Sitka Teen Hiking Club launches and meets every other week at The Cloud teen center

A new Sitka Teen Hiking Club has been launched, and it will meet every other week at the new teen center, The Cloud, on Harbor Drive.

The club launched in October, and currently meets at 3 p.m. on Fridays. But there is discussion about moving the time and date to a weekend morning for more daylight walking. The hiking club is a partnership between The Cloud, which is coordinated by Youth Advocates of Sitka, and Sitka Counseling.

The hiking club is open to all teens, ages 13-18, in Sitka. Hikers should bring a water bottle, appropriate shoes for hiking, and rain gear. Snacks and transportation to that week’s hiking location will be provided.

For more information, contact Eli Evans at eli.evans@sitkayouth.org or 738-8266.

Boys Run: I Toowú Klatseen program recruiting coaches, young runners for Fall 2019 season

The Boys Run: I toowú klatseen program is recruiting boys in third through fifth grade for its Fall 2019 season. The program also is looking for male and female coaches to help teach the young boys how to be good runners and better men.

The Boys Run: I toowú klatseen program, which means “strengthen your spirit”, is a mentorship program for young boys coordinated by Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV), with similar programs in Sitka, Juneau, and Kake. The program teaches boys healthy social and emotional skills through running and envisions boys growing up into healthy members of society. It is modeled after the Girls On The Run program, which meets in the spring.

The registration period for young boys ends on Friday, Sept. 13. Parents can register their boys at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School, or they can register online at https://boysrun.org/register-a-boy.

Southeast Alaska Native cultural values have been intentionally incorporated into the program in each lesson, and we use running as a vehicle for games and fun activities. The 10-week program ends with a community five-kilometer fun run, teaching boys they can accomplish anything they set their mind to.
What coaching entails:

  • Practices are held twice a week from 2:15-4:30 p.m., on either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School. It starts near the end of September and goes until mid December.
  • There is a mandatory coach training from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, and coaching applications are due by Monday, Sept. 9..
  • You do not have to be a runner to coach.
  • There is a set curriculum and lesson plans and all the supplies you need will be provided for you.

If you are interested in coaching, please contact Samantha “Sam” O’Brien of SAFV at sobrien@safv.org or call 747-3489. If you are interested in registering a boy, contact Sam or ask for Mrs. Twaddle at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School.

Girls On The Run seeks participants for 2019 running program

Are you a young girl in third, fourth or fifth grade at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School? Applications are due Monday, Feb. 25, to join the fun of the 11th season of the Girls On The Run (GOTR) program.

Girls On The Run is more than an after-school program. It’s an empowerment program committed to inspiring young girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. Girls On The Run provides a fun, experience-based curriculum that teaches lasting life lessons while playing running games. It all culminates with a five-kilometer fun run on May 18.

Girls On The Run is a 10-week running program accessible to all girls, regardless of their athletic ability or fitness level. The program envisions a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Registration closes on Monday, Feb. 25, for girls. You can pick up an application at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School. Participants also can register online at https://www.gotrgreateralaska.org/. Practices will be from 2:40-4 p.m. on either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays starting March 4 at the Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School gym.

The Girls On The Run program in Sitka is coordinated by Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV). There are similar programs run by local domestic violence prevention agencies and school districts around the state.

Even though the coach recruitment deadline passed on Monday, Feb. 18, the program won’t turn away potential coaches so long as they can attend the mandatory coach training session from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Harrigan Centennial Hall, Room 5.

For more information, contact GOTR coordinator Shadeed Miller at 747-3493 or gotr@safv.org.

Sitka National Historical Park to host quarterly Park Prescriptions prize drawing on Sept. 30

The next quarterly Park Prescriptions Program drawing will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Sitka National Historical Park visitor center.

Participants are reminded to submit their punch cards to a ranger at Sitka National Historical Park’s visitor center by 3 p.m. on Frida,y Sept. 29, to be eligible for the drawing. This drawing includes three cash prizes provided by Sitka Community Hospital Foundation. The prizes will be awarded as checks, and will either be mailed to the winners, or will be available for pick up at the Sitka Community Hospital.

The Park Prescriptions Program promotes health and wellness by encouraging Sitkans to recreate within their national park. Park Prescriptions was a Sitka Health Summit project that started as a partnership between the park and local medical providers, who prescribed hikes around the park to their patients. Now people can self-prescribe the hikes, and turn in their completed punch cards to win prizes. Quarterly drawings are held by the Sitka Community Hospital Foundation. Eligible participants who have completed their punch card are eligible to win cash prizes.

