ATX Kids Club – Join Our Adventure!

ATX Kids Club – Join Our Adventure!


MAN: And so if you
were to describe ATX Kids Club to a friend of yours, how would
you describe it to ’em? – I would say, so ATX Kids Club
is this really cool place. We go to a lot of fun places,
ride the bus, or walk. And we have a lot of fun. We always go to splashpads
every day, and we eat lunch. It’s super fun. WOMAN: So the idea for
ATX Kids Club came truly from the background in education,
being a first grade teacher, a second grade teacher. My favorite part as a teacher,
and my favorite part when I was in elementary school,
is field trips. WOMAN 2: I send my kids to
ATX Kids Club because, one, they ask to go each year,
and two, I like for them to be able to be a tourist
in their own city where they live and learn
how to use the bus system, and learn things every
day while they’re at camp. GIRL: Have you guys learned
about this in school? About the World Trade Center,
and the Twin Towers? (kids chattering) BOY 2: Here it is right here. “World Trade Center,
North Tower, American Airlines flight 11…” GIRL: So, with our kids we do
have a smaller group ratio. It’s about a 1:6 ratio,
so I think getting that personal attention is
really good for our camp, and good for our campers. (kids laughing) – I like ATX Kids Club because
it’s a place where children can have fun, and explore
new places they never been. TAMMY: And so as we’re
moving forward in Austin toward a greener city,
we are promoting children to grow up and understand
how accessible it can be riding on the bus,
and that is one of our goals. ZOE: So when we go to parks,
and we go hiking, I think we’re able to better
integrate what we learn, and we’re able to see
this is the nature that we have in our community. How do we affect
our environment? And kids are able to learn,
well, maybe we shouldn’t throw our trash everywhere because
these are the environments we’re trying to sustain. TAMMY: Exactly. He has
the ability to lose his tail. He can just go into
scared-mode, his tail drops off, and then what happens is,
the bird flies down, grabs the tail,
but doesn’t get the lizard. TAMMY: Health and fitness
are huge for our organization. We talk a lot about
what kinds of lunches, what kinds of snacks
are you packing. Because we’re pushing
these kids. It’s hot in the summer in
Austin, we know it’s hot. So it’s important that
we keep them hydrated. It’s important that we keep
them up on their protein, up on their fruits and
vegetables during the day. There is a lot of social
relationship building that happens with the kids. I had a group of children
that went to the same school, and those kids would not
have necessarily have socialized with each other
in school. They ran in different circles. By the end of the summer,
best friends. And that would not happen
if it weren’t for the fact that they were a part
of our summer camp, and they were out there
experiencing all the places we go. Walking, all the walks we walk. Sweating,
all the sweats we sweat. (cheerful playing) If we can provide that
opportunity for a child to do something that is so out
of the ordinary from what they normally
do in their life, which might be just staying
at home, playing video games,
and get them out, and showing them
how amazing our city is, I mean that’s just why I want
to reach out to those children so desperately,
and bring them onboard, and let them say, “This is
the best day I’ve ever had.” I really liked going to
Castle Hill with all the graffiti, and
I liked the splash parks. I’d say my favorite place
that I visited was the wildflower center. We just go to caves and
we see different types of rocks and bats. WOMAN: We found out about
ATX Kids Club last summer, Signed Zander up. Over the fall, after school
started, we would be walking around downtown and he would
look around and he’d say, “I know where I am,
’cause ATX Kids Club. We were at ATX Kids Club.” Over time I was like, wow,
that really stuck with him, everything that he learned. TAMMY: When I was looking
at starting ATX Kids Club, I got a lot of different
input on whether or not it should be a for-profit,
or a non-profit, and I ended up going
with a non-profit because I knew
I wanted funding sources. I knew I needed other people
to help us to provide for those children that
just would not have the ability to come. We put “Join Our Adventure” on
the back of our shirts because we wanted people to say,
“What does that mean? “Can you tell us?
‘Join our adventure?’ “What are you doing?
Where are you going? How can we join?” Everybody can join
our adventure. Yeah, we want your children
to join our adventures, but we also want volunteers
to join our adventures. We want counselors
to join our adventures. We want parents to be a part
of what we’re doing. And then we’re also hoping
that that “Join Our Adventure” includes all of the businesses
and the folks out there that want to support
this organization, so that we can do what we do,
and continue to reach out. Come along on the ride. Be a part of it. ALL: Join our adventure! Is my hair perfect? TAMMY: Is my hair perfect? Haha. Yes. (laughing) All right, let’s go. We’re bad! We’re bad.

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