Steil Club Fall Programming
August 25th, 2011
After a great Summer full of fun and exciting learning opportunities, Fall programming is ready to go! The Clubs will be in full swing, Tuesday, September 6th. To help Club Members kick off the school year, Club staff, board members and volunteers will be at Sibley Elementary school celebrating their return!
Club Members are being encouraged to wear their Club and Camp gear to school to promote their home away from home! As an incentive for the youth, any child spotted wearing the gear will receive a prize!
September 6th - 9th: The first 50 kids in the Club will receive free school supplies!
September 15th: We will be taking another 12 kids to receive free bikes from Bentler Automotive. Read more here about the first collaboration with them.
September 24th: We will be celebrating Worldwide Day of Play out at Camp O'Malley.
Camp O’Malley finishes another successful summer!
August 24th, 2011
With school starting just around the corner, Camp O’Malley is quiet without the sounds of laughter, water splashing, camp songs, fire crackling, bouncing balls, whistles and cheers of excitement. The Camp just completed another successful summer serving 454 campers over a 7 week period.
The Camp focused on the Heart of West Michigan United Way’s desired outcome of helping children increase healthy behaviors. At Camp O’Malley, staff educate Campers about healthy living through physical activities that for many may be a new experience, game, or activity. Campers hopefully will have fun being active want to continue the physical activities after their Camp experience. “Teaching Campers to make healthy choices and be active is a natural fit with the population we serve, our outdoor setting and mission,” explained Becky Reed Missad, Director of Camp O’Malley.
The Camp Staff, made up of positive adult role models, teach healthy behavior including eating healthy, staying active, setting goals, staying involved in extracurricular activities, having a healthy self-esteem, and encouraging one another. The Camp teaches these important messages at time of year when at-risk youth do not often have access to enriching summer opportunities.
Camp O’Malley serves kids ages 8-14 through a residential summer Camp experience. No child is ever turned away because they cannot afford to pay. This summer, 94% of our Campers fell below the poverty line qualifying them for a Camper Scholarship. Campers who attend our adventure Camp participate activities like the climbing wall, swimming, canoeing, tubing, high ropes course, team-building, low ropes, sports, arts & crafts, hiking, biking, fishing, dance, healthy living, and nature exploration.
AYBT National Championship
August 23rd, 2011
The Seidman Boys & Girls Club basketball teams finished the summer AYBT basketball tournament on a high note. There were a total of five teams that competed in the summer league from Seidman. We had over eighty members that played in the league from Seidman Club. The tournaments were played all over the Midwest, and ended with the Nationals in Fort Wayne, Indiana on July 15th-23rd. The kids had an amazing experience and worked really hard on and off the basketball court. The 6th grade boys team came back home National Runer-Up. The 8th grade and varsity girls teams came back National Champions. I would like to thank all of the coaches, parents, and sponsors for a very special summer for our kids at the Seidman Club.
Officer Michael Harris