Mike Iversen, the area director for contacted us last week about the kick-off meeting for the organization's Wyldlife Club, and what got our attention -- we admit we're an easy sell -- was a 40-foot long banana split involved.
We were disappointed time commitments prevented us from being there, but Iversen and Young Life's Sheri Bundy were kind enough to share a few photos from last Friday's event at Garrett Park anyway.
Wyldlife is an age-specific club under Young Life, a non-denominational Christian-based program that is geared toward middle-school aged students and locally, serves , , and Glacier Middle School in Buckley.
Eighty-eight kids turned up for the event, which also featured a tug of war, volleyball, and kick ball as Iversen shared his message from the Gospel, Bundy said. About 10 leaders and Young Life's adult committee were also there to help set up the ice cream.
Like the Young Life program at the high school level, Wyldllife coincides with the schedules of the local school districts. Meetings occur every two weeks (dates are available online at http://rhyl.younglife.org) on Friday evenings.
The club usually consists of some games/mixers, prizes for fun things, snacks and a short message introducing the person of Jesus Christ, said Bundy.
Wyldlife Club is just one program under the larger Young Life organization that serves local youth. To give community leaders and stakeholders a chance to hear first-hand how the organization's programs have helped young people in on the Plateau, organizers are currently putting together the Epic Adventure fall banquet set for October 7.
The event takes place at Thunder Mountain Middle School, and those who are interested in attending, learning more or helping to sponsor a table to support the organization are invited to call the Young Life office at 360-825-6425 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.