Youth Juggling Company, LLC
5905 Concord Avenue
Edina, MN 55424
Developing youth through juggling since 1994.
Journal January, 2005
Developing leaders through juggling
Founded in January 2001 as a formal way to help Paul direct the annual
Juggle Jam, the JH Officer Team has now expanded year-round meetings,
nurturing student leadership and input into every aspect of the JH Youth
Juggling Co. After an 8-hour mini-retreat in September, this 13-member
team of 6th-10th grade youth now meets from 9-Noon on the 2nd Saturday
of every month (except July and August). Despite the odd hours for a group
of adolescents, meetings have exceptional attendance and participation,
allowing these kids to develop as leaders and each aspect of JH to be
represented in formal decision-making and visionary processes. Whereas
officers were formerly elected by their peers, we moved to an application
system for 2004-2005, requiring each officer candidate to articulate in
writing their qualifications, experience, and vision for helping to lead
our company. All Jugheads are encouraged to look to this team of their
peers for guidance and to offer suggestions for everything ranging from
Juggle Jam routines to snack time policies (see below).
"Game Cube Prism" rather than TV
In the December
Officers' meeting, the student leaders offered a surprising 11-1 consensus:
limit or eliminate snack-time TV watching. Because the ECC cafeteria TVs
have general cable access, we had been in the habit of watching shows
on The Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and ESPN immediately after school.
However, much to Paul's chagrin, clubs even as large as Wednesday Rec.
were reduced to zombie-like states when entranced in a show for 30 minutes
during snack. Therefore, we experimented with a "No TV" week
just before winter break. So refreshing was that week that it has been
continued, with a more social replacement: table games! Thanks to a gift
from the Johnson Family (Girls Elite member Christine and parents Dale
& Janet), JH purchased a variety of games for our snack cart: Boggle,
Scrabble, Poker, Electronic Catch Phrase, MadLibs (with dice), Yahtzee
and Uno. These games join our existing chess sets and are toted in a plastic
container cleverly dubbed "The Game Prism." The result? Snack
time is full of bubbling voices instead of blank stares.
MONDO sign-up; IJA Fest meetings
is a tradition for many Jugheads, giving about 60 of them an all-day experience
of a regional juggling festival. The Ultimate Club will attend together
on Friday evening, Feb. 18, and the larger group of Jugheads will attend
on Saturday, Feb. 19 from about 8:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. See attached registration.
THE IJA FESTIVAL is July 18-24 in Davenport (aka Quad Cities),
IA. There will be identical info. meetings held in the ECC auditorium
on Tuesday, Feb. 15 and Thursday, Feb. 24 from 6-6:45 p.m. Paul will be
distributing surveys to families with IJA Festival experience regarding
three choices this year: attend separately as a family; attend with JH
as a family (w/a parent chaperone); or attend with JH alone (without a
parent). Note: Only Jugheads with at least half of the Ultimate Club technical
standards are eligible to attend with our group.
The original "club standard"
Jughead can recite for you at least a few of the standards required for
our higher-level clubs (Elite and Ultimate). However, no one club best
represents the overall "standard" of JH itself than Wednesday
Rec. This club has the largest age range (3rd-10th grade); the most people
(33 members, 2 assistants and a parent volunteer); the widest ability
range (total beginners to international competitors); and the most self-directed
focus of any JH club.
to new Jugheads: Grace (Wed. Red. 4th grader) and Evan (Monday Rec.
3rd grader)! Welcome back to Nathaniel, Monday Rec. 5th grader, who
took a sabbatical in France with his family last fall.
TUITION is past-due; unpaid Jugheads should refrain from attending
their club(s) until registered. (Wendy called all of the families who
have neglected to register.) Thanks for attending to this and keeping
this program running.
As a courtesy to every person involved in JH, please encourage your
child to inform Paul when (or before) terminating membership. Such an
action brings closure to this commitment, especially for those kids
who have been involved for several years. A graceful exit from any stage
or setting of life is the honorable choice, including saying good-bye
to peers and coaches.
YOU to the many parents who helped chaperone and CLEAN UP (!) during/after
our annual holiday party on Dec. 11! It was a good time of bonding and
JAM 7: May 6-7 with dress rehearsals on Thurs., 4/28, Saturday,
4/30 and Thurs. 5/5. Mark the dates!
ALL-DAY CAMPS will take place Jan. 17 & 31, and Feb. 18 &
21, all 9-5 p.m., incl. lunch. Spring Break Camps, April 4-8, will be
9-Noon and 1-4 p.m. Register
on-line, through Paul, or in the ECC office.
LIST: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
to be added to our group e-mail list or to change your e-mail address.