Clubs offers children and youth an opportunity to interact with their peers in a structured and supervised environment.
The Clubs’ after-school programs include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Various educational programs provide engaging homework help and tutoring; computer literacy; skills assessment and career exploration; and creation of goals leading to short- and long-term academic gains.
- SMART (Skills Mastery And Resistance Training) Moves is a nationally acclaimed comprehensive prevention program that helps young people resist alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, and avoid premature sexual activity.
- Kids in Control/Street SMART provides youth with an awareness of gangs and violence, skills needed to resist gangs and negative conflict, tools needed to become positive peer leaders in their communities, and skills to recognize and accept their own cultural identities, as well as those of others.
- Passport to Manhood concentrates on specific aspects of manhood through highly interactive activities for Club boys between the ages of 11 and 14.
- SMART Girls provides interactive session for Club girls between the ages of 8 and 17, focusing on staying physically fit, preventing teen pregnancy, and developing positive relationships with peers and adults.
- Field trips include outings to museums, the zoo, thematic and recreational parks, the circus, Disney on Ice, and local university events.
These and other ongoing group activities such as sports teams, job training, healthcare and leadership workshops help to promote teamwork, healthy lifestyle choices, and community involvement.
Athletic activities include basketball, golf instruction and practice, touch football, track camp, and kickball, with many a professional athlete able to point to formative years at a Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club! Performance activities also are offered, including drama and dance. Functional living skills provide instruction on nutrition, basic cooking, the value of money, and buying foods at the grocery store. Community outreach includes dinners and social events for parents and the general community, as well as service within the neighborhood.
In addition to the formal programs, onsite libraries and computer labs help foster academic achievement. Board games, billiards, table tennis, and table hockey are available, as well as a teen room and informal, age-appropriate rap sessions in which participants can feel safe about sharing their questions and experiences.
During the summer months, Clubs offer the following camp activities:
- Day Camp Program offers educational and recreational programming to youth ages 7-13 in the Central Maryland area.
- Community Camp Program offers at-risk youth the opportunity to attend Camp Tomahawk in West Virginia for a week in the summer. Youth participate in structured activities, learning new skills and self-reliance.