Buckingham Buddies, Fun, Program Lessons

Gratitude & Blessings for St. Patrick’s Day

March 28, 2016
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All 3 ASB programs made special St. Patrick’s Day cards and treats for members or former members of our military branches.  We focused on the importance of experiencing and expressing gratitude for those who have served our country in various ways.  From special cards to making energy balls for local Veterans, the girls of ASB were indeed a blessing to many this winter!IMG_4788IMG_4792

Fun, Program Lessons, THRIVE!

Celebrate the end of Winter with Papa Murphy’s Pizzas!

March 28, 2016
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Winter for the THRIVE! middle school group wrapped up with a super fun celebration of team competitions including making our own pizzas. Papa Murphy’s provided each of the girls with individual mini pizzas and all of the fixings.  They were marvelous! We thank the owners of the Bend Papa Murphy’s for their generosity in providing the best snack in the world!

Program Lessons

Thank You Home Depot!

March 4, 2016

THRIVE! girls found new ways to express their feelings using their new chalk boards (kits provided by Home Depot).  Some girls experienced their first opportunity to build with a hammer and nails.  From chalk board kits, to hammers, paints and even an experienced “builder” (Thank You – Big Buddy Brettney!) the middle school girls of THRIVE! had an awesome day learning to overcome obstacles – including construction challenges!

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Program Lessons

New Year’s Lessons – Believe, Think, Do!

January 10, 2016
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Most everyone contemplates their new year’s resolutions this time of year. Buddies are dreaming bigger than just short term goals. January lessons at all three ASB programs are encouraging Buddies to define their dreams… big dreams…believing that we can each take steps to make dreams and goals happen.  Girls have been asked to identify at least one thing that they want to see happen in their future and then define the steps to accomplish that dream using SMART goal techniques. Watch out world.. here come some amazing young women who are going to change life for the better!

If you want to make a difference in the lives of young women right here in Bend – join us and become a Buddy mentor. Contact Char at afterschoolbuddies@gmail.com to learn how!

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Buckingham Buddies, General Info, Staff, Volunteer

Merry Christmas from ASB!

December 16, 2015
Introducing Our Newest Adult Leader Val!

ASB girls and leaders have been busy elves this fall preparing gifts to share with others in need in our community.  From crafting chocolate dipped pretzels and goody bags of food for homeless folks and veterans, to sewing fleece baby hats for teen moms, to raising money by making blankets for a Bend High  fundraiser for a beloved teacher battling cancer – the girls of ASB have been sharing love around Bend just as they have been loved by many of you!   We wish all of our supporters and encouragers a very Merry Christmas.  We look forward to meeting more of you as volunteers, financial supporters, prayer warriors or participants in 2016! We need you to help us care for others in the coming year!

Buckingham Buddies, Program Lessons, Staff

Free to Be Me!

November 13, 2015
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November 13 and we are off and running with all three 2015/16 ASB programs! Our new “Free to Be Me” theme is already super fun to “unpack” as the girls understand more about how special and unique they each are!  Don’t you love these young women and how they are making the world a better place? (see below)

Applications are still being accepted for both high school  2015_16 Teen Mentor Application and college aged mentors as well as adult volunteers ( 2015_16 Adult Volunteer Application).  Note – female high school and college aged students may be able to earn academic credit for their service!

2015/16 programs are held on Mondays at Buckingham Elementary School on the east side of Bend at on Tuesdays at Elk Meadow Elementary School and on Wednesdays – (early release) for Middle School at the Christian Life Center east Bend.

Parents of interested Little Buddies (grades 4-8) should contact Char Schulz at afterschoolbuddies@gmail.com or call 541-390-3046 to enroll.  All programs are slated to begin early November.  Enrollment is first come – first served and participation is free for all female students.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of Bend’s most effective and enjoyable mentoring group for young women and girls. Download the appropriate application (links listed above in blue) and contact Char at afterschoolbuddies@gmail.com ASAP.

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General Info, Opportunities

ASB Programs for 2015/16 – Time to Get Ready!

September 7, 2015
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After School Buddies programs are gearing up for the 2015/16 school year!  Applications are now being accepted for Big Buddy mentor opportunities including female high school students ( 2015_16 Teen Mentor Application, )  college aged and adult volunteers ( 2015_16 Adult Volunteer Application) who want to work as a team to serve either elementary and/or  middle school girls.  Note – female high school and college aged students may be able to earn academic credit for their service.  Leadership training will begin mid October for all new mentors. Adult volunteers interested in any one of our programs should contact us for further information.

