August 6, 2020

Re: 2020-21 School Year Update

Dear New Hanover County Brigade Boys & Girls Club Families,

What a year 2020 has been! We had a great summer camp and are now entering yet another new phase of this unusual year. We are happy to announce we will be offering full day operations at our Youth and Teen Center locations in Wilmington during New Hanover County School’s remote learning phase for the first nine weeks of the 2020-21 school year (August 24th-October 9th).

Beginning August 24th, our sites will be open from 7am-5pm Monday-Friday in an effort to support Club members with remote learning as well as providing enrichment activities. In addition, free breakfast and lunch will be provided daily. 

Important information regarding the full day operations:

Enrollment:

  • Due to COVID-19 and subsequent safety changes in our structure including social distancing requirements, enrollment will be limited. 
  • All enrollments will be on a first come, first serve basis. Again, spots are limited so please register as soon as possible.
  • Cost for the first nine weeks:
    • $25.00 annual membership fee per child (required)
    • FREE ($0) program fees for the first nine week grading period (August 17th-October 9th)
    • *Program fees may apply after the first grading period if school does not return
  • All enrollments (membership and program) must be completed through our online parent portal at parentportal.brigadebgc.org.

Health & Wellness: 

  • Daily Wellness Checks: All staff and Club members will have to answer a series of wellness questions and have their temperature checked and documented before entering our buildings. Anyone having symptoms of COVID-19 including fever (100.4 degrees or higher), cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, will not be allowed in our facilities. 
  • Face Coverings: 
    • Masks for ALL Club members are required (parent provided)
    • Masks for all Club staff are required
  • Drop-off & Pick-up Policy:
    • All Club members for both the Youth and Teen Centers must be dropped off between the hours of 7am-9am. No entry will be permitted after 9am.  
    • Club members can be picked up at any time; however once they leave for the day, they will not be allowed to return until the next day. 
    • All drop-off and pick-up will be curbside at the front of our buildings. Parents/Guardians will not be allowed in the facilities. When arriving for pick-up, please call the number posted and our staff will bring your child to you. 

Operations:

  • Remote Learning Assistance: All Club members will be required to bring their electronic devices, headphones and all log-in information to access their school’s remote learning site for classes and completing assignments. 
    • Brigade Boys & Girls Club will offer a safe, dependable and supportive environment for your child to complete their remote learning assignments. Staff will provide technical assistance and help children manage their online school activities. 
    • Brigade Boys & Girls Club is not responsible for ensuring the completion or correctness of your child’s assignments. This is still the responsibility of the parent.
  • Enrichment Activities: After the designated remote learning time period, the Club will provide members a chance to be active, have fun and get involved with other structured activities. 

We look forward to working with you and your child this school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 910-392-0747. 

Thank you, 

Brigade Boys & Girls Club

August 6, 2020

Re: 2020-21 School Year Update

Dear Onslow County Brigade Boys & Girls Club Families,

What a year 2020 has been! We had a great summer camp and are now entering yet another new phase of this unusual year. We are happy to announce we will be offering several programs during Onslow County School’s “Plan B” hybrid phase for the first nine weeks of the 2020-21 school year (August 17th-October 16th).

Beginning August 17th, in an effort to support Club members with homework assistance, remote learning as well as providing enrichment activities, the following locations and programs will be open: 

  • After-school program Cohort A (Monday & Tuesday only) and Cohort B (Thursday & Friday only): 
    • Clyde Erwin Elementary
    • Heritage Elementary
    • Richlands Elementary
    • Sand Ridge Elementary
    • Stateside Elementary
    • Summersill Elementary
    • *Note: Southwest Elementary and Dixon Elementary after-school programs are currently not open due to transportation issues. We will continue to work with the schools and notify you if we are able to open.
  • Morning Care program Cohort A (Monday & Tuesday only) and Cohort B (Thursday & Friday only): 
    • Richlands Elementary
  • Full Day Fall Enrichment Program (7am-6pm):
    • Kingdom Culture Church located at 111 Kinston Highway in Richlands
    • Cohort A (Wed*/Thurs/Friday only)
    • Cohort B (Mon/Tues/Wed* only)
    • *Due to capacity limits and maintaining separation of cohorts, cohorts will alternate attending every other Wednesday
      • Cohort A begins Wed, August 19th (then alternates every other week)
      • Cohort B begins Wed, August 26th (then alternates every other week)

