Sports, Fitness & Recreation develop fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment and social skills.
The Image Makers Program is designed to help Club members go beyond taking simple snapshots and develop the skills to produce photographs that can really impact a viewer. Popular and accessible, photography is a useful hook to engage young people of all ages, particularly middle and high school youth, in creative programming that simultaneously teaches them skills they will use for the rest of their lives. The Image Makers Program contains several components to help you provide an effective and dynamic learning experience.
This year-round program encourages artistic expression among Club members ages 6-18 through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture while providing opportunities for members to create artwork for display in a local exhibit.
SMART Girls is a small-group health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program designed to meet the developmental needs of girls ages 8 to 12 and 13 to 17. Through dynamic sessions, highly participatory activities, filed trips and mentoring opportunities with adult women, Club girls explore their own and societal attitudes and values as they build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care and developing positive relationships with peers and adults.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering/Entrepreneurship, and Math) programming includes mobile and web development and networking. STEM provides an opportunity for members to build on skills acquired through various programs while preparing for post-secondary education, a STEM career, and entrepreneurship. STEAM includes the Arts into the original STEM programming.Learn more about Google CS First
This nationally acclaimed comprehensive prevention program helps young people resist alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and premature sexual activity. SMART Moves features engaging, interactive, small-group activities that increase participants’ peer support, enhance their life skills, build their resiliency and strengthen their leadership skills. This year-round program encourages collaborations among Club staff, youth, parents and representatives from other community organizations.
Power Hour offers a structured time and place for Club staff and volunteers to help members with an important aspect of the educational process: homework. Members emerge from the program better prepared for classes and proud of their hard work and accomplishments. Power Hour helps members become self-directed, resourceful and independent learners. They turn in their homework assignments completed and on time.
Nakomis is Located on 35 wooded acres in Carter Lake, IA. Miles of hiking trails, numerous camp sites and a fishing dock give campers countless opportunities to enjoy themselves, all in a safe and positive environment. Camp Nakomis is the perfect place for youth ages 5-15 to enjoy the outdoors. Camp Nakomis is open to the public.Learn more about Camp Nakomis
The Mind Component
The Mind component encourages young people to eat smart through the Healthy Habits program, which covers the power of choice, calories, vitamins and minerals, the food pyramid and appropriate portion size.
The Body Component
The Body component boosts Clubs’ traditional physical activities to a higher level by providing sports and fitness activities for all youth. Body programs include six Daily Fitness Challenges; teen Sports Clubs focused on leadership development, service and careers in athletics; and Triple Play Games, inter-Club sectional tournaments that involve multiple team sports.
The Soul Component
The Soul component helps build positive relationships and cooperation among young people. The Smart Guide to Social Recreation: Effective Games-room Management and Leadership provides strategies, tools and activities for running a top-notch games-room and social recreation program.
LEGO Robotics immerses members in real-world science and technology challenges. Teams build LEGO-based robots and develop research projects. Through their participation, children develop valuable life skills and discover exciting career possibilities while learning that they can make a positive contribution to society.
CyberSafety is a cyberbullying awareness and prevention program, providing youth with the knowledge and skills necessary to create and promote a civil, safe online culture.
Readers to Leaders is a 90-day results-driven program targeting 7 and 8 year-old Club members who could benefit most from a reading performance boost. The program teaches important reading skills necessary to connect with and understand text. It adapts to each child’s needs and has checkpoints along the way to show growth.