Youth Center


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Monday-Thursday
6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday
6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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May Youth Programs


Millions of Hours of Service: Teen Volunteer Programs
Sign up now through 20 May
Open Recreation Membership is required
Ages 13-18 (must be enrolled in middle or high school)
Teens do you need volunteer hours? You can be part of our Teen Volunteer & Education Program. Pick up your Teen Volunteer Information package, permission slip and sign up package today! Volunteers begin working on 31 May from 8:00 am -1:00pm. There is a mandatory meeting on 27 May for volunteers. Please contact Ms. Lucy for details.

4H Adventures in Leadership Camp
Mon-Fri · 13-16 Jun (May-Registration will be happening soon!)
Free for Teen Members · Ages 13-18
Sign up with Ms. Lucy for this awesome fun filled camp. We will be hiking, whitewater rafting, roasting marshmallows and developing our Leadership Skills. Please call for more information or questions @ (505)846-2042 and ask for Lucy.

Games, Games and More Games
All Month · 2-5 p.m.
Free for members, $2.50 for non-members · Ages 9-18
Is the “Force” with you? This month we will be playing Star Wars and space themed games all month long. Join us for some super fun game play.

Project Learn: Power Hour
Daily 4:30 p.m. Ages: 9-18
Making Minutes Count for academic success helps Club members ages 9-18 achieve academic success by providing homework help, tutoring, and high-yield learning activities and encouraging members to become self-directed learners.

Torch, Teen Council/Keystone Club Meetings
Wed · 4,11,18,25 May · 1 p.m.
Free for members, $2.50 for non-members · Ages 9-18
Make a difference in your community. Join our service learning clubs to come up with new service learning projects and ways to help the community and your club. New members are always welcome! Torch Club is a leadership and service club, designed to help youth ages 9–12 reach their potential and realize the impact and importance they can have on their local community. The Keystone and Teen Council Clubs are leadership and service clubs, designed to help teens ages 13–18 reach their potential and realize the impact and importance they can have on the local community. Club members will elect officers and work together to plan and implement their own activities, programs and trips.

STEM COI: BGCA-My.Future
Mon · 2, 9, 16, 23, May · 3:30 p.m.
Free to members: $2.50 for non-members · Ages 9-12
My.Future provides members with a safe, fun digital platform to showcase their work and earn recognition in the form of stars, badges and master badges. It’s a space where kids can interact with each other – free from the prospect of cyberbullying. Try it out in the COI, home or both!

BGCA Smart Girls Club
Wed · 11 & 18 May · 4:30 p.m.
Free for members; $2.50 for non-members · Ages 9-18
The SMART Girls program is designed to offer a safe environment where girls can be authentic, honest and candid when expressing feelings about their mind, body and community. 11 May: Drama. Learn ways to cope with all the drama. 18 May: Eating well. Learn why your diet is so important.

BGCA Passport to Manhood: BOYZ CLUB
Wed · 4, 18 & 25 May · 4:30-5 p.m.
Free to members; $2.50 for non-members · Ages: 9-18
Learn who you are. What is your mindset? 4 May: It’s Just Us. Join in discussion about just male or female places. 18 May: Eating Well. Learn why your diet is so important. 25 May: Decisions: Join in conversation: What are decisions? & Why do they affect you directly?

BGCA Fine Arts & 4H Crafting: Jewelry Making
Mon-Fri · 2-6 May · 2 p.m.
Free to members; $2.50 for non-members · Ages 9-18
Design and create your own unique necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more with various beads, pendants, and metal accessories! Try your hand at metal stamping.

DIY STEM: ENGINEEERING DESIGN-WATER FILTRATION
Mon-Fri · 2-6 May · 2:30 p.m.
Free for members; $2.50 for non-member · Ages 9-18
Create a water filtration device using common household materials. Use common household ingredients to simulate wastewater composition.

