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Dear Boys & Girls Club parents and guardians,

Summer Program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley are a popular choice for children, youth, and families in the Fox Cities, and we are thrilled to make summer a fun learning experience for so many! We believe that summertime is a great time to give kids opportunities to develop new friendships, play, continue to learn, and experience new things.

Program Information

This year’s Summer Program at the Boys & Girls Club of Appleton and the Boys & Girls Club of Menasha will feature a wide-ranging array of fun and exciting programs. Members are split up into groups by age to participate in age-specific programs. Sports and recreation, Fine arts, small group discussions, leadership and community service, field trips, STEM, Summer Brain Gain, and much more will be among the many opportunities available again this year.

  • What: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley’s 2024 Summer Program
  • Who: Youth ages 6-18
  • When: June 10 – August 15th between 7:00 am – 5:30 pm (Monday – Friday
    • CLOSED: June 28th, July 4th, 5th, 26th
  • Where: The Boys & Girls Club of Appleton (160 S. Badger Ave) and Boys & Girls Club of Menasha (600 Racine St., Menasha)
  • Other Important Information:
    • 2023 Summer Program registration will run from March 11th – April 14th.
    • Friday, August 16th will be the end of summer celebration. No programming will be offered this day – more details to come soon.

How do I register my child?

All Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley Summer Program registration occurs on the Caregiver Portal. If you are new to the Boys & Girls Club, choose the green CREATE ACCOUNT button on the Caregiver Portal webpage to create an account.  You can do this at any time and before summer registration opens on March 11th.

If you have already accessed the Caregiver Portal, login using your Username and Password under the ALREADY HAVE AN ACCOUNT? section.

How to register for the 2024 Summer Program in the Caregiver Portal can be found in the Caregiver Support Guide that can be found on the webpage below:

Caregiver Support Guide

 

Registration for the 2024 Summer Program for all youth ages 6-12 and Teens will begin on Monday, March 11th.  Summer Program registrations received after the April 14th deadline are not guaranteed acceptance into the Summer Programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Appleton and/or Menasha depending on each sites’ maximum capacity. Click the button below (on or after March 11th) to access the Caregiver Portal and register for the Summer Program at your preferred location.  The Boys & Girls Club prioritizes serving families and youth that need us most.  Youth and families who are facing adverse challenges will be accepted into Summer Program first.

To assist families in registering for the 2024 Summer Program, we will be hosting registration stations at each branch location on March 11th – 15th and March 18th – 22nd between the hours of 9:00 – 2:00 pm.  We will have devices and staff available to answer questions and provide support to register for summer.

CAREGIVER PORTAL LINK AVAILABLE ON MARCH 11

Scheduling & Attendance Requirements

Your child’s participation will be limited to either the Appleton or Menasha Clubhouse throughout the course of the summer so please only submit one enrollment form per child. For families who will be attending both the Appleton or Menasha Club and one of our school-based locations for summer school or the 2024 BOOST Program, you will be asked this question during the registration process. Please ensure accuracy in answering this question.

Frequency of attendance is an important component of a quality and impactful Club experience, we want to make sure that the children we enroll are going to use the program on average at least three days per week throughout the summer. This includes attendance at any of our school-based Boys & Girls Clubs as well. If your intention is to have your child participate at a lesser frequency, it is possible that we may not be able to enroll your child or may have to put them on a waiting list.

Summer Family Orientation (Mandatory for ALL 2024 Summer Program Caregivers)

Caregivers and Club members (if possible) registered for Summer Program are expected to attend a family orientation session at one of the following offered times at their respective branch location.  Attending a summer family orientation will provide families with important information regarding Summer Program and allow for questions.

There will be a separate orientation held for teen participants offered at the same times, if families have a teen and a 6-12 youth participating in Summer Program, we kindly ask caregivers to attend the 6-12 family orientation and teens to attend the teen orientation.

