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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

The Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills/Brimley is a local, autonomous affiliate of the Boys & Girls Club of America, whose mission is to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens.

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.

Program Goals and Core Program Areas

It is the goal of The Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills/Brimley to serve the needs of families, while addressing the special interests and concerns of their children.  The 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 reach their full potential.  Based on physical, emotional, cultural, and social needs and interests of the boys and girls, and recognizing developing principals, clubs offer program activities in five areas:

      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)


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:  


-Child Abuse


-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.