Burlington Summer Breeze

Club Membership (summer only): $50 per child, $100 per family, $30 per child for those on Free/Reduced lunch. Some scholarship assistance, prioritized for families, is available. Waiting listings may apply. One Clubs shirt is included per member and is required to be worn for field trip participation.

Summer Hours: Monday thru Friday from 11:30am to 3:30pm from June 24th* to Aug 30th, 2019.

Who Can Attend the Club? Youth ages 6 (or completed kindergarten) thru 6th grade.

How to Register: Register in person at the Administration Office (1605 William Way, Ste B, Mount Vernon, WA 98273) Monday thru Friday, 10am to 3:30pm. Bring your pre-filled forms for each child. Forms are available from the Forms Page. Questions can be directed to Manny Smith at msmith@skagitclubs.org or 360-419-3723 x5.

Burlington Summer Breeze is located at:
Maiben Park
219 Skagit Street
Burlington, WA 98233


Burlington Summer Breeze offers members a fun and safe environment for members in grades 1-6 to thrive in. Each day, innovative programming will take place throughout the Club, working toward three priority outcomes in participants: Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Good Character & Citizenship. Summer Breeze is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Maiben Park. Participants will get the opportunity for physical activity, educational engagement, and even more importantly, summer fun. Come join us for a Triple Play Daily Challenge, games of dodgeball, kickball, capture the flag, and more from 11:30am to 3:30pm. The Burlington Summer Breeze program will operate out of the Maiben Park facility located at 219 Skagit Street. On field trip days, youth must arrive at the Club at least fifteen minutes prior to departure time**. When the bus leaves, the Club remains closed until return.

One of the key components of #ExploreSummer is Summer Brain Gain and Summer Brain Gain: READ—six-week modules of fun, engaging activities designed to address summer learning loss. Each week is focused on a theme and provides a variety of activities focused on literacy, math, and other skills. All Summer Brain Gain modules are aligned with Common Core standards, and provide opportunities for youth to learn through project-based activities, creative expression, and team collaboration. 


Nutrition: Through partnerships with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) we are able to provide fresh, nutritious snacks and meals to youth in our Clubs and communities, at no cost to the child. In some communities, we partner with local School Districts and bridge the gap in service, and in others, Boys & Girls Clubs serve as the lead agency. Last summer, across our service area, we facilitated more than 30,000 meals and snacks. Specific meal offerings and service times will be released as we get closer to summer, please check our website and Facebook page for more info in the coming months. We know that our kids have growing bodies, and when we can assist in ensuring they have the fuel they need, our entire community wins. Make sure to stop by a Club or service location to #ExploreNutrition this summer!


Weekly Themes: When you choose to #ExploreSummer at the Boys & Girls Club, you can rely on purposeful and intentional programs and activities to engage youth of all ages. This year, each week is centered around a theme, from which all elements of engagement begin.

*June 24th-28th: #ExploreImagination

July 1st-3rd: #ExploreWashington
Clubs closed July 4-5.

July 8th-12th: #ExploreSpace

July 15th-19th: #ExploreTimeTravel

July 22nd-26th: #ExploreSeattleSports

July 29th- Aug 2nd: #ExploreHollywood

Aug 5th-9th: #ExploreCareers

Aug 12th-16th: #ExploreInnovation

Aug 19th-23rd: #ExploreBackyardFun


Field Trips: Getting out and about is an important component of the summer, and at the Boys & Girls Club, we are excited to offer field trips locally and beyond in Washington State. All participating youth will need to arrive no later than fifteen minutes prior to the announced departure time, and be wearing a Club shirt—provided at registration or on the first day of summer. Youth not in their Club shirt will not be able to attend the Club that day, as Clubs are closed during these trips, and for safety reasons, we require all traveling youth to be easily identifiable at all times.

Thursday, June 27th
Seattle Aquarium/Green Lake
8:45am Departure**

Tuesday, July 16th
Burlington Fire Department
1:00pm Departure**

Thursday, Aug 22nd
Birch Bay Waterslides
9:00am Departure**
(Only members who have participated a minimum of 30 days at Burlington may attend)

*Start dates may vary based on the Burlington School District’s weather make-up days.
**Field Trip departure times may change. Please check with your Club or return to this page for updates.

A Field Trip to the Seattle Art Museum

Youth observe “Mann und Maus” on display at the Seattle Art Museum.

Club members were able to visit the Seattle Art Museum this summer. Stefano Perruccio, the Clubs’ Art Specialist was one of the chaperones for the trip. Stefano spends time at each of the Clubs coming up with thoughtful art projects for the youth to participate in and he was especially excited about this opportunity. “The museum trip offered an exposure to a variety of art within many cultures all over the world, from modern, to traditional, to indigenous all in one space. I enjoyed witnessing their engagement and energy,” he said. 

Tammy Findlay, Director of Marketing, was also able to make the trip and snap some photos. Of her experience on the trip, she said, “One of the first exhibits we viewed was a very large sculpture of an oversized black mouse sitting on top of a man lying in bed all in white. I asked one of the members if they had any thoughts on what it meant. They were confused by the question, but then had a very literal interpretation. ‘A big rat sat on him and he’s probably dead.’ I said I didn’t know what the sculpture meant, but that maybe the mouse represented something like anxiety. They said, ‘that’s weird!’ I continued asking members about details of various exhibits throughout, and soon members were coming up to me and sharing their interpretation of the art. I really enjoyed their thought process, and how they became more engaged when they realized that they were allowed to have an opinion about what they were viewing.” 

