Adventure Quest

Organization Sponsor: Boys and Girls Clubs of Ontario

Organization Partner: Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC)

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Program Description

The Adventure Quest program is made available through 22 Boys and Girls Clubs across Ontario.& nbsp; Efforts are made to utilize school facilities subsidized through the Community Use of Schools initiative.& nbsp; These facilities are made available at a low or no cost to the Boys and Girls Clubs thereby allowing them to offer the Adventure Quest program in new or under-serviced neighborhoods.

The intent of the Adventure Quest program is to provide a new, barrier free community sports program that focuses on participation, skill development and fun.

Through Adventure Quest, youth aged 6-12 register and participate in a free, ten week program through their local Boys and Girls Club where they learn the basic skills of the sports of their choice.

Upon completion of the program, staff assist the participants in registering for existing community sport programs, at a subsidized rate of 50% the normal registration cost, thereby allowing them to continue participation amongst a broader group of peers.

Funding Sources: 

Ministry of Health Promotion Communities in Action Fund

Strategies For Sustainability: 

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Ontario is a strategic partnership of community clubs committed to developing the potential of Ontario’s children, youth and families by developing Ontario specific programs, enriching member clubs by providing and seeking funding, and promoting the values of the Boys and Girls Club movement.

Impact Of Program: 

The Adventure Quest program is flourishing and roughly 29,800 youths have participated to date.
Approximately forty children/youth and fifty older adults have also received training in HIGH FIVE, Coaching and First Aid/CPR.

Evaluation Tools: 

Surveys and tracking the desired outcomes.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

The desired outcome of the program is to allow youths to expand their knowledge of a wide variety of sports and activities. The program provides low-income youth with the skills, teamwork and confidence required to meet and exceed their own personal athletic goals. These outcomes have been achieved. The key element was partnership with the community organizations.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Funding. The local clubs had to make a cash and in kind contribution.

Length and Stage of Project: 

The program began operation in 2002 and continues to operate today.

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