Changes are coming to the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri’s summer program, including a reduction in costs and expanded hours.
The reduced fee, which will see prices change from $15 per child per day to $10 per elementary-aged child (kindergarten through fifth grade) and $2 per teen (sixth through 12th grade) per day, is due to recent grant renewals, said club marketing specialist Matt LaCasse.
“Last year, our 21st Century Learning Grant was coming to an end and the club was in a different financial situation than we are now,” he said. “Our attendance was down last summer and we knew that the price was a big part of that, so we’re proud to be able to offer this reduced price for our parents.”
LaCasse also noted start times would be changed this year, with the elementary
programming site at Parkview Elementary opening an hour earlier, at 6:30 a.m., so parents who have to be at work early can take advantage of dropping their children off when convenient. The teen programming site at the club’s downtown facility at 314 S. Washington Ave. will open at 7 a.m.
Also new this year, the elementary program will split club participants by age with a specially designed Kinder Camp just for kindergartners.
“Our biggest groups of kids are in kindergarten or first grade and we know that younger kids have different learning abilities than a second- or third-grader,” LaCasse said. “So by having programs that are geared specifically toward them, we can provide as fun an experience as possible.”
The year’s iSummer camp will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and will allow kids to learn about astronomy, physics, engineering and earth science, among other things.
“Our programming this year has some exciting projects, things we think the kids will be really interested in learning,” LaCasse said. “We wanted to make sure we were offering something fun for them, to make them want to come to the program rather than dragging their feet. I think we’ve put together a really great program this summer, we hope to see a lot of kids out participating.”
To learn more about iSummer and the Boys & Girls Clubs or to download an a registration form, call 826-8331 or go to bcgkids.com.