This post was sponsored by Boys & Girls Clubs of America as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
After your kids reach a certain age, you begin to understand the dangers associated with mentioning upcoming events too far in advance. As a parent, it’s really not good for your mental health. If your kids gets the slightest inkling that something fun is on the horizon, even if that horizon is 6 months away, you will hear about it – possibly everyday.
It’s only November and I have already been asked multiple times about summer camp for next year. It’s literally 7 months away and my son is already campaigning to make sure he and his sister are back at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for summer 2018. When you start hearing about something 7 months in advance, you know your kid is excited. Next year will mark their third year attending summer camp at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America is safe, fun and affordable place for my kids to spend part of their summer break. As much as I wished I had summers off too, I don’t. After our move to Michigan, I set out to find a reputable summer camp for them – somewhere they would enjoy and somewhere I could send them without giving up my whole paycheck. Someone recommended that I look into them and I’m glad I did. They have trained staff, tons of enrichment activities, plus I love the sense of responsibility they foster in the kids. There are more than 4,300 Boys & Girls Clubs of America locations in cities and suburbs all over the US.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s has a simple mission: Enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. In partnership with the Anthem Foundation, they work with my children to help guide them toward these goals through three pillars – academic success, good character & citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. It’s a Triple Play: Mind, Body and Soul. That sounds awful grown up for kids, but the approach is pretty simple.
My son is an extremely energetic little boy. He plays lacrosse during the school year, but summer sports are few and far between. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America has been amazing for us for a variety of reasons, but one of the most important (as it relates to my son) has been the athletic enrichment and outdoor activity programs we’ve been able to involve him in during the summer. For my daughter, she has really enjoyed the yoga program. Last year, we added on water themed field trips, allowing them to visit area beaches and water parks.
One of my daughter’s favorite areas of the club is the art room. She has a true love or art and love learning about different mediums and techniques. She also loves spending time in the LRC (Learning Resources Center), working with knowledge building iPad games and building toys. The LRC is also a great space for the kids to work on social/cooperative play and interpersonal skills.
In addition to group activities and various child-lead clubs, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America offers teens an opportunity to work with the younger members as Junior Staff. Junior Staff actively participates in the day to day operations of the club and help direct the younger members in their activities and social interactions. My son’s goal is to continue going to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America until he’s old enough to become a member of Junior Staff.
It’s clear that the Boys & Girls Clubs of America help keep my kids active and engaged all summer long. Since Triple Play’s introduction in 2005, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America has helped keep over one million kids active and engaged! In addition to their summer program, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America also offers after school and school break programs. If you’re looking for a way to keep your kids engaged and active when they’re out of school, visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to find your nearest club and plan your visit today!
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