The “Sierra Vista Torch Club Tumbleweeds” recently attended the Arizona State Torch Club Conference in Komatke, Arizona where they participated in different activities, community service projects, and challenges with other Torch Clubs around the state.
Torch Clubs are chartered, small-group leadership and service clubs for Boys & Girls Club members ages 11 to 13. Torch Club members elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community; education; health and fitness; and social recreation. The Torch Club program teaches the members how to be caring, responsible and productive citizens.
This year, more than 20 different Boys & Girls clubs attended and there were over 300 youth at the event. When it was all said and done the Sierra Vista Torch Club earned the gold.
“I am so proud of our members, they worked so hard and they deserve everything they work for. We have bigger and better things planned for the future so keep an eye out,” said Detric Miles, clubhouse director of the BGCSV.
The conference gives the members a chance to network and mingle with other Torch Club members from around the State. They spent time discussing the projects they have participated in, how they make a difference in their communities, and gathering new project ideas. While they were at the State Conference, all of the Torch Club members were able to participate in community service projects to give back to the community. Each individual Torch Club held a Penny Drive before attending the event to raise money for the Arizona Child Crisis foundation, which helps other youth in need. Collectively, the clubs raised over $1,000 in pennies to give the organization. Also, all of the Torch Clubs worked as a team and cleaned up at Komatke City Park. Not only did the members have a chance to network with other clubs and participate in service projects, they were able to compete in challenges see which club would be the State Champion for the year. These challenges were designed to test the members’ creativity and their dedication to a healthy lifestyle. Depending on how they fared in each challenge, each Torch Club was awarded points and the clubs with the top three most points received a trophy and declared one of the best Torch Clubs in the state. The challenges youth participated in included creating a board game, a Lego building contests, Family Feud, designing a Boys & Girls Club, capture the flag, and a zombie run.
“It was the most amazing feeling to hear our Club name being called for the trophy. This is what we have been working for all these years!” said Torch Club member Osmara Rodriguez.