Did a parent or teacher ever tell you, “If you’re bored, it’s your own fault?” At the Boys & Girls Club, boredom isn’t an option! Staff members plan fun-filled afternoons that incorporate everything from painting and playing games to cooking and community service. Structured activities are mixed with supervised recreation to ensure members enjoy down time as well as opportunities for learning and enrichment. Our caring counselors encourage even the shyest members to step outside their comfort zone.
We want the club experience to make a difference. That’s why we follow the Boys & Girls Club’s Formula for Impact which focuses on three priority outcome areas: Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. Every spring, members complete an anonymous survey that helps our staff determine if members are progressing toward our priority outcomes.
Five Core Program Areas
All our clubs incorporate activities in the following core program areas.
- Character & Leadership Development
- Education & Career Development
- Health & Life Skills
- The Arts
- Sports, Fitness & Recreation
Youth Development Outcomes
By actively offering activities from the Five Core Program Areas and incorporating the 5 Key Elements into the programs that are offered youth will see growth towards:
- Positive Self-Identity
- Knows worth, understands who they are, and what interests them, stands firm in their beliefs
- Educational, Employment, Social, Emotional, and Cultural Competencies
- Recognizes and understands economy/impact, acceptance of diversity and similarities, interests and differing careers, routine-based learning
- Community Involvement
- Responsible citizens-civic engagement, democracy, voting (current events), focus on the impact of others (consequences) and advocating the improvement
- Health and Well-Being
- Committed to change, willing to make positive choices, recognizing and managing coping skills and stress indicators
- A Moral Compass
- Understands right from wrong, chooses to protect the rights of others, is ethically transparent, and does what is best for the group
Junior Program vs. Senior Program
We group members by grade level into the Junior and Senior programs. The grouping varies by locations; some sites have separate spaces for K-5 and 5-8. Some locations keep all members in one group. Activities offered are appropriate to members’ developmental needs.
Drop In Program
Our three main clubhouses welcome youth in grades 9-12 on a drop-in basis. Members in grades K-8 are not allowed to leave the clubhouse until they are picked up by a parent or guardian.
Snacks and Meals
Snacks are included at all our sites and dinner is included at the Greater Concord, Suncook and Lakes Region clubhouses. Cold breakfast and brown bag lunch are available during summer months only at some sites.