2nd Annual Strength IN Being a Boy

The Kamloops YMCA-YWCA is pleased to announce that Strength IN Being a Boy is taking a giant leap forward and presenting its’ 2nd annual event at the Tournament Capital Center (TCC) on April 25th, 2018. It will be a day filled with fun, engaging, and informative workshops and activities. Registration is now open!

After a fantastic one-day conference in 2017, we have decided to offer this unique opportunity to 80 boys in the community this year. This event is offered at no cost to boys 10, 11 and 12 years of age and will include a full day of fun and interactive workshops, start of the day and lunch time activities, and a great, yummy lunch provided by Uptown Chefs. This year, boys will see all of their favorite elements of last year’s Strength IN Being a Boy, with the addition of the following workshops:

Constructing and Deconstructing Anger: Through the art of construction, using recycled material and duct tape, the boys will explore what their own ideas of anger and violence, including the origins of anger, how anger is more acceptable in society than tears, the good side of anger and the harmful side of anger. Boys will use different types of recyclables to create a form that represents their concept of anger as well as the tools they must manage that anger.

Portrait of a Boy: Using mixed media (a combination of paint, manga and comic pictures and added texture) the boys are asked to create a portrait of what they think a boy is, how boys are supposed to act and what defines a boy’s strength. During this workshop the boys will learn how to draw and paint a face and will explore what makes their boy strong and unique. With the boys permission we are hoping to will display their art in an exhibition entitled Portrait of a Boy in the future.

Healthy Defense Mechanisms & How to Use Them: Boys learn how to “protect” themselves in ways that are not physical, giving them tools and a game plan for when they put in situations where they do not want to fight. This can be tied in with the different pressures young boys face as they grow up, including pressures from their friends and other situations. Through these experiences boys also learn concepts of healthy masculinity and discover tools to navigate their identity with a better understanding of masculinity.

Parkour: Problem Solving 101: Running, jumping, climbing – everyone loves to move. Parkour helps the boys do all of that in the fastest most efficient way possible! “Parkour involves seeing one’s environment in a new way and imagining the potential for navigating it by movement around, across, through, over and under its features” (wikipedia). This is about thinking and problem solving on the go!

The focus of Strength IN Being a Boy is to promote the development of spirit, mind and body by encouraging healthy lifestyles and personal growth while being a service to the community in which the boys will live and grow in, sharing values of caring, respect, honesty, responsibility.

How to register:
Download and print the Registration & Wavier form from our website www.kamloopsy.org/sbb.htm or pick up a copy at either Kamloops Y location. Complete and sign the form and return it to either Y location. You can also contact us at
Downtown Y: (250) 372-7725.
John Tod Center Y: (250) 554-9622
Please note: Boys are not considered registered until a signed form is submitted.

*Age group from 10 to 12 only

We look forward to continuing our great relationships with sponsors, press, and all our supporters—and with only 23 days until the conference, our staff has kicked into full gear. Directors Jacquie Brand, along with the staff of Kamloops YMCA-YWCA, are committed to making this year’s conference one that goes down in history. “A goal without a plan is just a wish”- Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

As always, you and your ideas are wonderfully welcomed. If you are interested in getting involved with KamloopsParents.com simply email jodi@kamloopsparents.com and we can chat!

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