Schools out, we’re in

A myriad activities are happening at the club, all part of the everyday club experience.

Last week and the remainder of this week, the Smile Mobile has been parked in our parking lot offering affordable dental care to families in need.

Our summer lunch coordinators introduced Erin Baker’s Cookie Friday. Thanks to the generosity of this wonderful company, the club receives 800 cookies each month. This month, club campers are taking breakfast cookies out to the summer lunch sites and sharing them with other children. The simple, whole food snack has been a tasty treat this summer, packing well for field trips and junior ranger adventures.

Our garden club continues to water and reap the bounty from the raised beds. Thanks to local Rotarian Bryce Fish, we leveled more ground and relocated a garden shed for easy access.

Morning Camp

Favorite stories and timeless classics were explored during this week’s morning camp: “Harold and the Purple Crayon,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Rainbow Fish,” “Where the Wild Things Are” and “Gruffalo,” to name a few. Campers planted seeds and painted by flinging paint from fly swatters, among other activities.

Junior Rangers

Our young members didn’t go too far, heading to Port Angeles and the 15 miles up Hurricane Ridge. The really hot days last week made being outside nice for some, difficult for others.

The visitor center was a nice refuge from the heat. After their hike and picnic lunch, the Junior Rangers gathered around to view the topographic map with their ranger leaders and take in the 20-minute orientation movie. The video they watched educated the members on the wildlife that share the mountain. They learned specifically about the endemic Olympic Marmot and other species living in other western mountains but not in the Olympic National Park.

Back to school

It’s hard to believe we are just three weeks away from the start of school. Important preparations are happening as the community rallies together to gear students for success.

Producers of the Back to School Fair held a Stuff the Bus event at the Sequim Walmart last week, filling the bus with paper, pencils, markers and much more. Local realtors all came together at their monthly meeting and stuffed a club bus with a tremendous amount of supplies to help kick off collection efforts.

Castell Insurance held their annual Shred Event and fundraiser to generate supplies and funds to support the purchase of needed school supplies.

The Back To School Event will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Boys & Girls Club. All Sequim students should attend the fair and gear up for the upcoming year, but those unable to afford school supplies are encouraged to take advantage of free resources. The fair has guest tables for service providers and youth organizations to share and inform the community of opportunities like recreation leagues, scouting and healthcare for youths in Sequim.

School supplies can still be donated at the Sequim School District office, Boys & Girls Club, Walmart and several other local businesses.