BGCCM Canton Unit member Asja, 8, dons fire gear and uses a fire extinguisher to put out a controlled blaze under the watchful eyes of the Canton Fire Department during Fire Camp this week. “It was so hot if felt like I was really stepping in the fire,” said Asia. Club members participating in the Canton Fire Department Camp learned about fire safety throughout the five-day camp, concluding Friday with a graduation ceremony.
Sounds of small children singing songs of praise float from the front of the BGCCM Canton Unit to the main room where middle-school aged kids are having a discussion. The sweet melody moves through the building, but is drowned out by a skit the teens are working on in their group. Visitors from Greater Bethlehem Temple Church in Jackson share The Word and teach life lessons to the kids at the Canton Unit through games, skits and activities. “We’re looking for holistic development as well as dealing with the issues they face every day in their community and at school and at home – to help them become successful in life,” says Maggie Stevenson, director of Global Missions at Greater Bethlehem Temple. “We’re excited about the children and the opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them… and also to let them know that somebody else cares besides the ones that they see everyday coming to the Boys & Girls Clubs – to let them know that someone in Jackson is thinking about them.”
On Friday September 24, 2010 youth all around the country celebrated Nickelodeon’s World Wide Day of Play. This day encourages youth to be physically active through the engagement of sports and other recreational activities.
Members of the Canton Boys & Girls Club enjoyed a day of competitive games that were based on the popular game show “Minute 2 Win It”. Members competed individually and as teams in various activities that required plenty of exercise and rapid movement.
On Saturday July 24th 2010 members of the Canton unit Boys & Girls club and local youth in the community assembled at the Canton unit to compete in a Quick ball tournament. The day was filled with plenty of exercise, food, and excitement.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a holiday in the United States honoring African American heritage by commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. in 1865. Celebrated on June 19, this liberating day is recognized as a state holiday in 36 states of the United States.
The Canton Unit Boys & Girls Club members met at their club on June 19, 2010 to celebrate this historical day with their community and community leaders.
Veteran Landres Cheeks challenged everyone in the community to sponsor a child for Boys & Girls club membership. This event was supported by Senator Kenny Wayne Jones, Alderman Louis Smith, The Canton Police Dept., All American Check Cashing, and the Ms. Army National Guard. Everyone in attendance enjoyed a day filled with water slides, rock climbing, and plenty of food and fun.