Boys & Girls Clubs open Summer Kidstop registration

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on May 31, 2020 with No Comments

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana will be opening a number of their club sites for summer programming. On June 1, Cedar Lake, Duneland, Portage, South Haven and Valparaiso Clubs will be re-opening their doors to offer Summer Kidstop.

Registration for Summer Kidstop is now open with limited slots available. In order to register for Summer Kidstop, a child must have an updated club membership and there is a $20 registration fee per family. To register, call Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana at (219) 764-CLUB for weekly summer fees or register online by visiting

Following the safety protocols established by Gov. Eric Holcomb, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana is implementing a number of precautions to ensure the safety of its members, including limited room and building capacities, non-contact curbside pick-up and drop-offs, and taking the temperature of anyone entering the building.

As an added layer of safety, members will be given their own Welcome Back Boxes containing essential supplies they carry throughout the day. Vice president of operations and human resources Kris Condon said the boxes are stocked with supplies specific to different age groups, as well as hand sanitizer, water bottles, and stress relief items like tangle puzzles to help ease any anxieties members might be feeling.

Condon said the goal is to eliminate the need for members to share supplies. Supplies are being provided through funding from Porter County Community Foundation, United Way of Porter County, Legacy Foundation, Foundations of East Chicago, Crown Point Community Foundation, and The John S. & James L. Knight Fund at Legacy Foundation.

In order to ensure the well-being of members, Boys & Girls Clubs staff have undergone training in sanitization and safety protocols, including disinfecting all common areas, restrooms, and supplies, as well as social distancing programming that requires a 1:10 staff-to-member ratio and timed activities to control traffic in and out of rooms. Additionally, all staff will be required to wash their hands every 30 minutes and wear masks that cover their faces and noses.

“We want kids to be able to come to club, have some fun, and engage in the kinds of structured activities that get their minds going and reinforce the concepts they learned in their shortened school-year,” states Ryan Smiley, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana. “The safety of club kids is absolutely our top priority. We wouldn’t be reopening if we weren’t comfortable with our ability to keep them safe and give them a great summer camp experience.”


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