On an unlikely, hard-to-find corner in Fullerton,
The Kiwanis Club of Fullerton
has created and maintained a very special
place for the young people of the city. It is located across the tracks, and
one more block, south-west of City Hall.
From the outside it appears to be nothing more interesting that a fenced
compound and some buildings that do not appear to have any particularly
well-defined purpose. Don't be fooled by the appearance. This park is a
one-of-a-kind place for young people from all over Fullerton and Orange County
and may be one of the most-used parks in the area.
Weekdays begin with the arrival of the staff of Councelors from The Boys & Girls Club of Fullerton . This is one of the two groups that are year-round "residents" of the park. They get immediately to work planning and preparing for the days activities. They also do a lot of cleaning and simple maintenance of their building and grounds so that the place remains perfect for their young charges.
The building in the background, right of center and behind the tree, is the
Boys & Girls Club's home at the park.
The real magic begins a short time later with the arrival of the children. With a liberal application of childhood imagination and the tireless efforts of the counselors, the empty building and grounds are transformed into a wonderful before and after school care facility for about 80 kids during the school year and about 120, all day, during the summer. The boys and girls are given, not only the supervision that they need to be safe, but wonderful learning opportunities at the hands of the young and uncommonly dedicated staff. The Boys and Girls Club's program consists of games, technology, the learning center, athletics and art. Best of all, this quality child care can be afforded by everyone. It is provided for $25 a week to any member of the Club. If your child needs transportation to and from school, this is available for a small additional charge. If you have priced child care lately, you will never again doubt that The Boys and Girls Club is a magical place!
At night and on weekends, in the hands of the other year-round resident of the park, Boy Scouts of Troop 93, (and maybe just a tiny assist from their parents and adult leaders), the Park again becomes a magical place of learning, fun and friendship.
Here Troop 93 holds weekly Troop and Patrol meetings, Leadership Training meetings for the scouts and Adult Leader Training and the monthly Troop Committee meetings for their parents. The Park is also equipped with storage facilities for all of the Troop's equipment and is the starting point for most of the year-round outings and special projects the Troop is involved with.
Because Troop 93 has been in residence so long, the facilities are perfect for any Scout activity and are in constant demand by other Scouting organizations like Cub Scouts, for their Den meetings and even the Orange County Council of the Boy Scouts of America often use the facilities for training and activities.
Girl Scouts also have a home here for their Troop meetings and activities. They use the Training Center and the adjoining patio. This gives them a separate place for their meetings while still allowing access to all the facilities of the Park.
Troop 93 invites Cub Scouts from all over the County
to participate in a Troop Meeting.
As the meeting comes to a close,
Through the years, the Kiwanis Youth Park has evolved into one of the best youth facilities in all of Orange County. A perfect example of the flexibility and value of the Park was demonstrated a couple of weeks before Christmas.
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