WINTER/SPRING PROGRAMMING

Safely Opening the Club Doors to Embrace the “New Normal”

As we continue to monitor developments and safety regulations relating to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic, our mission still holds true:

To empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as caring,
productive, and responsible citizens.

During this unprecedented health crisis, we understand the implications these challenges have on our community. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington continue to work tirelessly with our partners, local school districts, health care providers, government officials and other organizations to determine how we can best serve Club youth during these unknown times.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington will remain OPEN during the 2020-21 academic year. Now more than ever, we are honored to serve the youth of our communities and strive to be flexible when we are called upon to either offer our traditional after-school programs or safely host a place for full-day eLearning camps when schools are closed.

Safety for all is our top priority. 

Increased safety procedures are in place to decrease the possibility of spreading COVID-19. 
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington have been safely serving youth at all Club locations since last summer – while also offering in-person program opportunities at Camp Rock. Each Club operates under the highest safety standards in compliance with CDC, State, and local health guidelines to keep kids safe. To decrease the possibility of spreading COVID-19, numerous policies and procedures have been implemented to insure the safety of our kids, staff, and parents. 

The following highlights some of those important procedural changes:

–> Daily health screens will be obligatory for all staff and members when their families drop them off at the Club.
–> Proper hand hygiene procedures will take place at scheduled 45-minute intervals.
–> Members will be placed in groupings, or “youth pods,” of no more than 20 (depending on the size of the pod room) to limit direct contact within the Club or youth pod facility.
–> All activities will encourage physical distancing of 6 ft. between members and staff.
–> Members and staff will wear face masks throughout the program unless members are stationary and eating.
–> Daily cleaning procedures will ensure high-touch surfaces are frequently disinfected.

All Club members must register for a Pod at their Club until we can return to normal drop-in service.
Not sure which Club is yours? Please call us at (812) 332-5311 x215.

Many members will be able to be served right away. If all currently available Pods are full, members may be placed on a waitlist for service. We are constantly working to increase service and meet all of the needs of our community. Programming at all sites will be spearheaded by staff members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington.

The Lincoln Street Club will serve youth from the Monroe County Community School Corporation, and other Monroe County schools. Youth will be served at this site following our Pod structure while adhering to safety procedures.

Below is the Lincoln Street Club’s Operating Protocol based on which phase the MCCSC is operating under.

GREEN. The Lincoln Street Club will serve MCCSC and other Monroe County schools in regular after-school programming. Youth will be served at this site during our after-school hours until 7:00 p.m. while following our Pod structure and safety procedures.  Regular after-school programming is free to current members with the $20.00/year membership fee. The Club is working with MCCSC to serve more schools and youth. At this time, schools offering transportation to the Club include Grandview Elementary, Highland Park Elementary, Rogers-Binford Elementary, Clear Creek Elementary, Summit Elementary, Templeton Elementary, Childs Elementary, Bachelor Middle School, and Bloomington High School South with the list subject to change.

YELLOW. When MCCSC and other area schools are in Yellow under a hybrid model, the Lincoln Street Club is available for the regular after-school program the same as when schools are in Green. The Club may offer some e-Learning Camp Pods based upon the needs. Contact us to learn more about the hybrid learning operating procedures at the Club.

RED. The Lincoln Street Club is working with MCCSC to facilitate e-Learning during this phase. The Club will be open from
7:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Program staff are present to help members to the best of their ability with e-Learning and technology questions throughout the day. MCCSC families can sign-up for both breakfast and lunch service through the MCCSC Meals Portal and select delivery of those meals to the Lincoln Street Club. Members may also bring their own meals. The Club will provide a snack. After the school day is over, members are then able to participate in typical after-school and special programming while still adhering to health and safety protocols. The cost to attend full-day e-Learning Camp is $20.00 per week.

The Ferguson Crestmont Club will serve youth from the Monroe County Community School Corporation, and other Monroe County schools. Youth will be served at this site following our Pod structure while adhering to safety procedures.

Below is the Ferguson Crestmont Club’s Operating Protocol based on which phase the MCCSC is operating under.

GREEN. The Ferguson Crestmont Club will serve MCCSC and other Monroe County schools in regular after-school programming. Youth will be served at this site during our after-school hours until 7:00 p.m. while following our Pod structure and safety procedures.  Regular after-school programming is free to current members with the $5.00/year membership fee. The Club is working with MCCSC to serve more schools and youth. At this time, schools offering transportation to the Club include Fairview Elementary, Arlington Elementary, and Marlin with the list subject to change.

