Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Okaloosa County Boys & Girs Clubs Day Sept 17, 2011

Okaloosa County Boys & Girls Clubs Day for Kids is Saturday, Sept. 17

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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast (BGCEC), Eglin and Hurlburt Youth Programs are teaming up to celebrate the 11th Annual Boys & Girls Clubs Day for Kids, a major annual family event highlighting the value of meaningful time between caring adults and children. In Fort Walton Beach, BGCEC Day for Kids will be celebrated with thousands of parents and kids participating in an event at Emerald Coast Conference Center.
This event will begin at 10:30 am and end at 2:30 pm. This free event is open to the public but children must be supervised at all times. Lunch, activities and prizes are provided and fun is expected to be had by all. Look for booths from Destin Target, AC Moore, Emerald Coast Wildlife Rescue, Emerald Coast Science Center, FW Heritage Park and many more. Food sponsors include Taco Bell, Subway, Little Caesars and Coca Cola.
Unlike most other industrialized nations, the U.S. is one of the few nations that does not have an official day set aside to honor its young people. In a country ranked first in wealth and productivity, we do not have a day in which we recognize our most precious resource. While many Americans recognize the link between spending meaningful time with their kids and the tough issues facing young people, they say they don’t have the time, skills or resources to do as much for their children as they feel they should.
It’s no secret that America’s youth need our help. From academic failure and gang activity to poverty, drugs and violence, they face a daunting array of problems – with serious consequences and fewer safety nets at home and in the community. BGCEC Day for Kids is one small step in rebuilding “villages” in our neighborhoods; providing young people with the skills and motivation they need to BE GREAT, while protecting them from the dangerous problems they face every day.
Regardless of background, there are no boundaries to the potential of every child. In the same way, there are no limits to the many ways in which to spend meaningful time with a young person. To assist parents, practitioners and other caring adults, BGCA has created engaging educational resources to help them encourage and develop positive relationships with kids. A year-round web site,, will provide tools, resources and tips that support their interactions with young people. We look forward to seeing the community at our 11th annual Day for Kids!

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