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Posted by Kathy on 2014/3/11 21:51:22 (1338 reads)

The ACBL has released its new interactive Learn to Play Bridge web application, and is asking teachers, club managers and their students to be the first to play and try the new version.

Students can access, register and play for free at:

http://learn.acbl.org

So have fun with that!


Posted by Kathy on 2013/12/19 14:48:07 (2892 reads)

Recently got back from teaching at the week long residential Youth Bridge Camp in Carlinville, IL. What a great camp and a great group of people. This past week was the 5th year this camp has been held but just my second year participating. Numbers were down this year but those of us who made it had lots of fun with a lot of good bridge learning and bridge playing done along the way. Besides bridge - there was swimming, tennis, archery, ping-pong, glow in the dark dodgeball as seen here from the 2012 camp year and much more!

Here is the 2014 Flyer!


There is a Unit 131 Camp Scholarship(s) now available!Here is the 2013 Campership Application. Hopefully a 2014 will be available soon.


Archery

S'mores with a campfire

Fireworks!



Here I am in 2012 with my co-counselor and girls in our cabin. I worked as both a bridge teacher and a counselor that year. Taken on the last day - do I look a little tired?


Posted by Kathy on 2013/11/6 22:03:03 (2135 reads)

A group of homeschooled kids ranging from 4th grade to 9th grade just finished the Bidding in the 21st Century Club Series of 8 lessons. Those lessons were followed by a mini-tournament on November 6. A Home style, Swiss Team was played. Three rounds of 2 boards per round were played. Each pair played one round against an opponent at their own table, while at the same time their teammates were playing the opposite direction at the other table. At the end of the round, opponents and teammates changed. By the end of 3 rounds, every pair had played against the other 3 pairs at their table, teamed with the other 3 pairs, and opposed them in the same direction. A little complicated to explain if you've never played a two table team game, but fun anyway! At any rate, Isabella and Theresa, who happen to be cousins, came in first, winning all 3 rounds. Andrew and Phillip, brothers, came in second. And perhaps most importantly, everyone had fun!

Isabella and Theresa


Phillip & Andrew



Posted by Kathy on 2012/8/2 21:57:30 (1707 reads)

Seven youth students of mine made the trip to Council Bluffs, Iowa for the 2012 Nebraska Regional on Thursday, August 2. Yes, I know we were in Iowa for a Nebraska Regional, but Nebraska was quite literally right next door! Bill Gates and Warren Buffet weren't there this year, but professional bridge player Billy Miller talked to them, giving them some friendly advice and having fun with some interesting stories from his career as well. Oh, by the way, 6 of those 7 students had a great day picking up masterpoints!





Posted by Kathy on 2012/7/3 14:50:19 (1826 reads)

It was Youth Day at the Nebraska Regional Aug. 4, 2011. Four of my students made it there for the day, all 4 winning in the morning pairs competition. Then Warren Buffet and Bill Gates came to visit and talk with them during lunch. Bill was nice enough to pose with us. (Warren was swamped signing autographs!) Two of these students went on to win in the afternoon pairs game as well! Their grandmother and an aunt brought them up to play for the day but the really fun part was that these ladies went to play in the Novice Pairs Game (their very first try at duplicate!) that afternoon while the kids were busy playing.


Youth Day at the NE Regional this year will be Thursday Aug. 2, 2012. Who knows who you'll get to meet?






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