ABC's of the BGC
As of February 1st 2021, The Boys and Girls Club of Fort Saskatchewan has been in the community for 35 years! In a different world, we would getting ready to throw a party, an open house where people could come together to reminisce about their experiences whether it be as a staff, volunteer, or member, share in our successes, and celebrate how much we have grown since we opened the doors to that repurposed fire hall all those years ago.
Well, if there is one thing our experience has taught us, it is how to adapt and respond to the situations life throws at us and we have done just that. To celebrate this milestone anniversary, we will be taking you down a virtual memory lane through the ABC's of the BGC! Each week we will explore a different part of what has made the Boys and Girls Club what it is today and sharing some old school pictures along the way! Keep an eye on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages for a chance to win cool BGC prizes and share stories from your time at the Boys and Girls Club!
A is for Adventures and there has certainty never been a shortage of them with the Boys and Girls Club! Our members and staff have hiked trails, mountains, and hoodoos; rafted and kayaked down rivers and rapids; and rode both horses and zip-lines through dense forest paths. We’ve slept in bunks, teepees, tents, lean-tos, and log cabins. We’ve walked high ropes and low ropes, taken aim at archery, and carried our canoes like the voyageurs. Our current members might not even know it, but they walk in the footsteps of some of the earliest members when we visit our favourite places like the Calgary Zoo, Kananaskis, Jasper, and Drumheller.
In the past 35 years, we have taken over 5,000 children and youth to at least 17 places all over Alberta. Whether it be to Head- Smashed-In Buffalo Jump for a lesson on history or a day trip to Elk Island Park for a dip in the lake, there are not many trails to adventure that our members have not blazed!
This week’s Memory Lane Monday is brought to you by the letter B! What would our Club be without the beautiful buses that take us to school, to celebrations, and on countless of those adventures we spoke about last week?!
Our first bus was sponsored by Dow Chemical and that 12 passenger van served us well for many years. It carried us safely to far off places and was a comfy spot to rest our heads after a long day.
As the Club grew in size, our buses followed suit and remained an important part of our daily routine! Our current favourite mode of transportation is our white Boys and Girls Club branded bus which came to reality through generous donors, Noyen Construction, Gallason Industrial Cleaning Services, Heartland Ford, Dehr’s Water Service, Home Depot, and other individual community members. Earlier this year, members of our club even held a naming contest for our newly donated yellow bus! After a vote by staff, kids, and youth, “Buster” was officially welcomed into the Boys and Girls Club bus family!
As much as we love our busses, we love our bus drivers even more! Thank you for your kindness and smiles, getting us to our destinations, and always turning up the radio when our favourite songs come on! A special thank you to Ray and Lorna Stonehouse. Ray drove the bus for five years, making sure our members safely got to and from school everyday.