BGC of London Bounce / Munch Weekend Program

Organization Sponsor: Boys and Girls Club of London

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Program Description

The Bounce / Munch program focuses on getting children excited about fitness and nutrition using a variety of fun and creative activities. Children start the program by getting moving with a variety of activities. After we enjoy an hour of activity, we get together to make a delicious lunch. Featuring The Cool Moves Program  *Pre-registration is required.

BOUNCE, the physical component of Bounce & Munch, will include the three core areas of physical fitness. These areas are Endurance; get everyone sweating, Flexibility; you will feel “stretchy” and Strengthening; which helps keep muscles strong and bones healthy. Participants will look forward to activities, such as Tai Chi, aquatic games, tag, soccer and Rock Climbing. Children, staff and volunteers get up, get moving and have fun, while shattering the stereotype that you have to be an athlete to be active.

MUNCH, our food and nutrition component, will help children identify“sometimes foods” and “always foods”, teach them basic kitchen skills and get them excited about cooking! Each session will have dinner menus and, at least one lunch menu. Children are encouraged to try new foods, keep an open mind and gain the confidence they need to be safe and productive in the kitchen.

Following is a basic outline of the Munch topics & menu for the year.

Session One – Fall Fare: September 21, 28, October 5, 19, 26 and Nov. 2

We will look at the bounty of the fall harvest, fun food for Halloween, how to prepare Thanksgiving favorites and much more.

Session Two – Easy Entertaining: November 9, 16 (Cool Moves Day – Free), 23, 30 December 7 (Holiday Dinner – Free) & 14, Jan 4 and 11

This is the time of year when people start to gather for get-togethers and is the perfect time to teach the children about menus geared to entertaining. We will be preparing traditional pot-luck favourites as well as learning some recipes that are easy to throw together for last minute entertaining. Nov. 16 is our Cool Moves day and children will participate in fun events with children from other programs.

Session Three – Winter Warmers: January 18, 25 & February 1 & 8, 15 and March 1

As the weather turns cold, we will look at healthy comfort foods, how to make hardy homemade soups, and how to best utilize frozen fruits and veggies to make the most out of the winter season.

Session Four – International Delights: March 8, 15, 29, April 5, 10 and 26

This is your chance to try something new and exciting or introduce a family favorite to the rest of the group. We will be preparing a variety of foods from around the world.

Session Five – Fabulous Favorites: May 3, 10, 17, 31, Jun 7 and 14

Kid favorite foods of all times will be made during this session, but by adding a healthy twist. Sticking with the original flavors and favorites, fast food/deep-fried meals such as chicken fingers, pizza, and tacos will be turned into fabulous, nutritional favorites. This is a session you don’t want to miss!

June 14 will be our Family Lunch. We will use this last class to put our skills to good use. Participants will be able to invite a family member or friend for a lunch prepared by them!

*Children must have participated in at least two other sessions to attend session seven.

For more information on all our weekend programs please contact the weekend coordinator at 519-434-9115 ext. 255.

 

Program Approximate Cost: 

$10-$25 per session per child.

Funding Sources: 

Boys & Girls Club of London Foundation

Strategies For Sustainability: 

The Boys & Girls Club of London is a non-profit family recreational facility that provides activities for children and youth whenever school is out. Our program services are planned to provide fun with a purpose. We offer recreation, social interaction and educational programs to build confidence, independence, self-esteem and self-respect for individuals and families in need. The Boys & Girls Club deals directly with children and youth of all abilities in our community. We are committed to helping children and youth reach their full potential.

All Club programs utilize a variety of in-house facilities including two swimming pools, gymnasium, two ball rooms, computer room, games room, craft room, activity rooms and the Club House Café. Free Bussing for children is available to the Club during the week from locations throughout the City. A nightly Supper Club program offers nutritious meals at a cost of just $2.00. During the summer and school holidays, day camps are offered. The children enjoy a full day of scheduled activities that may include swimming, gym games, crafts and out-trips. Swimming lessons are also offered throughout the year.

Impact Of Program: 

 46,563 program visits by children and youth, participating in drop-in recreational, social and educational programs at the BGCL.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

The outline below is an example of what a basic program may look like.

BOUNCE:

10:00 am Meet and Discuss Activities for the Day

10:05 am Warm-Up/Ice-Breaker Activity

10:10 am Stretching Exercises

10:20 am Physical Activity (ie. Cardio, Athletic, or Pool Games)

10:50 am Cool-Down Activity

MUNCH:

10:55 am Washroom Break to Wash Hands

11:00 am Read Over Recipe and Give Instructions

Assign Roles & Responsibilities

Station 1: Washing & Peeling Fruits/Veggies

Station 2: Cutting & Dicing Fruits/Veggies

Station 3: Prepping & Cooking Meat

Station 4: Mixing Spices & Ingredients

Station 5: Cooking & Preparing Side Dish

Station 6: Cooking Games & Trivia

11:10 am Cook at Assigned Stations

11:45 am While Food is Cooking Play Cooking Games & Trivia

12:15 pm Enjoy Eating

12:30 pm Clean-Up (Each day every child will be assigned a specific clean-up job)

Serve Food (2)

Put Left-Over Food Away (2)

Wipe Tables

Dry Tables

Wash Dishes

Fill/Empty Dishwasher

Dry Dishes

Put Dishes Away

Sweep

1:00 pm Pick-Up or Afternoon Adventure

Challenges To Meet Them: 

In 1977, the number of children and youth aged 0 to 24 living in poverty in London was just over 10,000. Today, that number has grown to more than 29,000 and the Club has expanded and evolved to meet this ever-changing population.

Length and Stage of Project: 

The Club has enjoyed continued success and growth since 1956 and we are honored to have a continued association with many of our founding fathers.

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