    • Wednesday, April 17th at 8:30 – 9:30 am
    • Tuesday, April 30th at 5:30 – 6:30 pm
    • Tuesday, May 16th at 6:00 – 7:00 pm
    • Friday, May 24th at 9:00 – 10:00 am
    • Thursday, May 28th at 6:00 – 7:00 pm
    • Thursday, June 6th at 6:30 – 7:30 pm (following the Open House)

AASD Summer School Programs

We will again be offering programming after summer school each day at the following locations: Columbus/ABS Elementary, Edison Elementary, Foster Elementary, Badger Elementary, Highlands Elementary, Kaleidoscope Academy, and James Madison Middle School.  Summer school programming will take place June 10-July 3rd (with no programming occurring on June 19th). A snack will be provided daily.

    • Badger: 11:30 am – 5:30 pm
    • Columbus: 11:30 am – 5:30 pm
    • Edison: 11:30 – 5:30 pm
    • Foster: 11:30 am – 5:30 pm
    • Highlands: 11:30 am – 5:30 pm
    • KA-Roosevelt: 11:45 am – 5:30 pm
    • James Madison 11:45 am – 5:30 pm

In addition to the above summer-school Club program session, the Summer BOOST Program (A DPI funded ESSER grant-based collaboration between the AASD and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley) will provide a after summer school session, between July 8-19 available at all the locations listed above. To learn more about this offering please visit the tabbed section below labeled Summer BOOST Program.

Click through the tabs on the left to learn more about frequently asked questions such as the enrollment criteria, registration, other programs, financial support, and more.

Fee Information

It is our mission to ensure that we serve the youth in our community who need us most and that a family’s income level is not a barrier to participation.  Thanks to the generosity of many friends and supporters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley we can ensure that families of extremely low to middle income will still be provided a substantially subsidized program fee.  Families of upper income who utilize the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley will be charged the full cost of service for our summer program.  As always, we understand that families face various challenges outside of income level and we ask that you reach out if you need help managing the cost of your child’s participation. The fee structure for the BGCFV 2024 Summer Program is outlined below for your reference.

All summer fees are due May 15th.

Fees only apply to youth ages seven and older. Youth who turn seven before July 17th will be charged the full rate and youth who turn seven after July 17th will be charged 50% of the full rate.

Bussing from Menasha summer school to the Boys & Girls Club of Menasha will be available again this summer at no extra charge.

How do I get help with the cost of participation?  

Families who need financial assistance or to set up a payment plan should reach out to Alexia Delleman, BGC of Appleton Membership Coordinator at (920) 731-0555, adelleman@bgclubfoxvalley.org, or Anneliese Berndt, BGC of Menasha Membership Coordinator at (920) 750-5860, aberndt@bgclubfoxvalley.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the enrollment criteria?

Enrollment decisions are not made on a first-come-first-served basis but instead are based upon the needs of the child and the family for our services and frequency of attendance. Please contact Kayla Liesch, BGC of Appleton Branch Director at (920)750-5836 or Josh McQuillan, BGC of Menasha Branch Director at (920)750-5856 if you would like us to know more about your child’s needs.  

What if registration is full? 

If we have reached maximum capacity, we will place your child on a waiting list and contact you if space becomes available. Children in certain high-needs situations, such as those who are homeless, will not be placed on a waiting list and will be allowed to participate immediately. 

How do I get help with the cost of participation?  

Families who need financial assistance or to set up a payment plan should reach out to Alexia Delleman, BGC of Appleton Membership Coordinator at (920) 731-0555, adelleman@bgclubfoxvalley.org, or Anneliese Berndt, BGC of Menasha Membership Coordinator at (920) 750-5860, aberndt@bgclubfoxvalley.org.

What if my child requires special supports or accommodations?

We welcome all young people to participate in our programs and recognize that in some cases, reasonable accommodations may be needed for youth to have a good experience at the Club. To learn more about special accommodations or supports offered, please visit the tabbed section labeled Supports For My Child.

My youth attends summer school in Appleton, is Club programming available to them?

We will again be offering Club programming after summer school each day from June 10-July 3 at the following locations: Columbus/ABS Elementary, Edison Elementary, Foster Elementary, Badger Elementary, Highlands Elementary, Kaleidoscope Academy, and James Madison Middle School. We will have additional programming available after the conclusion of the summer school session through BOOST. Read below for more information.

