This summer, the Boys and Girls Club of Yukon (BGCY) will celebrate its 20th year in the territory by expanding activities for kids, as part of its work to engage young members and the community. BGCY has been delivering programs, including the Learning Tree Daycare, where children between the ages of 18 months and five years receive a play-based learning experience. As well, the main BGCY space offers its Drop-In Centre from Tuesday to Saturday, year-round, and supports young people in choosing healthy futures.

By hosting the additional events with categories both for youth and adults, BGCY expects to keep more Yukon youth active, provide some great activities for local businesses and increase fundraising opportunities.The expanded events are currently being planned throughout the summer.

The first scheduled event will be an old-school dodgeball tournament in late May. The event will feature categories for youth teams to enter during the daytime. Local businesses and groups will be able to enter adult teams in the evening portion and support BGCY at the same time. Teams will have an opportunity to compete for the title of BGCY Dodgeball Champions.

A birthday party will be held on June 6 at Boston Pizza, to coincide with the patio opening for the season. The summer patio party will encourage attendees to dress up for the beach and look forward to another 20 years in the Yukon.

In late August, BGCY will host a street hockey tournament. Both youth and adult teams will have categories, just like the dodgeball tournament. Further details on this event will become available later in the summer, but it will provide an opportunity for street hockey fanatics across Whitehorse to test their skills against other teams.

The big summer celebration will conclude with a national conference September 18 to 21. BGCY will co-host the seventh Canadian Adventure Therapy Symposium (CATS7) conference with the Youth of Today Society, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Yukon, BYTE and the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre. CATS7 follows the sixth event that was held in Montreal, Quebec on November 17, 2017. The symposium presents an opportunity for active therapy practitioners from across the country to collaborate and learn from each other.

The event will show how individuals can connect with community, self and nature. It will focus on how nature-based interventions can be successful, with a vision to further the development of active therapy practices in Canada.

In addition, in response to feedback and requests from young people, BGCY will co-host Safe Party Fridays in the fall as a collaborative pilot project. These events will provide youth looking for “somewhere else to go” or a safe place to party, rather than other places that have unsafe and potentially dangerous consequences.

For more information on BGCY programming and their events this summer contact ed@bgcyukon.com.