Special to Franklin County Free Press
Boys & Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg
Phone: (717) 261-5761
The Boys & Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg is fond of the number 2010. Historically, it represents the year the club formed to become its own charter club.
Currently, those digits can be found in the club’s goal to raise $50,000 in 2020, when it marks its 10th year of fostering academic success; character and leadership development; and healthy lifestyles for youth in Franklin County.
Executive Director Maggie Lattin invites the community to a celebration to kick off the campaign at UGrill in Shippensburg on Feb. 10.
The celebration will include meeting some of the children and families who count on the Boys and Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg to provide a safe space after school. Staff, volunteers, and the board of directors will be in attendance and light refreshments will be served.
Board Vice-president Randy J. Wilson said an assortment of donating options is available, in keeping with the noteworthy numbers. For instance, those who want to support the club may donate $20.10 as a one-time offering or per month. Those with deeper pockets are invited to make a one-time gift of $2,010 or give that amount each month.
Those dollars are necessary to keep the ever-growing club thriving for the next decade, and beyond.
Serving Children Year Round
The Boys & Girls Club serves 300 children in grades kindergarten to 12 during before- and after-school programs. An average of 150 children are registered each week of its summer day-camp program. They take field trips to local educational attractions, swim, do science projects, and participate in reading programs, sports and more.
That’s quite a leap from when Lattin started working there four years ago. Then, there were 110 youths taking part in the organization’s offerings during the school year and 110 in its camps.
Between 20-25 paid staff and up to 10 volunteers help operate the programs. The club’s annual budget is $380,000.
Up until three years ago, the club had just one site in each of the towns reflected in its name. Today, school year programs operate at four locations in each of the two towns.
Wilson is most proud of the club’s expansion to more locations. He said plans are underway to offer more activities in area school buildings. He hopes the organization continues to grow in Chambersburg schools, “when the time is right.”
The community can expect to see more marketing done through Facebook to reflect all the club does to instill a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence in area youths.
Like Wilson, Lattin said, “Growth is definitely No. 1” in terms of highlights in the club’s history.
Lattin looks forward to continuing to encourage and support children and their families through homework help and programming that gives them something positive and constructive to do outside the school day.
The Boys & Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg became its own charter club in 2010. Before then, it was under the umbrella of the Boys & Girls Club of Central Pennsylvania.
The Boys & Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg, Inc. is a chartered member of the Boys & Girls Club of America, serving youth at two area clubhouses.
A collaborative effort with the Franklin County Housing Authority, Shippensburg and Chambersburg Area School Districts offers daily activities and provides a safe place to learn and grow. We currently serve a membership of nearly 375 members at the two locations.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
BGCA is a national network of more than 3,900 neighborhood-based facilities annually serving some 4.6 million young people, primarily from disadvantaged circumstances. Known as “The Positive Place for Kids,” the Clubs provide guidance-oriented character development programs on a daily basis for children 6-18 years old.