Parents play a vital role at the Boys & Girls Club of Hutchinson, and it is important that each parent be involved in the growth and development of their child(ren). The Club’s purpose is to provide assistance to parents, the primary role models in a child’s life. If you have a concern regarding your child’s participation at the Club, please direct your concern to the Director of Operations or Chief Professional Officer. To schedule an appointment to discuss and resolve a matter, contact the Director of Operations at 665-7171.
The following will highlight the policies and give you the general information of our organization. If you ever have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your club Site Director.
Our goal at the Boys & Girls Club of Hutchinson is to help prepare our members to be LEADERS of TOMORROW. By doing so, we encourage positive attitudes, education, good sportsmanship and friendship. Our aim is to empower boys and girls with the skills needed to face the many types of challenges they may encounter. The Boys & Girls Club of Hutchinson bases its programs on membership, community involvement and its recognized role as an advocate for youth.
Membership at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hutchinson is for any boy or girl between the ages of 6 (or currently in kindergarten) through 18. Each member must complete a membership application which must be signed by a parent or legal guardian and payment is due with enrollment. A daily snack is provided each school day and a snack and lunch are provided daily in the summer at no additional charge.
OPEN DOOR POLICY
The Boys & Girls Club of Hutchinson provides after school and summer activities and programs. Our open door policy states that members are allowed to enter and leave the Club. If you wish for your child(ren) to remain at the Club, it is your responsibility to make sure your child understands this policy. If you have any questions contact the Director of Operations or Site Director when you drop your child(ren) off.
VISION LEADERS (STAFF)
The members of the Boys & Girls Club are supervised by a professional full-time staff and college age students majoring in the areas of education, social work, counseling or other youth related field. All staff members are thoroughly trained and kept advised of the changing trends throughout the youth movement. To promote personal and professional growth, staff members attend workshops and seminars offered by Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Additional training is provided to enhance Club programs and services. A staff to member ratio of 1 to 15 is maintained.
The Boys & Girls Club of Hutchinson opens and closes promptly as posted. IT IS NOT THE CLUB’S RESPONSIBILITY TO WATCH MEMBERS BEFORE OPERATIONAL HOURS. NO SUPERVISION IS AVAILABLE BEFORE CLUB DOORS OPEN. If you are running late please contact the Club. Late fees will be charged as follows: $5.00 per child for 1-15 minutes late; $1.00 per minute for each minute beyond 15. After 30 minutes we reserve the right to contact authorities to pickup member.
Transportation is available to the Shadduck Park Unit for USD #308 students during the school year. You must be an active member to ride the bus. NO TRANSPORTATION OFFERED WHEN SCHOOL IS OUT. No transportation is provided to the Club in the summer but the RCAT does have routes that stop at the Boys & Girls Club. Members who choose to ride their bicycles to Shadduck Park are encouraged to have a lock for their bike, and all bikes must be parked in the front of the building as an added safety precaution.
* MEMBER EXPECTATIONS *
The Boys & Girls Club Hutchinson views discipline as an opportunity for our members to better develop the self discipline and responsible behavior required of productive, responsible and caring young citizens. While participating at the Club, members are faced with situations in which they must choose their behavior and be responsible for their actions. In order to provide a safe and positive environment for all of our members, the Vision Leaders will assist members in learning to make appropriate choices and provide consequences when inappropriate behavior is chosen. A points system will be used to track discipline problems when they occur. If a member receives points the parents are notified. Below are some simple guidelines members are expected to follow…
1) Respect yourself, other members & Vision Leaders
Members who choose to fight or bully other members will receive an immediate suspension
2) Play fair and be honest.
3) Applaud the efforts of others.
Booing, hazing, whistling, or other rude behaviors are inappropriate and not allowed
4) Avoid inappropriate language.
5) Dress appropriately at all times.
Club members are not permitted to enter the Club dressed in any of the attire below:
-sagging pants -short shorts -bandannas -Wave caps/do rags
-halter/tube tops -flip flops -spaghetti strap shirts
-clothing that advertises drugs, tobacco, alcohol or has inappropriate pictures/words
6) Say only good things about others.
Negative remarks about a persons race or gender will not be tolerated.
7) Resolve disagreements in a positive way.
Vision Leaders are available to assist members in making positive decisions
8) Reserve running for the gym and outside.
9) Listen during appropriate times and assemblies
10) Be respectful of other members and their property
Members who choose to steal from the club or others will be immediately suspended.
11) Tobacco, drugs, alcohol and weapons are prohibited
Members who possess any of these items will be expelled until further notice
12) Participate only in program areas open to your grade level
All members will have the opportunity to participate in all areas of the club throughout the day.
13) Take care of your Boys & Girls Club facility, playground and equipment.
Members who choose to intentionally destroy club property will be expelled until further notice.
Members are NOT ALLOWED to bring toys, video games, iPods, hand-held video games, cameras, phones or any other personal belongings to the Club. Items that relate to gang or drug activity will be confiscated immediately. The Boys & Girls Club of Hutchinson is NOT responsible for any personal belongings that are lost or stolen at the Club.
Field trips are reserved on a first come, first serve basis due to limited space. A small additional fee is required for each field trip. Calendars are available each month explaining the various trips and activities planned.
HEALTH & EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
It is important that every parent cooperate fully with the Health & Emergency Procedures. Our regulations are designed to protect the well-being of all members. If a member becomes ill at the Club he/she MUST be picked up within sixty (60) minutes after contact has been made with the parent, guardian or emergency contact. If your child is ill before leaving home, please DO NOT bring him/her to the Club. Since the Boys & Girls Club is not a day care facility we are not equipped with an area to isolate ill members. In case of an accident that requires medical attention, every effort to contact parent, guardian or emergency contact will be made before the Club makes arrangements for proper aid. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO UPDATE PHONE NUMBERS AS THEY CHANGE. Prescription/nonprescription medication WILL NOT be administered by any Club staff at any time. Arrangements can be made to store items if needed.
The Boys & Girls Club of Hutchinson will have a radio on in times of threatening weather. If a TORNADO WARNING is issued during operational hours the Club will take appropriate measures and NO MEMBERS will be allowed to leave. If a TORNADO WATCH is issued it is up to the parent to make the decision whether to pick up the member or not. IF SCHOOL IS DISMISSED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER THE CLUB WILL NOT BE IN OPERATION.