Youth Juggling Company, LLC
5905 Concord Avenue
Edina, MN 55424
Developing youth through juggling since 1994.
Journal October, 2005
Notes on residing at Colony Park Church
It's hard to believe that only a year ago this month we began planning
for our necessary move from the Edina Community Center due to the referendum-approved
construction plan that displaced us from our original juggling home. Our
first four months at Colony Park Church have exceeded our expectations!
Here are a few highlights:
- Use of
multiple rooms throughout each club and camp day
- Use of
the beautiful and spacious lawn for yard games/juggling
accessibility to our entire equipment stash due to the reliability of
our spaces each week
- A spacious
office for organization and private conferences
- Warm reception
from the staff and members of Colony Park Church, including trust and
autonomy given to us
could go on! Already, the question has come up about what we'll do next
year. While returning to ECC could still be a possibility, our experience
at CPC so far has been so positive that staying in our new home is the
very likely decision. (More on that as we approach the spring.) For now,
here are three bullet points which will serve you either as reminders
or updates on how we can be the best tenants possible in our new juggling
parking to enter the church, please use the parking lot rather than
56th St. This reduces traffic congestion on the street and will be a
large courtesy to our residential neighbors. The street should really
only be used for briefly pulling up to the curb (preferably westbound
along the church's property) so that your Jughead(s) can see you from
our gym's windows. When using the parking lot, you may enter/exit through
the church's main doors.
o Jugheads have been doing a good job with maintaining cleanliness.
Let's keep it up! Except for water, no food or beverages are allowed
outside of the tiled area in Friendship Hall (the basement), and Jugheads
are expected to clean up wrappers, excessive crumbs, spills, and of
course, juggling equipment.
- The standards
for our Elite and Ultimate Clubs are posted on the outer door of the
JH office. Since self-direction and "continuous progress"
is key to being a Jughead, kids should refer to these standards for
daily motivation to improve. Goal-oriented Jugheads are less likely
to be idle.
e-mail Paul with any further comments or questions regarding our company's
life in our new space.
No-school juggling=Quick progress
Juggling camps give a LARGE boost in juggling ability to Jugheads of all
levels. Most kids needing those last few (or first few) standards for Elite
or Ultimate Club achieve them at a morning or afternoon juggling camp, and
often times, routines are created and polished and new friends are made
and strengthened. Fall juggling camps will be held October 20-21 and November
21-23 from 9-Noon (focused on beginners/intermediates) and 1-4 (focused
on advanced/experts). An all-day juggling camp will be held on Monday, October
24 from 9-5 for Elite/Ultimate Jugheads (and focused Rec.-level Jugheads)
with Subway included. More all-day juggling camps will be offered in January
and February as well as half-day camps over Edina's spring break. NOTE:
Jugheads signing up for half-day camps (9-Noon or 1-4) may opt to attend
all day one day instead of attending two mornings or afternoons.
Key youth help with coaching, chores
began to expand its age range one year at a time (our original 1994 roster
had 4th-6th graders only), there naturally developed an in-house mentorship
among the kids. Along with our expansion of age range and enrollment,
the concept of student assistants for nearly every club has been formalized.
With the incentive of earning tuition for club membership or trips, student
assistants are treated like employees and are distinct from tuition-paying
members of any given club. Whereas assistants were formerly only assigned
to Rec. Clubs, both Elite Clubs now have committed assistants. Although
these outstanding Jugheads are clearly a big help for Paul, performing
tasks ranging from passing instruction and trick workshops to floor sweeping
and garbage duty, they're also receiving on-the-job training and discovering
good work ethic by immersing in a new role in a familiar environment.
As you see fit, please encourage these assistants with specific examples
of how they've helped your Jughead's development or even how you've observed
the assistant being a "Number One Worker"--that is, an initiator
of tasks rather than someone who needs continual direction.
SPOTLIGHT: Monday Rec. Club
These Jugheads like to "Mess Around"
Entering its 5th year this month, the Monday Rec. Club is the youngest
arm of the JH Youth Juggling Co. With 23 members, MR has the youngest
average age of membership. Just like their routine set to Ray Charles
music for Juggle Jam 7, this club ranges from chaotic silliness to raw
determination and focus. Enjoying their own little community of peers
is as rewarding as their weekly records, and this club is a reminder that
JUGHEADS is for the eager novice as much as for the emerging professional.
TO NEW JUGHEADS: Joe Reichling (Mon. Rec. 4th grader); Mara Moettus
(Girls' Elite 7th grader); Daria Brosius (Girls' Elite 7th grader).
- CAMP CORRECTION:
The summary section on your orange juggling camp sheet (attached to
September's newsletter) mistakenly priced Thanksgiving week's three-day
juggling camps at $35. The amount for Thanksgiving camps should be $50,
as stated on the description of each camp on the front side. All camps
are also listed on jugheads.com.
HOLIDAY PARTY: Mark the date for our annual party from 4-10 pm on December
JAM JAMMED: Ever had a paper jam? Right now, unfortunately, we have
a Juggle Jam "Jam"--the dates and location are both stuck.
Due to being bumped from our space at Hopkins HS Auditorium, we are
currently looking into other space and date options. If you have any
connections to a great Juggle Jam auditorium space for one of the first
three weekends in May, please contact Wendy. We will e-mail the new
dates and location as soon as they are finalized.
LIST: E-mail email@example.com
to be added to our group e-mail list or to change your e-mail address.
Platform: Normalcy as a Means to Change