A look at Boys & Girls Club’s summer programs
The Boys & Girls Club of Middlebury is offering not one, not two, but 12 different small group programs this summer! In addition to the club’s traditional sports and recreational leagues, members attending throughout the summer can enjoy small group instruction in gardening, drawing, science, and even bicycling!
“Our team worked very hard throughout the spring to plan exciting programs that not only interest our members, but educate them too,” stated Club Director Cristina Klotz.
Currently, the club’s long list of programs include NASA, a space exploration program, Cool Science, Zoo Keepers, Art En Plein Air, Art Plus, Bicycle Club, BGC Gardeners, Summer Brain Gain, and more. Members can start their day at the Boys & Girls Club as early as 6:30 a.m. and stay as late as 6 p.m.
Unlike during the school year, when the club serves around 300 members each day, summer programs average around 100 members daily.
“We take advantage of lower attendance in the summer and see it as an opportunity to offer more small group instruction and field trips, which generally requires more staff members,” Klotz explained. “We have multiple trips planned weekly throughout the summer for our members to enjoy.”
While the Boys & Girls Club’s dedicated staff take on the majority of the work, the summer programs at the club are truly a community effort. Local businesses partner with the club throughout the summer and provide the extra support needed to offer an extended day of programs, snacks and meals.
“We are so grateful for the support of our local community. For example, Rulli’s and Crystal Valley Catering have donated meals to our summer program for years,” Klotz said. “Similarly, Das Dutchman Essenhaus also allows our youngest members to play mini golf each week for free, which is something they really look forward to. It’s a community effort and it’s amazing.”