Other important information regarding operations:

Enrollment:

  • Due to COVID-19 and subsequent safety changes in our structure including social distancing requirements, enrollment will be limited. 
  • All enrollments will be on a first come, first serve basis and are by Cohort assignment. Again, spots are limited so please register as soon as possible.
  • Due to the hybrid structure, pricing has temporarily been changed from every month to every grading period (9 weeks)
    • Cost for the first nine weeks:
      • $25 annual membership fee per child
      • $75 after-school program per child
      • $25 morning care program per child (RES only)
      • $200 full day program per child (Kingdom Culture Church only) 
  • All enrollments (membership and program) must be completed through our online parent portal at parentportal.brigadebgc.org.

Health & Wellness: 

  • Daily Wellness Checks: All staff and Club members will have to answer a series of wellness questions and have their temperature checked and documented before entering our buildings. Anyone having symptoms of COVID-19 including fever (100.4 degrees or higher), cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, will not be allowed in our facilities. 
  • Face Coverings: 
    • Masks for ALL Club members are required (parent provided)
    • Masks for all Club staff are required
  • Drop-off & Pick-up Policy:
    • Full Day Program: All Club members must be dropped off between the hours of 7am-9am. No entry will be permitted after 9am.  
    • Club members can be picked up at any time; however once they leave for the day, they will not be allowed to return until the next day. 
    • All drop-off and pick-up for all programs will be curbside at the front of our buildings. Parents/Guardians will not be allowed in the facilities. When arriving for pick-up, please call the number posted and our staff will bring your child to you. 
  • Club members can only attend on their assigned Cohort days. 

Full Day Program Operations:

  • Remote Learning Assistance: All Club members will be required to bring their electronic devices, headphones and all log-in information to access their school’s remote learning site for classes and completing assignments. 
    • Brigade Boys & Girls Club will offer a safe, dependable and supportive environment for your child to complete their remote learning assignments. Staff will provide technical assistance and help children manage their online school activities. 
    • Brigade Boys & Girls Club is not responsible for ensuring the completion or correctness of your child’s assignments. This is still the responsibility of the parent.
  • Enrichment Activities: After the designated remote learning time period, the Club will provide members a chance to be active, have fun and get involved with other structured activities. 
  • We are currently working with Onslow County schools for possible delivery of breakfast and lunch. We will keep you updated on this status, but please be prepared to bring bagged meals until further notice. 

We look forward to working with you and your child this school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 910-455-9003. 

Thank you, 

Brigade Boys & Girls Club

July 27, 2020

Dear Youth Center and Teen Center Families,

We’ve had a great summer camp and love having your child in our program. 

As you are aware, the New Hanover County School System is working on plans for the upcoming 2020-21 school year. Although they do not have the plan fully finalized, they have announced the new start date for school will be moved from the original date of August 27th to the new date of August 17th

Unfortunately, with this 10-day earlier school start date, this means our summer camp end date will also have to change, moving from August 14th to August 7th, so that we can clean and sanitize our buildings and prepare for the school year. 

Since we are closing one week earlier, a $20 credit will be applied to the member’s account to be used toward future after school or summer programs. Credits will be issued for accounts that both paid for Summer Session 2 and have no other outstanding balance. We are unable to make any cash refunds. 

 

Again, we appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we all navigate these COVID challenges and changes. 

 

Thank you, 

Brigade Boys & Girls Club

June 26, 2020

Dear Brigade Boys & Girls Club Parent,

In response to Governor Cooper’s Executive Order No. 147, effective Monday, June 29, 2020, all staff and any Club member 11 years of age or older will be required to wear a face covering during summer camp until further notice. For Club members under the age of 11, face coverings will continue to be optional. 

