From left, Tayler Tipton, Kari Neuman and Sebastian Duarte enjoy a healthy lunch at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig. The organization provides meals to participating children during the summer, in addition to numerous other activities.

Photo by Andy Bockelman

From left, Tayler Tipton, Kari Neuman and Sebastian Duarte enjoy a healthy lunch at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig. The organization provides meals to participating children during the summer, in addition to numerous other activities.

Summer events are many at Boys & Girls Club

Educational, recreational activities, meals for all ages

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— The weather is hotter, school is out of session and kids suddenly have a lot more time on their hands, meaning the younger residents of Craig should mosey over east of town for some activities.

Boys & Girls Club of Craig has begun its summer session, with a lengthy schedule of activities for all ages from June through August.

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For a full breakdown of daily and weekly activities and summer rates at Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40, call 970-826-0411 or visit www.bgcnwc.org.

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Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Craig engage in a game of carpet ball under the guidance of club staff. The organization has a number of special events planned for multiple ages during the summer.

With the club open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays now that the season has begun, children can expect some full days with their membership, as the staff will provide a full range of fun activities inside and outside the club.

Daily field trips include bike rides, rollerblading, tennis and swimming at Craig City Pool, as well as the program Community Connections.

“We’ll travel to local businesses and educate them on what they do and what you need to do to run those, get them thinking about what they want to do when they grow up,” Program Director Kari Neuman said.

Thursday Thrills gives older kids, those entering sixth to eighth grades, some evening activities, including bowling, kickball or water fights, depending on the week. Other offerings at intervals throughout the coming weeks for the younger are 4-H arts and crafts, the volunteer-oriented Torch Club and a new feature for this year, Education Imagination, which provides hands-on projects with additional registration in June and July, teaching within the subjects of science, technology, arts and more.

The goal is for kids to have fun while retaining knowledge they gained during the school year, Neuman said.

Another summer offering is the breakfast, lunch and snacks provided at the location. Moffat County School District is able to provide regular meals each day because of the club’s proximity to schools.

Judy Davis, food service director for MCSD, said it is crucial to note that during the school year, children from low-income families might not have regular meals beyond the food they receive at school, making the summer even more stressful.

The Boys & Girls Club is a Craig location working with Hunger Free Colorado, which promotes sites across the state at which kids younger than 18 can drop by at certain times to get a free meal without any judgment.

“It’s a big network, and it’s a good program because it feeds these kids,” Davis said.

Although there’s still a lot happening, summertime is less hectic at the club, said members Alondra Quintana, 8, and Allie Villard, 11, and that’s what they prefer to the beehive-like buzz that can occur during the school year.

“I think it’s better when there’s less kids here,” Allie said, with activities such as reading easier with less noise.

Alondra added that the red shirt staff members are fewer in the summer, but they are also able to give the kids in attendance more attention.

“There’s only a few staff here, and they can take care of all the kids,” Alondra said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Education.

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