School’s out, we’re in

Have you seen what has been going on outside with the garden? The bounty has proven to be quite rewarding this summer.

Our club members and Master Gardener volunteers have been watering and tending to all the vegetables. We have been enjoying the large sunflowers and are keeping an eye on the tomatoes, peas, and pumpkins that are getting bigger but just aren’t quite ready.

Our fantastic crew relocated a shed and got to work building our Mud Pie Kitchen. It’s a work surface with a sink that allows the kids to wash produce and take part in imaginary cooking play with outdoor ingredients.

Morning Camp

Greg Heffley is the main character in the popular “Diary Of A Wimpy Kid” book series, and this week our campers got a taste of Greg’s silly world. Each book was introduced and an excerpt read to the participants while they enjoyed breakfast.

Our members picked out a journal, decorated the cover and wrote and drew in their own diaries all week. The club staff arranged activities relating to many of the 12 books.

They played Stinky Cheese Tag because Greg and his friends and family couldn’t touch moldy cheese without getting cooties.

In the book “Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” the family pet dies and they adopt a new one. Members and staff brought in their own dogs for a special dog show. Kim Rosales brought in her black lab puppy who is being trained to be a seeing eye dog.

The kids had a talent show, played soccer and even had a fire drill.

In the book “Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Ugly Truth,” Greg is sleep deprived so pulls the fire alarm. Members exited the building safely in under two minutes, got to see fire trucks and meet the fire chief.

A summer favorite and tied to the “Wimpy Kid” book series, Get Away Club members sailed to Victoria, B.C., for an afternoon.

Junior Rangers

Ruby beach was beautiful this last week. The kids explored the tide pools and identified about 20 different sea creatures.

The boys in Ranger Molly’s group were so into tide pooling, they didn’t want to eat lunch!

We may have some future marine scientists on our hands. All of the members hiked to see the dead whale that had washed up about a week ago. It was quite the sight (and smell)! They all discussed their thoughts about the giant marine mammal and their ideas about what happened to it.

Before the outing was over, the Junior Rangers had free time to simply enjoy the beach. They constructed some awesome structures and sculptures out of sand, rocks and driftwood including a miniature soccer field and a whale.

Last but not least …

Don’t forget to join us for the annual Back To School Event set for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, here at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club (400 W. Fir St.). All Sequim students are welcome to attend the fair and gear up for the upcoming school year.

Campers get some time to explore Ruby Beach last week. Submitted photo

Campers get some time to explore Ruby Beach last week. Submitted photo

It’s a dance party at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club last week. Submitted photo

It’s a dance party at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club last week. Submitted photo

Morning campers play Stinky Cheese Tag during their “Diary Of A Wimpy Kid” book series activities last week. Submitted photo

Morning campers play Stinky Cheese Tag during their “Diary Of A Wimpy Kid” book series activities last week. Submitted photo

Inspired by the “Diary Of A Wimpy Kid” book series, a Boys & Girls Club morning camper works on her own diary. Submitted photo

Inspired by the “Diary Of A Wimpy Kid” book series, a Boys & Girls Club morning camper works on her own diary. Submitted photo