BGC Glee Week!
June 17th, 2013
This summer at the Clubs and Camp O'Malley, we have a new program as part of our new music programming. It is a Musical Theatre Workshop called "BGC Glee Week." Members and Campers will put together a mini-musical using a scene structure and popular music. Each scene will be improvised within the pre-written storyline about two friends from school who attend a summer camp and struggle against bullying and peer pressure. In the end, their loyalty remains and everyone learns a lesson about appreciating one another for our differences. Participants will audition for the various roles on the first day of each workshop, which will be held for three hours per day Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The workshop will culminate with a performance on Friday afternoon/evening (Camp O'Malley).
Seidman: June 24-28
Paul I: July 8-12
Camp O'Malley: July 29-August 2
Steil: August 5-9
This workshop is a great way for kids to learn important skills such as working together, listening, movement, acting and singing. Using improvisation to tackle a subject such as bullying is a great way for kids to explore their own feelings and make more sense of the world around them. For more information, contact Music Program Coordinator Casey Stratton at email@example.com or (616) 233-9370 ext 109.
Meet our new Camp Director, Amanda Alters
June 16th, 2013
Camp O'Malley has a great new addition this Summer! Meet Amanda Alters, our new Camp Director! We wanted to get to know her a little better and thought maybe you would too. Read her interview below!
Q: What is your background/experience?
A: Throughout college, I spent my summers working as a camp counselor. Once I graduated from Grand Valley State University, I spent a year working as a coordinator for a nonprofit organization that served children with life threatening illnesses. I was given an opportunity to get back into the camping industry, and I accepted a job at Spring Hill Camps where I served in a variety of roles within the organization.
Q: What drew you to this position?
A: I have always had a strong desire to work with kids in the Grand Rapids community. I was excited that this position would allow me to use my experience in the camping industry and desire to work with children in Grand Rapids.
Q: What was your favorite camp activity as a child?
A: I always loved arts and crafts as a camper. Each year, I would make a friendship bracelet and see how many months I could wear it after camp before it fell apart.
Q: How was your first day of Camp?
A: The first day was GREAT! The energy of our staff was contagious, and the kids were so excited to be back at camp.
Q: What are you looking forward to most?
A: I'm really looking forward to seeing kids get out of their element and try new things at camp. It's always inspiring to see the accomplishment kids feel after they conquer one of their fears by trying something new.
Stretching out this Summer with YOGA!
June 14th, 2013
It's official, Summer is here at the Clubs and so is great new programming! Officer Connie Moore and staff member Ashten Wilkey started teaching yoga at all three Club locations on Tuesday, June 11th. Every Tuesday for ten weeks, they will build on yoga poses accompanied by breath and flow. Their goals are to get fit, boost self-esteem and confidence, reduce negative reactions to stress, spend time together, and have fun. After ten weeks all three Clubs will join together in a yoga class and have a party.
"This week we had an amazing time," said Ashten. "Already, the kids are playing around with poses and making them their own, teaching each other. On the first day! I think they felt really special to be there. It’s only an hour, but they kept asking when I was coming back."
The teachers will be rotating weekly among the sites. And when Officer Connie or Ashten can't make it, April Kidd will be substituting at Paul I. Phillips; Mayra Cardenas at Steil, and Suzan Guben at Seidman.
Do you do yoga or know someone who does? Share your love of this great tool with our youth!