The Boys & Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County served as a safe, fun place for over 1,345 kids to spend time this summer. Kids of all ages spent time during the 10 week program playing sports and games, planting and harvesting gardens, taking fun-filled field trips, making new friends, and more- all while benefitting from the mentorship, positive guidance and love they received from Club staff and volunteers. To celebrate another GREAT summer, the Club held our annual Kids Fun Day on Friday, August 16th, the last day of our summer program at the Bair Family Clubhouse. During Friday’s event, Club members participated in a day filled with field activities, food, fun and friends!
We are extremely grateful to the Sam & Judy McDonald Foundation for sponsoring another amazing Kid-Tastic Summer Wrap Up Day! Their continued support over the past years have made a true difference to the kids we serve.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County summer program did not disappoint. From the moment the Summer program kicked off on June 10th Club members had opportunities to participate in fun and engaging activities that keep them interested, safe, combated summer learning loss and allowed them to have loads of fun.
Club members 6th grade and up at the Bair Family Clubhouse, spent time in the Teen Center, which features the Teen Bean coffee shop (which the kids run!), an X-Box, and a comfortable couch, it’s no wonder there’s a waiting list for kids to get in. “This is their space, on both good and bad days,” says Paige Hodges, our Teen Center Coordinator. “My goal is to make sure this is the one place where they know there’s a friendly face they can count on. We begin the day with what we call parking lot time. A little down time, where kids can be on their phones, hang out with each other, and burn off some energy before planned activities start.” In addition, each day the teens take part in group activities and help plan for upcoming Coffee Shop Fridays. When the shop was open, the kids took the orders, collect the cash, and clean up at the end of the shift. “Just like the real world, they interview in order to get a job at the Teen Bean Coffee Shop,” Paige says. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County is grateful to Wells Fargo for supporting the Teen Bean Coffee shop along with a financial literacy program throughout the school year.
Thanks to King’s Ace Hardware-Zimmerman, State Avenue Ace Hardware, Central Avenue Ace Hardware, Lockwood Ace Hardware, Laurel Ace Hardware the kids at the Club were able to create a beautiful garden this summer. Club members had a blast planting the donated flowers and enjoyed a picnic lunch after all their hard work.
The Club ran a fleet of vehicles each day throughout the summer to shuttle Club members on field trips. This summer Club members visited the spray parks, Lewis & Clark Caverns, Mule Train Alpaca Ranch, and the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary just to name a few. In May, through Cabela’s Rods & Reels program the Club received fishing rods. This generous gift allows our staff to take kids to different fishing spots in the Billings area as well at Red Lodge. A lot of our members had never gone fishing and this provided them a new opportunity to have fun in the great outdoors.
This summer was filled with success! We served thousands of kids, exposed them to fun and engaging activities, new opportunities and memory-making fun. We also celebrated success with many community partnerships that provided support to our program, like
- Impact Day at Lucky’s Market where 10% of the days sales were donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs,
- Peggy D. Schneider and Michael Hass of Allstate Insurance not only gifted funds but also gifted their time to help improve the garden area at the Bair Family Clubhouse,
- Downtown Rotary awarded the Club a grant that allowed us to replace a freezer, washer, dryer and screen door
- Gainans decade of support with the Roses for Kids promotion. This year in recognition of the 10th year partnering on this promotion, Gainans will be gifting an additional 10% of the proceeds from every dozen of roses sold to the Club.
We are so grateful to all of our staff, volunteers, supporters and sponsors who help Club kids BE GREAT! If you’d like to get involved and find out how you can support the Clubs, please call 406-245-4457.