Celebrating our Harvest Dinner

Our 2nd Annual Harvest Dinner was nothing but amazing. We had a wonderful evening filled with delicious food, fabulous volunteers and great company- all to support critical out of school time programs for youth in our community.

We were also very excited to introduce and celebrate our new annual Heart of BASE Award. This award was created to recognize the dedication of a group or individual who goes above & beyond in their support of BASE and our mission. We were proud to announce Steve Schafer as our 2019 Heart of BASE recipient. Steve has served on our board since 2008, many of those years as our Board President. He has been a strong leader for the organization through it all and always has the best interest of youth when making decisions. Thank you Steve for all you have done to make BASE what it is today!

Please take a few minutes to check out our sponsors and the many great local companies who supported us- we could not have done this without them and make sure to support them when you can. Scroll down for our official event photos and to see how much we were able to raise to support critical out of school time programs for kids in our community!

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Like, follow and shop these local Wisconsin businesses who supported our event!

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Donated by the Dempsy Farm

Amount raised to support critical out of school time programs

$16,500

Thank you for making this happen. YOU make a difference.

Goodbye summer #7, hello school year #15

Packing up the summer supplies is never an easy task. After 11 weeks of summer programming- full of sun, smiles and lots of fun it is always hard to say goodbye to summer. This was our 7th (!!) full summer wrap around program and it was a great one- 105 kids, 22 junior staff, 10 trips to the Fort Pool, 2 field trips and an amazing team of staff to make it all happen. Although summer has come to an end (can’t wait for 2020!) we are excited about starting off our 15th school year next week!

We took this week to work with our fall team on training- from CPR/1st Aid to engaging, quality programs to keeping kids emotionally safe to active intruder training with the school district, we talked and explored a variety of topics to make BASE a unique and impactful place for kids during the crucial hours when school is out.

When 3pm comes around next week Tuesday, our sites will welcome our BASE kids for another amazing school year. After school programs are so important for our kids and community and BASE is dedicated to making our program a quality, safe and enriching environment for kids during these crucial hours. Thank you to our community for supporting our organization and the kids we serve. We could not do it without you!

Lastly, as we welcome September- we invite you to join us for our annual Harvest Dinner event on Saturday, September 28th at the Kutz Dairy Farm. This event features local foods, prepared by local chefs to support local kids! This fabulous evening is one you are not going to want to miss.

Have a great holiday weekend and thank you for supporting kids in our community!

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BASE Duck Race and Day for Kids

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Annual Duck Race and Day for Kids TO BENEFIT BASE


Our Annual Duck Race and Day for Kids event was held on Saturday, August 17th at Bicentennial Park. Badgerland After School Enrichment Program (BASE), formerly the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Atkinson raced their flock of ducks down the Rock River.

2019 Winners

1st Place ($500)- Duck #2153, Pam Armstrong
2nd Place ($250)- Duck #2032, Scott Lastusky
3rd Place ($100)- Duck #2088, Brooke Zimmerman
4th Place ($75)- Duck #2110, Dan West

The event also featured free kids activities including a bouncy house, yard games, balloon animals and dunk tank for BASE’s Day for Kids. Madison College donated free kids backpacks for event attendees and Badger Bank’s Kindness Crew helped with the kids area during the event. 

Corporate sponsors dressed up large ducks to participate in the annual Beauty Pageant in which event attendees are able to vote for their favorite. This year’s ducks included a super cool Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle to glamorous peacocks to a lumberduck but taking the title for 2019 was IPEC’s Groovy Woodstock duck. 

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The main event sponsors were the Fireside Theatre and Fort Community Credit Union. Additional top sponsors include IPEC, Fort Health Care, JM Carpets, Jones Dairy Farm, W & A Distribution and the Fort Atkinson Wisconservation Club. Other event sponsors include Ball Corporation, Badger Bank, Badger Basement, Drift Skippers Snowmobile Club, Rock River Dental, the United Way of Jefferson and N. Walworth County and the Fort Atkinson Generals.

BASE provides quality out of school time care that inspires local youth to be contributing, productive and responsible community members. Badgerland After School Enrichment Program, formerly the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Atkinson was established in 2005 to provide the children of Fort Atkinson a positive place for afterschool. BASE programs help young people find positive alternatives to negative influences, especially during the critical after-school hours from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. when juvenile crime doubles. BASE currently serves over 250 members who attend Purdy, Luther, Rockwell and Barrie Elementary School. BASE is also offering a Junior Staff program to Middle School students interesting in volunteering at BASE Sites.  For more information on BASE and how to get involved, visit www.basefortatkinson.org, Like them on Facebook and follow them on Instagram.

BASE is now hiring for the 2019-2020 school year!

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We are in the heat of summer, but the 2019-2020 school year is right around the corner. BASE is committed to providing quality programs to kids during the hours of 3-6pm and we are looking for creative, energetic and passionate people to join our BASE Family!

This is a great part-time opportunity to gain experience, build your resume, learn valuable skills, become part of something positive & fun and make a different in the life of a child.

Hop over to our employment page for more information and to apply.

