About BGCLT

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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 25th-June 29th
Grades: 3rd-5th grade
Activity: 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: Camp will be $200 for member or $250 non member

Spanish Camp

Dates: July 9th – 13th
Grades: 2nd – 5th grade
Activity: Interested in having your child learn Spanish? This intensive camp will include formal direction on Beginning Spanish only. Members will be introduced to customs, food and games all while learning to speak the Spanish language. This camp will focus on numbers, alphabet, things around the house and common phrases needed in order to communicate. Vamos a aprender Espanol juntos! Lunch provided daily.
Price: $150 member or $200 non member

Art Camp 1

Dates: July 23rd – 27th
Grades: K – 3rd grade
Activity: 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 member or $250 non member

Art Camp 2

Dates: August 6th – 10th
Grades: Grades 3rd and Up
Activity: 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 member or $250 non member

Backpacking Camp in association with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association


Dates: August 13th – 17th
Grades: Grade 6th 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

Bug Camp


Dates: August 13th – 17th
Grades: 1st – 2nd grade
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

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

Summer Extra Activities

C.V.S.C Week


Dates: July 16th – 20th – Monday – Friday, 14 Spots Available
Price: $12/child

Blue Group Field Trips


Bowling and Pizza: July 10th, 12 Spots Available
Price: $15/child


Kid Zone @ Harrah’s: August 1st, 14 Spots Available
Price: $15/child

Lime Group Field Trips


Inversion Gym: July 11th, 14 Spots Available
Price: $15/child


Miniature Golf: July 25th, 12 Spots Available
Price: $15/child

Gold Group Field Trips


Foot Golf: July 12th, 14 Spots Available
Price: $15/child


Reno Fun Day: August 15th, 14 Spots Available
Price: $30/child

Teen Field Trips


Foot Golf: July 12th, 14 Spots Available
Price: $15/child


Wild Island: August 22nd, 14 Spots Available
Price: $30/child


*Free field trip for Discovery Days at Heavenly for ages 7+ (dates TBD)

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