It has been a super busy summer so far for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Siouxland! Last year our average daily attendance was 72 Club members, and this year we’ve been able to hang out with an average of 172 kids each day—a feat that is only possible due to the hard work and insatiable energy of our staff, volunteers, kids, and community outreach folks. Thank you to everyone for making our wonderful Club safe and fun for so many young Siouxlanders. We couldn’t do it without you. High Fives all around!

Give It Up For New Horizons.

New Horizons is an career exploration organization for Club members ages 13 to 15. As a group, our kids have already completed over 300 hours of learning how to apply and interview for a job, be responsible for their work schedule, and engage in appropriate work behavior. Our members also visit local colleges and participate in Club Talks career exploration sessions.

Since over half of our New Horizons members listed law enforcement as a main interest, we asked the Sioux City Police Department if they would come and talk to our teens.  Officer Kevin McCormick and Officer Jake Noltze with K-9 Odin spoke to the group about their careers and the many different paths to becoming a police officer. It was a good, informative session, and the kids asked the officers several great questions. We are also treated to a demonstration of how a K-9 unit works, which drew in some of our younger members. A big thanks to the SCPD and Officers McCormick and Noltze for spending time with us!

Kids In The Kitchen Is Heating Up.

Our Kids in the Kitchen group has several sessions under their aprons now. A group of 8 to 9-year-olds and a group of 10 to 12-year-olds are currently learning about food, healthy cooking, and, most importantly, kitchen safety. Following a curriculum from the State of Iowa, our kids are learning proper and safe food handling, knife skills, and how to prepare healthy meals to cook at home. So far we have made breakfast banana splits with yogurt, sugar free pumpkin pudding, whole grain cereal treats, “mama’s” mini pizza boats and chicken picnic salad. Yum!

Our Summer Programs Continue.

We’ve been enjoying all kinds of fun activities this summer with programs like those mentioned here in the newsletter as well as cool field trips like swimming every Tuesday at Cook Pool. Our trip to Washington Pavilion/Kirby Science Center in Sioux Falls was amazing—one of us even got to lie on a bed of nails!

We also went to the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. We took 2 van loads of kids. We had a fun time exploring, seeing the animals, and enjoying a picnic lunch.

We’ve also had a few weekly building contests. Below are some pictures of our Lincoln log and Lego building contests.  Our Lego contest was for shark week, and our Lincoln logs contest was to see who could build the best camp ground.

Save Room for Our Annual Steak Dinner Fundraiser On September 10th!

Our annual Steak Dinner fundraiser will be held on Saturday, September 10th at 6:00pm. We’ll have the Iowa State vs Iowa game on the big screen, and plenty of great food and activities to make a wonderful evening.

So many exciting things are happening at the Club on a daily basis, all made possible with generous donations of time, art supplies, toys, and games. Thank you for letting us share our Club with you. To get more of a glimpse of our fun and activities, please follow us on Facebook!

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