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Bear in America on the American Adventure

In August staff members Callum and Raven embarked on their own American Challenge travelling to Tennessee Valley BGC firstly catching up with Bruce, Director of Program Compliance and Jeff the Club Director Fort Craig BGC they then went onto meet with Jose Cruz who is establishing the World Federation of Youth Clubs – Very exciting! While staying with Tennessee Valley BGC they attended the All Staff Conference held at Haslam BGC which is attended by members from all over National Association. We were lucky to be asked to run a workshop based on using Bushcraft in the great outdoors – This was such a brilliant opportunity for us to be able to share some of our practice.

Callum and Raven were able to immerse themselves into the American club environment while having the opportunity to visit different clubs including Fort Craig BGC, Gatlinburg BGC, Haslam BGC and Vestal BGC, learning about the similarities and differences and running sessions for the young people. 

Even though the sun was shining at 36 degrees they tackled a section of the Appalachian Trail! After completing a small section of the trail it was back to Atlanta for the weekend before heading home with just enough time to see Alabama Crimson Tide play at the Mercedes Benz Sports Stadium.

“This trip was a great opportunity to further develop and broaden my knowledge of the BGC’s of America! I would like to say a massive thank you to EBGC for giving me this opportunity as well as Boys and Girls Clubs of Tennessee Valley. As always great hospitality was gifted to us from Bruce Crabtree, Jeff Money, Mr and Mrs Money (Jeff’s parents) and Grayson Martin. I would also like to extend my thankyous to everyone else whilst on our visit to the states. We are really looking forward to taking a new group out in 2020!”

If you are 18+ and want the opportunity to experience the American Challenge in 2020 like Callum and Raven please contact Callum on calluma@essexboysandgirlsclubs.org or call 01245 264783

Key Dates:

  • Nomination by club leader: Before Monday 28th October 2019
  • Selection Weekend: 1st -3rd November 2019
  • Training Weekend: TBC
  • America Trip : Aug – Sept 2020