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Summer May Be Almost Over, but It’s Still a Blast

August 5, 2018

By Nicole Robinson and Analiah Rattanavong

LEOMINSTER -- Weeks 4 and 5 of the Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg & Leominster’s Summer Blast were a breeze, with the Juniors and Sprouts classes enjoying a variety of fun activities.

The youths played many fun sports, created science and art projects, and spent time in the kitchen cooking.

The Sprouts, the younger group of children, ages 5-7, were busy making homemade play-dough and creating their own bouncy balls. When they were not getting their hands dirty, the Sprouts explored building LEGO robots. On the past two Thursdays, the group cooled off with water balloons and sprinklers.

Sprouts were not the only ones having fun. Although the weather was not on their side during week 5, the Juniors enjoyed indoor activities, playing games like ultimate soccer and variations of dodgeball. When the sun was shining, they picked up their bows and arrows and headed to the archery range, where they competitively shot at targets after going through a safety course.

The Juniors also spent time in the kitchen, art room and science room. Eager to eat, some of them made bread in a bag during gourmet cooking lab. Each student measured out their ingredients, mixed everything together by mushing it in their bags, poured the mixture into pans, and baked it in the oven. As soon as the oven timer went off, the students scrambled back to the kitchen and devoured their delicious bread.

In the art room, students were given paper butterflies and assigned the task of decorating them, incorporating something they love into their artwork. Some kids drew dancers, TV-show characters or words with significant meanings, and some even attempted to draw their parents. The butterflies were then plastered onto a wall, forming a big heart that can be seen when you first walk into the club. This group project is called “I Love You Butterflies.”

After loads of fun in the art room and losing track of time, some Juniors were busy in the science room making sundials. They also created paper-maché volcanoes, which they erupted outside.

On field trip Thursdays, the entire camp came ready to swim, bags full of towels, sunscreen and goggles. Canoeing is a favorite at Camp Collier, but groups also go on nature walks and participate in scavenger hunts for which they are rewarded with roasted marshmallows. After a long day, many of the younger children often sleep on the ride back to Leominster.

To wrap up the week, the staff prepared snow cones that are served icy and sweet to the kids.

After a busy and fun five weeks, many children are leaving with great memories, new friends and a desire to come back next summer.

Summer Blast came to an ending this past Friday, and the sixth and final week did not disappoint. See next week’s Sunday edition of the Sentinel & Enterprise for a wrap-up of summer programming and information about the school year.

Analiah Rattanavong is a rising freshman at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, and Nicole Robinson is a rising freshman at Fitchburg High School. They are counselors in training with Summer Blast.

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