As I look around our Clubs today, I am filled with hope and optimism. I see happy, excited children, every one of them laughing, playing, and enjoying their summer camp programs. Staff are prioritizing health and safety, easing daily anxieties while creating a second home and a safe space where young people have the freedom to focus on reaching their full potential. Days like these are made possible because of amazing Club community and supporters.
75 weeks. When summer camp finishes on August 20, that's how long our Club staff will have provided full-day programming to the Bellevue community. In June, Bellevue Reporter recognized this feat by honoring BGCB as the 2021 Best of Bellevue's Community Service Nonprofit. We did not have a playbook to help us get through perhaps the most challenging year in our 70-year history, and I am so proud of how our team showed up day after day, week after week, to fill the gaps for children in need and as a lifeline to our families.
To recognize our dedicated and committed staff after this extraordinary year, for the first time ever, our Clubs and administrative offices will be CLOSED from Monday, August 23 through Monday, September 6. This period will serve as a time for employees to rest, relax, and refresh for the year ahead, ensuring we are fully prepared to serve our children and families this fall.
The past year was not easy, and we continue to prepare for the challenges ahead, but support from our community and the smiling faces of our youth keep us going. Thank you for believing in the future of Bellevue.
P.S. Be sure to scroll down to see some highlights of the excellent work our Clubs have accomplished during the first half of camp!