Now that school has opened, the Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst is open 2 - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. A furlough day will continue the fourth Monday of each month. Hours of operation are subject to change and updated calendars are available at bgcoakhurst.com. In addition to free play and weekly drop-in activities, the following programs are now being offered:
Power Hour (homework assistance) 2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday
During the school year, children are encouraged to complete their homework before they begin to play. They earn points for completing their homework at the club and are given incentives. The staff works with the children to complete their homework.
Club Tech:4-5 p.m. Mondays:
Club Tech was created by Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Microsoft in 2000 to technologically enable clubs worldwide, transforming clubs from "swim and gym" to "point and click" destinations. Partnering with longtime supporter Microsoft, BGCA provides technology program access to some 4.1 million youth in clubs across the country.
Reading Club:4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Mondays & Fridays
Triple Play:3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays
Oakhurst's Triple Play program is funded by the Community Grant Program of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians and the County of Madera.
Triple Play aims to improve young people's knowledge of healthy habits, good nutrition and physical fitness by increasing the numbers of hours per day they participate in physical activities and strengthen their ability to interact positively with others.
Garden Club:4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays
An organic garden has been planted at the club to teach club members about healthy nutrition through organic gardening, along with lessons on water and soil conservation.
SMART Girls (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training):4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays
In "It's Your Body," club members examine the physical and emotional developments that occur during adolescence, media influence on attitudes and behaviors toward females, development of personal values in dating relationships, and eating disorders.
The second component, "Take Care of Your Body," focuses on girls' specific nutritional needs. It provides club members with basic cooking skills and ways to ensure physical fitness.
Torch Club (Student Leadership) 4-5 p.m. Thursdays
This small-group leadership development program is targeted to youth ages 11 to 13. Within some 1300 Torch Clubs across the country, members elect officers and plan and implement their own activities and community service projects.
Arts & Crafts:2:30-3:30 p.m. Fridays
Passport to Manhood:3:30-4:30 p.m. Fridays
Passport to Manhood, a 14-week session, is designed for club members 11-14 and addresses such issues as ethics, decision making, wellness, fatherhood, employment and careers, cooperation and conflict, diversity, relationships and self-esteem.
At the beginning of the program, participants are given "passports" to detail lessons learned on each leg of their journey. During a graduation ceremony planned by the youth, the graduates present and recite their code of conduct and are recognized for taking critically important steps toward manhood.
Details:(559) 642-4600, bgcoakhurst.com.