In addition to admiring the works of art, kids were challenged to remain quiet, not touch the work and adhere to boundaries set by the museum. A difficult feat, to say the least, but they all did a masterful job overall. Stefano remarked that he wished museums were more accessible to a younger audience, more interactive, and not so “buttoned-up”.  This might have been one of the reasons that they loved the Three Empathics virtual display, part of the African art collection. The dark room featured neon-projecting, changing images on the wall and on the floor while playing calming music. Some of the youth mimicked the poses of the 3 seemingly meditating or yogic figures and let the images display on them as they lay on the floor. 

Stefano followed up the experience with an art project. He explained, “After the trip, members created their own masks with paper mâché, exploring all the different styles of masks that we saw at the museum, Pacific Islander, Latin American, African American, and Native American. This brought the experience full-circle and provided hands-on learning that was more relatable for them, instead of the strictly academic viewpoint of the museum. This gave them the opportunity to be directly engaged, creating, instead of only viewing.”

Exposure to different types of artwork has shown to have an impact on kids learning and overall academic health. Visiting the museum, and providing Club kids with an “adult” perspective on art is just one more tool that helps the Clubs achieve one of their priority outcomes of Academic Success.

Burlington Club Youth Tour Police Department

Officer Josh Murdock of the Burlington Police Department visited the kids at the Burlington Boys & Girls Club for some on-the-spot fun this summer, dropping in for game of dodgeball, and recently, he took members on a VIP tour of the police station.

It’s a bit of a walk to the Burlington Police station from the Club at Maiben Park, but officer Murdock was there to help chaperone, making sure drivers slowed down, and kids could cross the streets safely. Upon arrival, officer Murdock spent some time showing the kids all of the tools on his belt, and talking about how they are used. One thing youth were surprised to learn that officer

s are exposed to pepper spray as part of their training. He also explained that the tools on his belt are there to keep him safe and other people safe, and that he has never fired his gun outside of training at the firing range. He showed how his two different sets of handcuffs work, and later, even showed how fast he can apply them. Staff Program Coordinator, Andrew Flores was soon rendered immobile, but was a good sport about the demonstration.

Officer D. Pehrson came out for a quick visit before heading out on his traffic beat. He gave a snapshot into a typical day on the force. He said that morning he had responded to a house alarm that turned out to be a false alarm, and that he found a dog and returned it to its owner.

Inside, youth met Officer Mike Lumpkin, who admitted that he was aware that his last name was a lot like Pumpkin. This got the kids laughing. He gave the out a gift of cool mood pencils to the kids. Then they visited the holding cell area, and the control room, where they saw all of the traffic cameras, and officer Murdock showed them how he could control them remotely to show a different view. Outside, officer Murdock opened up a Chevy Tahoe police cruiser and turned on the siren. At the end of the tour, he shook each member’s hand and asked what they had learned from the tour. One thing that was impressed upon the children, was that just because
someone makes a mistake, it doesn’t make them a bad person.

“It’s important for our kids to have a positive relationship with Law Enforcement. Police are here to protect and help us. Interactions like these help build trust among the kids, that they can rely on first responders should the need arise,” said Manny Smith, Director of Operations for the Clubs. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County would like to thank the Burlington Police Department for taking the time to interact with and educate Club youth.

Burlington Club visits the Fire Station

Club members enjoyed a walk to the the nearby Burlington Fire Station to learn about a day in the life of a firefighter and how they can improve on their fire safety knowledge. Burlington Fire & Safety Educator, Erica Littlewood and the group spent some time in the station’s learning center where they covered subjects such as, having a fire escape plan with your family, smoke alarms, and what to do if fire gets on you. This last interactive lesson was a favorite among the kids as Littlewood placed felt flames representing fire on a Club member volunteer, who then demonstrated her “Stop, Drop, and Roll” skills. Littlewood expressed that she was impressed with the their knowledge, saying “I appreciated this group’s thoughtful questions, comments, and answers to my questions.”

Next, youth visited the kitchen, where Firefighter Keith explained that firefighters cook and enjoy their meals together. Firefighter Brad quipped, “Not everyone here is allowed to cook.” Then youth went to the large garage where all the emergency vehicles and equipment is kept. Firefighter Eric dressed in full gear complete with an air tank, helmet and mask. “His voice voice sounds funny in there, doesn’t it,” said Firefighter Brad. “If there’s a fire and someone sounds like Darth Vader, that’s a firefighter coming to help.” Firefighter Keith explained that because of heavy smoke, a firefighter needs the air tank to breathe, and they will sometimes crawl on hands and knees to be able to see, and stay out of the thickest smoke. Kids were able to try on some of the protective equipment and discovered that it is very heavy and warm.

The visit concluded with an in-depth tour of the fire engine, and each youth got to try their skill on the fire hose. Firefighters rolled out a miniature barn with flames on top. Each Club member shot the hose, aiming to knock down the flames. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County is grateful to the Burlington Fire Department for all the service they provide the community, and for taking the time to educate and visit with our Club members.