Not just after school hangouts, the Clubs are places where young people come to learn, do homework, develop social skills, express themselves creatively and participate in sports. Our programming helps children build academic success, healthy lifestyles and leadership. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington also owns and operates a summer day camp at Lake Lemon called Camp Rock.
Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington is a chartered member of the national organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Locally, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington serves over 1,300 youth annually and more than 2,500 youth in community outreach programs.
Four key characteristics define the essence of a Boys & Girls Club. All are critical in exerting a positive impact on the life of a child.
Dedicated Youth Facilities
Boys & Girls Clubs are places – actual neighborhood-based buildings – designed solely for youth programs and activities.
Open When Kids Need Us Most
The Clubs are open weekdays after school and during the summer when kids have free time and need positive, productive outlets. Additionally, Clubs are typically open when schools are closed on holidays and breaks to provide a safe environment for children.
Every Club is directed by trained youth-development professionals who act as role models and mentors to members. Volunteers provide key supplementary support.
Available and Affordable To All Youth
For just a small fee each year, any child between the ages of 6 and 18 can become a member. We do not discriminate based on gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or income. We reach out to kids who cannot afford, or may lack access to, other community programs.