Specifically for this group:

  • Definition of face coverings as defined by the Governor includes:
    • Both nose and mouth must be covered and secured to the head with ties/straps/loops
    • Can be made of a variety of synthetic and natural fabrics, including cotton, silk or linen 
    • Ideally a face covering has two (2) or more layers
    • Can be factory-made, sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, bandanas, t-shirts, or towels.  
  • The only exceptions to not wearing a face covering are as follows:
    • Actively eating or drinking
    • Outside/Inside play areas including playgrounds, fields, gyms or multi-purpose rooms involving constant movement (stationary activities in these areas will require a mask)
    • Medical/health condition or disability
  • Face coverings cannot advertise or reference tobacco products, drugs, profanity, alcohol, political, racism or any other inappropriate subject/language
  • Parents of applicable Club members must provide their child’s face covering and will be required for entry; back-ups will be on hand in case of emergency such as tearing or destruction 

We appreciate your understanding and flexibility of operational changes as we navigate COVID-19 together. We love having your child with us this summer and look forward to the rest of summer camp!

Thank you, 

Brigade Boys & Girls Club

June 5, 2020

Dear Brigade Boys & Girls Club Parent,

As you already know, Summer Camp starts on June 15th!  You are invited to attend a virtual parent orientation so everyone is ready and prepared for the first week of camp. The orientation will include meeting the Site Directors, reviewing safety guidelines and general summer camp program information. This is also an opportunity to ask any questions you may have for us. Attendance is highly encouraged so we can work together to enjoy a fun and safe summer.

Virtual orientations will be by Club site through Google Hangouts on the links below. You can join by video or phone.
Please note a Google address is not required. 

Virtual Parent Orientation Schedule – Summer Camp 2020:

Site

Date Time Video Link

Phone Only

Youth Center (NHC)

Tuesday
June 9
5:30pm Click here 1-337-886-5173

‬ PIN: 295596898‬#

Teen Center (NHC)  Tuesday
June 9
6:00pm Click here

1-530-500-4016

‬ PIN: 693510899‬#

Gumbranch Rd (Onslow) Tuesday
June 9
5:30pm Click here

1-484-784-6390

‬ PIN: 608688381‬#

Richlands Elementary (Onslow) Wednesday
June 10
5:30pm Click here

1-609-831-2576

‬ PIN: 301084133‬#

Sand Ridge Elementary (Onslow) Wednesday
June 10
6:00pm Click here

1-386-603-3030‬

 PIN: 401484208‬#

Southwest High School (Onslow) Tuesday
June 9
6:00pm Click here

1-443-507-8988

‬ PIN: 951270402‬#

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us (New Hanover & Pender Counties: 910-392-0747, Onslow County: 910-455-9003).

Thank you,
Brigade Boys & Girls Club

Brigade Boys & Girls Club
2759 Vance Street

Wilmington, N.C. 28412

SUMMER CAMP 2020 MEMO

May 27, 2020

Dear Brigade Boys & Girls Club Families,

We are happy to announce we will be opening our doors for Summer Camp this June! With guidance from the CDC, North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, we are prepared to operate while maintaining safety standards.

In order to operate safely, there will be modifications to our summer camp program. As this is a change for everyone, we ask that we work together and for your understanding and patience. As we move throughout summer and have any potential changes, it will be important for us all to remain flexible.

Detailed below is a summary of changes that will be in effect this summer:

Summer Camp Schedule, Locations & Hours of Operations:

  • New Hanover County:
    • Summer Session 1: Monday, June 15th – Friday, July 10th
    • Summer Session 2: Monday, July 13th – Friday, August 14th
    • Locations:
      • Carl B. Brown, Jr. Youth Center
      • Montgomery-Register Teen Center
    • Hours of Operation: 7am-5pm, Monday-Friday
  • Onslow County:
    • Summer Session 1: Monday, June 15th – Friday, July 10th
    • Summer Session 2: Monday, July 13th – Friday, August 7th
    • Locations:
      • Richlands Elementary
      • Sand Ridge Elementary
      • Southwest High School (*note for K-8th grade only)
      • 1940 Gum Branch Road (OLD River of Life building)
    • Hours of Operation: 7am-5pm, Monday-Friday

Summer Camp Enrollment:

Due to changes in our summer camp structure, enrollment this year will be limited. All summer enrollments will be on a first come, first serve basis and must be enrolled through our online parent portal at parentportal.brigadebgc.org. Please remember to enroll for the summer sessions you plan on attending; enrollment in session one does not guarantee enrollment in session two. You must enroll in both in order to reserve your spot.

