Members at the Crossroads Village Unit have collectively walked 866 miles!
Why and how did they accomplish this incredible feat?
A Walking Club Is Created
The idea for the walking club came from one of the Club staff Ms. Kecia, who wanted to give the kids a change up from their everyday scenery. Ms. Kecia noticed that the children at Crossroads Village had enormous amounts of energy, but did not always have enough space to expend that energy. So, she drew up plans to start a basic club that would walk the kids around the area.
A walking club is a group of people that decide to walk together with a common goal. In this case, the club members wanted to be healthy, but did not want to follow a treadmill gym routine. Members of the walking club at Crossroad Village each set a goal of walking 25 miles, throughout a 3 month period.
Why Is The Walking Club Important?
This group is important because this club was entirely powered by the members of Crossroads Village. Although the idea originated with a staff member, the children took initiative and turned it into a club.
The club proved to be a success in creating a positive outlet for the children to exercise and interact in a healthy manor.
Although it sounds simple, it worked! “It was nothing crazy, just a change” Ms. Kecia said as 34 members joined her club and began embarking on voyages around the Club.
Within a week of forming the club, the members of Crossroads Village fell in love with the group activity. Ms. Kecia mentioned that the most frequently asked question during March and April was “Has the walking club left yet?”
Raqayyah, one of the walkers mentioned “I liked the walking club because it was relaxing and we always had everyone with us”.
Myeil, another member of the walking club, said “I like being a part of the walking club because I get to exercise with my friends”.
As Ms. Kecia mentioned about the program “It went better than expected, the kids are more interested in nature and they are more controllable energy wise”.
Below is a video of two of the walkers on their daily walk.
The club began walking in early March of this year and recently hit its goal by having all walkers complete 25 miles before the end of May.
In addition to exercise, Ms.Kecia hoped the club would lead the members to appreciate nature more. This was definitely an outcome of the walking club as Damauris, one of the walking club members, noted “my favorite part of the walking club is watching the sunset.”
The sunset wasn’t the only thing that caught the walker’s eyes, as one of the highlights of the club was observing a box turtle that was discovered on the Club’s property. Ms.Kecia believes the kids wouldn’t of noticed the turtle if the walking club hadn’t broadened the kids appreciation for nature.
On May 22nd, the Crossroads Village Torch Club organized a certificate ceremony for the members that walked 25 miles in total. To keep in line with making healthy choices during the celebration, the Torch Club made fresh strawberry and banana fruit smoothies as a reward. The children who walked over 25 miles received certificates to commemorate their achievement. They were also praised for collectively walking 866 miles, which exceeded the goal.
Although a walking club may sound boring and simple to some, it was the simplicity that made this program effective. Club members didn’t feel like walking was a hard task, rather it was relaxing and fun. The walking club was an instant hit with the kids and staff at Crossroads Village!
Thank you to Ms. Kecia for dedicating your time to guiding the children of Crossroads Village to be healthy individuals. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula is focused on empowering young individuals to be active in the community and active physically. Living a healthy lifestyle is the first step to creating a healthy community.
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