Y Club News Blast!

All the news that is the news at Pathfinder Y Club!

September 11, 2015

Pathfinder Y Club Direct Line - (816) 436-1610

Erica Smith - Program Director


Direct line: 913-747- 6193

Sherrie Thummel - Site Supervisor


Cyndi Perkins - Assistant Site Supervisor

Andrea Phipps - Youth Development Leader

Elizabeth Hurlihey - Youth Development Leader

Nikia Fitzpatrick - Youth Development Leader

Sam Donley - Youth Development Leader - A.M. Only

The Day That Changed America

Fourteen years ago, America witnessed the most horrible tragedy we've ever experienced on American soil. The 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the crash in Pennsylvania were forever imprinted in our hearts and minds. The news coverage, pictures and videos kept us abreast of everything that was happening and all the rescue efforts. The attack begins at 7:59 a.m. when the first plane takes off and ends at 10:07 a.m. when the last plane crashes into a field in Pennsylvania, but the tragedy continues as the Trade Centers 1 - 7 fall, one by one, throughout the day. Thousands of lives lost, both common people and the heroes who went to their rescue.

I was on my way to work that morning when the first tower was hit; being only one week away from delivering my son, I cried as my staff and I watched it unfold on the television in our staff break room. I prayed for everyone that day. I questioned what kind of world I was bringing my new son into. I feared for our entire country. Looking back on that day, I am still deeply saddened by those memories, for those families who lost their loved ones and for our country. But I also pray for the men and women who have fought to protect our country and continue to do so this very day.

Please take a moment in prayer, meditation or in thought for those who were affected by this tragedy and continue to be affected 14 years later.

Team Development and Character Development Mondays

On Mondays, our activities are centered around Team Building and Character Development. Here is an activity we've done in Y Club that you can try at home. It's focus is on teamwork and communication. Try it as a family and have fun trying to accomplish your goal! Remember, teamwork and effective communication is the key!


Objective: Youth will learn how teamwork looks by completing a building task that requires them to work TOGETHER.

The Cup Stack is a great activity to facilitate teamwork. Some groups are able to complete the task very quickly while other groups must keep trying and trying to complete the task successfully. It's hard not to give up when things get frustrating, and this is a valuable lesson for children to learn in a safe environment.

Supplies: (per team of 4 – 6 youth)

· 10 cups

· 1 rubber band

· String or yarn

  1. Have each of the teams assemble their building tool. They must tie the strings onto the rubber band. Allow them to try it out on a cup or two to ensure the strings are placed correctly on the rubber band. Each person holds onto one of the strings that are attached to the rubber band and they use this device to pick up the cups and place them on top of each other (by pulling the rubber band apart and then bringing it back together over the cups).They must try to pick up a cup that is upside down.
  2. The challenge is for the group to build a pyramid out of the paper cups (4 on the bottom, a row of 3 next, 2 on the next row and 1 on top). Group members cannot touch the cups with their hands or any other part of their bodies, even if a cup falls over or on the floor.

Living Healthy, Loving Life!

Every Friday we have Healthy Living activities. Our goal is to help children learn how to keep their bodies healthy. We have activities that teach them how to eat healthier, the importance of regular exercise as well as lessons about their heart, lungs, brain, circulatory system, etc. We also have a "Cooking Club" that introduces healthy snack substitutes for unhealthy snacks. One of our favorite cooking activities is Home Made Applesauce. Below is the recipe we use. We hope you try this at home with your family. ENJOY!

Home Made Applesauce!


By making their own made from scratch Apple sauce, campers will create a healthier option to store bought along with developing math and culinary skills.


· Apples

· Brown raw sugar

· Cinnamon

· Apple juice

· Peeler

· Slicer

· Measuring cups and spoons

· Pot and cooking stove

· Blender

Prep Talk

Did you know?

· Applesauce is a delicious snack. Its texture and sweetness make applesauce a comfort food for many people. Apples are a great source of natural fiber and vitamin C.

· Apples are a member of the rose family?

· It takes 4-5 years for an apple tree to produce its first apple

· The flavonoids in apples reduce inflammation, regulate blood pressure, reduce excessive fat production in liver cells and lower your risk of heart disease.

· Eating an apple or applesauce daily has also been linked with decreased risks of asthma and enhanced lung function.

· Homemade applesauce is even healthier and better for you! Why do you think this is true?


1. Peel and core 2 pounds of apples (6-7 medium apples) -the skin has extra nutrients for you so if you want to leave a little bit on!

2. Chop or wedge your apples

3. Heat your apples over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until they are soft/ starting to brown.

4. Once apples are starting to brown and are soft, add 8 ounces of apple juice, 2/3 cups of sugar, 2 tbsp of cinnamon.

5. Continue stirring until apple wedges cook into small pieces.

6. Puree your applesauce mixture in a blender. Make it the consistency you wish!

7. Enjoy your applesauce warm or cold! It can be stored in the refrigerator as long as 3 days!


· How is our version of applesauce healthier than store bought applesauce?

· Do you think you can make this at home?

· What is one new thing you learned from making your own applesauce?


Upcoming PLC Days - Wednesdays Sept. 16th & 30th (Y Club starts at 1:40)

Monday, October 12th - No School Day - REGISTER NOW!

Friday, Oct. 25th - Early Release (Y Club starts at 12:40)


Don't forget our first No School Day is October 12th! It may be a month away, but getting registered early is the key to a stress free No School Day. Pathfinder is the NSD site for all of Platte County (Pathfinder, Barry, Rising Star, Siegrest & Paxton). Spots will be limited, so here's how you can get the jump on everyone else:

Online Preferred Method: (this option closes 48 hours prior to No School Day)



Youth Development Services

8205 W. 108th Terrace, Suite 120 Overland Park, KS 66210

Phone: 913-345-9622 (Credit card only)

Fax: 913-345-0524 (Credit card only)

Information you should know about No School Days:

  • Youth will need to bring a sack lunch and a water bottle. Morning and afternoon snack will be provided by Y Club.
  • Tuition is $23 per child per day. Payment is due at the time of registration.
  • Tuition for No School Days is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • No School Days have limited space availability. Recommendation is to register early.
  • Register no later than 48 hours in advance. The 48 hour deadline does not guarantee availability.
  • Please note that if you are registering after the 48 hour deadline, you may only register in person at the YDS Office. Space is based on availability.
  • Please do not allow your youth to bring any toys or electronic devices to Y Club.

See you there!

Just a Reminder

  • Payments are due each Monday by 6 pm. Payments made after then must have a $15 late fee added to it.
  • If you make your payment online, please provide a receipt to Sherrie or Cyndi so we have records of your payments on site.
  • If you child is at the site AFTER 6 pm, you will be charged $1 per minute beginning at 6:01 that is due upon arrival or before drop off the next day.
  • Make sure you sign your child in and out each day. It is a State Licensing and YMCA requirement.
  • Please DO NOT park your car along the curb unless there is a function going on at the school and there are no parking spots left. This is for the safety of all families (and their vehicles).
  • When picking up your child, please allow for clean up time. It is important that they learn the responsibility of cleaning up behind themselves. It also alleviates the staff staying long after program has closed cleaning up what has been left behind by youth.
  • PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD IS TAKING HOME THEIR OWN BAGS. We have LOTS of children and inevitably there may be some duplicate bags or similar looking bags. There have been several occasions already this year when children have taken home the wrong bags because they look alike. This is especially urgent as we are now getting well into the school year and homework is being sent home.