BGC of London Afternoon Adventure Weekend Program

Organization Sponsor: Boys and Girls Club of London

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Program Description

On Saturday and Sunday the Club is open from 1:00-4:00pm. The programming is designed for family fun, children of all ages are welcome to interact with their family and develop new friendships with all children. Recreational swim sessions provide a great opportunity for the family to swim together promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. (program begins September 21, 2013 until June 2014). We offer an affordable family facility where we serve children, youth, adults and seniors who need us. Our programs and services are planned to provide fun with a purpose. Using recreation, social, education and vocational programs we develop self-esteem and self respect for individuals and families in need.

For more information please drop-in or call:

184 Horton Street East
London, ON Canada N6B

Telephone: 519-434-9114
Fax: 519-432-9306
Email:      [email protected]

Program Approximate Cost: 

 All visitors must pay the requisite $3.00 non-member fee.Weekend memberships are available.

Funding Sources: 

The Boys & Girls Club of London Foundation

Strategies For Sustainability: 

The Boys & Girls Club of London is a non-profit family recreational facility that provides activities for children and youth whenever school is out. Our program services are planned to provide fun with a purpose. We offer recreation, social interaction and educational programs to build confidence, independence, self-esteem and self-respect for individuals and families in need. The Boys & Girls Club deals directly with children and youth of all abilities in our community. We are committed to helping children and youth reach their full potential.

Impact Of Program: 

The after school bussing program and outreach travelled to 44 stops in neighbourhoods and schools throughout the City of London providing 16,536 bus rides to children and teens for the year. 46,563 program visits by children and youth, participating in drop-in recreational, social and educational programs at the BGCL. 61 children and youth with special needs participated in PD Day, Winter Break, March Break, summer day camps and drop-in programs. The BGCL Inclusion program provided 134 spaces in all of the day camps. This program operates with support by Community Living London.

2,050 spaces were filled in our 10 summer day camps for campers, ages 5 – 15 years old. Various camps included All Stars, Art, Bust A Move 101, Camp On Wheels, Drama, Fun With Facts & Figures, Kamp I Direct, Shooting Stars, Outdoor Adventure, & Splashworks. 35,199 pool visits by children and teens through drop-in swim seven days a week, day camps, swim lessons, birthday and group rentals.

The Club's extended family has grown to include over 1,400 Senior Citizens. The adult programs run during the day time when the children are in school. The Horton St. Seniors Centre operates in the Boys & Girls Club from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm Monday to Friday and offers aquatics programs, exercise programs and social activities. Seniors are welcome to attend a guided tour of the building on Thursdays at 10:00 am from September to June.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

All Club programs utilize a variety of in-house facilities including two swimming pools, gymnasium, two ball rooms, computer room, games room, craft room, activity rooms and the Club House Café. Free Bussing for children is available to the Club during the week from locations throughout the City. A nightly Supper Club program offers nutritious meals at a cost of just $2.00. During the summer and school holidays, day camps are offered. The children enjoy a full day of scheduled activities that may include swimming, gym games, crafts and out-trips. Swimming lessons are also offered throughout the year.Our goals remain unchanged: The Boys & Girls Club of London is committed to helping children and youth live healthy lifestyles, achieve academic success and develop into future leaders.


 

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Volunteers assisted with supervision of all children and youth activities and programs in the BGCL, Supper Club, tutoring, special events and out trips.There were 4,865 volunteer visits that contributed more than 15,577 hours of service. Our Junior Volunteer program had 274 visits with 887.75 hours. Thank you to all of our volunteers!

 In 1977, the number of children and youth aged 0 to 24 living in poverty in London was just over 10,000. Today, that number has grown to more than 29,000 and the Club has expanded and evolved to meet this ever-changing population.

Length and Stage of Project: 

The Club has enjoyed continued success and growth since 1956 and we are honored to have a continued association with many of our founding fathers.

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