Engineers Club: May the Force be with you! Star Wars Yoda & “Baby Yoda” Legos
Wed-Fri · 4-6 May · 3:30 p.m.
Free to members; $2.50 for non-members · Ages 9-18
Are you ready for the ultimate LEGO® building challenges? Will the “Force Be with You?” Join us we work together building Yoda and Baby Yoda.

TEENS- Metal Earth Space & Flight
Wed-Fri · 4-6 May · 4 p.m.
Free for members; $2.50 for non-members · Ages 13-18
These 3D Models start as a sheet of laser cut steel. Teens, as you build these miniature laser cut Star Wars & Planes structures you can discover the concepts of math and engineering. Metal Earth is made from high quality steel sheets. Each model features amazing detail with parts cut from one or more 4” square steel sheets. They are harder to build than you would think.

BGCA Triple Play-Soul & 4 Club: Healthy & Fit: Turkey Tacos
Wed · 4 May · 2 p.m.
Free to members: $2.50 for non-members · Ages 9-18
Join us as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo a day early. Put your culinary skills to the test as make Salsa and Turkey Tacos. Which version will taste better to you? Homemade healthier version or fast food?

4H Club: Healthy and Fit*My Plate Balloon Physical Activity
Thu · 5 May · 3:30 p.m.
Free for members; $2.50 for non-members · Ages 9-18
Get ready for a food challenge like no other. You might have to find ways to keep your food groups up in air without using your hands for an added twist in this game. Learning to healthy and fit in fun ways!

HYA-WACKY LAWS
Fri · 6 May · 4 p.m.
Free for members; $2.50 for non-members · Ages 9-18
You are sure to have fun searching the Internet for wacky laws that are on the books in various states. When you found a ridiculous one; share it with the group.

BGCA Fine Arts: Wood Burning
Mon-Fri · 9-13 May · 3:30 p.m.
Free for members; $2.50 for non-members · Ages 9-18
Learn a new form art that has been around for ages. You will learn the how to use simple wood burning tools and easy-to-learn techniques, we’ll help you add distinctive designs to a variety of bare-wood projects! Take your time you can work throughout the week and add other mediums all week long to your artistic project.

4H Club- STEM: Learning to Sew
Mon-Fri · 9-13 May · 4 p.m.
Free for members; $2.50 for non-members · Ages 9-18
Have you ever used a sewing machine or hand sewn? We will explore types of sewing and the basics of the sewing machine. We have the material, patterns or you can design your pattern.

DIY Engineering & Design: Bridge Building 101
Mon-Fri · 9-13 May · 2:30 p.m.
Free for members; $2.50 for non-members · Ages 9-18
Design and build a bridge from Popsicle sticks using engineering specifications that can hold varying weights. We will have a competition to see which design is the strongest.

4H Program Tag
Mon-Fri · 9-13 May · 3:30 p.m.
Free for members; $2.50 for non-members · Ages 9-18
In this version of tag, a large group of learners model how the body fights infection and get infected. Keeping Covid-19 in mind youth will be provided a hands visual activity showing the realization of how virus are transferred. Learners act as germs, as lymphocytes, and as the body's cells threatened by germs.

HYA: Image Makers: A Photo Story
Wed · 11 May · 3:30 p.m.
Free to members; $2.50 for non-members · Ages 9-18
Photographers are artists with the camera, using a blend of technical skills and an artistic eye to take pictures of people, places, landscapes, food, you name it. Come explore your photography and writing skills as you create “A Photo Story”.

Kids Fun Run
Wed · 18 May · 1 p.m.
Free · Ages 9-12
Believe it or not, running is actually a great way to increase your overall level of health. Join us we have fun running on the track behind the Youth Center. Bring your water bottle!

TEEN: Summer Brain Gains: “Gamers”
Thu · 12 May · 3:30 p.m.
Free for members; $2.50 for non-members · Ages 12-18
Are you ready to be game developer? Youth may work in groups to reinvent a game using index cards, pair of dice or other arts and crafts items.

