Youth Juggling Company, LLC
5905 Concord Avenue
Edina, MN 55424
Developing youth through juggling since 1994.
Journal October, 2006
Student Leaders Serve Our Company
Founded in January 2001 as a formal way to help Paul direct the annual
Juggle Jam, the JUGHEADS (JH) Officer Team has now expanded to year-round
meetings, nurturing student leadership and input into every aspect of
JH. Last month, this 11-member team experienced its first-ever overnight
leadership retreat held at Camp Lebanon. Team challenges, small- and large-scale
brainstorming, and extended recreational bonding time allowed the leaders
to immerse in thinking about the next year. In addition to participating
in lively and productive discussions at our monthly meetings on Saturday
mornings, Officers are expected to actively serve and represent their
peers and act as model Jugheads on a daily basis. 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.
Here are our 2006-2007 Officers (with "office" of responsibility):
Seniors Sofia (Girls' Elite), Scott (Assistants), Selby
(Ultimate Club) and Kelvin (Specialty Acts); Junior Ryan
(Boys' Elite); Sophomores Ricky (Contests & Games), Hanna
(Monday Rec.) and Sarah (Organization); 9th grader Amanda
(Wed. Rec.); and 8th graders Colin (Thursday Rec.) and Jonny
(Camps & Special Events).
Editor's Note: Through next May, each issue of the JUGHEADS Journal
will feature an officer voicing a vision or commentary on our company.
Here is our Specialty Act Officer: 9th year Jughead and EHS Senior, Kelvin.
a distant five years ago, when I first became a JH Officer. Back then,
I was an "insignificant" little 7th grader among the 15 or so
oldest Jugheads gathered there, the greatest youth jugglers I had ever
known. Meetings were loud, with the rowdy 9th and 10th grade boys fighting
for control of the floor while the girls sat by themselves and chatted.
If you were quiet, you didn't get to say anything. These Saturday mornings
were social times, with much babble and gossip accompanied by relatively
little productive discussion, all of which would concern Juggle Jam only.
the Officer Team is a much tighter and overall more dedicated group of
kids. Today's Officers hold anywhere from zero to five full years of experience
on the team, and yet every member is treated equally. Fresh new ideas
for every possible aspect of the company fill our Saturday mornings, bouncing
between Officers in a lively discussion. Meetings are more orderly-each
Officer gets a chance to speak, and debate is calm.
are deeply invested in the company. For us, JH is a defining aspect of
our lives, something that has shaped the way we live. We have chosen to
take our involvement to a higher level, striving to earn the respect of
the Director as well as every other Jughead. This higher level is leadership,
the decision to pave a new path and then persuade others to follow. And
that is exactly what sets us Officers apart-We aren't just kids with a
voice; we are leaders.
I am often
asked about what goes on in the Officer Team. On one hand, it's a friendly
and generous group of people; on the other hand, we're each responsible
for our own office. On one hand, it's an amazingly fun experience; on
the other hand, it's dang hard work. We Officers of the present day have
fun, crack jokes, and laugh together. However, besides being friends,
we also help each other to carry through with everyone's ideas. The team
is a collaborative effort, and as a team, we ensure that our efforts make
past couple years, the Officer Team has expanded to become a vital life
force of the Jugheads. No longer are we a team only concerned with Juggle
Jam; nowadays, we help to sustain and advance the entire company through
our ideas and our assistance to Paul. We are the student leaders of the
program, and a team that is dedicated to the development of the JUGHEADS
Youth Juggling Co.
SPOTLIGHT: Monday Rec. Club
Extreme Makeover: New Wave of Jugheads!
Monday Rec. was created in October 2001 out of popular demand, causing
JH to grow from about 100 to 120 youth involved on a weekly basis. Now
in its 6th year, Monday Rec. has matured much despite the fact that it's
the only club dominated by elementary school students. Social skills such
as learning everyone's name and cleaning up snack and equipment are emphasized
side-by-side witih progression of juggling skills, and the kids are held
to high standards of effort in both areas. From a sheer crowd-control
perspective, the high school assistants are absolutely essential, and
they double as role models along with being Ultimate Club-level Jugheads
who continually challenge the Monday Rec. kids to higher and more difficult
goals. Of the 31 members of this club, fully NINETEEN (19!) are rookies,
making for an exciting new wave of Jugheads who have the opportunity to
potentially grow together as jugglers and friends for several years to
come. Watch for rising stars from Monday Rec.!
Day Juggling Camps
No-school juggling=Quick progress
Attached to your September newsletter was the green registration form
for all JH juggling camps through February. This fall, camps are offered
October 19-20 and November 20-22 from 9-Noon and 1-4 p.m. An all-day juggling
camp will be held on Monday, October 23 from 9-5 for all currently registered
Jugheads (non-Jugheads if space permits) with lunch included. You may
register online or via the form in the JH entryway.NOTE: Jugheads signing
up for half-day camps (9-Noon or 1-4) may opt to attend all day one day
instead of two half days.
TO NEW JUGHEAD
Elizabeth (Mon. Rec. 4th grader)! A very special welcome back
to Jameson, Thursday Rec. 10th grader. Jameson and fellow sophomores
Ricky and Brett were the first ever 3rd grade Jugheads in '99-'00. He's
back after a 4-year hiatus, having originally been a Jughead for 3rd-5th
One important JH act was inadvertently omitted from September's Journal
which chronicled our trip to Portland, OR in July. Wild & Rice (college
freshmen Kelsey & Lauren) ended their JH career by
performing their all-rings duet (as seen in our own Juggle Jam 8 in
May) in the 9th annual IJA Youth Showcase in Portland on July 19.