COVID-19 Summer Club Programming Update
Although Club programs will be re-opening slowly this summer, at this time, the Boys & Girls Club will not be open for drop-in programming until further notice. Please do not send your child to the Club, unless they are registered for the summer pilot program.
The Club will contact families of youth who have made a commitment to specific programs prior to COVID-19 to register them for this summer pilot program under the new safety requirements set by CDC and MDH.
We thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through the challenges of Club programming during the pandemic. We will contact additional Club families as soon as it is safe to add more youth to our programs.
Pilot Summer Club Program Schedule
Boys & Girls Clubs will be open:
Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. for Cadets & Juniors
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:30 – 6 p.m. for Seniors
Youth will be assigned to a specific group and will stay with that group all day, every day. All programming must take place in groups of 10, with 1 staff and 9 children, to ensure that we are meeting CDC guidelines for health and safety.
Temperature and health screenings will be required at check in each day. Parents/guardians who are dropping their children off by vehicle must escort their children to the building. Parents/guardians will not be allowed into the program area, but must wait until their child(ren) pass the health screening before leaving. A full list of the precautions that Boys & Girls Club is taking to minimize the spread of COVID-19 can be found here: https://www.bgcmn.org/covid-19-childcare/health-and-safety-precautions-during-covid-19/.
All staff and kids will be required to wear masks. Exceptions will be made only for those who have a diagnosed medical issue that prevents them from wearing a mask. Each child will receive 1 mask from the Boys & Girls Club. Masks should be washed after each daily use. Staff and youth may remove their masks when they are playing outside, and social distancing will continue to be practiced.
Grab & Go Meal Program
Boys & Girls Club staff are committed to ensuring that all children in need in our community have access to food this summer. Therefore, our Grab & Go meal program will continue throughout the summer. This program is available to all youth, regardless of whether they are attending our summer Club programs.
Every Monday and Thursday throughout the summer (new times starting July 6th)
- Southside Boys & Girls Club (1205 6th Avenue S) 3 – 4 p.m.
- Eastside Boys & Girls Club (320 Raymond Avenue NE) 3 – 4 p.m.
- Roosevelt Boys & Girls Club (345 30th Ave N) 3 – 4 p.m.
All children should bring a filled water bottle that is labeled with their name every day throughout the summer. Water fountains will not be used, as germs can easily be carried through the water fountains.
COVID-19 Warning & Waiver
All parents/guardians will be required to sign a COVID-19 warning and waiver upon completion of the Boys & Girls Club summer registration form.
We know these changes will be different and sometimes difficult this summer, but we will do our best to ensure a smooth transition for your family, and to provide a safe and fun environment for your child(ren). We welcome your ideas, suggestions and feedback to help us build strong programs for youth. It is going to take ingenuity and creative solutions from all of us to move beyond the uncertainty of today and to build a better tomorrow.
About the Boys & Girls Club
The Boys & Girls Club provides a safe haven for boys and girls when and where they need us most: every day after school and during the summer at three dedicated Club facilities on the North, South and East sides of St. Cloud.
Core Boys & Girls Club programs engage young people in activities with adults, peers and family members that enable them to reach their full potential. Based on the interests and needs of the youth we serve, Clubs offer diverse program activities in five areas:
- Character & Leadership Development
- Education & Career Development
- Health & Life Skills
- The Arts
- Sports, Fitness and Recreation
The Boys & Girls Club is committed to filling the basic needs of children and youth, and that’s why we provide a daily snack and meal program at each of the three Clubs. Our participation in the State of Minnesota’s Summer Food Service Program and the CACFP during the school year enables us to serve nutritious snacks and meals five days a week for kids, effectively curbing hunger for Club kids in Central Minnesota. We also thank Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank/Feeding America, Jennie-O, and Pilgrims – Home of Gold’n Plump for their significant contributions to this worthwhile program.
Registration for Club programs is closed at this time. Please check back as soon as you hear that it is safe for us to re-open programming for larger groups of youth. Thank you!
The Boys & Girls Club is striving to providing an inclusive environment for children of all backgrounds (race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, abilities, beliefs or ideologies) which will enable them to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
To that end we strive to the following objectives:
- Ensure that our individual diversity and uniqueness is seen and understood as a strength;
- Safeguard equality and equity during provision of services and allocation of resources across the organization structure of the Boys & Girls Club;
- Achieve the full benefits of diversity through excellence and effective provision of services;
- Offer reasonable accommodations in adherence to the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) to empower children to participate in our program.
- Offer an appropriate setting and support for all participants by working together with parents, staff, schools, social service agencies and consultants
If school is dismissed early due to severe weather, all Clubs will remain open until 4 p.m. Parents will be asked to pick up their children as soon as safely possible and no later than 4 p.m.
School cancellation (due to snow or extreme cold):
If school is canceled for the entire day, Clubs will not be open for Club programming. In the event school is canceled for the entire day, please make other child care arrangements.
After-school activities cancellation:
If after-school activities are canceled for the day, but school is NOT dismissed early, the three Clubs will remain open until 6 p.m. Please make arrangements in order to pick up your children no later than 6 p.m. so our staff can get home safely.
