Saturday, October 1, 2016

2015-2016 Awards

Congratulations to our kids on their hard work earning the following badges last year!


Oliver: Building Fun, Yard Work
 

Calvin: Building Fun, Yard Work
 

Jesse: Service, Knots
 

Ean: Service, Knots, Entrepreneur
 

Sarah: Service, Latch Hook, Archery, Entrepreneur, Rainbow Loom
 

Athena: Gemstones, Hand Sewing, Horses, Ice Skating, Origami, Pottery, Trampolining
 

Andonia: Gemstones, Horses, Ice Skating, Kirigami, Origami, Pottery, Trampolining

We can't wait to see what this year will bring!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Welcome to our NEW Kids of Faith Club!


Keepers of the Faith, York, PA is now KIDS OF FAITH CLUB!
*** Join us for our Kick-Off Picnic on Friday, September 30th***
Contact us for more information!

FAQ's
Who we are:  A group of families interested in teaching our children Christian character, serving others, and practical skills while having fun and fellowship!  We will be using the Quest Program as our base, where children can earn badges for activities and skills they learn.

Registration: Cost is $10/year per family.  Contact us for a registration form!

Handbooks:  There is no handbook to buy.  Badge requirements will be printed and copied  from the Quest web site.  Each badge has different levels of activities required, according to age, as follows:
Red - Preschool (ages 3 - 5)
Yellow - Level 1 (grades K - 2)
Blue - Level 2 (grades 3 - 5)
Green - Level 3 (grades 6 - 8)
White - Level 4 (grades 9 - 12)
A full list of badges can be found at http://questclubs.net/alphabetical-badge-list/ 

Uniforms:  You and your child may choose how to display the badges they earn.  Vests are available for purchase, but are optional.
 Please contact us if you are interested and feel free to share with your friends!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

CHANGES ARE COMING!

It is with great regret that we announce Keepers of the Faith will be closing their doors!  You can read more about their decision here: http://www.keepersofthefaith.com/.  While they have stated that PDF versions of their handbooks will be available in the future and that badges will be sold under another entity, we have decided to change to a different program.

Quest is an educational incentive program for kids and adults ages 3 -103 that uses badges and awards to encourage kids and adults of all ages to explore anything and everything.  From spies and painting, to chemistry and farming, there are over 1200 badges and awards to choose from, and they are writing more everyday.  There are many benefits to this program above what we currently have, and we are excited for this opportunity!  You can read more here: http://questclubs.net/

Our Club goal is still to teach and model Christian character and service alongside practical and educational skills to our children in a group setting.  We will still run our club the same way, with a few minor changes.

1) Club Name - Of course we are going to have to change our Club's name.  Quest does not require us to use their name in our club name, we can call it anything we want!  At our picnic in September, we will take a vote on the new name, so start thinking about that.

2) Registration Fee - In the past we have never charged a fee and kept costs to the very minimum.  There is a yearly fee for us to have a Quest club, so we will have to charge a small registration fee per family.

3) Badges - The good news is: Quest badges are much cheaper than KOF badges ($1 vs. $2.65), so in the end, the total yearly cost to do our Club will likely be the same or cheaper.  They will even make custom badges if there is something we want that they do not offer, at the same price!  We will also have to decide how to display our badges.  Quest has vests available but we are free to choose something else.


4) Handbooks - There is no handbook to buy.  With the Quest membership, I will be able to print off and copy the badge requirements for each skill for the Club.  For each badge, there are different levels of activities required, according to age.  We can also create our own badge requirements.

Red - Preschool (ages 3 - 5)
Yellow - Level 1 (grades K - 2)
Blue - Level 2 (grades 3 - 5)
Green - Level 3 (grades 6 - 8)
White - Level 4 (grades 9 - 12)
Grey - Level 5 (ages 18+)

 
We hope that these changes will be a positive thing for our Club and that this year will be our best ever!  Hope to see you at the picnic on September 30th! (See calendar for details.)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Field Trip - Aquatic Life

In November we took a field trip to That Fish Place/That Pet Place in Lancaster, PA.  http://www.thatpetplace.com/  It is technically a retail store, but within the 88,000 square feet of the building, there are many creatures to see!  Here are a few:
Sarah & the guinea pig

Adorable little frog

Albino milk snake

Sting rays in the touch tank


Tiny crabs

Tiny frogs

Beautiful fish

Blue starfish


They have quite an assortment of small reptiles, tarantulas, scorpions, small mammals, Flemish giant rabbits, and all manner of freshwater and saltwater aquatic life such as fish, crabs, frogs, eels, and more.  The children enjoyed the trip and saw a lot of creatures they had never seen before.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

First Meeting & Service Project

This month will be our first meeting of the new school year!  We are excited to meet together again and share God's Word as well as be a blessing to other.  Our first service project will be assembling craft kits for Caitlin's Smiles, which is a non-profit organization based in Harrisburg, PA that delivers arts and crafts kits to children facing chronic or life-threatening illnesses.  We have 4 different craft kits that we will be assembling to donate to this wonderful organization.  If you are interested in joining us, please send me an email ASAP at nikkidonahue@verizon.net!


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Wrapping up our 2014-2015 year!

Tomorrow is our annual club picnic and awards ceremony!  We'll be celebrating another year of service, new skills, fellowship and fun.  This year our club had six families participating, including 7 boys, 6 girls and 4 younger siblings.  The children enjoyed weaving baskets with the "Basket Lady", creating albums to reflect their personalities, practicing sign language and doing a study of trees along with related Bible verses.

After a summer break, we will begin meeting again on Friday evenings in September.  We look forward to our current families returning and welcome anyone else interested in joining us!  For more information or to receive our schedule for 2015-2016, email me at nikkidonahue@verizon.net. 

Nikki