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.
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.
Chief Operating Officer
Boys & Girls Club of Boone County
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.
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.
CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Boone County
The 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.
The Boys & Girls Club of Boone County (BGCBoone) hosted the 36th Annual “Tee It Up for the Kids” golf outing on Friday, August 2 at the Golf Club of Indiana. This year’s event marked the 10th year Ameriprise Financial Endeavor Group, has been the presenting sponsor.
Eric Bilitz, President of the Endeavor Group states, “How can you beat a day like today when you get to play golf for the benefit of the kids in the community and the organization who mission is to help those kids be the best they can be?” In addition to the presenting sponsorship for the golf outing, Ameriprise has been contributing to the Club for 20 years, supporting sports, capital projects and the annual campaign.
This year’s event was the first joint golf outing since the merger of the Lebanon Area Boys & Girls Club and the Boys & Girls Club of Zionsville into the Boy & Girls Club of Boone County. The outing raised more funds for the youth in the county than the independent outings have raised in past years, over $25,000. Rob Schein, BGCBoone board president states, “Thanks to partners such as Ameriprise, the Club is able to keep our member fees low in order to serve all the youth of Boone County. 48% of the $1.56 million budget is raised through special events, corporate sponsors, individual donations and grants.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Boone County– Lebanon, Whitestown and Zionsville– serves 425 members daily and currently has 3000 total members. In addition to their daily programming, they offer sports leagues and summer camps. In Lebanon, they feed an average of 85 kids, five days a week. Without the meal provided by the Club, most of the kids would go hungry until school the next day. The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Boone County is to enable all area youth, especially those that need them most, to develop the skills, fitness, and character they need to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.
In addition to Ameriprise, Global Plastics and PWG/Levitetz Family Foundation were presenting sponsors for the event. 120 golfers enjoyed a beautiful day on the course with box lunches and a post golf cookout in the Clubhouse. The Florida scramble format with a putting contest, game cards, silent auction and a raffle were enjoyed by the golfers. We look forward to hosting the 37th annual event in August of 2020.
Congratulations to all of the league champions and thanks to all of the families and kids for their sportsmanship on and off the court.
Thank you to ALL of our winter basketball sponsors. If you would like to contribute to the basketball program, please make a donation. Donations will help update our basketball facilities in the Lebanon and Whitestown Units.
My kids have attended the Boy’s and Girls Club since they were old enough to start going. The staff have always been super with the kids, very caring and supportive, even during rough family times. I have been so happy that the values that are reinforced are an extension of our family values. The peer relationships the kids have made at the club will continue for years to come. The activities provided at the club both throughout the school year and on breaks are well planned, organized and executed. The kids have the opportunity to participate in many things that they wouldn’t have the chance to outside of the club. We have enjoyed the seasonal activities and family nights throughout the years as well.