BGCA Youth of the Year
Fri · 13 May · 4 p.m.
Free for members; $2.50 for non-members · Ages 9-18
To achieve the title of Youth of the Year on any level, Club members must embody the values of leadership and service; academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles. They should exemplify the critical impact that Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people. Come learn more about how you can be our next Youth of the Year.

BGCA Fine Arts: Pull String Art
Tue-Fri · 16-20 May · 2:30 p.m.
Free for members; $2.50 for non-members · Ages 9-18
Want to create some art that will surprise you? Create unique pieces of artwork by pulling strings across a piece of paper! You will be amazed!

BGCA Locomotive Tag
Tue-Fri · 16-20 May · 2:30 p.m.
Free for members; $2.50 for non-members · Ages 9-18
Youth will have the opportunity to try several different versions of tag. There will be many twists in these games.

DIY Engineering Design: Water Bottle Rockets
Wed · 18 May · 1:30 p.m.
Free for members; $2.50 for non-members · Ages 9-18
Design and launch homemade rockets using a pressure chamber to generate propulsion.

BGCA Youth of the Year
Fri · 20 May · 1 p.m.
Free for members; $2.50 for non-members · Ages 9-18
Join us as explore leadership and service; academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles. Are you to learn how to become our next Youth of the Year? Pick your journals to keep on track to success!

4H & BGCA Fine Arts: Marble and Gold Coasters
Mon-Fri · 23-27 May · 2:30 p.m.

Free for members; $2.50 for non-members · Ages 9-18
You are going to love this! We are going to make marbled coasters with oven bake clay. Surely you won’t want to miss this!

DIY STEM: Food Chemistry-Rock Candy
Mon-Fri · 23-27 May · 2:30 p.m.
Free for members; $2.50 for non-members · Ages 9-18
In this activity youth will grow their own Rock Candy. We will study physical and chemical changes by creating rock candy. This activity will days to weeks to complete.

BGCA Daily Challenges: Kickball Don’t Fall
Mon-Fri · 23-27 May · 4 p.m.
Free for members; $2.50 for non-members · Ages 9-18
This is kick ball with a lot of Fun

Food Chemistry-Rock Candy
Mon-Fri · 23-25 May · 2:30 p.m.
Free for members; $2.50 for non-members · Ages 9-18
In this activity youth will grow their own Rock Candy. We will study physical and chemical changes by creating rock candy. This activity will take days to weeks to complete.

DIY STEM Magic Rocks
Wed · 25 May · 1:30 p.m.
Free for members; $2.50 for non-members · Ages 9-18
Calling all mini geologists. This crystal growing activity lets you create a brilliant crystal garden. All the scientific ingredients, like metallic salts to start growing spiky and colorful magic rocks that can reach up to four inches tall. Youth will predict how fast and how tall the crystal will grow.

Summer Brain Gains: How are you feeling?
Wed · 25 May · 3:30 p.m.
Must be a current member of Open Recreation · Ages 12-18
In this activity we will brainstorm the club and feelings. How we feel when we are at the club and how we want to others to feel at the club. Let’s start the summer break with positivity and set goals!

BGCA Youth of the Year
Thu · 26 May · 4 p.m.
Free for members; $2.50 for non-members · Ages 9-18
Join us as explore leadership and service; academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles. Are you to learn how to become our next Youth of the Year? Today we will setting goals as we learn about pathways to leadership.

Teen Volunteer Program, Keystone and Teen Council - Mandatory Meeting
Fri · 27 May · 3:30 p.m.
Must be a current member of Open Recreation · Ages 13-18
This is much more than just volunteering; teens will have educational activities to do as well. Teens you are require to attend this meeting before you begin volunteering. Teens will learn what Keystone and Teen Council Clubs are all about. This is a mandatory requirement to be completed before you volunteer.

Teens HYA: Think Fast: Internet Advertising
Fri · 27 May · 4 p.m.
Free to members; $2.50 for non-members · Ages 13-18
Teens will explore popular websites and record their observations about the advertisements they encounter, then discuss those observations in order to develop an understanding of--and the ability to think critically about--the techniques advertisers use to influence their purchasing decisions