Health & Wellness:

At a minimum, the following policies will be instituted to ensure a clean and healthy Club environment:

  • Daily Wellness Checks: All staff and Club members will have to answer a series of wellness questions and have their temperature checked and documented before entering our buildings. Anyone having symptoms of COVID-19 including fever (100.4 degrees or higher), cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, will not be allowed in our facilities.
  • Drop-off & Pick-up Policy:
    • All Club members must be dropped off between the hours of 7am-9am. No entry will be permitted after 9am. (*Teen Center can be dropped off until 1pm)
    • Club members can be picked up at any time; however once they leave for the day, they will not be allowed to return until the next day.
    • All drop-off and pick-up will be curbside at the front of our buildings. Parents/Guardians will not be allowed in the facilities. When arriving for pick-up, please call the number posted and our staff will bring your child to you.
  • Increase in sanitization and cleaning protocols of our facilities and frequent washing of hands for Club staff and members
  • Other:
    • The staff to Club member ratio will be lowered to an average of 1:10
    • Masks for Club members are optional (parent provided)
    • Front-line staff and food services staff will wear masks; all other staff masks are optional
    • At this time, no off-site field trips will be permitted unless traveling to/from our Club locations

Although we will have some changes in our summer camp, our goal is to continue to provide a high quality and fun camp experience for our Club members.

Again, we look forward to working together to have an amazing summer camp!

Thank you,

Brigade Boys & Girls Club

May 26, 2020 – Weekly Activity Sheet

Download the packet here: Week of May 26 Activity Packet

Elementary

Arts & Crafts:

Task: Create a mouse corner bookmark!
Supplies needed at home: Scissors, paper, markers/crayons and a glue stick.
Directions:
1. Fold a 8×10 piece of paper in half and then cut it down the line you created.
2. Fold one half to the corner and cut off extra paper.
3. Now the smaller paper, fold one half to the corner and cut off extra paper.
4. Begin your 3 folds and follow the step by step process for coloring and gluing with the link below.

Click here for an example!

Virtual:

Task: Visit Robert Irwin’s Australia Virtual Zoo!
Directions: Visit the zoo and watch this hands on experience with these fascinating animals from Australia. Take advantage of this great zoo and get the experience of being there yourself. Click on the link below to see the fascinating animals.

Click here for example!

Zumba:

Activity: Let’s do some Zumba dancing this week.
Directions: Get energized and have some fun with some easy dancing to Zumba with a virtual instructor. Zumba is a fun way to dance and learn how to stay fit and active at the same time.

Click here for the video! 

 

Teens

Arts & Crafts:

Task #1: Create all 5 types of paper airplanes. The link below shows you how to make the five different kinds of paper airplanes. Which one flies the best? Click here for an example!

Task #2: Hydrodip a pair of your shoes! It is a cool way to customize a pair of shoes and looks great! Click here for an example! 

Prize: Take a video of you throwing the airplane and measure how long it traveled. The person with the farthest airplane throw gets a goodie bag from brigade.

Virtual Activities:

Task: Try these video game/movie challenges!

  1. Fortnite: Fly a helicopter and drive a vehicle in the same game.
  2. 2K: 21 skunk someone you know.
  3.  Madden: Throw for 500 yards in one game.
  4. Netflix/Hulu: Watch a documentary on a topic of your choice. Learn something! Share what you learned with someone in your household.

 

We encourage you to tag us in any of your videos and posts during the week. There will be weekly winners who will get featured on our pages and will also receive prizes!

Be sure to tag #BrigadeGetsVirtual

May 11, 2020 – Weekly Activity Sheet

Fit Challenge: HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout. Can you keep up? See if you can outlast the trainer. Click here!

