Castle Hill Unit offers an OST (Out of School Time) program. Free of charge, our unit offers an extensive variety of programs for young people.
All of the planned activities are supportive of the community and are an integral part of our program design. Our daily schedule includes activities that areÂ geared to challenge our children emotionally, physically, and socially. The after-school program provides the children with a healthy snack and dinner. Supervision â€"at better than required levels- allows our children to feel secure and safe during program hours. Keeping with the Boys & Girls Club tradition, the children have numerous activities in which to participate.
Our main objective is to provide programs and services to children between the ages of 6 to 18 that address the socio-economic ills the community faces: gang violence, drug and substance abuse, difficulty meeting academic standards and health-related issues. The programs we provide are rich and full ones, providing for the physical, academic, and social needs of the children and families we serve.
Registration is ongoing for the after school program , and October through May forÂ night center (for teens) programs. Office hours are 12:00pm to 6:00pm. Our program presently operates Monday through Friday 3:00pm to 6:00pm.Â for after school, Monday through Thursday 6:30pm to 9:00pm for night center.
*Night center operates October through May only.
Programs offered are:
Power Hour: This program helps members achieve success by providing homework help, tutoring, and high â€"yield learning activities and encouraging members to become self-directed learners.
Skill Tech: is a basic computer skills program that develops Club membersâ€™ proficiency with word processing, spread sheets etc. through fun hands-on, engaging lessons and projects.
Mighty Milers/Triple Play / Healthy Habits: Participants will receive instructions on the importance of healthy eating habits and exercise. Participants will engage in physical activities and team sports.
Smart Girls: Teaches good health, fitness prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program designed to meet the developmental needs of girls.
Passport to Manhood: Promotes and teaches responsibilities in club boys. Each program participant receives his own â€śpassportâ€ť to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth.
Character Counts: Provides a framework centered on basic values called the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. The program explores the ethical values that define good character and provides a uniform platform to express them.
Project Learn: Reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people learn at school during the hours they spend at the club. These high yield activities-learning activities include leisure reading, writing activities helping others, homework help and tutoring.
Youth of the Year: Boys & Girls Clubs of Americaâ€™s Youth of the Year program, celebrates leadership, character and service. It recognizes teens for outstanding contributions to a memberâ€™s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club.Â After all, recognition is a key element for deepening our impact on youth and is integral to the club experience. Youth of the Year fulfills a one-term as representative and spokesperson for Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.
Summer Day Camp: Our summer day camp is one of the most exciting camps in the area! We will be serving approximately 150 children ranging in ages 6 to 11 each summer. The program runs ten hours a day five days a week, Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 6:00pm. All of our staff has participated in an intense training to assure that you, â€śthe Parentâ€ť has a full understanding that your most prized possession, â€śyour childâ€ť is having a full, fun, safe summer. Registration takes place early April of each year.Â Â Each child will have the opportunity to participate in all major sports, dance, drama, board games, video games, computers, arts & crafts, movies, constructive games, swimming, skating, daily journal writing, trips (at least three days a week), nature hikes, a field Olympics, a water Olympics, breakfast, lunch and snack. The children are placed in a group where they have to follow a daily in house schedule. Every year in the summer program we follow a theme where the children and staff are engaged in competitive activities such as sports, dancing, singing or art work.
Game Room: The game room here at Castle Hill Unit is one of our most exciting activity rooms! We have a wide variety of games. Our game room includes board Â Â Â games such as checkers, chess, connect four, uno, dominoes, monopoly just to name a few. What sets our game room apart from others is our elaborate system of tournaments. Our tournaments include: board games, table tennis, table soccer. The results of each tournament are posted on a bulletin board daily. Our children love competing in these tournaments. The game room isnâ€™t just about tournaments, not every child wants to compete in a tournament. Thatâ€™s why we have plenty of board games and video game systems to accommodate all our children.
Dance: The performing arts program is structured to enhance childrenâ€™s confidence and to stay fit, 99% of children that audition actually get placed on one of the four dance teams. The program gives the children the opportunity to perform in the presence of their friends and family. Exclusive Entertainment is our oldest team, they have performed at Madison Square Garden, the Apollo Theatre, and has won national, city wide and local Â Â Â competitions. So if you have what it takes, which means the will to learn, come and audition .
Arts & Crafts: The â€śArts & Craftsâ€ť room is a place where our children are able to learn new skills such as sketching, sculpting, painting, and many other fun activities such as cartoon drawing and a number of paper mache projects. Our children are able to demonstrate critical thinking skills when they are assigned to group activities.Â Â Â All of our activities are held in a criticism free environment. The â€śArts & Craftsâ€ť room is a place where creativity thrives like wildfire.
With team work and positive motivation, our children are able to discover abilities they never dreamed of having.
Fashion/Sewing: In Fashion and Sewing the children first learn the basics of sewing, threading the needle, hand sewing first and then by Machine. They are taught all the parts of a sewing machine and how they operate. By using patterns they will learn to put together an outfit which will later be showcased in one of our shows.
Cooking: In this hands on activity the children will learnÂ how to follow a recipe. They will learn about nutrition, measuring, and mixing. They will be their own taste testers but also learn about being an entrepreneur.
Physical Recreation /Mighty Milers: Here at Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Castle Hill Unit our athletic department consists of many different sports games. Our children learn the basics of most sports. With that knowledge they can choose to continue to learn and play that specific sport. The sports and outdoor games that we offer are: Basketball, volleyball, soccer, kickball, relay racing, dodge ball, waffle ball, flag-football. These are common games that most people know about. We also have a few games which arenâ€™t that common: freeze ball, overtake, American eagle, three point knock-out.â€¨We also run a separate program in conjunction with the New York Road Runners called â€śMighty Milersâ€ť. We set a 60 mile goal every year for each child in the program. Every day the children come to the gym they are required to run five laps around the gym. Five laps is the equivalent of ÂĽ of a mile. We input the miles on the Mighty Miler database which keeps track of each childâ€™s individual progress. Children are then rewarded for different milestones they achieve. At the end of the year if the child has achieved the 60 mile goal, he/she is given a gold medal and a certificate among other prizes. We also participate in the Jamboree which is hosted by the New York Road Runners. Our children compete in different track and field events against children fromÂ around the city.
Computer Lab: A place for kids to learn, play and interact. Activities such as music, creating virtual reality games, and even homework are done here! We have a computer Lab built with 13 Dell computers with high speed internet. We also run a program called Net Smartz, which teaches kids how to stay safe when surfing the web.