Robson Valley Explorers

Robson Valley Explorers

Average: 5 (2 votes)
Description: 
What is a Robson Valley Explorer? Robson Valley Explorers is all about encouraging kids to put down their electronic devices and get out and play. We think we can do this by creating a relationship between kids & their local community. This relationship creates an incentive for all to participate as one motivates the other. It all begins with motivation that works, the kind that gets kids active without them even knowing it. This motivation is based on finding something that excites kids! We call it an Explorer Badge. Kids earn an Explorer Badge for every activity they complete. The badges are bright & fun to collect. Getting kids active in our community! Become a Robson Valley Explorer. Participate in fun activities, earn badges, see all the cool places in our valley & keep busy this summer! Get your Explorer map @ the Library anytime after July 3rd
Number of sessions: 
6
Frequency: 
Weekly
Audience
Primary Audience: 
Primary (Gr. K-3 or aged 5-8)
Intermediate (Gr. 4-7 or aged 9-12)
Secondary Audience: 
Young Families/Parents
Resources
Resources required (materials/supplies; food/refreshments, etc.): 
~ Page Plus SE Editing Program (FREE) http://www.serif.com/desktop-publishing-software/ ~ Color Printer ~ Paper & Envelopes ~ Laminator & Laminating sheets ~ Lanyards - http://www.uline.ca/BL_823/Lanyards?keywords=lanyards
Community partners : 
32 Local Businesses & Service Organizations
Funding (grants/foundations/corporations): 
McBride Community Foundation
Budget for this program: 
Staff Time - 40 Initial Implementation and Creation Hours, 2 hours per week of staff time for 6 weeks, 150 Lanyards = $70, Laminating sheets $25, Paper & Printing cost $30, Prizes donated & Party Supplies $25
Evaluation
What were the goals/objectives of your program?: 
~ Getting children active in the community ~ Giving children in the community additional activities to participate in during the summer months ~ Supporting Local Businesses & Services ~ Encouraging children & families to explore what our community has to offer ~ Creating partnerships between the library & local businesses/ services
Feedback from Participants: 
~ Businesses were all very positive about the program ~ Children learned about various local environment (Beekeeping, birdwatching, etc) ~ Visiting grandchildren took part in the program during there stay ~ Parents appreciated active ideas during the summer months
Highlights - what worked well?: 
~ Businesses were very receptive and supportive of the program. A example of supportive businesses - One displayed photos in their business window of children receiving their badges. Another business welcomed participants by having "Welcome Robson Valley Explorers" on their businesses billboard. ~ Lanyards were seen on various times during the summer with over 75 children actively doing the program ~ PRIZES! Children were very excited about entering the prize for a "Robson Valley active basket" or a "Private Movie Night" at the Library. Gave children incentive for completing all badges. ~ Visiting each classroom & handing out the 1st badge exclusive to school children "Smarty Pants" Badge.
What would you change about this program?: 
~ We would like to expand the program to include the local motels and lodges to give tourists with families something to do with their children while they stay in our valley. ~ Expand our badges to include more locations or events
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