B&G Club summer programs

The Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst is now accepting sign-ups for the club’s summer program, noon - 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, running June 15 - Aug. 13.

The summer program includes nine weekly themes, 16 field trips, barbecues, arts & crafts, the Book for Bikes Reading Program, sports and tournaments, in-house movies, swimming outings, pizza parties, and lots of action packed fun for all aged members.

Cost of the nine-week summer program is $100 per child. Field trips cost extra and are on a first-come first-serve basis with sign-ups a week in advance.

“I’ve had many calls recently regarding our summer programs here at the Oakhurst Boys & Girls Club,” Club Director Peggy Decker said. “Most calls that come in are people who’ve heard of us through families whose children are currently members. We’re hoping to spread the word and educate our mountain communities about our presence and all the great things we have to offer our youth ages 6-18.”

The Oakhurst club offers a wide range of structured activities for youth and teens in education, career development, health and life skills, character and leadership development, the arts, and sports, fitness, and recreation, all sanctioned through Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County, and the national Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

The game room is equipped with pool, ping-pong and air hockey tables, bumper pool, sports equipment, and toys. The club also serves snack daily for all its members.

In the past three months, a lot of work has been done, including exterior painting, new wall murals, new furniture, and playground paint.

The B&GC staff comes from a variety of backgrounds, with many years of experience mentoring and working with children of all ages. All staff are CPR/First Aid/AED certified, and background checked. The club also hosts volunteers who help with different activities (also background checked) which leads to very well balanced and unique programs throughout the year.

During the year, there are Fresno Chaffee Zoo-mobile visits, a Yosemite National Park Junior Ranger Program, Member of the Month, and Youth of the Year (a scholarship program for teens). Past activities have included dance instruction with the Yosemite Dance Company, as well as many other events including Earth Day, National Boys & Girls Club Week, several environmental stewardship activities, and many holiday celebrations.

During the school year, membership is $40 per month per child. For low income families (you must have proof of the school lunch program), dues are $10 a month per child.

The club is located behind Oakhurst Elementary School and before the First Baptist Church on School Road. Parking is in the old OES lot where you access the facility by going across the foot bridge down the hill.

Parents or community members interested in helping with any of the club’s fundraising events, serving as a board member, or information on registering your child at the club, can call (559) 642-4600, or see Facebook at Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst.

- Staff Report