Talk:Boys & Girls Clubs of America

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Membership[edit]

Hi. I just alphabetized the recent addition of Nick Collison. However, I noticed that he is not on the Boys and Girls Clubs of America's Almni Hall of Fame list (Official website). Can anyone confirm? Thanks! Angela C 01:52, 20 August 2007 (UTC)

Cleanup[edit]

I just did a lot of cleanup to get this article to look more respectable. I think I got it to the point where it no longer reads like an advertisement, so I removed that flag, but it could use more fleshing out now. Klondike (talk) 20:17, 6 September 2009 (UTC)

The article doesn't really say what the club does. The motto etc. are just bureaucratic-speak. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 94.173.122.171 (talk) 11:56, 10 July 2010 (UTC)
From my experience and understanding, I would say it is primarily an after-school program with a summer camp component. I don't know if that is still an accurate description but I will look into current operations to confirm. El duderino (abides) 13:19, 21 April 2012 (UTC)

A religious organization[edit]

Someone should quote the Boys & Girls Club code which references God, god of Christianity, to indicate that in fact this club is a religious organization. Ikuto.yagawa (talk) 17:28, 11 February 2011 (UTC)

I would not characterize it that way. I think it's fair to say that while Christian values are referenced they are not indoctrinated. Ie, religion is not a dominant theme of the day-to-day activities. This is from my childhood experience and understanding, though, so it may have changed or I may not remember it well enough. I hope to find out more about this soon and will revisit the article. Fwiw, I was raised Methodist but I am no longer specifically religious. (If pressed I would say somewhere between agnostic and secular humanist.) El duderino (abides) 13:25, 21 April 2012 (UTC)

While a Club Code was developed in 1955 that says:

    I believe in God and the right to worship according to my own faith and religion.
    I believe in America and the American way of life…in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
    I believe in fair play, honesty and sportsmanship.
    I believe in my Boys & Girls Club, which stands for these things.

This is not a pressing theme for Clubs and does not advocate Christianity, specifically. Believers of Jewish and Muslim religions may also believe in god and the right to worship. Nonetheless, many Clubsdo not push or publicize this old statement, especially those operating in schools or other public venues. In fact, most Clubs do not permit religious teachings as BGCA advocates that Clubs should be non-secular. It should be noted that every Club organization is independent from BGCA and thus may choose their own policies and procedures. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 173.81.46.113 (talk) 18:17, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

so when was established?[edit]

this page suggest 3 diffrent dates as for when the B&GCA was established ... so it is 1860,1906 or 1956???? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.193.123.216 (talk) 12:48, 23 September 2011 (UTC)

ethnicity and skincolor[edit]

can someone explain how it is possible that 75% of children are "black" and at the same time only 28% are "african-american" ethnicity? even if I add the "multi-racial" children it is only 35%. I'm from europe - so please excuse this maybe stupid question. --86.33.201.55 (talk) 19:32, 7 March 2012 (UTC)

Hi!I'm a BGC member or Boys and Girls Club memeber and it's awsome!!!It's fun,cool,relaxing,and a hangout from Monday-Friday,2:30pm-8:00pm!!!If you're a busy parent,find a BGC near you,and sign up!In Muncie,Indiana it only cost my mom $12 or 12 bucks for a whole year!Talk about cheap!!Here's a percentage I found.

Statistics: Member percentages as of 2010:[2]

65% are from minority families 5% are 5 years old and under 43% are 6–10 years old 19% are 11–12 years old 21% are 13–15 years old 12% are 16–18 years old 55% are male 45% are female.

I found it looking for the BGC,here on wikipedia.com.I typed in 'Boys and Girls Club' and clicked on 'Boys & Girls Clubs of America'.
If you're a kid,then ask you'r parents to sign you up.Where I am the BGC is an after school program.You won't be sorry...TRUST ME! — Preceding unsigned comment added by BashfulPrincess01 (talkcontribs) 19:52, 25 May 2012 (UTC)

How have purposes of clubs been played out?[edit]

I believe the Boys' Clubs (now the Boys' & Girls' Clubs) typically encompassed activities like sports, crafts, etc. For instance, in past decades a Boys' Club might offer basketball, boxing, judo, woodshop (with machinery), etc.

None of this is mentioned in the article. So the concept and reality is a little vague, hard for the reader to grasp.

What sorts of activities were generally the core of the attraction and value? For instance was music (band) ever part of the mix?Joel Russ (talk) 02:03, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

Founders[edit]

The listing of founders as it currently exists seems excessively trivial, comprises a disproportionate amount of the article's space, and includes a large number of people with no articles (i.e. probably not notable. Can't we just summarize the list? Rklawton (talk) 04:21, 15 November 2014 (UTC)