Ft Walton Beach News
The event today was focused around teaching kids some skills, and just having a fun time! At the football station, kids learned how to run passing routes and how to communicate with their quarterback. At the soccer stations, they learned how to dribble the ball with their feet and were able to play red light green light to hone their skills. After a nice lunch, we got back together for either a big game of kickball or a football scrimmage. All in all, the event lasted about 3 hours. I think we tired them out for the day – much to the excitement of their parents!
Nothing beats a warm day in May at Ferry Park with footballs, kickballs, soccer balls, and a rowdy bunch of fun kids. After getting fueled up on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the dugouts, the children cycled through soccer and football drills. The highlight of the day for the children was most likely Team Kids’ total domination of Team Chicktime in a super-official kickball game on the baseball field.
The highlight of the day for some of the volunteers, on the other hand, was most likely when a couple of the kids started writing “I <3 Chicktime” in the infield. Near the end of the event, the kids were asked to pick out a ball to bring home, as all the balls were provided through a generous donation by Jared & Jennifer Schafer of Albany, New York. We were thrilled to have some new volunteers give their time and energy this month, as well. Thank you all!
Upcoming June Event
On Saturday, June 15th, Chicktime will be hosting a Beach & Fishing Day from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Whether you’d like to donate time or help fund the event, your support of Chicktime is always much appreciated. Simply e-mail email@example.com to get plugged in!
The children visited Eglin Air Force Base for the April Chicktime event. The day began with a tour of an Air Force C-130 on the flight line. The C-130 Hercules took the children on a virtual flight around the United States, visiting California and New Mexico before returning to the Florida panhandle. This was the first time on an airplane for some of the kids, while others were glad to experience a “flight” without getting sick!
As the children were broken into small groups to tour of the C-130, the non-touring children and volunteers were free to play tag in the large airplane hangar. By time the tour was finished, everyone was ready to sit back and relax (or recover, in the case of the volunteers).
Our next stop on Eglin allowed us to relax in the warm sun while watching the Security Forces K-9 unit perform. First, the children learned how the Security Forces (police officers) work together with their dogs to help keep us safe. Next, we watched the dogs in action. We witnessed how well they listened to their handlers and also how happy they were to be working with them. Finally, everyone had the opportunity to try on the safety equipment and toured the dog kennels to meet all the animals!
The day wrapped up with a lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers and a visit from some the Medical staff on base. They showed the children how they use some of their equipment that helps people feel better. Fortunately, everyone was safe that day and Medical did not need to help us!
Upcoming May Event
The children will be having an outdoor “sports day” on Sunday, May 19 from 1-4 pm. It should be a great afternoon filled with high-energy kids playing different sports alongside the volunteers. We have had many games of tag and football during our past Chicktime events, but in the long-standing rivalry of kids vs. volunteers, the kids are still undefeated! If you are interested in helping, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you!
A few weeks ago, we joined the local Girl Scout troop in a morning of Geocaching! Once the children learned that Geocaching is similar to a high-tech scavenger hunt, they could not wait to get started. They were split into teams and used handheld Garmin GPS units to track down 12 different caches—each containing clues.
It was heartwarming to witness their teamwork and kindness. After they found all the caches, the teams reunited to put the clues together into what became the Girl Scout Promise/ Law and the Boy Scout Oath/ Law.
The Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts were presented with their Geocaching badges and the Chicktime Fort Walton Beach group was presented with similar awards. The event concluded with lunch and a lively game of football.
Upcoming April Event
On Saturday, April 20th (10am-1pm) we are returning to Eglin AFB for a collaborative tour of the base. The children will get to see the flight line, different aircraft and vehicles, demonstrations of Security Forces K-9 capabilities, EOD’s robots, and Medical’s self-aid and buddy care. The children will get to interact with all of the demo volunteers and play games on the beach at the conclusion of the event. If you are interested in helping, please email email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you!
We had such a fun, laid back event in this past month—Ashley Anderson and Tracy McKenna put together a Valentine’s Day carnival! The day began with face paint and fun carnival games. Children won prizes for the games and never ceased to ask for increasingly more creative things to paint on their faces!
A few of the carnival games included a bean bag toss, guess the number of M&Ms in a jar, potato sack races, an overloaded craft table, and probably the most enjoyed—throw a pie in Ashley’s face! This woman was such a trooper! She took about 12 pies to the face and still came up smiling:
As always, we had a great group of volunteers who really helped make the day special. Thank you!!
