OAKHURST — The Oakhurst Boys and Girls Club (BGC) got busy with a Worldwide Day of Play on Sept. 30, with the intention of limiting access to the daily computer-centric burden most kids carry with them at all times these days. The BGC also turned off the on-site computers. Think the kids were appalled? They loved it!
Oakhurst Unit Director Peggy Decker explained exactly what was going on.
“We celebrated Worldwide Day of Play here at the Oakhurst BGC, shutting off ALL electronic devices and just going out and having a fantastic time,” says Decker. “Approximately 40 of our BGC kids had a blast building their own garden scarecrow, having a whiffle-ball tournament, water balloon toss and a myriad of other games they played from 2:30 – 6 p.m.”
Decker explains that the Worldwide day of Play was celebrated nationwide that week and through the weekend by BGC members across the United States.
“We were happy to be part of it and join in!”
BGC Oakhurst doors are open during the school year from when the bell rings after class to 6 p.m., usually Monday through Friday with the exception of one furlough day per month due to budget constraints.
Beginning the week of October 14 many local schools are out for Fall Break. The BGC is open that week Monday through Thursday from 2 – 6 p.m. and is closed on Friday, October 18 for furlough.
The BGC currently has a part time position available for Teen Center Coordinator, also known as the person responsible for organizing and supervising social recreation activities in the Teen Room and assisting with all programs related to teen members.
The Program Assistant serves as a role model and provides guidance to club members. Details and requirements are available here.
According to the National organization, BGC programs have taken members “from the Clubhouse to the White House, from the game room to the corporate boardroom and from the fine arts program to Carnegie Hall,” with programs designed to address pressing modern issues kids face while teaching practical skills they need to succeed in life. They also, apparently, have a lot of fun.