The McKeown Boys & Girls Club and all its programs & activities will be closed from March 16, 2020 until June 28, 2020.

Drive By Art Submissions: Be BIG & BOLD!

Submit your art work to be included in our Drive By Art Show! Every two weeks the Club will post a prompt for all members to submit art to the Club. Art will be hung in the Club’s windows for families to drive by and enjoy! 

This week’s prompt is Be BIG & BOLD. Create a piece of art on a recycled canvas (newspaper, box, cardboard) that shows your interpretation of living big & bold! Submit your art to the labeled bin at the Club.  Please include your name, age, and an artist statement expressing what your piece represents & was inspired by! Art cannot be bigger than 30” x 30”.  Submissions are due to the Club on Monday, May 18th by 4:00 p.m.

All art will be on display by Wednesday, May 20th. Winners will be chosen in each age group: 8-10, 11-13, and 14-18. 

We can’t wait to see what you come up with! 

Join us for Kick in for Kids, Virtual 5K!

Kick in for Kids is a favorite, annual community event that supports the McKeown Boys & Girls Club.  To keep the tradition alive this year & raise needed funds for our kids, we have decided to go virtual! Join us now here: bit.ly/5kforkids!

Did you know that in the midst of the COVID-19 public health crisis, our Boys & Girls Club is still there for our community? Nearly overnight, our staff team built out a “virtual Clubhouse” offering a variety of ways to keep kids and families healthy, safe and engaged during the “safer at home” advisory. In addition, we have been connecting with community resources to meet the basic needs of our most vulnerable families.

However, the crisis has also dried up nearly all of our funding sources. When families get back to work in the coming months, they are going to rely on the Club more than ever before and we want to prepare as best we can to meet those needs. To do so, we need the support of our community!

What:  Walk or run a 5K on your own around your neighborhood!
When:  Any time between Sunday, May 3, 2020 and Saturday, May 9, 2020.

Here’s How to Participate:
 – Head to bit.ly/5kforkids to get started!
 – “Join” if you want to create your own fundraising team or join an existing team. Or, simply “Donate” to support our Club through this virtual race.
 – Share with your networks to help us spread the word! (Example: “I just donated to #5KforKids to support the McKeown Boys & Girls Club!  I challenge these 5 friends to join me:  …  Get going & give! bit.ly/5kforkids”)
 – When you go out to do your 5K, please be sure to stay safe & healthy by practicing safe social distancing and also covering your face if needed.
 – After you complete your 5K, post a picture on social media & use the hashtag #5KforKids to promote health & fitness among our entire community.
 – Print, decorate and wear your own Kick in for Kids race bib if you’d like! 

Virtual Clubhouse Schedule – 4/27-5/1

We are excited to offer some great new programs & activities moving into this new week!  Check out the wide variety of offerings to get involved in this week. We have structured activities, service learning meetings (new times, check out the schedule!), daily workouts & trivia and games. All offerings last 30 to 50 minutes. 

Each morning, the Club emails out daily program updates that include the activities being offered, any supplies needed and the information to join in for the day. If you are not yet receiving these emails, please fill out the form here!  You only need to fill this out once. If you have completed it and are not receiving emails, please connect with Meg.

Calling All Creative Club Members!

The Club is looking for new art work and we need your help! 

We are holding an art contest to create new Club thank you cards. Use this Art Contest Template and add drawings, color and words about why you love the Club and how the Club makes you feel.  Try to fill up all the white space and be as creative as you like!

You can print the template at home or pick one up from the folder on the Club’s front door. Submissions are due Monday, April 27, 2020 by 7:00 p.m. Email Meg your entry or drop it at the Club in the dropbox at the front door.

We look forward to seeing all our creative entries.

Celebrate April Vacation With Us!

We have planned a week full of fun programs and activities for ALL members to get involved in. Members of all ages are welcome to participate in daily workouts, trivia games, and programs. 

Join us for a virtual Spirit Week to connect us from home. From Club Spirit Day to Dress to Impress, participate daily to mix it up and spread some smiles.

Participate throughout the week in programs and theme days  to earn special prizes. All days outlined in our schedule.

Here’s the schedule! Don’t miss out on any of the fun.

(Click the image for a larger view!)

How to Participate:
  –  Make sure you have filled out the Virtual Program Permission form for your member. 
  –  Links to participate in our virtual programs will be emailed out each morning to those who have completed this form. 
  –  Download the BlueJeans app (or join us on your desktop) to participate. This information will be included in the daily email.
  –  Members are encouraged to join how they feel most comfortable (turning on video is not mandatory!). 
  –  See you at the Virtual Clubhouse for April Vacation!

Virtual Program Opportunities

Staff have been working hard to engage members in new ways during our shutdown. From providing online activities to creating a safe space to hangout together online, we have really enjoyed getting together through this tough time!

Staff have made some edits to our weekly hangout schedule in hopes of engaging members in more focused programs & activities this week. We hope you’ll join us! Check out the changes here (click the image for larger view!):
     

Please note that members should always engage in whatever way they feel most comfortable. They can join in without video or mute and just listen along. We just appreciate the time together in however our members need it. 

If you would like to get invitations to our virtual Clubhouse hangouts please complete this form: Virtual Programming Permission. Once completed invitations to join in are sent to the emails provided!

As always, email Meg with any questions or if you need any support!

Virtual Clubhouse Hangouts

Join us for a variety of activities, homework help and hangouts over the shutdown. Check-in with staff and keep the Club connection. Hangouts begin Monday, March 30, 2020.

Members need permission to participate. Just fill out this online form to grant your member permission. Once permission is completed, invites to virtual hangouts will be sent to the emails provided. 

The Club is utilizing BlueJeans Network to facilitate our calls. Members can access hangouts via the link in the invite on their desktop or download the BlueJeans app on a phone.

The Club is taking all precautions to keep our members safe online. There will always be two staff present, the chat features will be disabled and sessions will be recorded to ensure the safety of the group. As always if you have any concerns, please email Meg!

Spring Dance Classes: Registration Open Now!

The Club is excited to offer Spring Dance Classes for members ages 8-12 years old! Enrollment is open now for intro classes in hip hop, jazz & lyrical.  Space is limited, so don’t wait to sign up!

UPDATE: The Club is NOT offering lyrical at this time.  Tuesday Hip Hop is FULL but we are offering a Wednesday Hip Hop class from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Members Dance Brochure Spring 2020 now and email Meg at m.gamblae@bgcwoburn.org to register or with any questions. We look forward to a fun session of learning for our members.

Club Closed: March 9th-13th

Please note that the Club’s drop-in program will be closed Monday-Friday, March 9th-13th.  The Club will take the week for cleaning and maintenance in preparation for our Pot of Gold fundraiser.  

Lucky’s Lobsters Swim team will practice Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday of next week.  All other Club programming will pause for the week.

We appreciate your understanding as this is the Club’s largest fundraiser and raising important funds in order to keep our programming accessible for all. Please consider purchasing a Pot of Gold raffle ticket to support your Boys & Girls Club!

See you Monday, March 16th!

Summer Camp Registration Info

2020 Summer Camp

**Please note that at this time we are NOT ACCEPTING ANY SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATIONS due to the COVID-19 public health crisis and the need for social distancing.  Information will be released when our local and state officials advise that it is safe to do so.**

Information about our popular summer camp program, including details on how to register your child is now available!

Check out the important dates and download all the paperwork you need to get started over on our SUMMER CAMP page.  We can’t wait for all the fun we’re going to have at our 2020 summer camp!  See you then!