Monday – Science:

  • Conduct a pepper and soap science experiment! This will show you the importance of washing your hands, keeping them clean and getting rid of germs.

Tuesday – Arts & Crafts:

Wednesday – Virtual Tours:

  • Take a tour of Mt. Rushmore!

Thursday – Recreation

Friday –  Tune-In Teachin’

  • Join us this Friday at 1pm on our Instagram and Facebook page for Wonky Donkey with Ms. Jamie.

Health tip: FRESH AIR! How much time are you spending indoors versus outdoors? Try exercising outside, taking a walk or just sitting out on the porch! Try this for at least 60 minutes a day to get some fresh air!

We encourage you to tag us in any of your videos and posts during the week. There will be weekly winners who will get featured on our pages and will also receive prizes!

Be sure to tag #BrigadeGetsVirtual

May 4, 2020 – Weekly Activity Sheet

Fit Challenge: Stay fit with a kids workout video. Workout while you’re home and do fun and helpful exercises. Click here!

Monday – Science:

Tuesday – Arts & Crafts:

Wednesday – Virtual Tours:

  • Get presidential! Take a virtual field trip of the White House.

Thursday – Recreation

  • Let’s play Shadow Tag!
    • In this fun version of Tag, you tag each other’s shadow with your feet instead of tagging their body. Thus, it must be played on a sunny day. The closer to noon, the greater the difficulty!
    • Click here for how to play!

Friday –  Tune-In Teachin’

  • Join us this Friday at 1pm on our Instagram and Facebook page for ‘Goal Setting’ with Coach J.

Health tip: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Let’s remember to practice everything in moderation! During this time, try not to: overeat, indulge in sugary snacks, play too many video games or watch too much TV. Get out and get active! 

We encourage you to tag us in any of your videos and posts during the week. There will be weekly winners who will get featured on our pages and will also receive prizes!

Be sure to tag #BrigadeGetsVirtual

April 27, 2020 – Weekly Activity Sheet

Fit Challenge: Build your own obstacle course! Get creative and use pillows, cones, backpacks, shirts, or whatever you can find. Race against your family or try and beat your own time.

Monday – Science:

  • Learn about Inertia with an Egg Drop! See if you can drop an egg in a jar full of water without cracking the egg. Visit this site to learn about the experiment and how Inertia comes into play!

Tuesday – Arts & Crafts:

Wednesday – Virtual Tours:

  • Take a tour of these Google Earth Destinations!

Thursday – Recreation

  • Plank Contest!
    • CHALLENGE: Video chat your best friends and see who can do a plank for the longest amount of time.

Friday –  Tune-In Teachin’

  • Join us this Friday at 1pm on our Instagram and Facebook page for our Reading Corner with Ms. Allison.

Health tip: STOP! Slowly back away from those cookies and go get yourself some fruit! During this time you want to eat lots of green veggies, berries, and citrus fruits to ensure you are reducing your sugar intake. Sugar slows down your immune system.

We encourage you to tag us in any of your videos and posts during the week. There will be weekly winners who will get featured on our pages and will also receive prizes!

Be sure to tag #BrigadeGetsVirtual

April 20, 2020 – Weekly Activity Sheet

Fit Challenge: At home workouts for kids!

Monday – Science:

Tuesday – Arts & Crafts:

  • How to make a blue pinwheel. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Create a blue pinwheel to stick in your yard to show your support.

Wednesday – Virtual Tours:

  • Take a tour of the Vatican!
    • Share a picture of you on your Vatican City tour! Winner will receive a PRIZE!  Tag us in your story #BrigadeGetsVirtual.
    • Click here for an example!

Thursday – Recreation

  • Play volleyball with a balloon. Grab a balloon and a friend then go create a center line to play! You only get three hits to get it to the opponent’s side. If the balloon hits the ground the other person gets a point.
    • CHALLENGE: First one to 10 points wins. Too easy? Try using only two hits.

Friday –  Tune-In Teachin’

  • Join us this Friday at 1pm on our Instagram and Facebook page to learn What’s Cookin’ with Ms. Leandra.

Health tip: Make sure that you are getting at least eight hours of sleep a night. Sleep helps boost your immune system and allows our brain to rest.

