January 15, 2008 by Robin Beckett
A guide to Yakima-area youth organizations.
AWANA. Worldwide youth ministry program builds a biblical foundation that helps youth follow Christ through adulthood. Multiple Yakima-area groups. To find a club, visit www.awana.org.
BOY SCOUTS. Civic service organization for boys emphasizes leadership and life skills. Scouting programs available for boys ages 6-18. Venturing and Explorers programs are co-ed, for students ages 14-20 years. Grand Columbia Council: 453-4795. On the Web: grandcolumbiabsa.org.
CAMP FIRE USA. Co-ed program focuses on developing confident youth and future leaders. Roganunda Council: 453-9151. On the Web: yakima-campfire.com.
DEMOLAY INTERNATIONAL. Youth fraternity dedicated to developing civic awareness, personal responsibility and leadership skills in young men, ages 12-21. Affiliated with Freemasons, but membership is open to all boys. Ray Jones: 576-0184.
GIRL SCOUTS. The world’s top organization for girls offers “fun, friendship and the power of girls together.” Troops are forming now. Programs serve girls ages 5-17. Call Lisa Tapia at 834-9785, or e-mail email@example.com. On the Web: gsewni.org.
INTERNATIONAL ORDER OF RAINBOW FOR GIRLS. A service-oriented organization for girls ages 11 to 20. Based on three basic virtues: Faith, hope and charity. Affiliated with Freemasons, but all girls are eligible to join. Barbara: 961-0252.
YAKIMA COUNTY 4-H. Country and city kids can learn the principles of “head, heart, hands and health” through hands-on activities with 4-H, the world’s largest youth group. Christine Jackson: 574-1600, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.