All Units are closed until June 1st

Summer Camp Registration Opens Monday, May 11

The Boys &Girls Club of Boone County is opening registrations for Summer Camp at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, May 11.  Camp will he held at our Club Units in Lebanon, Whtiestown and Zionsville. As parent’s register their children, Club leadership is asking them to carefully review information about process and procedure, which follow current health and safety guidelines.

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What addition safety procedures can we expect to ensure the health and wellness of the kids and staff?

  •  Any and all field trips will be by pod and only to outdoor locations.
  • Campers and staff will have temperatures checked and answer questionnaires/health screenings before entering Clubs.
  • Campers and staff will have temperature checked a second time at lunch.
  • Masks will be available for members and required when appropriate.
  • Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 will not be allowed to participate and must go home. If this happens your child will wait in an office away from other youth and staff for everyone’s safety.
  • If a child or staff member has had direct contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, they must self-quarantine for 14 days and call their healthcare provider.
  • Each program area will be cleaned and disinfected at the end of each activity.
  • Campers and staff will regularly wash their hands.
  • Deep cleaning will happen in the evening/ before the clubs open the following day.
  • Social distancing practices put in place must be adhered to by each staff person and camper.

We have carefully reviewed guidelines from the CDC, FSSA and the state as we have planned this year’s camp. Due to social distancing and occupancy guidelines, we are restricting the number of campers at each location and organizing children in groups by age of up to 9 campers per group. We’re calling the groups pods and will have these groups in camp together all summer to ensure limited exposure to others.

Summer Camp Details and Registration

  • Registration opens on Monday, May 11.
  • Monday to Friday, June 1 through Friday, July 31, 7 a.m. to 6 p.
  • Cost is $100 per week or $30 per day.
  • Campers must be members of Boys & Girls Club of Boone County. ($65 membership)
  • Parents can register using the portal on the organization’s website.
  • The total campers at each location and planned pod group totals based on current guidelines:Lebanon:  36 campers (4 pods)
    Whitestown:  54 campers (6 pods)
    Zionsville:  45 campers (5 pods)

Leadership will continue to monitor the situation and guidance from state and national officials throughout the summer to determine if changes to the camp structure need to be made.  During these uncertain times, we are excited to reopen and continue our mission of providing a safe environment for those who need us most.

Regards,

Mark Branch
Chief Operating Officer
Boys & Girls Club of Boone County


Giving Tuesday, May 5th – Support the Meal Program

The Boys & Girls Club of Boone County’s Meal Program, established in mid-March, has become an essential Boone County program with an increasing daily need. Since county schools moved to eLearning and the statewide shelter in place order was issued, the organization staff and volunteers have served nearly 6,000 meals in-total, drive through style, to members of the community who have found themselves financially challenged.

Each day an average 250 hot meals are now planned and served. Boys & Girls Club of Boone County leaders estimate it will take at least $50,000 to fully fund the program through the end of May, when the school year traditionally ends. Club leadership is committed to ensuring community members who are financially challenged receive at least one hot meal a day and are asking for the community’s support on Giving Tuesday, May 5.

The Food Program need

The Indiana Department of Education estimates about 40% of school-aged children in Lebanon are economically disadvantaged. Boone County’s unemployment rate was at 2.2% in February. The latest data from March shows statewide unemployment was 9.8%.

Prior to schools moving to eLearning to ensure student health and safety, the Lebanon Club served about 100 youth daily through a program funded by the Department of Education. The funds are no longer available because the Boys and Girls Club of Boone County has closed facilities in compliance with the State of Indiana Executive Order. The three Clubs in the county are slated to safely reopen in June.

Our staff and volunteers are committed to ensuring the basic needs of youth in our county by providing a hot meal each day,” says Mark Branch, CEO Boys & Girls Club of Boone County. “Our team and volunteers are doing a fantastic job each daily fulfilling the need. We’re asking for community support to continue this program through May.”

