Toy Shipment from Mattel Children's Foundation
December 28th, 2013
Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth sends a BIG THANKS to Mattel Children's Foundation for the wonderful shipment of toys this holiday! They are a new national partner of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and they are very excited to support our mission and Clubs across the country. We are excited too!
2014 Summer Camp Sessions!
December 17th, 2013
2014 Summer Camp Schedule
Exclusive week for MLK Elementary | Co-ed Ages 8-11 | June 16-19th
This week is set aside just for students at Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy.
Session 2: REGISTRATION FULL!
The Best of The Best | Co-ed Ages 8-13 | June 23-27th
This will be a week filled with the BEST camp activities! Enjoy an awesome week of swimming, rock climbing, biking, fishing, kayaking, team building, arts & crafts, camp fires and fun games of fruit loop wars!
Discovery Camp | Co-ed- Ages 6-8 | June 30-July 2nd
Discovery week is for younger campers who want to get a taste of what camp is all about! Campers experience a fun three day and two night adventure enjoying swimming, arts & crafts, climbing wall, songs, exploring nature and water games!
NEW Session: High School/Keystone Boys & Girls Club Members | July 7-11th
High School week for campers ages 14-17 year old and Keystone Boys & Girls Club Members. Campers will get to participate in a volunteer project, develop essential skills, and participate in all of Camp O’Malley's activities.
Session 4: REGISTRATION FULL!
Middle School Week | Ages 11-14 | July 14-18th
Get ready for a week full of fun events and activities! Campers will experience swimming, tubing, high ropes & low ropes courses, climbing wall, arts & crafts, hanging out with friends and the second annual O'Malley Relay Rally!
Session 5: REGISTRATION FULL!
Super Hero Week | Boys 7-11 | July 21-25th
BOYS ONLY! Bring your favorite super hero costume and come save the day at Camp O'Malley! Have fun rock climbing, swimming, biking and hiking! Come shoot a bow and arrow and make super hero masks! Plus play fun games like Capture The Villain and Super Hero Relay!
Session 6: REGISTRATION FULL!
Girl Power | Girls Ages 7-11 | July 28-August 1st
This week is filled with all things GIRL! Get your nails done at SPA night, wear your favorite dress to the DIVA banquet and have a dance party with your cabin mates! Plus experience all of the awesome events and activities at Camp O'Malley!
Session 7: REGISTRATION FULL!
Adventure Camp | Co-ed Ages 8-12 | August 4th-8th
Get ready for a week packed full of adventure! Experience swimming, kayaking, archery, fishing, team competitions, low ropes, adventure races, talent shows and more!
Taking the Show on the Road - Holiday Caroling 2013
December 15th, 2013
This holiday season, we had an idea. What if we took some of our Performing Arts Program participants caroling to some of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids’ supporters and friends? Director of Development Nicole Rodammer worked hard to put together a two-day schedule of stops while I was busy rehearsing with my students. We took 2 guitars, one for me to play and one for a guitar student, 4 singers and we were off!
To get the kids excited, I explained that this was our Caroling Tour 2013. The idea of “going on tour” was quite motivating for them. Performance locations included Rockford Construction, the Grand Rapids Police Department, Seyferth PR, Mercantile Bank, The Bank of Holland and the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. Each audience gave us such a warm welcome. It made the kids feel great! We finished the evenings with some hot chocolate before heading back to the Clubs.
A very special stop was the home of Jeremy and Diane Barber. The Barber Foundation provided a grant last year to get this program up and running, and we are very grateful to them as supporters of performing arts education for youth. The performers got a chance to say thank you in person and even got to see some vintage guitars. Their dogs were also a big hit with the kids. One of the dogs knew a good opportunity when she saw it and came running with a tennis ball in her mouth. It was a warm memory that we all made together, which is part of what the holidays are all about.
Heading toward 2014, I am so excited to think about where we are going as an organization and where the Performing Arts Program is headed. Each and every day I work with young people who are committed, hard-working and excited to be learning the craft of musicianship, dance, acting and performance of these pursuits. The look on a student’s face when he or she really grasps the task at hand is one of the most rewarding things I have ever experienced. Getting to know one another and forging trusting and caring bonds makes such an impact on all of us. As the holiday season unfolds this year, I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to bring the joy of the arts to our members.
Happy holidays to you and yours. Thanks for your support.
Performing Arts Director