughout the school year and runs in conjunction with the national “Kick Butts Day” which takes place on March 15th this year.

Programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown are certainly more prevention based than they have been throughout our 40 year history in the community. Our organization wants to set our youth up today for a greater future by showing them healthy choices today, rather than correcting it in the future.

Christmas Break Activities

The Boys & Girls Club of Watertown will be open for all day activities December 27, 28, 29, 30th. Join us for fun as we celebrate Christmas Vacation! Each day we will provide breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack. Meals and snacks are included in the membership fees.

Day passes are available for $2. Main Club Site hours are 7:30am-6pm.
To help against “learning loss” each day we offer D.E.A.R., where all our members and staff “Drop Everything And Read” for 30 minutes.

In the Art Room we will be making chalk art, perler beads, and rubber band bracelets. We will perform with puppets, play charades, and create our own winter wonderlands. The Art Room gives our members the opportunity to be creative, try new things, and explore new ways of thinking!

The Education Center will have opportunities for our members to write Christmas present thank you cards, play card games, and make New Year’s resolutions. The Education Center is quiet place where our members can check out a book, play educational games on our computers, or play board games will their friends.

In the Gamesroom we will be building with K’nex, playing Be Great Table Tennis, and watching Christmas movies. We will also make balloon portraits, play Just Dance, and Minute to Win games! We strive to make the games room a warm and inviting environment where young people learn social skills, such as making friends and how to interact positively with other youth members.

Besides Open Gym, our gym programming will keep our members active through games like kickball, floor hockey, ships across the ocean, and never ending lightning. We will also play one of our new favorites games: Finding Nemo!

Finding Nemo is similar to a game of tag except when a player is tagged they go to a middle circle marked by cones. Tagged players may be pulled out of the circle by the other “fishes” to get back into the game. The 3-4 taggers will play till time is up or all fish have been captured. Pick new taggers and start the game again. Our sports and fitness programs offer a positive use of leisure time, reduction of stress, appreciation for the environment and social and interpersonal skills. We strive to reach out to in-active members and work to reduce childhood obesity by encouraging our members to participate in at least 60 minutes of activity a day.

December 23rd & 26th: The Club Programs will be CLOSED for the Christmas Holiday.

Monday, January 2nd: The Club Programs will be CLOSED for New Years.

Touch Club 101

The Torch Club is a place for Boys & Girls Club members of ages 11 to 13 to learn how to make a difference in themselves and in others lives through service, leadership, and demonstrating good character. These days younger kids may not be getting the examples and encouragement they need to become a good citizen and leader in the community, so Torch Club was created to exactly that. In the program, kids learn how to work together to plan and create activities  in four areas: service to Club and community; education; health and fitness; and social recreation.

Through these service activities, Torch Club member recognize Club and community needs, create programs and activities, and to actively participate in their community. Just these past couple months, Our Torch Club has participated in the PACH Program,  set up for the Halloween party,  and  hosted a dance party for the Club. Helping in these events they get to have fun, learn how to help others, meet new people, and become apart of the community.

Torch Club members also take part in educational activities that focus on personal development. These activities develop their social skills , problem-solving, communications, goal-setting and decision-making skills. The objective is to have teens develop a moral compass and value qualities such as honesty, justice, fairness and respect for self and others.

Holiday Promotions

Here are just a couple ways you can support the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown this holiday season.

Herberger’s

Our local Herberger’s is supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown this holiday season with a special holiday promotion. Now through Dec. 24, Herberger’s invites its customers to support the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown by 1) purchasing Peppermint the Bear or a jumbo-size coloring book, 2) making an online donation, or 3) beginning Nov. 14, donating $3 and getting a coupon for $15 off their next purchase. Our local Club receives 60% portion of the funds raised at our own Watertown Herberger’s and 40% will go to Boys & Girls Club of America for training and support.

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Amazon

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BGC Golf Academy

The PGA of America (PGA) and United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced the new PGA Sports Academy golf program to youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Watertown. Golf training equipment and instructional support from PGA Professionals will be provided through this partnership to help youth build character, develop healthy lifestyles, and learn the game of golf. The Club will implement the five- to six-week curricula every Tuesday and Thursday.

The three core components of the partnership are:

  • PGA Professionals serve as instructors, utilizing space both in and out of local clubs to facilitate the PGA Sports Academy program.
  • Professionals teach basic skills and the Rules of Golf, in addition to coordinating contests, games and a visit to a local golf course to reinforce both the fun of the game and skill development.
  • The golf training clubs and equipment used for the program at each Boys & Girls Club allows for safe golf activity in limited space, and is designed for multiple users.

“We are excited to be able to continue to expose youth here in Watertown to the sport of golf, thanks to the partnership with The PGA and USGA,” said Matt Steiner, Gym Coordinator.  “The many merits of golf – determination, focus, discipline, and respect – also include fitness and fun, and the promotion of healthier lifestyles. This program opens doors to new experiences to help the young people we serve become positive role models, better citizens and have even greater futures.”

The PGA of America will support the implementation and expansion of the PGA Sports Academy program, which teaches youth age 8-13 basic golf skills along with good character and life skills promoted by Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. For many of the Club members, this will be the first time they have ever held and swung a golf club. The partnership’s goal is to teach Boys & Girls Clubs youth golf equipment basics, the rules of golf, fundamentals of the grip and swing, behavior and etiquette on and off the course, golf terminology and the scoring system, fitness and nutrition, and how to have fun while playing golf.