The end beginning is near. Yes, as the school year draws to a close, it’s time to switch gears in preparation for summer. It’s also the beginning of new era of summer day camp at the Boys & Girls Club. Our programs and routines are “Under Construction” as we aim to improve and make this the best summer ever. Beginning May 2nd, we will take applications for our Day Camp program. Make sure you sign up early to reserve your daily spots and choice of field trip. We are very excited about our new programs for summer because Change is a Good Thing.


You can find our monthly program calendar on the back side of this newsletter or as an additional attachment if you receive our monthly newsletter by email. In April, members continued with weekly programs in a variety of areas. Great Futures added an element of community service by making cards for local employees in the field they learned about. Catalyst was an “explosive” success. Each week, members experimented with everyday items and reactants that would fizz, pop, and explode in a safe but incredible way.


We are excited to announce that we won the state-wide award “Outstanding Program” for YouTubers. The channel Nothing 2 Do has received over 2,000 views and close to 40 subscribers through uploading close to 40 videos. This program will continue in the summer under the name “Nothing 2 Do.”


Dick Parker was also given a special award—“Outstanding Professional” We are honored that Mr. Parker, who was a member of the Club as a kid and who has served BGC for over 30 years, has been with the Tipton Club for 10 of them. He has done a fantastic job as Executive Director and deserved this award. The Campbell Family Foundation also won the “Community Service” award for all they have done and continue to do to serve our Club. Thank you so much!


Torch Club wrapped up the year with an overnight conference to the Huntington Boys & Girls Club. We took 12 members who participated the most in the program to meet with seven other clubs. They chose learning sessions, had a night packed with fun activities, participated in a photo scavenger hunt, and helped clean up down town Huntington. It was a great experience and opportunity for the members who attended, and they will have memories to last forever.


For the rest of Tipton Community Schools’ year, our programs will be “summer preview” or special activities. Also, don’t forget that the club will be open Tuesday, May 17th through Tuesday, May 24th from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. There is no extra fee for members, but members do need to bring a lunch. In addition, remember that any member can come in the summer each day from 1:00 to 5:30 pm with no extra charge. The Club will be shut down for staff orientation and club maintenance and cleaning from May 25th through May 30th. Our Day Camp program will begin Tuesday, May 31st.


Our Teen Scene will be May 6th through May 7th, and we will be staying at the Club for a lock-in. Members need to sign up at the front counter so we can prepare. Members who attend will be served dinner at the Club. They need to bring sleeping gear, pajamas, and toothbrush. Flip flops or slippers are also recommended for nighttime, as members cannot walk around with no shoes. Members can be dropped off if not already at the Club until 10 pm, and pick up Saturday morning is between 7:45 and 8 am.


On May 11th, we will continue our annual tradition of honoring 2016 graduates. Not only is it important to thank them for their time at the Club, it’s an important educational reminder for your members. We want them to realize: Great futures start here!

Thanks- The Directors and Staff of the Boys & Girls Club of Tipton County