It just takes one day, one caring adult, one Boys and Girls Club or one Club staff member to influence a child’s life. The Boys and Girls Club staff members pride themselves on the mentoring relationships they build with the kids. These relationships are built through the programs we offer, which are developed around five core areas:
 Character And Leadership
Torch Club: ages 11-13. Torch Club members elect officers and work together to plan and implement activities in four areas: service to the Club and community, education, health and fitness and social recreation.
Keystone Club: ages 14-18. Keystoners elect officers and plan and implement activities in six different areas: service to the Club and community, leadership development, education and career exploration, unity, free enterprise and social recreation. Junior Staff: Junior Staff Member Development is a comprehensive, small-group program that assists Club members ages 10-18 in exploring a career in youth or human services, particularly Boys & Girls Club work. Through hands-on experiences with helping others in the Club and community, field trips and one-on-one guidance from Club staff, youth prepare for a future role as a volunteer leader in their community. Youth of the Year: The Boys and Girls Club’s youth recognition program for kids ages 14-18. This program is designed to promote and celebrate service to the community and family, positive life goals, and academic performance. Each month one individual is selected to participate in a statewide competition with the chance to receive scholarships for their outstanding leadership
Education And Career
Power Hour: Power Hour is a national program that is a part of our after school programming which gives members an opportunity to complete homework and projects in a learning environment. The program is run by Education Director Collette Brady who is assisted by Denise Capwell, a former middle school teacher with 40 years’ experience, and high school staff members whom are in honors level coursework and members of the National Honor Society. Our members have access to a range of educational tools from reading material to computer access and the use of our Smart Board. The Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield’s education department strives to provide all members with the tools and direction to achieve success in any subject matter. Project Learn: This program is based on the idea that students do much better in school when they spend their non-school hours doing fun but academically beneficial activities, such as leisure reading, writing activities, and utilizing games such as Scrabble.
The Arts
Helps youths to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing. Arts & Crafts From the basic to the more complex, daily art room activities develop creative skills of Club members. Projects include coloring contests, holiday themed projects, cultural projects and entrance into local art competitions and exhibitions.
 Health And Life Skills
Go Girl Go is an exciting informational, educational, and activity packed program for girls in third through eighth grades. The Program will run for eight sessions and cover topics such as leadership, body image, tolerance, smoking, emotions, nutrition, bullies, and family issues. It’s a great opportunity for girls to make new friends, gain self-confidence, learn more about themselves and have fun doing it. Healthy Habits: Empowering youth to eat right is a generation-changing, life-enhancing program goal, and Triple Play’s nutrition component called Healthy Habits, covers the power of choice, calories, vitamins and minerals, the food pyramid and appropriate portion size. Image Maker:  Youth take digital photos, explore the effects of distance and angle, and learn about photocomposition. They also learn digital photo manipulation, from basic photo editing tasks, such as cropping and adjusting color and light, to advanced projects that require image filters and layering, such as creating CD cover art.
 Sports Fitness & Recreation
Triple Play: This national program takes a holistic approach to educating boys and girls about good nutrition, making physical fitness a daily practice and developing individual strengths and good character. In addition to components for the mind and body, the Triple Play program gets at the soul of the Club experience – the games room. Each Mind, Body and Soul program component can stand alone, yet integrating them allows Club members to reap more powerful, lifelong benefits. Weekly Tournaments: Tournaments are held weekly and range from pool, air hockey, basketball, and ping-pong to many outdoor activities as well. Weekly tournaments at the Boys and Girls Club promote healthy competition, keeping kids active, interaction with all age groups, self-confidence, teamwork, and individual achievement.
Our kids know that we care about their success. The programs and activities we offer are the result of our being aware of the needs of our community and our confidence in how our programing will help our kids lead purposeful lives. The Boys and Girls Club of Marshfield serves an average of 266 kids every day but we know and impact each child every day. It just takes one person to help make a difference. It just takes you. Your commitment will enable us to continue the work that will shape the future of the kids we serve, the Club and the community.


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