Character & Leadership Development

Developing 21st Century Leaders


These programs help youth become productive, caring, responsible citizens and acquire skills to participate the democratic process. Program participants also develop leadership skills and gain opportunities for planning, decision-making, contributing to Club and community and celebrating our national heritage.

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Explorers: Learning for Life

Age 12-18

Explorers: Learning for Life, funded by the Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation and the Hampton Lake Tiger Bass Race, is designed to enhance the lives of teens ages 12-18 by exposing them to careers in law enforcement, character-building volunteer work and discipline through routine physical training. The Explorer program has been a platform from which countless young adults have launched successful careers in law enforcement, public safety, military, criminal justice and other fields at local, county, state and federal levels.

A major component of the Explorer program is a strict and regimented two-week summer boot camp that takes place on weekdays from 5 a.m.-5 p.m. This boot camp includes daily physical training, drill and ceremony practice, as well as class time lead by service-oriented volunteers from the Bluffton Police Department. The program concludes with a special graduation ceremony at the Bluffton Police Department for all teens completing the rigorous curriculum.

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Torch Club

Age 11-13

Torch Club is a chartered, small-group leadership and service club for boys and girls ages 11-13. Torch Club is a powerful vehicle that helps Club staff meet the special character development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their life.


Keystone Club

Age 14-18

Keystoning is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s ultimate teen program for youth ages 14-18. This unique program provides leadership development opportunities for youth to participate in activities, both in and out of the Club, in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service. With the guidance of an adult adviser, Keystone Clubs aim to positively impact teens, their Club and local communities.

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Youth of the Year

Age 14-18

The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. The Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire.