PROFILE: Boys and Girls Club of West Scarborough

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Boys and Girls Club located at Mary Ward.

The Boys and Girls Club of West Scarborough began in 1956 as a boys-only program, later extending to include girls. In addition to summer programs for 6-8 year-old children at Mary Ward and Immaculate Heart of Mary, the organization also provides youth programs at the West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre, including workshops on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in partnership with Gap to help campers write resumés and cover letters.

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Their mission statement is “to provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.

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Last year, the Boys and Girls Club held a one-week excursion where the participants lived in cabins. This year, they are planning to host a Carnival Day, to which participants around the GTA are invited to attend. During Carnival Day, the participants can engage in tournaments, face painting, and arts and crafts activities. A jumping castle will also be available.

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The Boys and Girls Club Immaculate Heart of Mary Location takes part in a presentation about Engineering, by University of Toronto engineering students

This organization also offers the V.I.B.E program, youth-lead and planned for their communities. Additionally, it offers full year, holiday, and after-school programs, as well as homework help and movie nights. Alongside these amazing programs, the organization holds a one-week sleepover for 9-12 year olds 3 times a year. During that week, participants can go swimming, play sports, and have a makeover session.

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Camper making slime with the U of T engineering students.

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Focus On Youth Employees Michelle Valenzuela and Christine Crisolo with their campers during tennis lessons.

SUMMARY

Organization: Boys and Girls Club of West Scarborough

Locations:

Immaculate Heart of Mary, 101 Birchmount Road

Mary Ward, 3200 Kennedy Road

Ages: 6-12

Dates / Times: 8 week summer program

Website: http://www.bgcws.ca

Contact info: 416- 502- 9399

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