5 Tips for Encouraging Boys to Read

I recently came across this article about the fact that in just about every developed country, girls are reading more than boys. Some key points: Boys dedicate less than than girls to processing words, are more prone to skipping passages or entire sections, and frequently choose books beneath their reading levels. Girls are more likely to... Continue Reading →

Club Story: Recognizing FUN In Virginia

One of the building blocks of the Five Key Elements is Recognition. At Clubs and Youth Centers, we use authentic gestures and encouragement to positively reinforce the good decisions, efforts, and successes of our youth. Recently, I learned about a great recognition idea from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia, so I chatted... Continue Reading →

Club Story: Celebrating Our Data

Today's guest post is from the staff team at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley's Little Chute Elementary Unit. They hosted a data reveal party when this year's NYOI data was released, and it was a blast! We will hear from two perspectives in this first-of-a-kind post, first from a staff member and... Continue Reading →

9 DIY Music Activities for the Summer!

The Music & Youth Initiative has partnered with Clubs around the country to help start and maintain music programming. They've recently released a FREE summer activity kit that any Club can use! Keep reading to learn more. Are you looking for fun, “Do It Yourself” activities that have a musical theme? We’ve got you covered!... Continue Reading →

Activity Idea: Dumb Debates

Not long before I made the move from a local Club to BGCA, I started playing a game with my middle grades members that they LOVED. I adapted it from something I heard on a podcast and called it Dumb Debates. It is hilarious and ridiculous, but sneaks in the important skills of logical thinking,... Continue Reading →

Activity Idea: Good Character Pool

This game comes from the files of our very own Alise Dixon! It kicks the classic Club game of billiards up a notch and works in self-reflection on character traits. Good Character Pool Ages: 10-15 Equipment Needed: Pool table, ball, cues, 6 slips of paper, tape Group Size: 2 at a time As in standard... Continue Reading →

Star Wars STEM Activities!

Like everyone else right now, we at the Club Experience Blog (well, let's be honest this is 100% certified nerd Sarah speaking) have STAR WARS FEVER! https://giphy.com/gifs/cheezburger-dancing-star-wars-jd6TVgsph6w7e It is always fun when we can bring the things our members are loving in pop culture into our programming in creative ways, which is why I was... Continue Reading →

9 Winter STEM Activities (And 1 BONUS Activity)

CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE THAT IT IS ALREADY WINTER?!?!?!?! https://giphy.com/gifs/television-dancing-HyTm2emO8ACfC This year has gone by so fast, but a new season and a new month means new activity planning! We've already talked about the importance of STEM activities for our members, and with the cold weather that winter brings, fun indoor programming is even more important... Continue Reading →

Native American Games to Play in YOUR Club!

Today's guest post is from Christian Weaver of BGCA's Native Services Unit. Indigenous people have always found creative ways to stay active and entertained.  Traditional games were great ways to do that as they promoted movement and created a vehicle for communities to come together and fellowship.  In some communities, games were played during bitter... Continue Reading →

Plan for National STEM Day!

DID YOU KNOW that November 8 is National STEM Day? This is a great opportunity to do activities or host a special event that highlights Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at your Club! We know that STEM careers are growing at double the rate of non-STEM careers, and that they pay nearly 30 percent more.... Continue Reading →

Dominoes Activity Ideas

Do you have a set or two of dominoes in your Club? There are a lot of different activities you can do with them! Here are just a few from Pinterest: It is super easy to use dominoes to play math games. Here are some ideas: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/668854982130767492/ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/668854982130767503/ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/668854982130114959/ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/668854982130767470/ I know my members' favorite... Continue Reading →

Club Story: Color Run

This guest post is by Jennifer Davide from the Cheney Family Branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound. When you add a whole bunch of kids, sunshine, and passionate staff, what do you get?? A pretty darn good summer. Now add a Color Run with a water slide and you’ve got memories to... Continue Reading →

Webinar: Play Breaks!

All year, BGCA has offered a Culture of Wellness webinar series, and it has been GREAT. Each one is about half an hour long, and topics include social and emotional development models, nutrition and health standards, and physical safety. On Tuesday, September 19 the topic is Play Breaks! Here is the description: How do you... Continue Reading →

Ted Talk: Do Schools Kill Creativity?

TED Talks are short, powerful speeches, delivered without the use of notes, with the goal of spreading ideas. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, but now the talks cover a wide variety of topics. They are generally 20 minutes or less, and are GREAT tools to use whether with youth or with staff or... Continue Reading →

Link Roundup: Water Balloon Games!

Before we lose the blessed warmth of the summer months, here are some ideas for games to play outdoors with water balloons! They are perfect for a Power Hour celebration, a Friday afternoon, or a non-school day. Using milk jugs is a great tip! At the link, the blogger also gives some other ideas including... Continue Reading →

Fidget Spinner Games- Link Roundup!

If you are like me, you are thinking WHERE IN THE WORLD DID THIS FIDGET SPINNER CRAZE COME FROM????? http://gph.is/1gsWDcL If you are also like me, you have largely banned fidget spinners in your Club. BUT, stick with me for just a second, what if we could harness their mystical power for good? http://gph.is/28PLiGt Here... Continue Reading →

Activity Idea: Guess Who Cards

Since this is the start of a new school year, and many Clubs may have new members or your groups may have combined/changed, here is a GREAT activity to help members get to know each other and have some fun in the process! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/668854982130114786/ Direct Link: http://shelleygrayteaching.com/time-filler-idea-guess-who-cards/ What other get to know you games have you... Continue Reading →

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