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Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford, Inc.: Summer Fun Club

Asylum Hill Unit, 170, Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT
Southwest Unit, One Chandler Street, Hartford, CT
Trinity College, 1500 Broad Street, Hartford, CT


Activities:

  • Academic Enrichment
  • Art
  • Computers
  • Crafts
  • Educational Activities
  • Field Trips
  • Fitness
  • Games
  • Health and Wellness
  • Social Programming
  • Sports/Athletics

Ages Served:

6–13 years old

Areas Served:

Bloomfield, East Hartford, Hartford, Manchester, Newington, West Hartford, Wethersfield

Program Length:

8 weeks (1-week sessions)

Start Date:

June 22, 2020 (first session)

End Date:

August 14, 2020 (last session)

Hours of Operation:

9:00 am–5:00 pm

Fee:

Under $100; $475 for full 8-week period

Early Payment Options Available. Before and After Care services are available for an additional fee.


To Register:

Peter Lewis, Camp Director
Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford Asylum Hill Unit
170 Sigourney St. Hartford, CT 06105
[email protected]
(860) 929-7691
Sophie Reid, Camp Director
Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford Southwest Unit
One Chandler St. Hartford, CT 06106
[email protected]
(860) 951-6416
Julie Dube, Camp Director
Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford
Trinity College 1500 Broad St. Hartford, CT 06106
[email protected]
(860) 727-4154


More about our camp:

Summer Fun Club program at Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford (BGCH) provides a structured and safe summer program for children between the ages of 6-13 at our Club sites throughout the City of Hartford. Our Summer Fun Club provides a comprehensive experience that will enable and empower youth participants to discover and develop their individual intellectual, social, and physical potential, as well as expose them to communal responsibilities. There will be significant focus on academic success and achievement, aiming to limit learning loss for these youth during the summer months. BGCH focuses all of its programs around three priority outcomes: Academic Success, Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. The uniqueness of the summer program lies in the positive and close relationships that are formed and maintained between staff, families, and youth. Staff and volunteers who are encouraging, nurturing role models are the heart of the program and the key to its success. A partnership among staff, parents, and teachers helps to foster learning and provides an enriched support network for members, making BGCH uniquely positioned to best serve our youth. 

During the summer, many children experience summer learning loss. Research shows that all students can lose up to two months of math skills while students from low income backgrounds also lose up to two months of reading skills during the summer. Not only does summer learning loss widen the achievement gap between students from a lower socioeconomic background and their more advantaged peers, it also contributes to their chances of dropping out of high school as they fall farther behind each year. Additional research shows that quality educational summer programs can have non-academic benefits as well. One study showed that many children, in particular those who are at a high risk for obesity, gain weight in the summer. Programs that keep young people active and eating in healthy ways can help address this issue. Youth will participate in daily literacy activities, through reading, writing, as well as vocabulary word skill building. They will also participate in athletic, recreational, and cultural arts programs that are based on skill development and personal enjoyment. During a typical day, each youth will be grouped by age with adult counselors who assist them in supervised enrichment activities. 

BGCH works closely with HPS teachers and administrators to ensure quality programs are being provided and that individual student needs are being addressed. The Common Core State Standards, supported by both BGCH and Hartford Public Schools, are designed so that students are meeting expectations to ensure that they are college and career-ready upon completion of high school. The program infuses these standards into many components of this comprehensive program to encourage students to develop habits that will assist them in remaining on track to graduate high school and college on time.