Mount Vernon Club

COVID-19 FALL PROGRAM INFORMATION

Thanks to an innovative partnership with the Mount Vernon School District, we are able to offer a more affordable full-day childcare program that is sustainable and can meet the needs of most families. The program will run from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Because of the significant support from Mount Vernon School District to make this available, and state statutes regarding the public funds, only students enrolled in the Mount Vernon School District may register.

Final decisions on the site locations will be dependent on enrollment and need. Currently, the Club is prepared to offer programs at LaVenture Middle School, Mount Baker/Little Mountain Campus, and Centennial Elementary. The cost to families is $600/mo per child for families not eligible for Free or Reduced-Price Meals, and $300/mo per child for families eligible for Free or Reduced-Price Meals. For Club members previously enrolled in the AIM Program at the Mount Vernon Clubhouse, additional financial subsidies are available.

Anticipating there are families not in need of full-day programs, but interested in some regular supports and interaction for their children, we are launching Club Connection. The program will operate from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Club members can enroll in one of four options: 1. Monday through Friday, with the intention to attend nearly every day; 2. Monday/Wednesday, attending twice weekly; 3. Tuesday/Thursday, attending twice weekly; 4. Friday Only.

Club Connection will include an afternoon snack, learning supports and tutoring, social-emotional learning activities, enrichment programs, and of course, fun. Club members will be placed into a cohort and remain with that cohort for the entirety of the program, for health and safety reasons.

Participants in either program are required to wear masks unless there is a documented medical exception.

While our program model currently limits the free-choice developmental activities Boys & Girls Clubs are known and loved for, our staff has worked hard to recreate the fun Club experience our members and families have come to expect. 

A daily health screening will occur, and entrance will be subject to fulfilling that screening and a temperature check on arrival. For families who may have children they are comfortable walking to the Club on their own, we are working on an app-based system for parents to complete the health screening in advance for admission to the program each day.  

TEEN HOURS: Our current focus remains on providing younger members with enhanced services to assist working families. However, there are plans to operate bi-weekly Teen Nights beginning as early as October 2nd, from 6:00-10:00 pm. Teen members are those attending middle school or high school. 

WHO CAN ATTEND THE CLUB? Any youth ages 6 (or completed Kindergarten) to 18. Buses are available from select schools during normal operations. No transportation is currently available.

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION: Beginning with the 2020-21 School year, all membership registration and interaction regarding the payment of dues and fees will be conducted through the new MyClubHub system, which launched on August 17, 2020.  

CLUB HOURS (Programs to begin Tuesday, September 8th):

Full-Day Program: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Club Connection: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

TEEN HOURS: Our current focus remains on providing younger members with enhanced services to assist working families. However, there are plans to operate bi-weekly Teen Nights beginning as early as September 18th, from 6:00-10:00 pm. Teen members are those attending middle school or high school. 

Club Director: Angela Freeberg 
Program Director: Erik Pineda

Location: 1100 North LaVenture Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 947, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Contact: (360) 419-3723 x31

Fun in the Sun with Triple Play

Mount Vernon Club hosts a water balloon toss in the warm weather

From a simple game of Duck-Duck-Goose, to a live full size games of Battleship, Triple Play always has a way to make exercising fun and active for our Club kids.

Triple Play is the second most used program both in our Clubs, and nationally, right behind the Power Hour program. Triple Play is designed to give kids different ways to stay active and is a game plan for the mind, body, and soul.

Sedro Woolley Members play a freestyle game of soccer

Every game we play encourages social interactions, teamwork, strategy, and being active, and we love mixing it up to keep things fresh. Games such as five-finger-soccer, which has the same rules of soccer but instead of kicking the ball around, when someone gets the ball they have to stand still and throw it to teammates, encourage teamwork, collaboration, and activity. Meanwhile other games such as Bow and Stern, an edited more intense version of Simon Says, focus on staying sharp and on your feet ready to move.

Triple Play brightens our kid’s days and gives them a fun chance to play and interact with each other.

