Summer 2019 has officially come to an end, and we wanted to show you some highlights from our last week of Young Set Club Camp. Each week of camp at Young Set Club is based on a theme, and at the end of each camp session, we celebrate with a fun-filled carnival.
Camp Carnival is an annual tradition over at our Young Set Club location in El Dorado Hills. This year marked the third anniversary of the ‘Candy Land Carnival’. Over the final week of summer camp, campers worked on building and creating carnival games for Carnival Day, the final day of camp, where the entire family is invited to attend.
The week is filled with fun, with game activities including face paintings, a pinata, candy walks, popcorn booths, lemonade booths, and even an area to create space food, which was from the camp curriculum. This year, campers created space foods like tang, pudding in a bag and used a straw to eat and drink with. Campers also took the opportunity to showcase the archery skills they learned over the summer to their families.
The annual celebration concluded with a final Young Set Club song rendition with campers and their families. Campers also had the opportunity to win prizes, and pie face their camp counselors!
Carnival Day fun was not complete without a prize for each camper along with a fortune egg that included inspirational quotes like “Team work makes the dream work”, “Never give up”, “Take chances and be brave”, and much more.
Here are just a few of the many amazing creations by our campers this year!
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We’re proud to announce our expansion in the bay area with our new center, Altamont CDC! A ribbon cutting and open house was held on December 6th, 2018 to celebrate the new location in Mountain House, CA. Altamont CDC is proud to offer preschool programs to the Mountain House community. The center first opened its doors on September 17th, 2018 and has 4 rooms.
Those in attendance included Tracy Chamber of Commerce, the Associate Superintendent Thorsten Harrison, Jodi Delfino–Sr. Program Director, Amy Cabral-Jones– Site Supervisor and teachers along with parents and several staff members from the regional offices.
Several of our centers celebrated Lights on Afterschool, an annual event in October that commemorates the importance of afterschool programs in the lives of children, families and communities. Our Quail Valley center in Menifee participated in the event with a series of activities at the center throughout the week for both the children and their families. The children toured CDC families and school staff throughout the program, showing off what they were working on in Fashion, STEM and Gardening Clubs. On Tuesday, families were invited to attend a cultural day in which they played an active role in reading and cooking to celebrate diversity. The center hosted a CDC’s Got Talent Show on Thursday with families based on their month long talent club. They practiced, planned and created using groups to make the needs of the show including backdrop, flyers and refreshments. They performed group dances, magic tricks and singing. Friday concluded the week with a friendship and kindness day. It was an opportunity to disconnect from tech and electronics. The kids played board games and card games, handed out Kind bars donated by Lights on After School & The Kind Co and completed random acts of kindness.
On September 27th, 2018, Robert J. McGarvey CDC hosted its ribbon cutting in celebration of providing the children and families of Robert J. McGarvey Elementary School with before and after school and camp programs since the opening of the school last year. This is our first program in Rancho Cordova.
This event commemorates a milestone for Robert J. McGarvey CDC, which began providing licensed school age service in July 2017 and recently moved into their permanent portable this past June. Those in attendance included members of the Executive Team for Child Development Centers and staff from the local regional office, Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce members and staff as well as a variety of business and civic leaders and members in the community.
The Cardboard Challenge is a yearlong event that celebrates children’s collaborative effort to build projects using cardboard materials. In conjunction, The Global Day of Play takes place on the first Saturday of October each year and encourages families, friends and the community to come out and celebrate children’s creative efforts throughout the year. Families at Knott CDC celebrated the event by building several projects out of cardboard. The children were divided into groups and planned out the projects they would build. Castles and houses were just a few to name of the many amazing pieces.
Our students have begun participating in activities co-sponsored by Every Monday Matters, a not-for-profit organization committed to creating a world where individuals and organizations understand how much and why they matter to themselves, the community around them, and the world. Each month a theme is selected, and each Monday has a weekly activity. The Every Monday Matters theme for July was “Monday Gets Active” and on Monday, July 2nd, our students took part in Party in the Park, a day filled with fun (and wet!) activities taking place outside.
“Parks are beautiful things. They were created to provide beauty to be explored, to preserve, to play and to relax in. They are also places for us to connect – with nature, with one another, and our community. Knowing this, you might think that your local park would be the most popular gathering place in your community, but it probably isn’t. In fact, only a very small percentage of adults regularly step foot in their local park. And with TV, the Internet, smart phones, video games, and super busy schedules, fewer youth are enjoying them today as well. Well, it’s time to bring parks back and all the fun that comes with them. This week, we want you to get outdoors and PARTY IN THE PARK.” (from the Every Monday Matters website)
We took this statement to heart and spent approximately two hours enjoying the neighborhood – we ate lunch outside, played tag, had a water squirt bottle battle and even did an art project or two. “This is so weird to paint outside,” Dyanna, a student at the center, said, “but it’s fun.” The Every Monday Matters activity of the week was to get out to a local park for a change of scenery and some new activities, and that is just what Regnart CDC did.
In celebration of one of our newest centers, we held a ribbon cutting for Zehnder Ranch CDC on May 17, 2018. This center sits on the Zehnder Ranch Elementary School site, which opened last Fall. Although we have been operating since last Fall, the center moved into their permanent portable location in April. They provide licensed before and after school programs and camps during school breaks and currently serve 122 students. This center is one of 21 centers within the Elk Grove Unified School District. We are excited to expand our business in the Elk Grove community.
Our ribbon cutting ceremony included members of the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce , Principal and Vice Principal of the school, Child Development Center leaders and staff and the 10 member staff of Zehnder Ranch CDC. For more details on the center visit here.