Fort Healthy Supports BASE

BASE recently received a $1,500 donation from Fort Healthy Wellness Coalition to purchase new recreation equipment for their summer and school year programs. 

The vision of Fort Healthy is to help Jefferson County become the healthiest county in Wisconsin.  Fort Healthy’s goals are to reduce obesity, educate our community about the nutritional content of food, how to select healthy foods, promote water consumption and increase the physical activity of our citizens.

According to Executive Director, Alicia Norris, BASE will use the recreation equipment on a daily basis during outside and gym time and for wellness programs. “BASE is thrilled to have new recreation equipment for our members. These items will be well loved and encourage a variety of activities for our kids to explore,” noted Norris. “ We are appreciative of the support so we can have a greater impact on our kids and their health.”

BASE Kid of the Year Breakfast

Our 3rd Annual BASE Kids for Change Breakfast was this morning and it was another great celebration of our kids and mission. Congratulations to Connor, our 2019 BASE Kid of the Year! We hope everyone who attended felt inspired by our eight candidates and realize their true impact as BASE supporters. You all make a difference.

A special thank you to our Director of Operations, Melissa Willkomm who spent countless hours on this award and event. Thank you to our BASE Staff for mentoring all of our candidates through the process and our panel of 5 judges for taking the time to review all the materials. To our BASE Board for always pushing and moving the organization forward and our donors & community partners for being there all along the way! I feel honored to be a part of this organization and the work we do every day.

With thanks,

Alicia Norris
Executive Director

In case you missed it here is the 2019 BASE Kid of the Year Breakfast- enjoy!

BASE Kids for Change Week

We are looking forward to a great week celebrating BASE and our mission to provide quality out of school care that will inspire our local youth to be contributing, productive and responsible community members!

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This weeks activities & themes include:

Monday, April 29th- Team Building
Tuesday, April 30th- Creativity
Wednesday, May 1st- Wellness (Kids VS Parents Dodgeball Games!)
Thursday, May 2nd- BASE Kid of the Year Breakfast and Community
Friday, May 3rd- Celebrate BASE!

BASE is also inviting local businesses to participate in our Blue Jeans for BASE Campaign. This is a great way for employees to get involved and have some fun at work! Full campaign details can be found HERE.

We are proud of our organization and our work to keep kids active & engaged during the crucial hours when school is out. Join us in celebrating BASE and the kids we serve!

Thank you for your continued support to make this all possible-

Alicia Norris
Executive Director

Wings & Wheels Right Around the Corner

Our annual Wings & Wheels Fly In Breakfast is right around the corner! On Sunday, June 2nd we will be out at Chemair Helicopters at the Fort Atkinson Municipal Airport from 8am-noon. The event will feature a delicious country style breakfast prepared by Jones Dairy Farm. All proceeds from this event will benefit our after school programs.

Tickets are available at each of our BASE locations starting May 1st and your local BASE Board Members will also be selling! Tickets may be purchased at the door too!

Sponsorship requests are due for this event THIS Friday, April 26th. BASE is also offering sponsorship opportunities for our Duck Race & Day for Kids on August 17th and our Harvest Dinner on September 28th.

National Volunteer Week

BASE relies on the generosity of many people to support our mission and the impact we have on the hundreds of youth we serve each year. This generosity comes in many forms including financial support, in kind donations and very importantly the gift of time & talent.

This week is National Volunteer Week and we want to take a moment to thank all of our volunteers both past & present for sharing their time and talent with our organization.

To our dedicated and passionate Board of Directors- thank you for your countless hours at meetings, events, fundraising and being advocates for youth in our community.

To our many committee volunteers- thank you for your continued work on our strategic plan initiatives, bringing new ideas to the table & making them happen and developing new partnerships to carry our work forward.

To our program volunteers- thank you for connecting with our kids, sharing & inspiring them to be the best version of themselves and for providing an extra level of support & love to our programs.

Our programs are better, stronger and futures brighter because of our volunteers- THANK YOU. You make a difference.

You can make a difference too! We are always looking for volunteers to support our mission. Head on over to our volunteer page for more information on how you can get involved with supporting kids in our community!

3to6 Day

Every afternoon, between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m., 10.2 million children and young people around the United States are engaged in exciting, hands-on learning in their afterschool programs. In recognition of the importance of the after school hours, Afterschool Alliance is shining a spotlight with 3to6 Day. A day to show the importance of afterschool programs like ours that hundreds of kids & their families in our community count on— and the boundless opportunities in the hours of 3 to 6 p.m.

After School Enrichment Program (BASE) we serve elementary school kids who are at least 7 years old at all four of the public elementary schools. We have supportive staff to keep the kids engaged in a variety of programs that focus on academics, healthy lifestyles and good character.

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And some of our facts & figures from 2018

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We have so many great things coming up at BASE including our annual BASE Kid of the Year Breakfast on May 2nd to celebrate GREAT kids who participate in our program and Lemonade Day on May 4th. We also are registering kids for our 11 week summer program which starts June 10th!

Happy 3to6 Day! #326day


We rely on the continued support to make our programs possible. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to enrich the lives of youth in our community.