We suggest that you watch or listen to weather announcements when severe weather is moving into the Central Minnesota area. Our announcements are typically made on the following media:
- NEW! Voice messages & texts from: (202)509-9796 (please add this number to your contacts as Boys & Girls Club SMS)
- Facebook posts to @BGCMN
- Weather notification at the top of our homepage: www.bgcmn.org
- Emails sent to all affected sites
- Emails and communication sent from the schools
- Regent Broadcasting (WJON & 98 Country)
- Leighton Broadcasting (KCLD, Wild 98.9 & More FM)
- Tri-County Broadcasting (Rock’n 101)
*** If you are in need of child care services on days when the Boys & Girls Club is closed due to weather, please contact us at (320)252-7616 or click here to register your child for KIDSTOP. County child care assistance and scholarships are available.
About the research
In 2014, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota embarked on an exciting arts learning journey in partnership with the Wallace Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Our organization was one of only three Boys & Girls Clubs in the nation to be selected to participate in the Youth Arts Initiative pilot program and implement the 10 Success Principles for High Quality Arts Programming, based on the Something to Say report. We selected four art forms based on youth feedback, including dance and fashion design at the Eastside Club, and visual arts and digital music and video production at the Southside Club. Professional artists with experience in youth development were hired to launch these programs, using only the 10 Success Principles as a framework for curriculum.
Four years after implementing the Youth Arts Initiative, Research for Action (RFA) found that each of the new programs met all the Something to Say principles. Among their achievements:
- 96 to 100% of participants agreed that the professional teaching artists were very good at the art forms they taught.
- 95 to 100% agreed that the teaching artist expected them to do their best.
- 86 to 98% reported that studios made them excited about the art.
- 89 to 97% felt safe in class.
Furthermore, RFA found that YAI participants keep going to the Club longer than other Club members, and they attend more often. In fact, 48% of participants had a tenure of more than 2 years at the Club. Youth also reported experiencing opportunities for 21st century skill development frequently in their classes. Clearly, these statistics show that Youth Arts Initiative is making a substantial impact on the youth served – youth who would otherwise be unable to access high quality arts programming in our community, due to many barriers, including financial, transportation, lack of emotional safety, and more.
Click here to view the full report from Wallace Foundation, Raising the Barre and Stretching the Canvas.
About our arts programs
Visual Arts at the Southside Club – 1205 6th Avenue South, St. Cloud
Visual Arts at the Roosevelt Club – 345 30th Avenue North, St. Cloud
Generation Voice visual arts classes focus on building a strong foundation of 2-D design, drawing, color theory, vocabulary, art history, mixed media, and painting. Courses will end with a culminating event where artists can exhibit their works and practice their vocabulary when interpreting their works to others.
Digital Music & Video Production at the Southside Club – 1205 6th Avenue South, St. Cloud
Cloud Squad Digital Music& Video program focuses on using current technology to encourage youth to turn their love for music into a hobby or even a potential career in the music industry. Youth will learn to use programs like Garage Band to develop their own beats and produce their own music videos.
Dance at the Eastside Club – 320 Raymond Avenue North East, St. Cloud
Eastside Edge Dance Company focuses on creating well-rounded dance artists. Skill development classes consist of warm-ups, technique lessons, phrase-work, and composition activities; with a thoughtful balance between providing dancers with the technical tools of the art form, as well as a structured environment for creative expression.
Fashion Design at the Eastside Club – 320 Raymond Avenue North East, St. Cloud
Club Runway fashion design students will learn fashion design industry standards. Some techniques include illustration, draping, pattern-making, and sewing of the garments. We will also learn about different consumer markets and spotting trends with field trips to various department stores and getting to know types of material while shopping.
We invite you to tour Youth Arts Initiative programs to see these amazing studios for yourself and to learn more about how the Youth Arts Initiative is transforming lives. Please contact us at email@example.com or 320-252-7616 for more information.
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For more information about the Youth Arts Initiative or to register your child for arts programming, please contact the Club at 320-252-7616 or Club@bgcmn.org.
345 30th Avenue N, St. Cloud
1205 6th Avenue S, St. Cloud
320 Raymond Avenue NE, St. Cloud
The Club’s Storm After-School
Sauk Rapids Middle School
901 1st St S, Sauk Rapids
Open Monday – Friday from 3:15 – 5:15 p.m. after school days only. This program is not open during the summer, and youth are encouraged to attend the Eastside Club.
Hours: school dismissal until 9 p.m. for 7-12 graders, school dismissal until 8 p.m. for K – 6 graders
The Club’s Storm After-School is open Monday – Friday from 3:15 – 5:15 p.m. after school days only.
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday from noon – 6 p.m. for K-12th graders at the three units.
Are you looking for a place to hang out and spend time with friends this summer? Check out the Boys & Girls Club! It’s only $10 for an annual membership to the Club, and you can eat lunch and dinner FREE there! The Roosevelt, Southside & Eastside Clubs are open Monday – Friday from noon – 5:45 p.m., and they each have a teen center, gym, art studio, and more. There are always great things going on for teens at the Club.
Click here to view our 2019 Summer Teen Flier.