Upcoming March Event
On Saturday, March 16th from 9:15am-1:00pm, we will meet at Eglin AFB to join the Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts in a Geocaching Scavenger Hunt. If you are interested to helping out, please register on our calendar. Sort by “Fort Walton Beach” and then click “Register” under the Geocaching Scavenger Hunt. Or, you can directly contact Andrea Gallegos– her information is located on the flyer below!
Chicktime FWB is up and running! And by running, we mean sprinting full speed ahead! We are so pleased to announce the success of the first Chicktime event here in Fort Walton Beach. We were blessed to spend the day with 14 boys and girls from the shelter and over 60 volunteers from the local community.
The event began with a warm welcoming of the children. Each of them received a t-shirt and played while they became acquainted with the volunteers. Their first station was a group warm-up followed by the game, “Find-a-Friend.” This got the kids moving and interacting with each other. Next, they were broken up into small groups and shown basic (and not so basic) exercises like squats, pushups, running, and tire flipping. Thanks to our “professional” CrossFitters, each child learned new skills and had fun doing it!
The children then were ready to show off what they learned by playing “Simon Says.” When “Simon” turned out to be named Alicia, the children quickly renamed the game to “Alicia Says.” Next, the kids and volunteers were broken up into teams and given bandanas to signify their team. They were challenged to complete each learned skill for 30 seconds. They were so proud of themselves and of their teammates.
The final activity of the day involved two stations: a fun and challenging obstacle course, and an amazing, interactive nutritional seminar where they learned about the different macronutrients and the reasons for eating healthy foods. With all the talk about food, the children were starving… just inside the clubhouse, a group of volunteers had an entire dinner set up which included kabobs, fruit salad, veggies, and bacon-wrapped dates. The children had so much fun putting together their own kabobs—and were able to identify the different macronutrients too!
To sum it up, we could not have asked for a better event. The children absolutely enjoyed themselves and experienced what healthy living is really all about: Good Friends, Good Food, and Getting Fit!
Upcoming February Event
On Sunday, February 10th from 2-5pm, we will return to Children in Crisis for a carnival-themed Valentine’s Day party! If you are interested to helping out, please register on our calendar. Sort by “Fort Walton Beach” and then click “Register” under the Valentine’s Day Carnival. Or, you can directly contact Ashley Anderson or Tracy McKenna– their information is located on the flyer below!
Thank you to all those who were able to make it to the informational kickoff meeting last month! We talked about what Children in Crisis, our partner home, is all about and what we’re aiming to accomplish with our particular chapter of Chicktime. Food was eaten, donations were traded for Chicktime shirts, and questions were cleared up regarding Chicktime specifics.
To top it all off, we have our schedule roughly planned through August including the date, time, leader, and theme for each event. It’s all coming together! 😀
For those who have expressed interest in volunteering or donating but weren’t able to come out for the meeting, contact Mel at firstname.lastname@example.org to get added to our volunteer list. She will e-mail you the slides from the meeting and include you in future chapter updates. For any questions about Chicktime, contact Kristina at email@example.com. There are many ways to help! Send your event ideas to Jess at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to the scheduled events, some ideas we knocked around include:
January Healthy Living Event
Sunday, January 20th (1:30-5pm)
Our first event will be held at CrossFit Fort Walton Beach (29 Jet Drive NW, Fort Walton Beach FL 32548) and will consist of three, 40 min stations. The first station will be a warm-up, CrossFit Kids-style team workout, and mobility afterwards. There will be teams of three or four (designated by different color bandanas!) and a “professional” CrossFitter in each group. We will encourage all of the children to participate but understand that some may not be able to. The second station will be a fun, interactive nutritional seminar lead by Tracy McKenna. Finally, we will end our day by making a healthy meal of kabobs and fruit salad.
How YOU can help!
- “Professional” CrossFitters needed to lead small teams
- Help Tracy with the seminar
- Bring food, help kids assemble kabobs
- Most importantly, just visit with the children
To volunteer for this event please contact Melissa Hemphill (email@example.com)
Chicktime Fort Walton Beach Kick-Off Meeting!
Tuesday, December 18th at 6:30pm
Children in Crisis Clubhouse
RSVP to Kristina Lathrop: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for women to lead activities with the children. Basically, the activity you lead would involve your gift or passion. Perhaps your passionate flame will ignite a heart of one of the children and inspire them to chase new goals. For activity ideas, check out the Program Ideas section of Leader Resources.
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