Boys and Girls Club Invitational Mini Olympics

Organization Sponsor: Boys and Girls Club of East Dartmouth

Organization Partner: Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC)

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Program Description

The Boys and Girls Club of East Dartmouth challenged other clubs for a fun day of Mini Olympic competition. Three clubs responded and each club put in teams of 20 players. Those who were not up to competing became the spectators.About 150 kids were involved. A large sports field was donated and the organizers dressed in togas with pretend torches. The groups were divided into 4 teams called Earth, Wind, Fire and Water. There ere 4 major games to play. Activities included a "Portage" where kids did a combination of carrying each other on their back, one child was a canoe and had to be carried by 4 others, Noodle ( swimming pool noodles) fencing, Relay races, Long jump, javalin throw with croquet clubs.
There was little cost since games were created using existing equipment. Two fund raisers were held at the same time. Each child brought a $1.00 for the Heart and Stoke Foundation. The foundation also sent ribbons, lunch bags, skipping ropes which were given out as prizes. The youth did the first aid stations and sold food such as hotdogs, freezes to raise money for their club activities.

Program Approximate Cost: 

The event was free for participants but $1.00 donation was collected as a fund raiser for The Heart

Funding Sources: 

Boys and Girls Club, Beazley Field was donated.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

This event did not cost anything to hold. Partnerships with other organizations and clubs helped create a festive atmosphere and special day.

Impact Of Program: 

Over 150 children participated in this event. It involved all ages and every one agreed it was a success.

Evaluation Tools: 

Feedback was provided by the other clubs and participants. Being the first year there will be a few changes for the next year.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

This event was free for the kids. There was hotdogs and kids fun foods to buy. There were prizes and trophies to take back to the various clubs.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

It works best if all participants have the list of activities ahead of time.

Length and Stage of Project: 

This project was first tried in 2009. It was so much fun they plan on making it an annual event.

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