16 percent of young people in the United States considered overweight,
the Fort McCoy Boys & Girls Club encourages community youth to
live a healthy lifestyle by conducting physical fitness activities.
Youth from the Fort McCoy Child,
Youth and School Services program participate in a basketball
camp. (Photo by Rob
its efforts, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and Staples
Foundation for Learning, Inc., are honoring the Fort McCoy Teen Torch
Club for its program excellence in health and fitness. The club
received third-place honors in this category, which carries a $500
Clubs are chartered, small groups for Boys and Girls Club members,
ages 11 to 13, which focus on the development of character and
leadership skills. Under the direction of professional staff advisers,
Torch Clubs help young people realize their full potential by
fostering positive self-esteem and personal growth; building
communication skills; reinforcing academic achievement and encouraging
the development of conscientious citizenship.
the number of overweight children and youth in this country continues
to rise at an alarming rate, it is imperative that we bring an end to
this epidemic and help club members develop healthy habits and stay
physically fit," said Judith Pickens, senior vice president of
program and youth development services at BGCA.
"The creativity, talent and dedication displayed by Torch
Club members to develop and implement these projects are truly
Staples Foundation for Learning
local Fort McCoy Torch Club members created a Healthy Habits Club that
included different sports camps, fun fitness activities, and active
volunteering. Volleyball, basketball, and fitness camps were the top
three choices for the sports camps. During these camps, the youth
socially interacted with each other and demonstrated character and
Torch Club members also set up field trips to the bike trail, roller
skating rink, and ropes course to understand the importance of being
active and staying fit.
to use the Start Smart Program and teach the Preschoolers class was a
fun and interactive way the members could promote taking
responsibility for everyone’s well being. The youth created a
kickball tournament to demonstrate that being healthy and active can
be achieved through fun activities. Learning basic skills, techniques,
and healthy habits that will last a lifetime was the purpose of the
McCoy Healthy Habits Club.
cash award will be used for educational/recreational items, according
to Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) staff members.
Chelsea Doyle of the Fort McCoy
Child, Youth and School Services program and a member of the
Teen Program, display the Torch Club trophy. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
Torch Club Awards are presented for the most outstanding programs
developed by and implemented in Boys and Girls Clubs across the
country in five categories. In addition to Health and Fitness, the
categories are Education, Service to Club and Community, Social
Recreation, and National Service Project.
creativity, talent and dedication displayed by Torch Club members to
develop and implement these projects are truly inspiring," said
Briana Curran, manager, Staples Foundation for Learning. "Staples
Foundation for Learning supports the Torch Club program because it
meets the special needs of preteens at a critical stage in their
more information about the Fort McCoy CYSS program, call the
CYSS at 608-388-4373.
(Submitted by Fort McCoy
Child, Youth and School Services program.)