Torch Clubs are chartered small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 11-13. A Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which Club staff can help meet the special character development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their development. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community, education, health and fitness and social recreation. The Staples National Torch Club Awards are presented annually to Torch Clubs with outstanding program and activities in the four areas. Each year, Torch Club members from all over the country take part in a service-learning experience through the National Torch Club Project. Staples Foundation for Learning, Inc. and Staples, Inc. sponsor the Torch Club program.
Evolve, a character and leadership transitional program currently for 6th graders or rising 7th graders only is designed to help members develop or enhance life skills. The primary goal of the program is to create a community of trust and respect among members in which members are empowered to become the best version of themselves. If members complete the program, they are allowed to transition to the Teen Center upon starting 7th grade. Implemented primarily in the summer, members learn desirable characteristics or qualities such as teamwork, honesty, responsibility, leadership, making good choices, etc. Members also participate in community service projects within the Club and the community and must display significant growth in leadership before receiving the honor to transition to our Teen Center.
Keystoning is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s most dynamic teen program. It affords teens an opportunity to gain valuable leadership and service experience. They conduct activities in three areas: academic success, career exploration and community service. The Taco Bell Foundation for Teens sponsors the Keystone Club program as part of a multi-year teen initiative; a strategic partnership between the Foundation and BGCA provides Clubs with the tools and resources to create a positive place for teens as well as for kids.