Boys & Girls Club Parent Handbook
Welcome to the club! The Boys & Girls Club of Bangor offers enriching programs to Bangor youth in grades 1-12. Please take a look at the available programs below, and feel free to give us a call at 207-942-6365 with any questions.
Getting your child signed up for our programs is very easy; just follow the "Join the Club" link to the right. You don't need to register for each program- just join the club and we'll get in touch with you to set your child up for any available programs for his or her age and interests. You can also stop by our Clubhouse, located at 26 Downeast Circle, or offices located at Bangor Housing, 161 Davis Rd, to pick up a registration packet.
Please take a moment to check out our Parent Handbook and our monthly newsletter to get a feel for what our club is all about! We charge an annual membership of $5 for each child. This fee is due upon registration and each year thereafter when you renew your membership.
During the After School Program, club members join our staff in the Clubhouse for homework help and spend time in the Bangor Housing gym for physical exercise and fitness activities. Members receive one-on-one mentoring, and have access to our computer lab, reading corner, outside play area, educational games and the reading room. In the gym, a variety of
team-building activities and sports are played as a way to build teamwork, social skills and learn healthy habits.
Hours & Days of Operation
Our club is open to children Monday through Friday between the hours of 3:00pm-5:00pm for grades 1-5 and Monday-Friday between the hours of 2:00pm-5:00pm for grades 6-12.
The club follows the Bangor School Department calendar, therefore we are closed when schools are closed (scheduled or emergency).
Power Hour is an engaging homework help and tutoring program that encourages Club members at every age to become self-directed learners. The club provides the tools, resources, mentors and encouragement needed to help youth achieve academic success.
Triple Play is a program that strives to improve the overall health of Club members by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships. During Triple Play, youth will engage in physical activities through sports, team building exercises, outdoor education, physical exercises and games.
Through Project Learn, Club staff use all the areas and programs in the Club to create opportunities for these high-yield learning activities, including leisure reading, writing activities, discussions with knowledgeable adults, helping others, homework help, tutoring and games that develop young people’s cognitive skills. Project Learn also emphasizes parent involvement as well as collaboration between Club and school professionals.
We are excited to offer summer programming through our Smarter Summer Camp. This camp is an all day program that runs throughout the entire summer for youth entering 1st-5th grade. Most low-income youth lose about two months of grade-level equivalency in math and reading achievement. Summer programming, like Smarter Summer Camp, is crucial to level the playing field. Youth are provided with free lunch, access to positive role models and engaging learning activities while making friends and enjoying many of the components a traditional summer camp has to offer.
The KidzLit program is a reading enrichment program designed specifically for use in out-of-school settings, though it is also successful in the classroom. It increases young people’s motivation to read and builds their literacy skills. At the same time, it develops core values of helpfulness, fairness, personal responsibility, and respect for others. Staff members use a five-part process in which children hear engaging books read aloud—or read them independently—and make connections to their own lives. They express their feelings and grapple with big ideas through discussion, drama, art, movement, and writing.
Smarter Summer Camp offers many exciting activities to provide children a positive and enriching experience. Children are organized by age and rotate through different program areas each day including art, outdoor play, Summer Brain Gain, gym, and free time. Smarter Summer Camp takes place at the Boys & Girls clubhouse (which includes a computer lab) and the Bangor Housing gym and also utilizes the community gardens, the Born Learning Trail, and the playground at the Downeast School. Campers enjoy small group field trips on a weekly basis and will also travel as an entire group every Wednesday to various locations including Peaks Kenny State Park, Fort Knox, and Swan Lake State Park.
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS
The Boys & Girls Club partners with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Mid-Maine to provide 1-to-1 mentoring services to youth who could benefit from a relationship with a positive mentor. Youth are matched with a local college student, allowing them to receive support, guidance, encouragement, and a positive role model as they learn to become confident and caring members of their family, school and community.
Time Commitment & Eligible Ages
Big Brothers Big Sisters will take place on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Please let us know if you are interested in signing your child up for this program by calling 404-4524.
Our Teen Programs aim to help youth become responsible, caring citizens and acquire healthy life skills. These programs also help youth set goals for themselves, learn skills and create opportunities towards achieving their goals, and making healthy positive choices that will keep them on track.
Hours & Days of Operation
Teen programs are offered for youth in grades 6-12 Monday-Friday from 2:00pm-5:00pm.
Open Gym Basketball is a place where youth and adults can practice their skills, play pick-up games and have fun just shooting around on the court. Every Sunday, starting October 7th, come to the Bangor Housing Gym from 11:00-12:30am and take advantage of this FREE opportunity.
Open to youth and adults ages 10+ and drop offs are allowed. Please call 404-4524 for more information.
Open Gym Flyer
Bangor Housing, the Boys & Girls Club and the Bangor Y are partnering to offer FREE swim lessons to club members. Classes will take place on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:50 to 4:30pm at the Bangor Y for 8 consecutive weeks. The Boys & Girls Club will provide transportation and a staff member will accompany the children. Parents are also welcome to attend.
The most important reason children should learn to swim is SAFETY. Swimming is a life skill. It's something your child will retain for the entirety of their life. Additional benefits that come with learning to swim are confidence, opportunities for socialization, and a great form of exercise that involves the entire body.