The Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and District are leading the charge on activities for Youth Week this year.
Billed and designed for those aged 13 to 18, the event began Wednesday, May 1 where the Boys and Girls Club offered a wide range of activities for youth to enjoy out and about in the community. Everything from karaoke to youth golf is being offered until May 7 by the Boys and Girls Club and various partners throughout the town.
Krista Harvey, the program services leader for the Boys and Girls Club, is organizing this community-based week that first started down in Vancouver. This year she said she wanted to make Youth Week be an event taking place more out in the community, rather than strictly in the Boys and Girls Club office.
“We try to get other places (in Williams Lake) involved and next year I hope it will be even bigger,” Harvey said. “It showcases that youth aren’t always in trouble and that the Boys and Girls Club isn’t always just for youth who are in trouble, or in crisis. We’re for everyone and we want to get the whole community and the youth involved in finding activities in the community that are just for them.”
Throughout the week they’ll be hosting a scavenger hunt and a Williams Lake rock hunt, while up at the golf course there will be free buckets of balls and driving range access. For the rock hunt, youth are encouraged to go out into the community and collect special rocks painted like ladybugs that have been scattered around by Lora Sairbrother and the Cariboo Chilcotin Wrap Program, Harvey said.
On Wednesday, May 1 they the Boys and Girls Club Mountain Biking group kicked off from 3:30 to 6 p.m. with a signup and meet and greet with the leaders, while a Ball Hockey Tournament was be held at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.
Events began after school on Thursday, May 2 with Youth Calligraphy Lessons at 150 Mile School House. Meanwhile, drum making was also held at the Boys and Girls Club office, facilitated by the Denisiqi Services Society, while bowling, sponsored by Changing Directions and Denisiqi was also happing.
Friday, May 3 is shaping up to be a busy one with the Lego Club at the Cariboo Regional District Library on at 3:30 p.m., while the Potato House Bike Program will be doing a bike give away and a maintenance workshop from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. ending just in time for the Total Ice free skate from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The musically inclined can then hit up the office for karaoke from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Don’t forget Seedy Saturday at Kiwanis Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday or the free swim from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Centre. Sunday, May 5 the Boys and Girls Club encourages youth to check out the Bicycle Rodeo at Canadian Tire from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the Hike for Hospice at Scout Island from 12 a.m. to 4 p.m.
When the week begins on Monday, May 6, however, events pick back up with a drop in night for youth golf at the Williams Lake Golf and Tennis Club while RC Car Fun is being held at the Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Chicken TV, a chance to play with and watch chickens graze, is being held at the Potato House from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. while Kristen Foote is holding a self-care presentation at the NOOPA Drop in Center from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
To cap things off Tuesday, May 7 the Boys and Girls Club will be hosting a Youth Week End Barbeque with the RCMP, Fire Department and Central Cariboo Search and Rescue at 5 p.m. An intoxicated driving presentation will also be presented.