Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound joins Boys & Girls Clubs across America this week to celebrate National Boys & Girls Club Week, March 22-28, by hosting several events to emphasize the importance and value of the Clubs in Pierce, Mason, and Kitsap communities. This week has been celebrated nationally for more than 75 years. The organization invites everyone to come visit any of the 8 Branches of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound and see first-hand the impact being made on today’s youth.
“Boys & Girls Clubs are increasingly playing a vital role in many young people’s lives,” said Rick Guild, President/CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound. “In today’s economic climate, we offer a positive place for kids whose parents are seeking an economical, safe and enriching environment for their children.” The Clubs offer a safe place for kids to go afterschool with instructive activities in the field of education, the arts, and recreational activities. Each day Club members are given a healthy snack and dinner following USDA guidelines. While it costs the organization $4,500 to provide these services per child each year, parents are charged a fraction of the cost, with a Club mentality that no child will be turned away based on inability to pay. Last year the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound awarded $445,926 in membership and program scholarships to youth so that each child could attend the Club and benefit from the programs and services offered.Boys & Girls Clubs are unique in the field of child development due to five identifying characteristics. Clubs provide:
- A safe place to learn and grow,
- Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals,
- Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences,
- Hope and opportunity, and
- Peer, staff and volunteer recognition.
Clubs celebrate Boys & Girls Club Week in a variety of ways, all with an emphasis on the five core Club program areas: Character & Leadership Development; Education & Career Development; Health & Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness & Recreation. Activities in these five core areas all support Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s overarching goal to help each child reach their full potential and BE GREAT by securing Academic Success, living a healthy lifestyle and distinguishing themselves as young leaders.
To help support this concept of living a healthy lifestyle, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has partnered with Cartoon Network to host “Get Animated Day” at its Clubs on Tuesday, March 24. The network has donated four red rubber playground balls to 4,300 Boys & Girls Clubs, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, encouraging them to promote the importance of daily movement for all children.
Other planned activities taking place at some of the local Clubs during Boys & Girls Club Week include:
- Monday Night Football
- Spring Parade Day with hot dogs, chips and beverages
- Back to Front Day
- Story Time Day during which time Club members may read a story, write a story, or make a book
- Triathalon Day
- Wear your Favorite College Gear
To learn more about these activities and to find a Club in your area, contact the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound at 253.502.4600 or visit www.bg-clubs.com.