Our Mission and Vision

Our Mission is:

TO EMPOWER ALL YOUNG PEOPLE TO REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL.

Our Vision is:

To be the place in our community where all young people are welcome. To have all of our members advance each grade level on time and prepared for the next school year. To be a second home for our members where they get to participate in programs and have experiences that they might not otherwise have had.

We believe in education, and to that end we make sure our members are introduced to the joy of learning through fun and entertaining lessons and activities. Our Program Leaders design programs that engage our members in reading, spelling, and writing to develop their Language Arts Skills. They integrate math into sports programs so that our members are constantly practicing what they are learning in school and applying that knowledge to real-life situations. We also explore science, geography, history, and fitness. At the end of the day, we want to know that we have given our members the opportunity to excel in all areas of their life.

At Boys & Girls Club Lake Tahoe, we provide:

  • A safe place to learn and grow
  • Ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals and volunteers
  • Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences
  • Focus on educational attainment and good citizenship.

Our History

In 1991, the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe was incorporated as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Community members formed a Board of Directors and began the process of establishing youth development programs for the south shore community.

By 1993, the Club was accepted into the membership of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. This same year the Club hired the first Executive Director and established school based satellite programs. The programs were offered at five elementary schools within the Lake Tahoe Unified School District.

The Club expanded into the state of Nevada in 1998 and opened a site at a public housing unit. This expansion enforced the Club’s mission of serving youth in the south shore area regardless of which side of the state line they lived. The housing facility was demolished in April of 2004, but it is still our mission to serve children in both states.

On July 10th, 2001, the Board of Director realized another long-range goal by signing a joint use agreement with the Lake Tahoe Unified School District for the construction and use of facilities between the two entities. With this signing came a most generous gift of $505,000 from the Park Cattle Company for costs associated with construction. New building plans are currently suspended, awaiting the outcome of variables within the community and the school district.

In the fall of 2004, the Club expanded its single site which was located in the portables at Al Tahoe Elementary School into two sites. The Club currently occupies a wing in the old Al Tahoe School and provides programs in the MPR at Bijou Elementary. The Al Tahoe site serves middle school and elementary school children. The Lake Tahoe Unified School District provides transportation from the other elementary schools to our programs.

In the fall of 2004, the Club expanded its single site which was located in the portables at Al Tahoe Elementary School into two sites. The Club currently occupies a wing in the old Al Tahoe school and provides programs in the MPR at Bijou Elementary. The Al Tahoe site serves middle school and elementary school children. The Lake Tahoe Unified School District provides transportation from the other elementary schools to our programs.


1990 – Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe founded
1992 – Lake Tahoe Club Chartered
1995 – New Club chartered at Lake Park Apts
2004 – New Club chartered at Bijou Elementary
2004 – New expanded site opens at Al Tahoe Elementary School

Boys and Girls Club of America

The Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe is affiliated with the Boys and Girls Club of America. Our Club follows the principles and guidelines of our parent organization; however our Club is managed and financed entirely separately from BGCA.

BGCA was conceived in Connecticut in the 1860s when local women started programs for young boys living in poverty and without positive influences and education in their lives. It became a nationwide movement in the 1906 and received Congressional Charter in 1956. Girls have long been an important part of the Clubs and the name was officially changed to recognize this in 1990.

To learn more about the BGCA please visit: http://www.bgca.org/Pages/index.aspx

Lake Tahoe Programs

Programs at Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe – Main Site

Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe offers a variety of programs for youth ages 5-18 at the Main Site location
1100 Lyons Ave., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.

Our Main Site operates with 4 different age groups:
• Blue Group (K & 1st)
• Lime Group (2nd & 3rd)
• Gold Group (4th & 5th)
• Teen Group (6th-12th)

The schedule of programs* rotates with staff members i.e. Blue Group will have STEM on Monday and Lime Group will have STEM on Tuesday, etc.

*Programs change throughout the school-year to bring new and exciting things to our Members.

Programs at Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe – Bijou Site

Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe offers a variety of programs for youth grades K-5th at the Bijou Site location
3501 Spruce Ave., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.

Our Bijou Site operates with 3 different age groups:
• Blue Group (K & 1st)
• Lime Group (2nd & 3rd)
• Gold Group (4th & 5th)

The schedule of programs* rotates with staff members i.e. Blue Group will have STEM on Monday and Lime Group will have STEM on Tuesday, etc.

*Programs change throughout the school-year to bring new and exciting things to our Members.

Members cannot start attending the Club until payment has been received. (Payment Plans Available Upon Request)

After School Programs Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe

  1. Our after school program starts with a snack and then an hour of homework (also called Club 202). Getting children into a routine of completing their homework every night is vital for the maintenance of good grades and ensures that they have understood and can practice their lessons. BGCLT and LTUSD staff are on hand to offer help as required.
  2. Homework is followed by two hours of supplemental programs. Members are assigned to a group specific to their grade and follow a set schedule for each day of the week. Programs are a combination of sports, arts and crafts, reading, writing, mathematics, science and character building but all incorporate the element of fun and are age appropriate. Some programs are BGCA curricula, some come from tried and tested afterschool programs and others are the invention of our own staff and build on topics and locations unique to Tahoe. The schedule changes each semester to ensure that all our members have the opportunity to do a variety of programs.

