VIP Party at McFadden's to benefit Camp O'Malley!

February 22nd, 2012

On Saturday, March 17, 2012, The 2nd Annual Irish On Ionia will close Ionia street from the blocks of Weston to Oakes and will consume city lot #3 across from McFadden's (58 Ionia S.W. Grand Rapids, MI). The event will include a stage with live Celtic bands, Celtic dancers, DJ's, drum & pipe players, beer tents, and an Irish inspired food pavilion.

From 4-7pm there will be a VIP Party on the 3rd Floor of McFadden's to benefit Camp O'Malley's summer Camp program for West Michigan Youth. Tickets are $15 and include an "All Access" pass to all Irish on Ionia festivities as well as the VIP Party which includes an Irish Buffet, Drink Specials, DJ, and dancing. Come and show your support!! It will be a fantastic time!!

The $15 VIP Tickets can be purchased ahead of time or at the event.

Irish on Ionia officially begins at 7am on Saturday, March 17th, 2012 at McFadden's for their annual "Keg's and Egg's Breakfast". The Irish on Ionia outdoor festival opens at 10am, with live bands, DJ's, food, and contests throughout the entire day.

Show your support for Camp O'Malley and tap into your green side!


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Congratulations Mayra Cardenas! Our 2011-2012 Youth of the Year!

February 21st, 2012

“I came into the Club just wanting a place to hang out and have fun with friends, but over a period of time it became much more than that … The Club has been there for me in the good times and in the bad times. Whether I needed advice of just someone to talk to, everyone there was always there for me.” –Mayra Cardenas,  2011-2012 Youth of the Year.

Each year we take time to recognize Club members who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, character, service to the Club and Community. These are young people who truly embody what it means to be a member of Boys & Girls Clubs. Three Candidates competed in the 2011 Youth of the Year competition: Mayra Cardenas a 17-year-old senior, Paris Madison a 16-year-old junior and Daniel Vargas a 17-year-old junior all have been Club members since 2008. Each Club member submitted applications, which contained 12 reference letters and two personal essays.

Candidates were then interviewed by the judges who rated them based on their written and verbal responses, poise and knowledge about the Club. The selected Candidate goes on to represent our organization at the state competition in April. The Youth of the Year is a very prestigious honor – this Club member becomes the face of our organization for one year. Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth’s Youth of the Year winner is Mayra Cardenas.

Fifth Third Bank was the lead sponsor and host of the event on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. There were 85 in attendance including Donors, Club members, the three Candidates, Staff and Community partners.

“Now it’s my turn to succeed and give them someone to be proud of in return.” –Mayra Cardenas


#1 Rusty Trapp said:

Way to go Mayra! I wish I could have been there. Best of luck with the state competition.

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2012 Camp O'Malley Summer Schedule Announced!

February 16th, 2012

2012 Camp O’Malley Summer Schedule

Staff Training
May 29-June1 & June 4-8
*Staff report the day (Sunday) before each session for a staff meeting. Meeting starts at 7pm.

Session Dates

Session 1 – MLK Leadership Academy Week
(8-11 year-olds) - June 11-14
This special session is set aside just for Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy students. Join us for the best of the best camp experience filled with swimming, sports, fishing, campfires, songs, rock climbing, biking and much more!

Session 2 – X-Treme Team Challenge 
(11-14 year-olds) - June 18-22
Do you crave adventure, challenge and excitement? Tackle a different task with your team everyday including Mohawk walk, high ropes, zip line, canoeing, Nitro Crossing, and the climbing wall!

Session 3 – Ultimate Adventure Week
(8-11 year-olds) - June 25-29
Looking for a week of Adventure? Here it is! Conquer the wall, Capture-the-Flag, explore wilderness trails, defeat “Life Aquatic” in the pool, venture across the Nitro Crossing, and show off your skills at the Camp O’Malley Show!

Session 4 – Blah Buster Week
(11-14 year-olds) - July 2-6
Bored sitting on the couch just watching TV? Fend off those mid-summer blahs and make new friends! Spend the week playing games at the pool, Minute-to-Win-It activities, climbing the wall, biking, Nature Adventures and team-building!

Session 5 – High School Adventure Week
(14-17 year-olds) - July 9-13
This will be a week filled with all of your favorite Camp experiences! Spend the week tubing, canoeing, climbing the wall, doing the high ropes course, swimming, biking, teambuilding, and playing an extreme game of Capture-the-Flag! Come and chill with us, meet new people and have a blast!

Session 6 – Discovery Camp
(6-8 year-olds) - July 16-18
This camp is a great week for the first-time camper! Campers will get a taste of what camp is all about with this three day, two night experience! Enjoy swimming, arts & crafts, the climbing wall, games, songs, exploring nature, and fishing! Learn what Potato Round-up, Grannies’ Candies and the Talent Show are all about!

(8-14 year-old Girls) - July 23-27
“Girls just wanna have FUN!” Join this all-girls camp for arts and crafts, swimming, dance parties, late nights, talent shows, relaxing and all your other favorite camp activities!

Session 8 – Superhero Week
(8-11 year–old Boys)  July 30-Aug.3
Kapow! Spend the week like a superhero would! Join forces with the staff to become the ultimate superhero! Climb walls, make your own comic book, catch a super villain, dress in disguises, act out your favorite superhero comic, swim, and capture-the-flag!


#1 Joyce Vanderlopeg said:

I would LOVE to have my daughter to be in the ,Girl Power Week.She is7 years ole but a big 7 year old. Please contact me about this This will be her first time at camp.PLEASE CONTACT ME...

#2 Keith Millard said:

My name is Keith and my step son is Jaden and he's 9 and never been too camp. How do we sign up?

#3 billy zambrana said:

hi im billy i love camp o'malley and every time i go i never want to leave and so thanks becky.

#4 destini said:

i miss you ms.elena. i am crying about you.

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"Like" Plante & Moran and help BGCA!

February 1st, 2012

Plante & Moran has been named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the 14th year in a row and our firm is running a contest of sorts to  promote and make a donation to the Boys & Girls Club of America in honor of this award.   
For everyone who “likes” their Plante Moran Facebook page, the firm will donate $2 to the Boys & Girls Club of America (up to $10,000).
Help out our parent organization raise money to support the mission of Boys & Girls Club of America! Thank you!


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