To participate, stop by the park’s visitor center, or the Sitka Community Hospital to pick up a punch card or contact Ryan Carpenter at 747-0121 or at ryan_p_carpenter@nps.gov for more information.

If you have questions, please call the park’s visitor center at 747-0110.​

Boys Run: I Toowú Klatseen program recruiting coaches to mentor young runners

Are you interested in mentoring boys in the third through fifth grade so they grow up to become their best selves? Consider coaching for Boys Run: I toowú klatseen, a program coordinated by Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV).

Boys Run: I toowú klatseen (which means “strength of spirit”) is a mentorship program for young boys, with programs in Juneau, Sitka and Kake. The program teaches boys healthy social and emotional skills through running and envisions boys growing up into healthy members of society. It is modeled after the Girls On The Run program, which meets in the spring.

Southeast Alaska Native cultural values have been intentionally incorporated into the program in each lesson, and we use running as a vehicle for games and fun activities. The program ends with a community five-kilometer fun run, teaching boys they can accomplish anything they set their mind to.
What coaching entails:

  • Practices are held twice a week from 2:40-4 p.m., on either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. It starts the end of September and goes until mid December.
  • There is a coach training Sept. 16 in Juneau, we will provide transportation and lodging.
  • You do not have to be a runner to coach.
  • There is a set curriculum and lesson plans and all the supplies you need will be provided for you.

If  you are interested, please contact Rebecca Foster of SAFV at BoysRunInfo@gmail.com or call 747-3496.

Sitka Maritime Heritage Society to host summer camp, harbor walk, and a treasure hunt

The Sitka Maritime Heritage Society is hosting a summer camp, waterfront/harbor walk and a treasure hunt during August.

The Sails, Knots and What-Nots summer camp takes place on Monday, July 31, though Friday, Aug. 4, and is geared toward youth ages 10-15. During the camp, participants will learn about harnessing the wind, sailing knots, designing sailing models, and more. The camp is co-sponsored by the Coast Guard Spouses and Women’s Association. The cost is $200 for SMHS members and Coast Guard, and $220 for non-members. Applications are available at sitkamaritime@gmail.com.

Walk That Dock is a free waterfront and harbor walk set for noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12. Participants will meet at 11:50 a.m. at the SMHS booth at the Sitka Seafood Festival, and then will walk Crescent Harbor, ANB Harbor and the Sitka waterfront to learn about Sitka’s maritime history. If you can’t make this event, check out the SMHS historic harbor and waterfront map posted here (note, map prints out as a double-sided 11×17 document).

All Treasures Wet and Salty is a free family fun day that includes a treasure hunt from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Japonski Island Boathouse. This event also is part of the Sitka Seafood Festival. Young pirates can grab a treasure map to explore the historic boathouse, while more seasoned pirates can explore the SMHS collections.

Girls on the Run to close out season with beach-themed 5K community fun run on May 13

 
The Sitka Girls On The Run program will host celebrate the end of its ninth season with a beach/Hawaiian themed five-kilometer run from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 13, with the start-finish line at the Crescent Harbor covered shelter. The fun run and ceremony will honor the girls, who have been training all spring at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School.

This is a family friendly event, and tutus and bright colors are encouraged, but not required. Volunteers and cheerleaders also are needed so they can make the event extra special for our participants. Here are a few ways you can help:

  • Volunteer — There are quite a few volunteer positions available, some of which also allow volunteers to run in the event (all allow volunteers to be cheerleaders). Volunteer time requirements vary by assignment. Please register at http://tinyurl.com/GOTR5K2017. Please contact Lauren Havens at lhavens@safv.org or 747-3489 with any questions.
  • Cheerleader — Position yourself along the course between 9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. to cheer the girls on as they run. The run starts at the Crescent Harbor covered shelter, runs along the Sitka Sea Walk and through the Sitka National Historical Park’s Totem Trails and back, so there are plenty of places to cheer people on. Bring a sign and bright colors and a positive attitude.

Girls On The Run is a life-changing empowerment program for girls in third through fifth grade. We teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory five-kilometer (3.1-mile) running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

The 12-week program is one of several in the region. GOTR of Greater Alaska operates Girls On The Run programs in Sitka, Juneau, Ketchikan, Petersburg, and Yakutat, along with similar programs in other Alaska communities. Check out what the program is all about. Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV) hosts the GOTR program in Sitka.

Please help spread the word and encourage family members and friends to make the 2017 5K Community Fun Run a success.