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Summer Programs at Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe


Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack are provided during summer and included in the prices below located. Field trips and extra curricula activities for an extra fee.


Summer program starts on the 1st day of summer*
*1st day is subject to change due to snow days


Summer Hours of Operation: 8am- 5:30pm
Location: 1100 Lyon’s Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (Main Site)


Club sign-ups for Summer 2019 have begun!  If you have any questions about registration, please contact Amber Villa: admin@bgclt.org

 

Field Trips at BGCLT

As part of our general summer and vacation programming we offer a number of field trips. Past trips have included: swimming, ice skating, the Air and Space Museum, Grossology, the Carson Swim Center, Entomology Camp (Bug Camp!), bowling, the cinema and much more.

Some trips are free while others have a small fee associated with them to cover the cost of entry/participation.

Field Trips will be advertised at our front desk and in our newsletters. Parents can sign their children up at the Club and payment (if applicable) is expected in advance.

Summer Camps at Boys and Girls Club Lake Tahoe

In addition to our daily summer program, BGCLT offers a range of additional summer camps. Lasting five days each camp has a different theme and are open to members and non-members of the Club. Participants will receive intensive instruction in each activity, ensuring that they achieve the maximum outcomes while having great fun. For adventure activities and off-site camps the staff to participant ratio will be 12:1 or even fewer. Breakfast, lunch and all equipment is included in the price.

Adventure Camp

Dates: June 24-28, 2019
Grades: 3rd-5th grade
Activities: 5 action packed days that are sure to appeal to the mini outdoor enthusiasts. This camp combines paddle boarding, kayaking, biking and hiking right here in the beautiful Lake Tahoe Basin. We will be traveling to some of South Shore’s most iconic adventure locations. This is a camp you DON’T want to miss out on. All equipment and lunch provided daily.
Price: $200 Members | $250 Non-members

Science Camp

Dates: July 8-12, 2019
Grades: 3rd and Up
Activities: Members will participate in themed activities that match the theme of the day. There will be a cooking day, myth busters day, slime day, CSI day and Explosions. Members should come to camp ready to get messy. Please send your child(ren) with clothes that can get dirty, closed toed shoes as well as a change of clothes if needed. HALF DAY CAMP TIME TBD
Price: $150 Members | $200 Non-members

Soccer Camp

Dates: July 15-19, 2019
Activities: Members will learn the fundamentals to team soccer. Participants will engage in play Mon- Fri from 9am -1pm
Price: $175 Members | $200 Non-members

Art Camp 1

Dates: July 22-26, 2019
Grades: 6th Grade and Up
Activity: Four-day backpacking trip in the Tahoe Basin. In addition to camping and backpacking skills, participants will also learn about the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Leave No Trace Principles and Map and compass techniques. All camping and backpacking equipment will be provided. Members must have their own hiking boots or hiking shoes that are already BROKEN IN, clothing and toiletries. A packing list will be provided upon request.
Price: Free — Members must be approved by Program Director

August 5-9, 2019

Dates: August 6th – 10th
Grades: 4th and Up
Activities: Using a variety of art mediums, participants will work with our Art Specialist, Gina Stowell, to create their own masterpieces and learn about the history and world of art. Field trips will be taken each afternoon. Breakfast and lunch included in cost.
Price: $200 Members | $250 Non-members

Bug Camp with Tahoe Institute for Natural Science


Dates: August 5-8, 2019
Grades: 1st and 2nd
Activity: Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the plants, animals and bugs around the Tahoe Basin. Members will travel to a different place each day in hopes of finding some of the most fascinating creepy crawlers in Tahoe. Lunch will be provided.
Price: : Free — Members must be approved by Program Director.

Bedazzled Camp


Dates: August 12-16, 2019
Grades: 2nd – 5th
Activity: Members will have the opportunity to make a number of different projects that will involve glitter, sequins and bedazzling. Members will work to create outfits or projects that represent their own personalities. Members will have the opportunity to take their works of art home with them upon completion. Members should dress with the intention of getting a bit artsy. Please send your Child(ren) in clothes that they can get dirty in.
Price: $200 Members | $250 Non-Members

For questions about camps contact Ashley Hall ahall@bgclt.org

Summer Field Trips

Field Trips - Blue Group

NAMEDATE# OF MEMBERSPRICE
Kid Zone Harrah’sJune 26th14 Members$15
Run, Rattle & RollJuly 17th12 Members$20

Field Trips - Lime Group

NAMEDATE# OF MEMBERSPRICE
Discovery MuseumJuly 10th14 Members$20
Tumbleweeds GymAugust 21st12 Members$25

Field Trips - Gold Group

NAMEDATE  
Coconut BowlAugust 1414 Members$30
Roller KingdomJuly 2414 Members$20

Field Trips - Teen Group

NAMEDATE# OF MEMBERSPRICE
Urban AirJuly 31st10 Members$30
Wild IslandAugust 7th14 Members$30