Some truly blessed kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound are getting the opportunity of a lifetime. Through a gift by a couple of anonymous donors a select group of 21 Club members from Lakewood, Tacoma, Spanaway, and the West Sound are taking an all expenses paid voyage to Yellowstone National Park August 18-22. In preparation for this exciting event the kids are going to Northwest Trek on August 2nd.
In the past month the kids have been doing other activities such as a hike through Point Defiance, and taking a virtual tour of the park at the Boys & Girls Club Davies BOTT Lab. While on their newest adventure at Northwest Trek the Club members will receive a guided tour of the park, a tram ride, and a special behind the scenes tour of the bears. This is all being done in an effort to provide the kids with knowledge of the different types of animals that they will see while in Yellowstone. They will also have a great opportunity to learn about many of the native plants that grow in Washington as well as the predators‚Äô native to our geography. The Cheney Discovery Center is also a highlight when visiting the Trek. There, our Club members can let their imaginations run wild as they dress up like their favorite animals, listen to the sounds of specific wildlife, and even touch different types of fur!
Through all of these mini adventures the staff and chaperones going to Yellowstone hope that the kids are prepared to see, hear, and experience all of the many wonderful aspects of wildlife, ecology, and geography that are soon to come. Judy Jones, Branch Director of the Sound End Boys & Girls Club, said, ‚ÄúNorthwest Trek will give us a glimpse of the amazing wildlife that we will experience at Yellowstone National Park. I have never been to the park and find myself just as excited as the members I will be traveling with.‚Äù
The Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound benefits over 11,800 children and teens at eight branches and 14 outreach sites in Pierce, Mason, and Kitsap Counties. The Clubs offer programs designed to enhance personal growth and education, tutoring, computer skills, delinquency prevention, the arts, sports training, league involvement, and much more. Through quality professional staff and a fun, positive environment, the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound assist thousands of kids in developing much needed life skills, self-esteem, and positive values. For more information on the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, please call (253) 502-4600 or go online to www.bg-clubs.com.