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Program Philosophy

We at The Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills/Brimley aim to give children the opportunity to participate in age specific and individually appropriate enrichment activities.  These activities will provide Club members with opportunities for friendship, skill development, self-esteem values, self-discipline, and respect for others.

Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills

 

 

 

 

Sandra Walden, Director

1-906-248-8575 or email: sawalden@baymills.org

Mission Statement
The Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills is a local, autonomous affiliate of the Boys & Girls Club of America, whose mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

 

Affiliation

As an affiliate of the Boys & Girls Club of America since September of 2001, the Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills is a part of a 140-year-old “Movement” of over 3000 clubs, serving over 4 million girls and boys. Our club, as in the case with Boys & Girls clubs in the U.S., is a completely autonomous organization with a local board of directors. 

Registration at the Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills/Brimley provides Club members with dual membership:  once they are registered, they may attend both Clubs.  Members 7 & up may attend the Brimley Club.  Members that are 5 and 6 years old may only attend the Bay Mills Club.  Incoming 5 year olds must attend kindergarten for 1 month prior to enrolling at the Club.

Core Program Areas


Boys & Girls Club provides diverse activities that meet the interest of all youth. Core Programs engage young people in activities with adults, peers and family members that enable them to develop self-esteem and to reach their full potential. Based on physical, emotional, cultural and social needs and interest of boys and girls, and recognizing developing principals, clubs offer program activities in five areas

·         Character and Leadership Development

·         Education and Career Development

·         Health and Life Skills

·         The Arts/Cultural Development

·         Sports, Fitness and Recreation

 

Open To: The Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills is for all youth who are enrolled in school from ages 5 to 18, of all races, religions and cultures. Membership requires no proof of good character. The Club is designed to help and guide youth who may be in danger of acquiring, or who already have acquired, unacceptable habits and attitudes, as well as those of good character.

 

All new students (5 and 6 year olds) must attend kindergarten before they may enroll as Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills members.




      Character and Leadership Development
— Aandaajimo…SMART Leaders (leadership-skill building)…ages 13-18
— SMART Moves…ages 5-9
— Mentoring…ages 5-18
— Member in the Spotlight…ages 5-18
— Youth Staff…ages 14-18, must complete the Human Resources process
— Youth Volunteers…ages 11-18


     Education and Career Development
— Power Hour (Homework Help)…ages 5-18
— Aandaajimo…Graduation promotion, job-skill building, career exploration…ages 13-18
— Science Camp (week-long for 4th-8th grades; 1-day camp for k-3rd grade)


      Health and Life Skills
— TRAIL (Together Raising Awareness for Indian Life, diabetes prevention education)…ages 7-11…healthy eating, diabetes education, nutrition, physical activity
— LifeSkills…3rd and 4th grade, and 6-8th grades
— SMART Moves, Drug and alcohol prevention education…ages 5-9
— Aandaajimo…The Truth About Drugs…ages 13-18
— Health Fairs, Health Screenings (new for summer 2015, funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund
— Making Proud Choices (Tribal Personal Responsibility Education Program)…focuses on sexual health and education…ages 11-18


     The Arts/Cultural  Development

— Arts & Crafts…ages 5-18

     Korean Cultural Exchange (week-long special event)

 

     Sports, Fitness, and Recreation
— Triple Play (mind, body, soul activites)…ages 5-18
— World Cup Soccer…ages 7-18 (week-long soccer tourney)

Locations and Hours of Operation

 

 Bay Mills Unit

Hours:  Monday through Friday, 3:00 p.m. to  6:00 p.m.

12435 West Industrial Drive, Brimley, MI  49715

906-248-8571

*OPEN TO AGES 5+, INCOMING 5 YEAR OLDS MUST ATTEND KINDERGARTEN FOR AT LEAST ONE MONTH PRIOR TO ENROLLING IN CLUB

 

Brimley Unit-located at Brimley Area Schools

Hours:  Monday through Friday, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

7134 South M-221, Brimley, MI  49715

906-248-3217 x 625

*OPEN TO AGES 7 AND UP

 

C.A.M.P. Extension-located at Sault Middle School

Hours:  Monday through Thursday, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

684 Marquette Ave

Sault Ste. Marie, MI  49783

906-635-3839 x 5728

*OPEN TO ALL YOUTH IN GRADES 5 THROUGH 12

Hours of Operation

 

School Year: Monday through Friday 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Summer: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Holidays: All Club Units will be closed during scheduled school breaks, for example, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Reminders of these closings will be posted in advance.

Closed Days: Canceled school days such as Snow Days

Other: Short Staffed

Bay Mills/C.A.M.P. Units will be open on MOST scheduled school early dismissals and in-service days from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  This will be announced ahead of time and reminders will be posted.

In the event that we experience un-anticipated staffing concerns we will close one of the clubs.  Parents will be notified as soon as possible.  A plan has been established for this.