We encourage you to tag us in any of your videos and posts during the week. There will be weekly winners who will get featured on our pages and will also receive prizes!

Be sure to tag #BrigadeGetsVirtual

April 13, 2020 – Weekly Activity Sheet

Fit Challenge: 10 Supermans, 20 squat jumps, 1 minute plank

Click here for example!

Monday – Science:

Tuesday – Arts & Crafts:

Wednesday – Virtual Tours:

  • Take a tour with the Seattle Aquarium!
    • CHALLENGE:Share a picture of you on your Seattle Aquarium tour! Winner will receive a PRIZE! Tag us in your story #BrigadeGetsVirtual.
    • Click here for an example!

Thursday – Recreation

  • Jump Rope Challenge!
    • Click here for an example!
    • CHALLENGE: Grab a family member and see who can jump the longest! Jumping solo? See how long you can jump! You get three tries.

Friday –  Tune-In Teachin’

  • Join us this Friday at 1pm on our Instagram and Facebook page to learn basic Basketball skills with Mr. James!

Health tips: Did you know that up to 60% of your body is made up of water? Make sure you are drinking enough!

  • Ages 5-8 5-8oz glasses
  • Ages 9-12 7-8oz glasses
  • Ages 13+ 8oz glasses

We encourage you to tag us in any of your videos and posts during the week. There will be weekly winners who will get featured on our pages and will also receive prizes!

Be sure to tag #BrigadeGetsVirtual

April 6, 2020 – Weekly Activity Sheet

Fit Challenge: 12 pushups, 27 situps, 7 pullups, 7 laps around the building

Monday – Science:

 

Tuesday – Arts & Crafts:

Wednesday – Virtual Tours:

  • Take a virtual tour of your favorite sports stadium or go see Yellowstone National Park!
    • CHALLENGE: Share a picture of one of your favorite tours this week! Winner will receive a PRIZE! Tag us in your story #BrigadeGetsVirtual
    • Click here for an example!

Thursday – Recreation

Friday –  Tune-In Teachin’

  • Join us this Friday at 1pm on our Instagram and Facebook pages as Mr. Ben teaches us how to play Chess!

Health tips: Sunshine helps to produce Vitamin D in your body so make sure you get at least 15 minutes a day. Get off those games and go soak up some rays!

We encourage you to tag us in any of your videos and posts during the week. There will be weekly winners who will get featured on our pages and will also receive prizes!

Be sure to tag #BrigadeGetsVirtual

March 30, 2020 – Weekly Activity Sheet

Fit Challenge: 10 pushups, 25 situps, 5 pullups, 5 laps around the building

Monday – Science:

Tuesday – Arts & Crafts:

  • DIY build your Tic-Tac-Toe game!
    • TIP: Be creative, the most outside of the box creative build will win. Need 10 small rocks, paint 5 as ladybugs and 5 as bumble bees.
    • Click here for an example!

Wednesday – Virtual Tours:

  • Take a virtual tour at one of your dream destinations! Not sure where to venture off to?
    • CHALLENGE: Share a picture of one of your favorite tours this week! Winner will receive a PRIZE! Tag us in your story #BrigadeGetsVirtual
    • Click here for an example!

Thursday – Recreation

  • Video your coolest trick-shot
    • TIP: Basketball, Football, Ping-Pong even just a paper ball trash can shot. ANYTHING can be made into a trick-shot!
    • CHALLENGE: Share a snap of your coolest trick shot, we’ll see if you can beat some of our Brigade staff members for title of #THEBEST!
    • Click here for an example!

*WE DO NOT ENCOURAGE NOR WILL WE ACCEPT ANY DANGEROUS TRICK SHOTS AS WINNERS! Just have fun and stay safe!

Friday –  Tune-In Teachin’

  • Join us this Friday at 1pm on our Instagram and Facebook pages as Coach J teaches us on camera some useful Football Drills to keep you on your toes!

We encourage you to tag us in any of your videos and posts during the week. There will be weekly winners who will get featured on our pages and will also receive prizes!

Be sure to tag #BrigadeGetsVirtual