Shelton · Programs

Parents/guardians MUST read our Parent Handbook BEFORE registering their children for the 2013-2014 School Year. This is REQUIRED for registration.Click the image below to download a copy of our Parent Handbook.
Parent Handbook 2013 2014

Kindergarteners have their own rooms in our Clubhouse, with their own Head Teacher. Each day your child will have the opportunity to develop gross and fine motor skills; participate in dramatic play and arts; engage with other children and adult staff; and enhance math, literacy, and critical-thinking skills. For more details about our Kindergarten program, visit our Kindergarten page.
 
6&7 Year Olds have their own rooms in our Clubhouse, with their own Program Director and counselors. Children can take advantage of homework assistance, crafts, sports, and special events. Gym time is provided each day, as well as snack time. Children may bring their own snacks, or money to purchase food from our vending machines or cafe.

8 Year Olds - 8th Grade. Boys and girls in this age group enjoy free time until 4 pm, then they rotate throughout the building, with access to our gamesroom (board games, billiards, foosball, table tennis), computer room, homework room, arts and crafts, drama, football, nutrition, chess, table tennis, crocheting, drug and alcohol prevention (SMART Moves), special events, Torch Club (11 and older), and educational programs such as Immersion Science (10 and older).

High Schoolers have their own gamesroom and lounge, complete with Internet-enabled computers and printers for homework and social use, televisions, video games, couches, and table tennis. Teens may participate in drama, football, nutrition, chess, table tennis, crocheting, drug and alcohol prevention (SMART Moves and SMART Leaders), Keystone Club, and special events.

Chess Club. Chess is one of the world's most popular games, played by millions of people worldwide. Our Chess Club meets every Thursday night during the school year from 4-6 pm. Led by our long-time instructor, Mario Russo, our Chess Club is open to players of all skill levels. Free. If you would like to join our Chess Club, notify a staff member at the Membership Desk, and join the club on Thursdays.

Computer Room. Open Monday-Friday for 8-12 year olds (our 6-7 year old members and Teens have their own computers). Access to the Internet is available and monitored, but members must have staff permission to be on the Internet.

Cooking. Our nutrition program teaches children how to live a healthier lifestyle by teaching them how to shop, cook, and prepare foods at home for their family, as well as kitchen safety. Open to all club members. Free.

Crocheting. Learn to crochet and make projects throughout the school year. Typical projects include hats, scarves, and baby blankets. Crochet Club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 pm. Free. Open to 8-18 year olds.

Drama Club. Have a budding thespian on your hands? Children ages 8 and older can join and participate in this fun, interactive program where children can learn acting, singing, dancing, and musical theatre. The Club produces a show each school, and past productions include Willy Wonka Jr. and Annie Jr. Free. To join, notify a staff member at the Front Desk. 

Homework Club. Power Hour: Making Minutes Count is a comprehensive homework help program designed to raise the academic proficiency of Club members ages 6-15 with homework help. There is no charge, but parents must sign children up for Power Hour. Ask at the Membership Desk for a permission slip. Free. Open Monday-Thursday.

Immersion Science. A fun and powerful science education program for kids in grades 508, founded by famed oceanographer and explorer, Dr. Robert Ballard, who discovered the Titanic. What makes the program so successful is its joint emphasis on scientific knowledge coupled with the fun and excitement of exploration.

Keystone Club. Keystone is a youth leadership club that offers a unique developmental experience to members ages 14-18. Activities focus on three areas: academic success, career preparation, and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystoners aim to have a positive impact on the Club and the community. Our Keystoners have been recognized year after year for outstanding service. Free. To join, contact JenDeLeon@BGC-LNV.org.

Music. Learn how to play guitar, keyboard, or drums with instructor Casey Gorman. Classes are held three times throughout the school year: September-November, January-March, and April-June. Beginner and advanced classes are available for each instrument, and classes are held on Mondays from 4-8 pm. Cost is $25 per instrument for all eight sessions. A limited number of instruments are available for instruction for each class; participants are encouraged to have an instrument at home for practice. To register, complete our online registration form. 

SMART Moves is our Skill Mastery and Resistance Training prevention/education program, which addresses problems such as drug and alcohol use. The program uses a team approach involving Club staff, peer leaders, parents, and community representatives. More than simply emphasizing a "Say No" message, the program teaches young people ages 6 to 15 how to say no by involving them in discussion and role playing, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills, and analyzing media and peer influence. SMART Moves meets every Tuesday during the school year from 4-6 pm. Free. To join, notify a staff member at the Membership Desk. 

Summer Camp. We offer a weekly summer camp in our air-conditioned Clubhouse. Our Camp is certified by the State of Connecticut, and our staff are certified in first aid and CPR. Children are separated by age, and each group has its own activity schedule. Groups rotate throughout the building and grounds throughout the day, giving everyone a chance to play in our gymnasium, gamesroom, arts and crafts room, and computer room inside, and in the field, on the volleyball court, and on the blacktop outside. Wednesdays are field trip day, where members venture out to such locations as CoCo Key or Chuck E. Cheese. On Fridays, there is always something special after the free lunch cookout, such as Wacky Water Day, Field Day, or Club Idol. Register online in May. 

TGIF. Thank Goodness It's Friday! This weekly program is open to middle school students (must show middle school ID) every Friday from October through March. The program runs from 6-9 pm and features weekly dance parties, sports tournaments, holiday parties, games room tournaments, scavenger hunts, computers, video games, and karoake. Register online, even if you are already a Club member. 

Torch Club. Torch Club is a youth leadership and community service club for boys and girls ages 11-13, which encourages positive community and Club involvement by helping others through volunteerism. Throughout the year, our Torch Club collects and recycles ink cartridges, cans, and bottles. Each fall, our Torch Club members hold "A Dinner to Remember," a full pasta dinner fundraiser open to the community. Out Torch Club is a consistent award winner, and in 2010, we were named the Number One Torch Club in the entire United States. Free. To join, contact JenDeLeon@BGC-LNV.org