Submitted By Boys & Girls Club of Leduc
One of the first questions that teachers ask their students on the first day back to school.
Close to 400 students will put their hands in the air and say “Boys and Girls Club!”
Without a doubt the Summer Day Camps at the Boys and Girls Club of Leduc were abuzz all eight weeks of camp.
Live Reptile shows, time travel, super heroes, cavemen, WATER games, swimming, MUD PIT, yoga, Food Fear Factor, doughnuts, candied squid, steam trains and 4D movie experience will be just a sample of what the kids did this summer at the Boys and Girls Club of Leduc.
The staff work very hard at making sure to provide each member a unique and memorable experience, staff rely on our C.I.T.(counselor in training) mentor team to make sure that each member is engaged and included in the activities. Our C.I.T s were at one time a camper themselves, now they spend their summers volunteering and learning valuable leadership skills that they will use as a staff member in the future. Our current summer staff team has six staff who were C.I.Ts themselves. “The culture of leadership is essential in the development and maintaining a healthy Boys and Girls Club” says John Norton the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club. “Here in Leduc we focus on youth leadership development, inclusivity and acceptance. Our staff are positive role models and mentors for all of our members, they take the time to get to know each member and build healthy supportive relationships. When a child or youth feels safe, valued and accepted for who they are, the more likely they will continue to develop healthy relationships, and make better informed decisions in life that will have a positive impact.
When a staff member leaves the team to go to University and College, we do not have to look very far to find a very capable and equally passionate individual to fill that vacancy. Our youth mentors volunteer hundreds of hours every month knowing that one day their goal of becoming a staff member of the Boys and Girls Club of Leduc will happen.