Quarterly Newsletter

September 2023


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2023 Summer Camp Highlights

Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich has much to be thankful for and our three summer camps are at the top of the list! More than 660 campers spent eight carefree weeks swimming under the summer sun, exploring local attractions, and trying new activities. Although each camp offered a special variety of activities, all camps offered the opportunity to make friends, learn new skills, and grow. Clubhouse Camp, Camp Simmons, and Teen Camp sold out this year, and smiles were a testament to all the fun!

Learning About Penguins

Did you know that the smallest penguin is only a foot tall? This is one fun fact about penguins our curious campers learned during their field trip to the Bruce Museum. The museum presented a special exhibit, Penguins! Past, Present, and the Future, that showcased the story of these remarkable birds. Our campers also participated in a number of cool science experiments with museum staff, including making “elephant toothpaste” and crazy marble mazes.

Christmas in July

It was Christmas in July for close to 200 youth at Camp Simmons! Arriving on a shiny red fire truck, Santa and his helpers handed out candy canes before a deluge of cold water cooled down the campers and staff. Thank you, Santa and the Greenwich Fire Department, for keeping this Camp Simmons tradition alive for over 20 years! The campers look forward to this celebration every year and the firefighters enjoy interacting with the kids.

The MagicMasters

Our Teen Campers enjoyed an exciting basketball assembly filled with music and action when they received a visit from the Harlem MagicMasters! The MagicMasters combined competitive basketball skills, with entertaining skits, above-the-rim slam-dunks and amazing ball handling routines. This thrilling event culminated in a staff-and-teen team vs. MagicMasters basketball game. The event was a slam dunk!

Supporting Our Mission

A Visit from Governor Ned Lamont

It’s not too often that campers get to play “Are You Smarter Than Your Governor?” with their governor, but that’s exactly what happened at Clubhouse Camp this summer. Governor Lamont toured the Clubhouse and played a U.S. history trivia game with a group of smart fifth graders. The governor did a great job answering a battery of questions and even asked the campers for suggestions on what would make the state better. While we don’t think an executive order for “no homework” will pass, “more time at Boys & Girls Club” surely will.

We extend a big THANK YOU to Governor Lamont — and the entire Greenwich delegation — who worked toward the approval of a $6.5 million state bond as we embark on a transformational modernization of the Club’s facilities that will positively impact Greenwich families for years to come.

Highlighting Our Programs

BGCG’s programs have a proven impact on the academic achievement of Greenwich’s youth. BGCG balances academic support with a variety of engaging, fun, and structured academic activities. BGCG also empowers youth to make healthy choices for immediate and long-term mental health benefits and improvement in both competitive and recreational sports. 

Here’s a look at our program in action!

New Locations

It’s often said that the only constant in life is change. At Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, we have embraced change as we embark on a renovation and modernization of our Clubhouse. While our facility is under construction, we have secured two locations to accommodate our after-school program — St. Roch’s education building and New Lebanon School.

Afternoon arrival begins with our dedicated staff greeting our youth with big smiles, hearty handshakes, and enthusiastic welcomes, regardless of the weather or how busy the day has been. Our kids romp up the stairs and their faces shine with the excitement of seeing a friend or simply because they are looking forward to another great afternoon at the Club. Change is all around us, but what remains the same is the sound of sheer joy. 

BGCG Advance

BGCG is excited to announce the launch of its newest program initiative, Advance. Supported by the Per and Astrid Heidenreich Family Foundation, Advance is a high-quality, comprehensive after-school, and summer enrichment program that builds a strong educational foundation for students during Grades 1 through 3 and creates measurable outcomes that support their long-term academic success. BGCG developed Advance to provide a new solution to an ongoing need to help students with limited opportunities access customized and engaging experiences that promote robust learning and social and emotional growth.

Using a research-based curriculum that complements the Greenwich Public Schools’ learning objectives and grade-level-or-above standards, Advance is rooted in exposing students to the essential ingredients necessary to becoming skilled readers, young STEM explorers, and curious and participating members of any classroom. We look forward to reporting tangible student progress throughout this school year.

Finance Champions

A group of our young teens was given a delicious tour of COBS Bread Bakery by owners Louise, Tom, and Rob Hyden and learned about the bakery's business operations. The tour was part of Greenwich United Way’s Finance Champions program, which teaches middle schoolers how to set money goals, and earn, spend, save, and budget wisely.

STEM Science Fair

Through a partnership with Greenwich Crew, a group of our middle school youth had the incredible opportunity this spring to participate in a 12-week rowing program called STEM to Stern. Following introductory lessons at Boys & Girls Club with coaches from Greenwich Crew, BGCG members joined the program. Over the course of the spring, the youth met two afternoons a week at Greenwich Water Club and a STEM Science Fair (pictured) was held at the end of the session.

BGCG Events

Havana Nights

Our 2023 Benefit: Havana Nights was a festive soiree that celebrated our community and shined a spotlight on the work we do to support the youth of Greenwich. Havana Nights would not have been possible without our co-chairs — Lizzie Boswell, Mary Dillow, Susannah Heyworth, and Kathryn Shaw — who brought us together for an amazing event. Planning this evening to transport us all to a tropical island paradise took serious dedication. We extend a big THANK YOU to our sponsors, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Titan Advisors, and Brescome Barton. Also, big thanks to Serpentine Jewels for donating the stunning tennis bracelet for Heads or Tails and to the Brewer Foundation for providing a luxurious vacation in St. John! 

Please enjoy these photos from Fairfield County Look.

Corporate Volunteer Spotlight

Making Connections at Camp Simmons

Our thanks to a team of volunteers from Morgan Stanley who spent a day volunteering at Camp Simmons. The volunteers engaged with close to 200 energetic campers in a variety of activities, including canoeing, rowing, baseball, swimming, art, Ping-Pong, archery, four square, and foosball. They also prepared and provided a barbecue lunch for campers and staff on a day filled with joy and meaningful connections. 

If your corporate team would like to participate in this program, please contact Michele Smith, Director of Development.

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