Can you tell me more about BOOST (Building Outstanding Opportunities for Students Together)?

This is a DPI funded ESSER grant-based collaboration between the AASD and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley. It will offer programming for youth entering 1st-9th grade at Badger, Classical, Columbus, Edison, Foster, Highlands, Houdini, Huntley, Einstein, Kaleidoscope, Madison, and Wilson. There will be two summer sessions: during summer school between June 10-July 3 (no school 6/19) and one after summer school session between July 8-19th. To learn more, visit the tabbed section labeled 2024 Summer BOOST Program.

Are snacks/meals included?

Youth who are attending the full day of Summer Program at the Boys & Girls Club of Appleton or Menasha branch locations will receive breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack daily. Those who attend school-based Club locations through after summer-school programming/BOOST will receive a snack daily.

Are field trips offered through Summer Program?

Yes, we love offering youth more opportunities to get out and take in the world around them through Summer Program field trips. Registration for field trips opens April 15th. To learn more, visit the tabbed section labeled Field Trips.

Does Summer Program offer one-on-one reading support for youth?

Yes, our Page Turners Early Literacy Program provides youth in grades K-3 with a tutor in a 1:1 or a small group setting and meets 2 times per week in half-hour sessions at our Branch and school-based Club locations. Sessions include time for a Read-Aloud book, student practice with leveled reading books, drawing/writing activities for comprehension, and developmentally appropriate literacy games. Registration for Page Turners opens April 15th. To learn more, visit the tabbed section labeled Page Turners.

I have other questions, who can I contact?

Please contact Rachel Schroeder, Senior Director of Youth Development Services, at rschroeder@bgclubfoxvalley.org or (920)750-5811.

Summer Program for Teens

Registration for the 2024 Summer Teen Program will also open on March 11th. Teen summer membership is $5. The CLUB Teen Centers of Appleton and Menasha will be open from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Any Club member entering 7th grade will be eligible for the Teen Center. Attending one family orientation for your teen is expected.

For questions contact: Rene Lecour, Appleton Assistant Director – Teen Center at rlecour@bgclubfoxvalley.org or (920)731-0555 or Alexaundra Marin, Menasha Assistant Director – Teen Center at amarin@bgclubfoxvalley.org or (920) 750-5860.

Field Trips

Registration for field trips will open on April 15th in the Caregiver Portal and details on the field trip opportunities and how to sign up will be sent directly to enrolled families via email. Field trips are only available for members ages 7-12 years oldThere is a non-refundable fee for each field trip.

If a Club member is having trouble following expectations prior or during the field trip, they may not be eligible to travel and/or caregivers may be contacted to pick up their child from the field trip or the Club. If a youth expresses that they are not interested in attending the field trip they are signed up for the day of they will not be forced to attend and will be allowed to stay at Club.

Please contact Kayla Liesch, BGC of Appleton Branch Director at kliesch@bgclubfoxvalley.org or (920) 750-5836 or Josh McQuillan, BGC of Menasha Branch Director at jmcquillan@bgclubfoxvalley.org or (920) 750-5856 with any questions regarding field trips.

Page Turners Early Literacy Program

This program provides youth in grades K-3 with a tutor in a 1:1 or a small group setting and meets two times per week in half-hour sessions. Sessions include time for a Read-Aloud book, student practice with leveled reading books, drawing/writing activities for comprehension, and developmentally appropriate literacy games. Page Turners will provide opportunities to build Club member’s home libraries by providing youth with their very own books to take home. The goal of this program is to increase the third-grade reading ability for students at the bottom 20 percent of reading proficiency.

This program is offered at the Appleton and Menasha branch locations in either a morning or afternoon session. Page Turners runs daily, June 10th – August 15th when the Club is operating.

Badger, Columbus, Edison, Foster, and Highlands Elementary Schools offers afternoon tutoring from 12:30 – 5:30 pm during the four weeks of summer school and the two weeks of 2024 BOOST Program when the Club is operating, June 10th – July 19th. Youth currently in Page Turners, or who have recently completed, K-3rd grades, are eligible based on a combination of need as well as tutor/Club member availability.

