Character & Leadership Development

Developing 21st Century Leaders

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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.


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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.