What is Torch Club?
TORCH CLUB OFFERS CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES TO YOUNG PEOPLE. TORCH CLUBS ARE A POWERFUL VEHICLE FOR HELPING CLUBS MEET THE SPECIAL NEEDS OF TODAY'S YOUNG PEOPLE BY PROVIDING:
- a sense of belonging and character development
- positive interaction with a small group of peers and guidance and support of a committed caring adult
- opportunities to make a difference in the world through helping others
- a sense of pride, self-worth and accomplishment, and learning to make and take responsibility for decisions
The symbol of the torch, depicted in red, white and blue, is representative of the leadership and courage personified in the American spirit. Inherent in the TORCH CLUB program are the principles of freedom, justice and tolerance, which are also the ingredients of citizen ship in a democracy. Through participation in the TORCH CLUB program, members can become caring, competent leaders who embody the values that are basic to the American heritage.
The most important role a TORCH CLUB can play is in the development of members as people of good character. Young people who exhibit outstanding character throughout the Club, in school and at home during their adolescent years become powerful voices for a civil society.
TORCH CLUBS are designed to assist girls and boys in becoming productive and caring citizens. A TORCH CLUB consists of an adult advisor during the course of a year TORCH CLUB members conduct one or more projects in each of these areas. Examples of age-appropriate TORCH CLUB projects are:
Service to Club and Community -- visits to hospitals, neighborhood clean-up campaigns, homework and reading projects, and Club special events.
- Education -- Visits to libraries, museums and historical points of interest, behind-the-scene visits to businesses, visits to colleges, publishing a Club newsletter, quiz bowls and debates.
- Health and Fitness -- Fitness clinics, dental exams, blood pressure screening, hiking, bowling, roller-skating, bicycle trips, athletic tournaments.
- Social Recreation -- Trips to amusement parks, chess and checker tournaments, scavenger hunts, Club sleepovers or lockins, holiday parties, film festivals, inter-Club game room tournaments.
We started the 2017-2018 school year with some great torch club activities!
BGC Club members expressed their thanks to the Fort Atkinson police officers, firefighters and other community helpers with handmade cards. Club members created handmade Happy Thanksgiving cards that were distributed to the residents at Fairhaven Senior Services in Whitewater. Club staff, members and families collected and donated candy and handmade cards to Rock River Dental in Fort Atkinson for Operation Buy Back which sends candy and letters to US troops. Club members made special bookmarks and walked to the Black Hawk Senior Residence in Fort Atkinson to deliver the bookmarks and also spent time reading books to the residents. Club members began a pen pal program with Our House Senior Living in Cambridge and started the project by making Valentines and received some special Valentines in return. Club members kicked off the 6th Annual Penny Drive on February 16th! Pennies for Kindness is an initiative to spread love in Fort Atkinson through our Torch Club Program by initiating random acts of Kindness.