Registration for Page Turners during the summer program will open in the Caregiver Portal on April 15th under the Programs tab at the top of the screen. If you have any questions about the Page Turners program, please reach out to Beth Kennerhed at bkennerhed@bgclubfoxvalley.org.

Summer BOOST Program

Building Outstanding Opportunities for Students Together

A DPI funded ESSER grant-based collaboration between the AASD and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley

Participating schools: Badger, Classical, Columbus, Edison, Foster, Highlands, Houdini, Huntley, Einstein, Kaleidoscope, Madison, and Wilson

Grades: Students entering 1st – 9th grades next fall

Dates: June 10th -July 19th (No school on 6/19, 7/4, 7/5)

Purpose:  Provide opportunities for academic instruction and enrichment to help students practice their reading and math skills during summer. It will deliver targeted curriculum and academic programs to prevent summer learning loss. Staff will provide daily opportunities for socialization, structured enrichment activities designed to engage students with one another, and adult mentoring to increase students’ feelings of connectedness to peers. Staff will also provide weekly social-emotional learning programs to assist students in developing stronger self-regulation skills and maintaining positive, productive relationships with peers, parents, and teachers.

During the Summer School Session: June 10th -July 3rd  (No school on 6/19)

  • Badger, Columbus, Edison, Foster, Highlands, Kaleidoscope, Madison: Students will enroll in summer school classes at the school site and attend the Boys & Girls Club after-care program at that school site. Guardians will pick their student(s) up by 5:30 pm.
  • Classical, Houdini, Huntley, Einstein, and Wilson: Students will enroll in summer school classes at the school site.  Students will then be bussed free of charge to another location for lunch and afternoon programming through the Boys & Girls Club.  Guardians will pick up their student(s) at their determined location by 5:30 pm. Specific location information will be provided before programming begins, but may include Badger, Columbus, Edison, Foster, Highlands, Kaleidoscope or Madison.

After the Summer School Session: July 8th -19th

  • Badger, Columbus, Edison, Foster Highlands, Kaleidoscope, Madison: Students will attend the 2-week program from 8:00 am-5:30 pm daily at their home school site. Guardians will pick their student(s) up by 5:30 pm.
  • Classical, Houdini, Huntley, Einstein, and Wilson: Students will attend the 2-week program from 8:00 am-5:30 pm daily at another school site. A bus will pick students up at their home school site at 8:00 am.  Guardians will pick their student(s) up at the designated location by 5:30 pm. Specific location information will be provided before programming begins but may include Badger, Columbus, Edison, Foster, Highlands, Kaleidoscope, or Madison.

Additional information:

    • Students must register for summer school classes and the B.O.O.S.T program at one of the participating schools: www.aasd.k12.wi.us/families/summer_school_information
    • Guardians will then be contacted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley for additional information.
    • Information on B.O.O.S.T programming curriculum can be found at: https://www.bgclubfoxvalley.org/
    • Registration for the 2-week BOOST program is free of charge
    • Summer Food service will provide free meals for the 6 weeks
    • If your student attends a different school site and you’d like more information, please contact kadolphkarrie@aasd.k12.wi.us  or 852-5332 ext. 60350.

Accomodations/Support For My Child

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley wants all youth to be safe and feel successful. We welcome all young people to participate in our programs and recognize that in some cases, reasonable accommodations may be needed for youth to have a good experience in our programs. We are committed on working together to bridge any gaps for your child.

If you feel your child may encounter any barriers to success and participation in our Summer Program we encourage you to please reach out Taylor Berken, Behavioral Support Services Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley at (920)750-5842 or Tberken@bgclubfoxvalley.org

Member Accomodation Form

Please review and complete this form and contact Taylor Berken for further discussion if needed. All information shared will be secured and confidential and distributed to staff only on a need-to-know basis.

Open House (Open to ALL Summer Program Families)

ALL Caregivers and Club members accepted into the 2024 Summer Program are invited to join us for an open house at their respective branch location.  The open house will consist of formal tours of the facility, time to meet the staff, and hear about programs offered throughout the summer!

    • Thursday, June 6th from 4:30 – 6:30 pm located at each branch location