2015/16 program days are Monday – Buckingham Elementary School, Tuesday – Elk Meadow Elementary School and Wednesday – early release Wednesday for Middle School at the Christian Life Center east Bend.

Parents of interested Little Buddies (grades 4-8) should contact Char Schulz at afterschoolbuddies@gmail.com or call 541-390-3046 to enroll.  All programs are slated to begin early November.  Enrollment is first come – first served and participation is free for all female students.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of Bend’s most effective and enjoyable mentoring group for young women and girls.  Download the appropriate application (links listed above in blue) and contact Char ASAP.

Camp

Featured Musicals & Camp Schedule

July 27, 2015

Some folks have asked what our featured musicals are for Theatrical Spectacular.  So – here is the line up…Our opening number will be “Be Our Guest” from Beauty & the Beast presented by the entire camp cast.  During the week campers are divided up into 4 “casts” – each group preparing a musical number from one of these 4 productions: Lion King (Hakuna Matata), Sound of Music (My Favorite Things), Rent (Seasons of Love) and D___ Yankees (You Got to Have Heart).   Girls can choose to perform as a cast member singing and dancing or assist with the production by preparing costumes, sets, props or other stage management duties. The entire cast of camp will perform the closing number  –  “Tomorrow” from Annie. Get your Kleenex ready!

Each cast of Big Buddies is in charge of planning and leading one day’s activities. These include ice breaker games, choice of snack foods, devotional lesson (emphasizing values/virtues presented in the songs or musical), group singing, dance/movement to the musical number and crafts.  This year the crafts are typically props or sets that will be used for the Thursday evening performance.  ASB teens have been working together for the past six weeks to prepare a spectacular camp for all involved!

Camp runs from 1:00 -5:00 on Mon & Tue and 1:00-7:30 on Wed and Thurs. Check in/registration starts at 12:00 noon on Monday Aug 3.  Dinner will be served to all campers on both Wed & Thur evenings.  Weather permitting, the cast will have a fun campfire Wednesday night after our “dress rehearsal”.brazil

Parents and family members are invited to watch our entertaining performance. Please plan on arriving by 6:30 pm so the show can start promptly.

Remember – you don’t have to be a professional-level singer or dancer to be a part of camp.  There is something for everybody so join us and make this summer one truly worth remembering!

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Theatrical Spectacular Camp is Almost Here!

July 22, 2015

Less than 2 weeks and we will be greeting the many girls for summer camp 2015.  So far we have almost 60 people registered including girls from 4th grade on through high school and college.  Musical numbers include songs from Beauty and the Beast, Oliver, Lion King, Sound of Music, Yankees, Rent and Annie. Our teen and college “cast members” have been working hard all month preparing to bring a wide variety of games, crafts, music, drama and dance to the “stage” called “Camp Spectacular“.

If you have been wondering whether you should send your child to camp – it’s not too late.  Email us at afterschoolbuddies@gmail.com to find out if we still have space for your child.

Here are comments from a couple of parents of ASBers who have come to love our camp experience!  Hope we get to meet your daughter this summer at camp!

Over the five years my child has gone to After School Buddies Camp, she has had the opportunity to learn, plan, and play with girls of many different ages and backgrounds. It has helped her better understand herself and others. She enjoys it because she renews friendships from past camps and makes new friends.

“As a single father, I am grateful and thankful for the After School Buddies program and summer camp that my daughter has had the privilege to be apart of for the last few years. The encouragement, self-esteem and confidence that has been instilled in her from the adults to the big Buddies is absolutely priceless. Every year my daughter looks forward to the summer camp that is put on for the girls and this year is no exception. I have no doubt the friendships that my daughter has made will be lifelong. I highly recommend this program for any girls regardless of their situation. Char and the staff at ASB are absolutely top notch and I couldn’t be any more pleased.”Camp flowers

General Info

New ASB Logo

May 19, 2015

Kicking off our summer season we are happy to introduce our fresh new logo.  Accenting the focus on God as our ultimate mentor, the sizes of the stars reflect the various ages of participants – from adult facilitators, to the teen/college Big Buddies, and the Little Buddy participants.  Why not become a part of this awesome program helping others to love as they are loved?

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