Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast Enrolling for Summer Program

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast has opened enrollment for its summer program. Programs offer Club members something fun, educational and exciting to do during the school break at an affordable price.

“Our action-packed activities inspire creativity, build character and provide academic enrichment,” BGCEC CEO, Shervin Rassa, said. “Not only will your child participate in fine arts projects and fun games, they will also enjoy learning about healthy lifestyles and good character and citizenship. Our summer program is a great way for kids to make friends, learn new things and just have fun!”

Members are provided quality instruction, engaging activities and field-trip experiences.  Boys & Girls Club Members have a higher academic retention rate once returning to school compared to those who do not participate in a summer youth development program. The summer program is open to students who have completed kindergarten.

“It was a really fun place to express myself in a safe environment,” past-program participant, Racquel T., said. “I was able to learn so much from programs and field trips and make lots of new friends!”

The fee for the summer program is $400, which is significantly lower than most summer childcare rates. Discounted rates are available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. A one-time, $25 registration fee will be added to all summer memberships. The Summer Youth Development Program operates Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Destin Club) following the last day of school until the 2019/20 school year begins. Summer programming will be offered at the following Clubs: Pensacola-Englewood Club, Destin Elementary, Fort Walton Beach Youth, Fort Walton Beach Teen, Kenwood Elementary, South Walton, and DeFuniak Springs Club.

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Boys & Girls Clubs programs have taken Members from the Clubhouse to the White House; from the games room to the corporate boardroom; from the high school football field to the NFL; from a band room to Carnegie Hall. In every community, young people are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast is a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. These Clubs are the place where great futures are started each and every day.

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