YELLOW. When MCCSC and other area schools are in Yellow under a hybrid model, the Ferguson Crestmont Club is available for the regular after-school program the same as when schools are in Green. The Club may offer some e-Learning Camp Pods based upon the needs. Contact us to learn more about the hybrid learning operating procedures at the Club.

RED. The Ferguson Crestmont Club is working with MCCSC to facilitate e-Learning during this phase. The Club will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Program staff are present to help members to the best of their ability with e-Learning and technology questions throughout the day. MCCSC families can sign-up for both breakfast and lunch service through the MCCSC Meals Portal and select delivery of those meals to the Ferguson Crestmont Club. Members may also bring their own meals. The Club will provide a snack. After the school day is over, members are then able to participate in typical after-school and special programming while still adhering to health and safety protocols. The cost to attend full-day e-Learning Camp is $20.00 per week.

The Ellettsville Club will serve youth from Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation and other surrounding Ellettsville schools. Youth will be served at this site following our Pod structure while adhering to
safety procedures. 

Below is the Ellettsville Club’s Operating Protocol based on which phase the RBBCSC is operating under.

GREEN. The Elletttsville Club will serve RBBCSC and Seven Oaks Classical School in regular after-school programming. Youth will be served at this site during our after-school hours until 7:00 p.m. while following our Pod structure and safety procedures.  Regular after-school programming is free to current members with the $20.00/year
membership fee.

This phase for RBBCSC is a 4:1 schedule, meaning members are at the Club from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. every Wednesday. Seven Oaks consists of having members in school each weekday, so the Club will serve these members after-school only.

YELLOW. When RBBCSC and Seven Oaks are in Yellow under a hybrid model, the Ellettsville Club is available for the regular after-school program the same as when schools are in Green. The Club may offer some e-Learning Camp Pods based upon the needs. Contact us to learn more about the hybrid learning operating procedures at the Club.

RED. The Ellettsville Club will be operating all-day eLearning Pods based on the needs of families. The Club will be open from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Program staff are present to help members to the best of their ability with eLearning and technology questions throughout the day. RBBCSC will be providing breakfast and lunch for members. Members may also bring their own meals. The Club will provide a snack. After the school day is over, members are then able to participate in typical after-school and special programming while still adhering to health and safety protocols. The cost to attend full-day e-Learning Camp is $20.00 per week.

Although we typically charge only $20.00 annually for Club programs, our costs to run full-day programs and serve members in multiple sites in smaller groups requires us to charge a weekly fee. Thanks to generous community donations during the COVID-19 Pandemic, including, but not limited to, the LEARN Fund at the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, we are able to keep this fee for families low even though our operating costs have substantially increased.

If we are serving members during RED or YELLOW phases where children are attending the Club full-days, the cost is $20.00/week or $10.00/day for those children only needing a single full day or week. If we are serving members during a GREEN phase and children are coming for our regular after-school programming only, there is not cost beyond the regular annual membership ($20.00/year or $5.00/year at the Ferguson Crestmont Club). 

Please note: To participate in the Club’s Winter/Spring Programming structure, children must first become members of the Club, which includes a $20 annual membership fee in addition to the weekly cost.

 For questions about the Club’s Winter/Spring Programming, please contact Courtney Payne-Taylor, Operations Director,via email (cpayne@bgcbloomington.org) or calling (812) 287-8200.

 While the times may have changed, our mission remains the same. We know that we will get through this together,
and we encourage everyone to be kind and compassionate to one another as we continue to adapt to this “new normal.” 
Please know that our commitment of fulfilling the mission of the Club is unwavering.

Member Eligibility Checklist

The purpose of this checklist is to promote positive and clear communication between staff and parent/guardians about membership possibilities at any of three units within the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington. In order to support the success and safety of all BGCB registered and participating members, it is important participants are “Club ready.” Please review the following criteria to gauge if your child is eligible for membership…

  • Able to participate in Club programs independently, or with minor accommodations provided;
  • 6-18 years of age;
  • Able to use the restroom independently, or with minimal verbal prompting;
  • Able to take direction and instruction from staff or volunteers;
  • Comfortable with, and able to interact in, a group environment;
  • Interacts and participates in programs in a manner that is physically and emotionally safe for everyone;
  • Does not require physical intervention for redirection, assistance, or for any other reason.

If you believe that your child may not be ready, or have questions about any of the eligibility benchmarks listed above, please call the Club at (812) 332-5311 x215 or email us with your inquiry.