The Giving Tuesday Now ask

The average cost of a hot meal including supplies is $4 per person per day. The team is serving an average of 250 people each day. The Meal Program began in mid-March with a grant of $5,000 from the Community Foundation of Boone County. Several generous businesses have donated food for youth and families too. To fully fund the cost of food and supplies for the Meal Program through the end of May will take up to $50,000. Gifts will be matched up to $20,000 thanks to a generous matching donor.

The Club also needs volunteers each evening to pack meals for the program. Business owners that want to provide donated food/meals or sponsor meals also are needed to sustain the program. Contact Katie Reasoner, resource development director, for more information and details.

“Thank you to each and every business and organization that has supported the Meal Program since we started in mid-March. We could not do this without you,” says Reasoner.

This Program has been supported by

The Boone County Community Foundation, Zionsville Presbyterian Church, United Way of Central Indiana, Fitzmark, Global Plastics, Backroads BBQ, Boone County REMC Round Up Program, Lebanon Christian Church, Otterbein United Methodist Church, Northview Church, Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering, Chik-Fil-A, Panera Bread, Second Helpings, Campbell’s, Milky Way, Noah Grant’s, Zionsville Youth Soccer Association, Boone County Chamber of Commerce, Zionsville Chamber of Commerce, Centier Bank, Meijer, Purity Wholesale Groceries and Duke Energy.


The Need for Meals Continues to Increase.

Wow, what a week!  We hit two milestones by serving over 300 meals on both Tuesday and Thursday nights.  We can’t thank Backroads BBQ enough for the continued support.  By 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, we had run out of the initial meal.  Mike and the crew at Backroads were able to supply an additional 150 meals for us within 30 minutes.  Christian Stafford, Lebanon Unit Director and Bridget Griffin, Kitchen Manager have continued to go above and beyond to meet the needs of the Boone County community. In just five weeks, we have served 5,363 meals!

We are committed to serving the meals  until May 29 from the Lebanon Unit, 403 W. Main St.  Meals will be available Monday through Friday, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The support from the community for food donations, monetary donations and volunteers has been generous and is so appreciated.  We could not do this program without everyone’s support.  You are all truly demonstrating we are IN this together. We will continue to write grants and solicit donations to keep the program funded.

Donation boxes are available outside the Zionsville Unit, 1575 Mulberry Street or at any of the locations in Lebanon, Whitestown and Zionsville from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 5 for the Giving Tuesday, #Togetherwegive fundraising campaign.  Look for more information, videos and opportunities to give in the next two weeks.

Our Food Partners


Glow Dance (re)Scheduled

The Glow Dance originally scheduled for Friday, March 13 has been postponed until August 29th. 

Tickets purchased will still be accepted for the future date. If you would like a refund, please email Glenn Sanford at gsanford@bgcboone.org. We apologize for the inconvenience. The Boys & Girls Club of Boone County is committed to the youth and their health and safety. We are postponing the dance as a pre-cautionary measure. Stay Healthy!


Boys & Girls Club of Boone County Offering Take Away Meals

(Updated March 16th, 2020)

At the Boys & Girls Club of Boone County, the health and safety of our members is our top priority.

With the closing of local schools and our three units, there is an unintended consequence of availability for meals for families in most need of our services.  To address this need the Club will be offering a take out evening meal at the Lebanon Unit, 403 West Main Street.   The offering is available to Club members and any community member in need during these difficult times.

Meals will be available Monday through Friday beginning March 16 – March 27 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with a limit of eight carry out meals per family.  We are initially preparing meals for at least 100 people each day and will make adjustments as needed.

The Club is offering this service to the Boone County community during this time of need.  The meal program is not funded by the Department of Education program as those funds are only available when the Club is open for daily services.  Therefore, the Club is actively seeking monetary and food donations.