Club Dues

Yearly income-based dues provide access to all Boys & Girls Club activities throughout the year. A new calendar year starts in September and all dues must be paid by October 30th. If dues are not paid, members will not be allowed to return to the club until dues are paid. Membership dues are used to improve the club and to go on field trips, as well as many other small benefits. Under special circumstances a payment agreement can be worked out.

Volunteer Information

 

Below you will find core information about the Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills as well as volunteer expectations. As a volunteer applicant for the Boys & Girls Club, please keep in mind as you read through the volunteer information, the main goal for our organization is to provide a safe, positive place for kids.

Volunteer Needs

The need for volunteers a the Boys & girls Club of Bay Mills/Brimley has increased due to the increase of activities as well as higher enrollment of members. Volunteers are needed for every day activities such as meal preparation, tutoring, fundraising, and supervision of daily general programs. 

Volunteers are also needed for special events such as family fun day, field trip chaperones, Halloween party, and others. The Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills/Brimley, in conjunction with the Department of Recreation and Health Promotion also plan community wide events such as the Whitefish Festival, in which volunteers are very helpful.

 


Volunteer & Boys & Girls Club Expectations

The Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills/Brimley expects from its volunteers the following:

            -An Enthusiastic desire to work with youth.

            -The ability to relate and deal with youth without discrimination.

            -Reliability, punctuality, and all of the traits of paid professional employees.

            -Positive patterns of behavior, attitudes, and emotional maturity.

            -Leadership ability with an outstanding personality.

            -Acceptance of job responsibility.

            -The ability to serve as a positive role model.

 

 A volunteer of the Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills/Brimley can expect from the Club

-That the Boys & Girls Club is mission driven

 

-That your work and contribution to the Club will have meaning and impact on Club members.

 

-Respect as an individual and as a staff person.

 

-Support and encouragement from paid employees.

 

-Comfort in the work and job assigned.

 

-To have confidence in the Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills/Brimley

 

-To be appreciated for your efforts.

 

-Provided with help to meet your goals.

 

-Have your achievement recognized

The appropriate selection of a volunteer requires matching skills and interest with the needs of the Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills/Brimley. In order to provide the best service and safety to the youths of our community, the Club maintains a strict screening process. It is mandatory that all volunteers complete the screening process, which includes the following:

-Completion of a Volunteer Application

Completion of the application requests listing necessary factual information such as name, address, the type of volunteer work desired,  availability (days and hours), and previous volunteer experience. It is also required that potential volunteers list non-family references. All references will be checked by  the staff of the Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills/Brimley.

-Criminal History Disclosure

As a condition of volunteer service, a successful background investigation is required. All Applicants are required to disclose any current or previous criminal offenses and or convictions. All volunteer applicants must also complete and sign a volunteer disclosure and release document that will allow the Boys & Club of Bay Mills/Brimley to submit information to the appropriate law enforcement agencies in order to disclose the existence of any criminal offense or conviction which is

 equivalent to any of the following:  

-Murder

-Child Abuse

-Rape

-Any sexual offense involving a minor, non-consenting adult, or person who is

  mentally disabled, incapacitated, or physically helpless

-Child Pornography

-Kidnapping of a child

-Child Neglect

-Unlawful manufacture, distribution, or dispensing of drugs or any illegal substance    

       

Please Note: Volunteer Applicants with any conviction(s) for the aforementioned criminal  offenses will not be considered for volunteer service. Volunteers placed prior to a successful background investigation will be immediately discharged if any aforementioned criminal offense(s) are found upon completion of a background investigation.

 

The Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills/Brimley reserves the right to require regular updates to Background Investigations for all volunteers of the department.

-Interview: The Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills/Brimley will conduct an interview with all volunteer applicants to learn more about the candidate. The interview process is primarily to determine the best placement for a volunteer based on interest, talents, skills, and availability of volunteer positions.

-Volunteer Agreement: To avoid any potential misunderstanding between the volunteer and the Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills/Brimley, a volunteer agreement statement will be required. The statement will outline the volunteer service and expectations for both the

volunteer and Club and will serve as a useful tool for evaluating volunteer performance and organizational support. This statement will list intended job duties and commitment from the volunteer.

If the background investigation and or reference check discloses any misrepresentation on the volunteer application that indicates an individual is not suited for voluntary service for the Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills/Brimley, the applicant shall be denied the voluntary positions, or if already placed, the volunteer will be immediately discharged.

 

Volunteer Record

A file will be kept on each volunteer applicant. A volunteer file is necessary for sound volunteer program administration. Each volunteer file will include the following:

 

            -Completed Volunteer Application

            -Volunteer Agreement

            -Correspondence and Performance Appraisal Reports (If Applicable)

            -Change of Status Forms (If Applicable)

            -Recognition Certificates (If Applicable)

 

A volunteer has the right to review the contents of their volunteer file upon request to the Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills/Brimley. The volunteer’s review of their file must be done in the presence of a staff member and or director.