Program Update

Due to the closure of schools in Toronto, our in person programming is now closed.  This includes our in person Spring Break program next week.

We will update you as some of our programs may pivot to virtual.

We are optimistic that schools, and our Club, will re-open on April 19th.

Watch for updates through email, social media and our website.

Although most of our programs are closed, the management team is still available to help, so please call or email with any questions.

Stay safe, everyone! We miss you already!

Meet BGC Lawrence Heights Club

Meet BGC from BGC Canada on Vimeo.

It’s official. Boys and Girls Clubs of Lawrence Heights has become BGC Lawrence Heights Club. Not to be trendy. Not because it’s shorter or catchier. But because Clubs across the country open their doors to all kids and teens and we believe our name should reflect that.

Removing gender from our name modernizes the BGC brand and echoes the inclusive practices we’re known for without straying too far from our history and brand awareness. It also embraces the fact that we serve young people of all ages, backgrounds, and identities.

New brand, same legacy of creating opportunities for hundreds of kids and teens in the Lawrence Heights community.

The St. Alban’s Scoop

September 2020

Hello! We hope everyone is safe and well.  This is a fall like none other. We know that as we return to school, work and programs, there is some degree of trepidation.  But we hope that, like all of us at the Club, you and your children are also feeling excited to get back to some degree of normalcy after such a long few months.  

We would like to take this opportunity to update you with what has been going on at the Club this summer, our plans for the fall, and what precautions we are taking to keep our members, our staff, and our communities safe. 

Food support – With the support of PC Children’s Charity, Second Harvest and the government of Canada through the United Way, we have been able to deliver weekly meals and provide grocery gift cards to many of our families who need the help.   

Preschool – Preschool was our first program to open back up on June 22. We started out with just a few children and staff members, and steadily grew our numbers from there.  By the end of September, we should be back up to almost 65% of our normal capacity (Approximately 43 children).  

Summer Camp – We successfully ran in-person summer camp programs at multiple locations in four communities (Bathurst/Dupont, Jane and Finch, Weston-Mount Dennis and St.Clair West).  We also ran virtual online summer camps in partnership with the Jays Care Foundation in four communities.  

Aquatic Programs – After a successful session in August, we will once again be running a fall session.  Registration opens on September 7th and classes will begin on September 21st.  Only private and semi-private lessons will be available. There will be no program at the Winona pool this fall nor will we have member (lane, recreation and AquaFit) swims for now. 

After school programs for children – We are getting ready to run after school programs in four communities (Bathurst/Dupont, Jane and Finch, Weston-Mount Dennis and Lawrence Heights.)   Registration is currently open on our website.  Unfortunately, we are not currently able to run our after school programs in York Region as the schools are not yet offering permits to outside groups, however we are optimistic that we will be able to re-open our programs later in the school year. 

Virtual after school programs – for those who are more comfortable with at home programs, we are hoping to be able to offer online programs for kids in all our communities, including York Region.  They will likely be specialty programs like science and coding.  We are applying for funding for these programs and will update our website with more information.  

Programs for youth – Our Raise the Grade program for youth will be offered in person and virtually in three communities. At our main Palmerston location, we will offer our daily Youth Hub program, but it will now be a registered program instead of drop in.  At some of our locations, depending on how the next few weeks and months go, we will look at slowly starting other programs for youth.  

Management team – In order to minimize risk as much as possible, only essential front line staff and their managers are working at the Clubs. The rest of our management team has been primarily working from home. Thanks to the support of our technology consultants and our team’s flexibility and communication skills, we expect this setup to work for the foreseeable future.For all the in-person programs that have been running this summer, we commend the staff, parents, and participants for their careful attention to all the new changes and safety protocols.   It wasn’t easy to be among the first to be in a group recreation environment in this pandemic situation, but with everyone’s cooperation, we were able to experience a fun and safe summer.  

We have an amazing front line staff team, who have missed the kids and youth very much.  They are excited to get back to work.  We have seen them rise to the occasion, take on the extra training and precautions that this “new normal” requires of us, and show enormous caring for the well-being of the kids in their care.  

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you, our members, for your support during this difficult time. For those of you sending your children back to us this fall, or who participated in our summer programs, we feel honoured that you have entrusted us with their safety.  For those of you who don’t feel quite ready to send your kids to the Club, we understand, and we are here for your when you need us. Let us know how your families are doing, and reach out if you need any assistance. 

We take our direction from Toronto Public Health, TDSB, and provincial and federal authorities.  The situation is ever changing, but we are optimistic that if we all continue to use caution and work together, we will have a successful and safe fall and winter. 

St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club

We’re having a blast at summer camp!

We don’t know who is having a better time now that in person programs are back in session – the kids or the staff!

There are still some spaces left in our summer camp program for ages 6-12 – register today!

Not quite ready for the in person experience? Or, you are at home and don’t require a full day of program? Virtual summer camp might be the best choice for your child! There are still spots left! Register today!

Young artists expressing themselves in Virtual Summer Camp!

Virtual Summer Camp

This summer, we are offering two different online experiences.

For both programs, your child will need access to a computer or tablet during the session. We will be using the platform Zoom. You will receive a link prior to the session, along with a password, through which you can join the meeting – no Zoom account is required to do so.

If you have any barriers with regards to a device, we can help with that! We have a great “Device Lending Program” that will allow your child(ren) to participate. Please email shawn@stalbansclub.ca if you are interested in the program.

We will only use material that you have at home. Generally plastic bags, towels, rolled up socks, paper, crayons and color pencils. Also recycled material like egg cartons, glass containers, etc. Prior to each week of camp, a list will be sent out. 

Jays Care Foundation Virtual Summer Camp

We have partnered with the Jays Care Foundation to provide a new kind of camp experience.

Our virtual camps will provide a good mix of educational and fun activities that will allow your child to be social with their peers and our camp staff. Your child will dive into a world outside their home for 45 minutes per day and engage in highly interactive and remarkably fun sessions tailored to their age, and each week is assigned to a fun theme. Virtual camp is a great way for your child to connect with friends, make new friends, while being creative and learning new skills.

Two age groups:

Jays Care Foundation Virtual camp is free! Register online.

Camp Wifi

Monday – Friday with 2 sessions per day

Ages 6 – 9: 10:00am – 11:00am AND 1:00pm -2:00pm

Ages 10 – 12:  11:00am – 12:00pm AND 2:00pm – 3:00pm

To register email: wmdbgc@stalbansclub.ca

This week’s virtual programs

As some of our staff is preparing for upcoming in person programs and virtual summer camps, some of our weekly virtual programs may end after this week. We will keep you posted.

Take a peek at this week’s and don’t miss out on all the fun and active activities the team has planned for you. Don’t forget to share your finished products with us!

We are also running closed online groups for Sole Sisters, Swim Team, Youth Council, and Jane and Finch Youth Group. Please reach out to a program manager or info@stalbansclub.ca to join.

Supplies you will need this week:

Tuesday Arts& Crafts – Paper Bag Puppets

  • Paper Bag
  •  Construction paper
  •  Scissors
  •  Glue
  • Crayons
  • Yarn

Wednesday Cooking – Strawberry Crumb Bars 

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup White sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch

Friday Arts & Crafts – Father’s Day Cards

  • Construction paper
  • White paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • crayons