Mount Vernon Library Hosts Weekly Story Time at the Mount Vernon Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon is usually full of color, sound, and activity everywhere you look. But every Thursday, there is a pocket of near silence among the organized chaos of the Club as members have the option to walk into a quiet room, stocked with coloring sheets and colored pencils. There, members can take a quick break in a relaxing, calm, quiet environment as a part of “Story Time with Callie”.

Callie Shoemaker, Mount Vernon library assistant, has continued this long-running tradition at the Mount Vernon Club. “When I took over the position, this was one of the projects I decided I’d keep going” said Callie. Every week, for just over two years now, a library assistant has come to the Club to read to members as the members get to relax, color, and listen to the stories.

Story Time is a part of a larger program at the Mount Vernon Club called Project Learn. Every week there are 

different themes for the days, such as Limerick day or National Walnut Day. Callie takes these themes and brings in a selection of books based on them.

“I really like bringing in some books related to the theme, new arrivals in the library, and some personal favorites to read to the kids” said Callie. The members get to choose which books they want Callie to read.

February – Youth of the Month

Congrats to Mount Vernon’s Awardees for February

Girl of the Month

Kylie M. Age 9

Kylie is a third grader at Jefferson Elementary. She has only been coming to the Club since the beginning of this school year, but in that time she has shown great character through her respectful demeanor and the value she places on those around. She has been a wonderful addition to the Mount Vernon Club environment.

Kylie M.

Boy of the Month

Manuel C. Age 10

Manuel is a fourth grader at Centennial Elementary. He has been part of our club for three and a half years. In that time, Manuel has shown himself a leader by participating in a variety of activities at the club, working hard on his homework and being respectful. We have so enjoyed having him be part of our club.

Manuel C.

Homework All-Star

Samuel T. Age 9

Samuel is a fourth grader at Little Mountain Elementary. He has been part of our club since May 2017. When Sam is at the club you can almost always find him deeply immersed in whatever book he’s currently reading or doing his homework in Power Hour. He also participates in our outdoor games regularly. Overall, he is a well rounded young man who models the importance of expanding one’s mind on a regular basis.

Samuel T.

Artist of the Month

Daisy M. Age 9

Daisy is a fourth grader at Jefferson Elementary. She first joined our club in November 2015.  Daisy is an absolute pleasure to be around her sweet, caring and respectful personality makes her a leader in the making. She is a creative person and loves participating in art. We are excited to see her continue to grow as a leader and as an artist.

Daisy M.

 

Triple Play MVP  (Sportsmanship Award)

Giovanni M. Age 9

Giovanni is a fourth grader at Jefferson Elementary. He first joined our club in November 2015. When he’s at the club you can almost always find him outside participating in Triple Play or chatting with his friends in the gamesroom. He loves participating in a variety of outdoor activities and shows good sportsmanship as well. We are excited to see him continue to grow into a young leader.

Giovanni M.

The Biggest Shed in Skagit Valley

“What is in a watershed?” Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club members pondered this question recently during a visit from the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group. Kids suggested objects as small as insects and as large as mountains only to find that all of those objects can be found in the Skagit Watershed, the region that feeds into and affects the Skagit River. As one member commented, “that must be a really big shed!

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County includes helping youth become caring and responsible citizens. For the kids at the Mount Venture Boys & Girls Clubs, they learned more about responsible citizenship by playing games. The constructed their own “river” by placing together their drawings of the Skagit River side by side to create a line. Then, Keelin Maurmann and Emily Jankowski from the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group asked each kid to pick up an item from around the room. Flanking both sides of their “river,” the kids passed all of their items to the person standing next to them until one person at the end held all of the items. The activity helped them visualize the accumulation of items in the Skagit River and helped them understand how littering affects salmon populations.

“Kids are incredibly intuitive,” says Nathan Allen, Director of STEM Initiatives for Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County. “They understand how throwing trash on the ground affects the water which affects salmon population. More importantly, they’re young enough to avoid any bad habits and to make a lifelong positive impact on the environment.”

Environmental education creates citizens who understand their impact on the world around them and helps to protect local businesses who rely on natural resources throughout the Skagit Watershed. Through educational opportunities like the visit from Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group, Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County not only help serve youth but help protect another vulnerable population, the salmon in the Skagit River.