Make a Donation

There is a food donation box placed outside the Zionsville (East Club) 1575 Mulberry Street or drop off during business hours Monday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm.

Items needed:

  • Applesauce
  • Fruit cups
  • Carrot and celery sticks
  • Apple slices
  • Canned vegetables
  • Hamburger and Hot dog buns
  • Hot dogs
  • Spaghetti and sauce
  • Ground beef
  • Shredded cheese
  • Taco shells and seasoning

Thank you to the Community Foundation of Boone County for stepping up to initially support this effort.  We will need additional help to continue to provide this program for the families who need it most in these uncertain times.

In addition, we are in need of volunteers to assist distributing the meals.

Sign up to Volunteer

If you have any questions about the offering or would like to help,  please reach out to me or any of our Club staff.

Stay Healthy,

Mark Branch, CEO



BGC Unit Closures

In light of the news about the Coronavirus (CoViD-19) and the actions of the Lebanon and Zionsville Community School Corporations, beginning on Thursday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. the Boys & Girls Club of Boone County, Lebanon, Whitestown and Zionsville Units will be closed.

The Club will be closed from Friday, March 13 through Friday, March 27.  All sports leagues, before and after school care and all activities are canceled.

We will re-evaluate the spring break schedule as we approach that week.

If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of our Club staff.

Stay Healthy,

Mark Branch, CEO


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

At the Boys & Girls Club of Boone County, the health and safety of our members is our top priority. In light of the news about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to reassure you that we are taking additional measures. Health officials are encouraging all of us to be proactive in preventing the spread of the Coronavirus. Everyone has a role to play.

It is imperative, if your child is not feeling well, has a cough, fever or other symptoms that the child does not attend the Club. If any member at the Club exhibits any of these symptoms, the staff will call the parent and have the child sit behind the desk until he or she is picked up.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends everyday prevention measures for individuals, including:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching face with unwashed hands
  • Stay home when sick
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Our staff regularly clean equipment and surfaces in each of our Units which includes game tables, tables and chairs and program equipment. We are increasing our daily cleaning in order to keep up with the germs. In addition, we have a nightly cleaning crew.

Our sports leagues will continue as scheduled. We recommend either fist bumps in the line or no handshake line at all to prevent direct hand to hand touching and potential spreading of germs.

We will follow the Zionsville Community School and Lebanon Community School policies in regards to hours of operation. If the schools close, the Club will also close for the health and safety of our staff and members.

If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of our Club staff.

Regards,

Mark Branch
CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Boone County


The Lebanon Unit is Renovating

The Lebanon Unit will be moved to a secondary location to allow for new carpet, tile and gym flooring during the following dates:

  • March 30th through April 3rd
  • April 20th through April 28th

Before School and After School care along with Spring Break care will be at the Freedom Church.

The Freedom Church is located at:

2061 Indianapolis Ave
Lebanon, IN 46052

All school buses will drop off at the Freedom Church.  Transportation will still be provided by us for Before School Care, Middle School and High School After School Care.

Our Spring Break will run from 7am to 6pm March 30th through April 3rd. Please drop off and pick up at the church

For Spring Break care, please register through the Portal.


3rd Annual ZGravy Chase Thanksgiving Success

2019 ZGravy Chase

More than 2,650 participants from 24 states and three countries joined together for the 3rd annual ZGravy Chase to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Boone County. This family-friendly event welcomed strollers, dogs and participants ranging in age from infant to 87 years old! The 2.0- and 4.4-mile course started and finished on the historic cobblestone Main Street of Zionsville.

In the 2.0-mile division, Mike Cole was the first male across the finish line in 10:50.95 followed by the female runner, Azmi Carlson with a time of 13:43.53. On the long course, in the male division, Jackson Martin crossed the finish line in 20:12.25 and Tamara Nelson took home the female honor with a time of 27:21.70.

