Frequently Asked Questions About Boys & Girls Club of Tipton County

What is the Boys & Girls Club? The Boys & Girls Club is an organization dedicated to serving the youth of the community.

What is the mission of the Boys & Girls Club? The mission statement is: “To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.

How long has the Boys & Girls Club been serving youth in Tipton County? The Club first started in 1993 in the old Jefferson School. In 2001the Club moved to the newly built C.W. Mount Center.

What are some of programs offered? Programs offered include: arts & crafts, gameroom fun, computer activities, homework help, open gym, basketball and cheerleading leagues, summer camp, field trips, and much more.

How are Programs selected? The Programs are selected by the staff utilizing the suggestions from our members, and from proven past successful programs. In addition, we use core programs developed through our affiliation with the national organization– Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

What is a Core Program? Good Question. The core programs are the building blocks of our programs. We offer programs in these 5 core areas: Character & Leadership Development, Education & Career, Health & Life Skills, The Arts, and Sports, Recreation, & Fitness

 What makes the Boys & Girls Club Special? The Club is a special place because we are 1.) A Dedicated Youth Facility, a neighborhood based building designed for youths. 2.) We are open daily, after school and on Saturdays when youth need positive, productive outlets during their free time. 3.) We are staffed by Professionals. Our club has full time professionals trained in youth development issues and they serve as positive role models. We also employ adults and teens for working with our youth. 4.) We keep dues low and offer scholarships for any interested youth.

Who can join the Club? We accept memberships from youths in Kindergarten thru Grade Twelve.

How much does it cost to join the Club? Our membership dues are $50 per year. We are open for around 250 days each year.

What are the hours of the Club? The club is open during the school year on Monday - Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Our Summer Hours are Monday thru Friday 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. for Early Drop Off. And Day Camp is from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and our Summer Drop-In hours are 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Are classes offered year round? The Club staff attempts to offer class opportunities in all five core areas. Classes are scheduled in six week sessions and are seasonal.

Does the Club need volunteers? Yes, we always utilize teen and adult volunteers in our programs. Adults coach in the basketball program, and we also use adults in teaching classes. In addition, we have 15 community members serving on our Board of Directors who also volunteer on the gameroom.

Is the Club Staff full or part time? The club employs a full time Executive Director and Program Director. We also employ three adults and three teens to work after school. During the summer program we have about ten to twelve adults and teens on staff.

Is the Club affiliated with a national organization? Yes, we are associated with a national organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Boys & Girls Club of America has over 4,000 Clubs throughout the world, and serves over 3.6 million youths.

Does the Club provide transportation to the facility after school? Yes, the students from Tipton schools are transported on bus #42. The students from Tri-Central schools are picked up in the Boys & Girls Club van after school Monday thru Friday.

Where do Club operating funds come from? The Club has an annual budget of around $175,000. Of this money, we receive about 20% from local, state, private, and national grants, 3% from member dues, 16% fundraisers, and 43% from individuals, and business contributions, 18% from program fees.

How can I contribute to the Club? There are many ways for you to contribute. Here is a list of common ways.

  •  Participate in Fundraisers (Golf outing, Annual Pledge Campaign, Gala)
  •  Direct contributions (Business & Individual)
  •  Naming the Club in your will
  •  Time & Talent
  •  Donate new and gently used gameroom and gymnasium equipment

What is the Youth Development Strategy?

The youth development strategy promotes and enhances development of boys & girls by instilling

1.) A sense of competence (the feeling there is something boys & girls can do well)

2.) A sense of usefulness (The opportunity to do something of value for other people)

3.) A sense of belonging (A setting where young people know they “fit in” and are accepted)

4.) A sense of power of influence (A chance to be heard and influence decisions)

When this strategy is fully implemented, self-esteem is enhanced and an environment is created which helps girls and boys achieve their full potential.

What types of field trips does the club go on? The Boys & Girls Club has several types of field trips available to members, such as Indiana Pacers or Fever games, the Children’s Museum, the zoo, area parks, the City Pool, and much more!