Tuesday, June 1, 2010  
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Quote of the Week
“The chances of me actually making it were very, very low. I had the race of my life.”
- Adrian Cole  
- on making the Junior   
National Team   
Summer programs to run this year
 
With a new and active board in place and a new program director appointed, the Boys and Girls Club of Crowsnest Pass is making a full recovery from last year’s unexpected closure due to financial reasons, and will be offering summer programs to the community this year.
“It is with great excitement and pride that we are able to announce a full roster of summer programming,” says Clara Yagos, club president. “We feel these programs will meet an important need for youth of Crowsnest Pass.”
The club has hired Pass resident Amanda Gail as the new program director, and is in the process of hiring summer program leaders. A full slate of summer activities are planned to begin in early July.
Gail, has been an active community member throughout her life. On top of owning her own guiding company, she has been an active Air Cadet in her teens, teaches at the ski hill, and has worked with many different age groups.
“We’re starting fresh,” says Gail. “We’re building it from the ground up. I’m looking forward to the progress we’ll make. That’s why I wanted this position.”
Her vision, with the support of her board, is to transform the local club into one of the premier outdoor-oriented Boys and Girls Clubs in Canada, taking full advantage of the natural world at our doorstep and drawing on her own experience with the outdoors.
 
While things are still in the planning stages, Gail outlined her ideas for this summer’s programming. She plans to group participating children by age –– 5 to 8, 9 to 12, and 13 and over –– and each age group will take part in two five-day camps, one in July and one in August. All of the age groups would join together to take part in an additional five-day program in each month as well.
She says that the camps would contain age-appropriate activities. The youngest group would stay close to the M.D. McEachern, while the middle group would get to take part in nature walks and the older age group would go on full three-day, two-night camp-outs. All of the programs would contain numerous outdoor activities.
The programs would focus on an environmental theme in July, and a wildlife theme in August.
The Boys and Girls Club will hold a kickoff barbecue during Bellecrest Days, on June 19. Parents will be able to learn more about the programs and register their children to take part. Registration forms will also be sent out through the schools.
After this summer, the club intends to return to regular after-school programming in the community. The club has secured the use of a school bus through the support of the Livingstone Range School Division, and will be able to use it to aid in transporting students to or from the clubhouse at the MDM. More details on their transportation plans will be released later this summer.
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