Our goal in starting this event was to create a lasting revenue source for the Club and the youth in our community, especially those who need us most. In addition, we wanted to bring a race to Boone County to start a new family and friends tradition on Thanksgiving Day that will remind us how thankful we are for this community and all of the individuals that help make this a great place to live, work and play.

As the board president, I am overwhelmed by the hard work and generosity of the staff, volunteers, sponsors, Town of Zionsville, and thousands of participants. ZGravy Chase is truly a community-wide event! Race Maker Productions took a chance on promoting our event in 2017 and has been an incredible partner helping to produce and grow ZGravy Chase.

Rob Schein, Board President for the Boys & Girls Club of Boone County

The Boys & Girls Club of Boone County serves more than 450 kids every day in Lebanon, Whitestown and Zionsville with before and after school programs. In addition, the Club offers sports leagues, summer camps and community activities for our youth serving more than 3,000 kids each year. In the Lebanon Unit, the Club feeds an average of 85 Club kids each day. The mission and core beliefs of Boys & Girls Clubs fuel our commitment to promoting safe, positive and inclusive environments for all.

Significant funds are needed to sustain daily Club operations. Forty-eight percent of the $1.56 million budget is raised from special events, corporate support, individual donations and grants. Proceeds from the ZGravy Chase race will go directly to serve the youth in our community. This year’s event raised more than $75,000 to fill the $409 gap between membership fees and the cost of running the Clubs.

ZGravy Chase kicks off our end of year giving campaign. The Club has two anonymous donors who have pledged $35,000 in matching funds. The goal is to raise $150,000 between Thanksgiving and New Year’s to serve the youth in our community.

To make a gift to the Boys & Girls Club of Boone County, visit our Donations page.

ZGravy Sponsors


New CEO Brings Decades of Experience to Boys & Girls Club of Boone County

Mark BranchThe Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club is thrilled to announce Mark Branch as the organization’s new CEO. Branch was selected from a competitive field of applicants after a 3-month executive search. Over the past year the Club has undergone a merger and has three unit locations in Boone County – a Lebanon Unit, a Whitestown Unit and a Zionsville Unit. The hiring of this CEO is the final step in the process.

We are beyond excited to have Mark Branch serving as our new CEO. Mark has a proven track record of strong leadership and has unmatched experience with the Boys & Girls Club.  Boone County – and most importantly the youth of Boone County – will benefit from his leadership.
said Board President Rob Schein

Branch began his career as a Unit Director for the Boys & Girls Club in Indianapolis. After seven years at the helm of an Indianapolis club, Branch moved to Cleveland, TN where he was the Executive Director and oversaw two units and served 1,800 kids. After receiving two merit awards, he moved to South Carolina and oversaw three Units.  In a three year period, he increased those three Units to 5 Units while also leading a capital campaign which raised $7.5 million – exceeding the original $5 million goal.  After his success in South Carolina, Branch returned to his roots in Indianapolis and served as Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Indianapolis for seven years.  There he was responsible for overseeing staff of 22 full-time and 90 part-time employees that served 12,000 youth in Marion County. He joined the national staff of Boys & Girls Club of America in 2006 and most recently served as Lead Director where he was responsible for managing Clubs in the Midwest, Southwest and Pacific-West Regions of the country.

After serving Clubs nationwide, Branch was eager to return to a CEO role that would allow him to utilize his three decades of experience and leave a lasting legacy. He has supervised and developed countless staff members, which makes him the perfect compliment to our long-tenured Unit Directors.

The Boys & Girls Club of Boone County has seen a 60% increase in members in the past 10 years, creating a huge community need. The three Units collectively serve 450 members daily in before and after-school programs. In total there are 3,000 members who participate in sports leagues and summer camps.  At the Lebanon Unit, dinner is fed to 75-100 children, five days a week.  Without the meal provided by the Club, most of these kids would go hungry until school the next day. Under Branch’s leadership the Club is poised to launch into its next phase and provide unmatched service to the youth of Boone County.