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It’s Summertime at BGCCI!

Summer is here, and at Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa (BGCCI), we're gearing up for a season of fun, growth, and endless possibilities. As school doors close, our Summer Club programming is ready to provide a safe and exciting environment for kids and teens across central Iowa.

As the school year comes to a close and summer break begins, kids and teens throughout Des Moines eagerly anticipate months of freedom, fun, and relaxation. While summer offers a welcome break from the classroom, it can also present challenges for students, particularly when it comes to maintaining academic progress. At Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa, we recognize the importance of addressing summer learning loss and are committed to providing opportunities for children to continue learning, growing, and thriving all summer long.

Our Summer Club curriculum is carefully crafted to engage children in hands-on, interactive experiences that make learning fun and exciting. From STEM experiments and literacy activities to creative arts and cultural exploration, we offer a diverse range of programs that appeal to a variety of interests and inspire a love of learning.

Summer Club isn't just about preventing summer learning loss – it's about equipping youth with the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to succeed in school and beyond.

A healthy lifestyle is a foundation for a happy, fulfilling life, and we're dedicated to helping kids develop lifelong habits that promote physical and emotional well-being. At BGCCI, youth learn the importance of nutrition, fitness, and self-care. From cooking classes and sports to mindfulness exercises and yoga sessions, we provide an approach to health that nurtures both body and mind.

One of the unique strengths of Clubs across the country is dedicated staff and mentors who serve as positive role models and champions for our Club members. Our team of trained professionals and volunteers provide individualized support and encouragement to help youth stay on track and reach their goals. Whether it's assisting with homework, providing tutoring, or offering encouragement and praise, our mentors are committed to helping every child who walks through our blue doors succeed.

Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people? Volunteer or donate to support our Summer Club program. Your support helps us provide essential resources and opportunities for kids and teens in our community, ensuring that every child has the chance to thrive this summer and beyond.


Enrollment for Summer Club is now open, and we can't wait to welcome your child into our BGCCI community. With eight locations throughout Des Moines, there's a Summer Club near you just waiting to be explored. Find your Club location and register here:


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