What is Torch Club?
TORCH CLUB OFFERS CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, 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 character development
- positive interaction with a small group of peers 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, 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, Club special events.
- Education -- Visits to libraries, museums and historical points of interest, behind-the-scene visits to businesses, and 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 lockups, holiday parties, film festivals, inter-Club gamesroom tournaments.