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Frequently Asked Questions about Boys and Girls Clubs:

 
What is a Boys and Girls Club?
 
A Boys and Girls Club is a safe, supportive and fun place where children and youth can participate in quality programs and services that promote their healthy physical, educational and social growth and development.
 
Boys and Girls Clubs are community generated, “grass roots” organizations governed by volunteer boards of directors. They can be located in a dedicated Boys and Girls Club facility, school, church basement or community centre. Clubs tend to be established in neighbourhoods where children and youth lack access to recreational and community services.  Learn more About Us.

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What types of programs and services do Clubs offer?
 
Each Club develops its programs in response to the needs of the young people and families in its local community. Programs are provided by qualified staff and volunteers and take a child-focused approach to skill development, self-esteem enhancement and character building for young people ages 5 to 18.
 
Club programs are affordable, flexible and emphasize the value of relationships with family, community, and others. Every program promotes the development of self-esteem and life skills and assists children and youth in their personal and social growth. 
 
All Boys and Girls Club services are participatory in nature and non-competitive, so that all who get involved fully enjoy the benefits of having fun in a safe and friendly environment.
Boys and Girls Clubs across the country offer a wide range of programs and services to young people. to learn more about our Club and national programs, please visit Clubs & Programs.

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When do Clubs operate?
 
Boys and Girls Clubs operate during the hours when children are out of school and in need of a safe place to go, where they can have fun and participate in constructive, stimulating activities.
 
Most Boys and Girls Clubs provide after-school programs between 3:00 and 6:00 pm, the time of day when children, who are unsupervised, are most vulnerable. Many Clubs also offer programs on weekends and weekday evenings, as well as a variety of day camps and outdoor adventure programs during the summer months and March Break. 

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Who can go to a Boys and Girls Club?
 
All children and youth are welcome at a Boys and Girls Club. Clubs provide a safe, positive, respectful and caring environment where all children and youth have the opportunity to experience adventure and opportunity and to gain valuable skills for life.

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How does my child become a member of a club?
 
Please Find a Club to contact the Boys and Girls Club nearest you to find out about signing your child up to be a member.

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Where is my local Boys and Girls Club?
 
Please check our national directory of Clubs at Find a Club for the club nearest you.

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What is the cost of Membership in a Club?
 
Club fees vary from club to club, but are very affordable - and are waived altogether for families in need - to allow all children to participate.

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How do I start a Boys and Girls Club in my community?
 
Boys and Girls Clubs are developed in each community by individuals or a group of local citizens who want to help children and youth, and believe that a Boys and Girls Club could address the needs of the children, youth and families in their community. A Boys and Girls Club may be created through an existing youth organization or from the ground up. Visit Start a Club for more information.

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What is the history of Boys and Girls Clubs?
 
Please visit Our History for more information.

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What is the scope of the Boys and Girls Club movement?
 
Learn more about Who We Are.
  • Approximately 200,000 children and youth, from pre-school age to young adulthood, served nationwide
  • 98 Clubs operate in approximately 650 community service locations from coast to coast
  • Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada are an $80 million operation within Canada.
  • Over 5,000 trained full and part-time club staff
  • Clubs supported by over 15,000 community volunteers annually
  • Over 100,000 Canadian families receive additional services from local Boys and Girls Clubs

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Are programs offered by the Clubs always labelled as “Boys and Girls Club” programs?
 
No. While some are, the name might not fit for programs that have a special focus or serve older teens. They may have names like Teen Action, The Drop Zone, Odyssey, Gateways, The Door, Parents Together, First Steps, Wilderness Challenge Program, Fast Track, Stay in School, Partners, and S.A.F.E. 

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How do I find work at a Boys and Girls Club?
 
Please check our BGCC Career Opportunities listings.

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How do I volunteer at a Boys and Girls Club?
 
Please Find a Club nearest you and enquire if you’re interested in volunteering at a club or visit Volunteer Opportunities.

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