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Bomber Club receives Youth in Philanthropy grant

Barnum students Elise Cawcutt and Johney Turkall helped develop summer camp ideas that were successfully funded through the Northland Foundation’s KIDS PLUS Youth in Philanthropy program. Contributed Photo

The Northland Foundation’s KIDS PLUS Youth in Philanthropy Board has awarded a $980 grant to the Bomber Club for its American Girl Doll Camp and Woodworking with Kids Camp, with funding support from Minnesota Power.

The Youth in Philanthropy is about young people having fresh ideas, new perspectives, and a genuine desire to make things happen. The Youth in Philanthropy Program taps into the energy and boundless enthusiasm of young people.

The program as two components: Youth grant-making board provides resources for youth-developed projects and training and educational sessions for youth on project design and grant-writing (

Elise Cawcutt, second-grader, and Johney Turkall, a fifth-grader, partnered up with Bomber Club Coordinator Roxy Olsen and planned an American Girl Doll Camp and a Woodworking with Kids Camp. Both kids worked on what they wanted to get out of each camp.

Cawcutt focused on reading the American Girl Doll books and coming up with a craft, snack, and projects to do around three different American Girl Dolls. While she and Olsen were researching, they also found a bullying curriculum called, “Stand Together, Stop the Bullying” which they will incorporate into the camp as well.

Turkall focused on all the different power tools and how a child can safely learn to use them. Since the group has a wide age span of kids, he found a basic project of making a Pinewood Derby car for the younger kids, and a wooden treasure box for the older kids to make.

Each camp will run three days this summer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Barnum Elementary School. The American Girl Doll camp will be held July 7-9 and Woodworking Camp will be Aug. 18-20. For more information on either camp, or Bomber Club in general, visit (Bomber Club is under the Community Education tab) or email Bomber Club Coordinator at

Bomber Club is Barnum Elementary School’s School Age Care Program. They accept children in kindergarten through sixth grade. It is the goal of Bomber Club to be the best place for  children to be when they can’t be home with their parents. Bomber Club strives for positive youth development and youth-led activities.