Monday, December 26, 2011

Charlie Brown Christmas Eve

This year for Christmas Eve we had the boys involved in a little competition. We wanted them to decorate the dorm with Christmas decorations but only using the items they are given on a daily basis. This was to help them remember that Christmas is about giving not just recieving. The boys did amazing and here is some of their handy work!

Not a bad sign to be greeted with in a dorm? 
 I particularly like the fireplace!
 This is truly a made from scratch Christmas tree!
 Charlie Brown's tree has got nothing on this one!!
 Who doesn't need a Christmas Frog!
 These guys were all about the signs not the tree!
Who needs interior decorators when you got these guys!!!

 The youth had an amazing time with this even though it was a joke in a way it gave the students a little more Christmas spirit and they showed ti throughout the following day on Christmas. They were all so thankful for the small gifts they recieved. They got the true meaning of Christmas "giving and not just recieving", as well as gifts of service and gifts from the heart are worth more than any toy or electronic!! 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Pumkins and Donuts

Who doesn't love a good glazed donut? Yes there was a bit of a twist on it. It was hanging and you couldn't use your hands!!!
 Some of these guys took awhile to eat the whole donut.
 Some just kicked back and relaxed in the shade while playing the game.
 Big bites like this seem to work the best.
 No hands fellas! Yes that is fake blood on the staff :)
Then top it all off with some eyeballs for a snack! 

Mega Slide

The MEGA SLIDE was pretty fun. They was a few rug burns from it but that didn't stop the boys!
 Face first is way more fun!
 You go! No you go!
 Where the heck am I?

The Gauntlet!

The students loved this event they spent a lot of time at this one. You might think it would be a good time to take out aggression on someone but, for the most part it was just clean fun that became a riot to watch.
 The stand off!
 One foot style!
 Hasn't felt the pain yet!
 The wind up!
Please tell him to not break my 2 foot boundary! :)

Staff can have fun too!!

During the Halloween Party some of our staff decided to get into the halloween spirit! Here are just a few of the costumes that showed up! See if you can find out who they are!

Is that Micheal Jackson??

 "Shall I excuse myself I feel overly dressed for the event?"
This one might be a little harder to find out but just think," who else is going to ride a horse"??

Thursday, November 3, 2011

HAlloWeEn Day!!

Halloween Day started around 11:30am and this is the scene they walked down to from their big building. It was like Christmas for them!!
 As the boys were walking down and saw this they started to get really excited and some even screamed like little children.

Then they were gentlemen that let the Ladies eat first as they watched with great anticipation.......
 Then it was time for lunch! It was a ton of food and it was Delicious!
 Here is one happy kid after getting his plate..
 Connor couldn't wait to eat his food not even for a photo!
Mike and Ryan got a kick out of Nathan's costume!
We had a bunch of staff dress up and they are on the next blog!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Newest Advancements!

Here are our newest Supervisors and Manager.
 Way to go man!
 He finally took charge of his program!
 He couldn't stop smiling!
Upper Level status here I come!

From Chips to Nachos!

Tonight we had an upper level meeting and discussed being committed to the program and the process. We watched the movie Avatar and related to the boys and their programs. We also gave the boys plain tortilla chips and discussed how these are good but not great, we related the chips to them when they first get here and were in O&A. Then we had warm Nacho Cheese Sauce and gave them more chips and this time they got the Nacho Cheese on top of the chips and we related it to them now.And how they are getting better as a person and a Family...
 The guys said it reminded them of the swimming pool in the summer and getting them at the snack shop.
This was taken late at night and they all still smiled for the camera! They really did have a great time.

DRA's Got Talent

We had DRA's Got Talent yesterday and there was some really good acts. We also were able to see the Drama Club perform some of the scenes they will be doing this weekend at the Festival. Here are just a few of the boys that played guitars and sang. Unfortunately there were no entries this time from the Stone Ridge Boys. It was a country theme this time and the boys didn't feel confident with their ability to "go country"...
 He could play really well, he played a Jack Johnson song.
 Here are the SR boys watching but not performing.
These 2 boys made an original piece that sounded really good.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Tough game for the D-Back Football team

Football had a tough game against Duchene. The team started off in really good spirits. As you can see from the photo on one of the kickoffs where the guys on the sideline are chanting and yelling with their helmets raised. Here are a couple pictures from the game for you to see if you were unable to watch the live stream..

 Defense was tough with all the different looks that Duchene gave us with each play.
 There were some pretty hard hits during the game like this one. Too bad there isn't sound on this!
The night ended pretty dark and gloomy but the D Backs will bounce back.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Putting the level work to the test!!

Tonight we had a meeting with some of the boys and discussed how they can use their level work in their lives when they get back home. We even gave them a little test?? We watched the movie Hitch and then had the boys descibe and say what personalities the 5 main characters were. This is what the majority said:
Hitch: Blue/Yellow
Sarah M: Red/Blue
Albert B: White/Yellow
Allegra C: Blue/White
Casey Sarah's Friend: Blue/Yellow

Let us know what you think by emailing your campus director or by sending an email to your son. Did they pick right or wrong?????

Monday, September 12, 2011

Game Night

Lately I have been asked by students "What can I do when I get home to stay away from the bad influences?" And my response was, "What did you do for fun?". Surprisingly there were a lot of different answers. Here were some;
1. I would hang with my friends.
2. I would make things like oragami.
3. Watch movies.
4. Go to the mall.
So a couple fo the staff and I got together and decided to teach the boys some of the games and things we do for fun that are clean and sober activities. We taught them different card games and got some really cheap treats and had a blast!!! The boys said they forgot how much fun they could have doing these types of things. We then encouraged all of them to use the games on their visits and home visits. So parents please ask your students (if they are in the pictures) to teach you some of the games they learned next visit...
 Can't go wrong with some refreshing SPRITE!
 Some cheap snacks and a few decks of cards and we are ready to go!
 These guys were playing NERTZ and FARKLE.
 These guys played Pirates Dice. Arrgh matey!
 Jeremy headed up an intense game of NINES.
This was the second table of NERTZ, the guys thought it was confusing at first but got into it later on. So enjoy guys and thanks for having a blast with us!!