The Youth Programs Center at 24 Lathrop is the hub for all youth activities. We offer a wide range of programs and events for youth ages 5 to 18. From the Youth Center you can gain access to the School Age program, Youth Sports, and summer camp programs. Youth age 13 and older may enjoy program offerings at the Teen Center located close to the Desert Mall on Kincheloe Ave.
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OPEN RECREATION PROGRAMS AND CLUBS
Open Recreation Program provides after school activities for children ages 9 to 12. On non-school days, after school and during the summer there is limited care. Call 275-PLAY for hours.
- Pre-Teen Dances
- Photography and Art Exhibits
- Talent Contests
- Youth Recognition
- Youth Fitness Activities
- Power Hour
- 4-H Program
- Boys & Girls Club
- Clubs- Robotics, Cooking, Model Making, Leadership
- Life Skills Training
- Indoor Gym
- Art Area
- Homework Room
- Outdoor Basketball Court
Power Hour is a program through which our staff helps club members ages 9-14 become more successful in school by providing homework help and tutoring while encouraging members to become self-directed learners. Our staff offers help to members in a structured, safe, quiet, allocated environment where all Club members can develop the daily habit of completing homework and preparing for class while being supported by staff and volunteer encouragement on a daily basis. Staff will utilize enrichment pages and educational software to provide supplemental work for members in a particular academic area.
Torch Club is a chartered small-group leadership and service club for boys and girls ages 9-13. The Torch Club is a powerful program through which Club staff can help meet the special needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their development. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to plan and implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community, education, health and fitness and social recreation.
4-H Program is the youth development education program of the Bakersfield Cooperative Extension, provided to youth ages 9-18 to assist youth in acquiring the knowledge, life skills, and attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, contributing, and productive members of society. The central theme of 4-H education is “learn by doing”.
BGCA Fine Arts Exhibit Program is a program for ages 9-18 that encourages artistic expression among Club members through drawing, painting, print making, collage, mixed media and sculpture displayed at local and regional exhibits. A panel of distinguished judges selects works for inclusion in the National Fine Arts Exhibit, which debuts at B&GCA’s annual National Conference and is displayed throughout the year at other B&GCA events. This program is combined with our daily art activities.
Image Makers is a year-round program and annual contest, both sponsored by Circuit City Foundation which encourages boys and girls ages 6-18 to learn and practice black and white, color and digital process photography. The program encourages youth at all skill levels to learn and practice various photography methods. The goal of the program is to teach the use of photography as an art and a vocation. Each year there is a photography contest with submissions typically due in March. The ImageMakers National Photography Contest provides local, regional and national recognition.
Youth, ages 9 to 18, are eligible to purchase an annual membership. The annual fee is $360 per child. Daily membership is $5 per child.
With a YP membership you receive: an ID card, discounted or free selected programs and activities, and discounts on sport and instructional classes
As per AFI 34-144, participation in youth programs is limited to youth up to 18 years old. Children 5 years and under are allowed to participate only in those activities organized specifically for their group. Family members of active duty, retired military, DoD and NAF civilian personnel are allowed to participate in programs and activities. Children 6 to 8 years old must be accompanied by a parent unless they are participating in an organized, supervised activity.
Parents must complete an AF Form 88, Youth Programs Application, whether their child is participating as a member or non-member.
Youth Programs (YP) provides activities and programs that improve and maintain the physical and mental well-being of youth ages 9-12.
The YP facility has a full sized gym which also serves as an indoor roller skating rink. There is a game room with billiards, foosball, air hockey, and video games. The facility also has a club room, gaming area, and computer/homework room. We also have an outdoor play area, basketball court and baseball/softball fields.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB POWER HOUR / PROJECT LEARN
Monday-Thursday, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Power Hour: making minutes count helps club members ages 6-12, become successful in school by providing homework help/ tutoring while encouraging members to become self-directed learners.
3 pm, daily, in the Art room area
Enjoy creating all types of cool arts & crafts.
Tuesdays, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Club Room
Torch Clubs are charter small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 9-12.
A Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which Club staff can help meet the special character development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their development.
See Ms. Breanne to sign up.
YOUTH SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM
Youth Sponsorship helps relocated youth to become familiar with their new home at Edwards AFB, California. Sponsors are matched to youth according to their grade; gender, age, and interests. The sponsors escort incoming youth from school to Youth Programs. They introduce the new youth to others within their age/grade level and to the various activities as well as a center tour.