- Environmental club
- Sports club
- Health club
Wondering how a child might benefit by joining a club?
Get Out and Do Something
Many children spend too many hours in front of the TV watching senseless shows or playing video games. A club gives these children an opportunity to explore more varied, and healthier, activities.
Keep Out of Trouble
Studies show that after-school hours, the “witching hours” are more dangerous to children than night-time hours. Participating in an after-school club reduces children’s risks of becoming involved in drugs or alcohol, getting involved in illegal activities or committing crimes.
Meet People / Make Friends
Joining a club gives children a comfortable place to meet others with similar interests. This often forms the basis for lifelong friendships.
Learn New Skills
Children who participate in a variety of activities are introduced to new skills and given a chance to develop them. As children realize they “can do”, their self-confidence grows.
Many activities require children to work together towards a common goal. Whether they’re trying to win a game or complete a community service project, children learn to work as a team.
By participating in clubs, young children learn to be outside of their family. Older children learn skills and values that will carry them through to their adult lives.
Leadership / Responsibility
Children have the opportunity to make their own decisions and elect officers. They learn to lead, follow and carry their portion of the responsibility.
Civic Mindedness / Values
Some organizations exist as service organizations. Others participate in community service as part of a larger scope of activities. Either way, children learn to look beyond themselves and experience the joy of making a difference.
In addition to solid academics, college admissions boards like to see well-rounded students. Club participation demonstrates this on a students’ college applications
In addition to rounding out their college applications, children who participate in clubs may qualify for scholarships. These are available for accomplishments in sports, scouts, NCC and many other organizations.
Plain Old Fun
Playing a game, camping, singing — whatever the focus, children participate because they enjoy the activities, and sometimes fun is as good a reason as any other to join a club.
Different types of clubs
- Sports club: cricket, soccer , basket ball, chess club etc
- Drama club
- Music and art club
- Reading club
- Environmental club
- Dance club
- Academic club: literary club; math club; science club
When you are choosing a club for your child, you will want to consider the various types of organizations and what she may do with the clubs and get out of the clubs. Here is a quick list to give you some direction.
Children learn a lot about themselves and others by volunteering. Even the youngest of children can make a difference. By choosing a project and following it through, children develop a sense of accomplishment. Whether planting flowers or serving in a soup kitchen, children see the results of their hard work and have the satisfaction of knowing they are making a difference.
Sports give children a chance to engage in physical activity as well as make friends, develop skills, learn teamwork and build self-esteem. The sporting options are virtually endless
- Basket ball:etc
Academic clubs recognize children’s academic achievements or give children the opportunity to work in an academic area in more depth than offered in class. They may also help prepare children for their future in a specific area.
- Science club
- Math club
- Literary club etc…
Music & Arts
Children develop creativity and express themselves through the arts. Singing, dancing, painting, and drama give children the chance to find out who they are – or sometimes pretend to be someone different — and express it in beautiful ways.
FOR EXAMPLE IN A DRAMA CLUB , WHAT TO DO IN THE CLUB? I’ve started the first drama club at my school, it’s a small school of about 200 kids. There’s about 20 people in the club and we’ve had our first meeting, it went fine.
The meeting is an hour long, and on the first day I had no idea what to do for the last 30minutes so I just came up with improve games for us to play.
This time I want to be prepared; what kind of things did you do in your drama club, if you ever did one? I also want to get us prepared for doing a play I have directed before but doing a class, I need things to do.
Assign a book perhaps on theatre or acting and take some time every meeting to discuss it.
Audition: Everything an Actor Needs to Know to Get the Part by a book on how to make the strongest decisions, commitment, and practical advice.
Split people into groups and assign a scene for them to perform in front of the club. They could pick their own from a selection of plays or you can assign them. Use some of the meeting time to rehearse for this.
After the scenes, suggest a play and ask them to submit and vote.
How to organize?
- Determine who will be the President and Vice-President of the club, then move on to finding additional members. Create a running list that includes members’ names, position and contact information. To recruit more members, post flyers around your school or have an announcement made over the intercom or in a community or college newspaper.
- Write a one-page document that explains the purpose of the environmental club. What does the club wish to achieve? Generally describe how you will achieve your purpose. This will serve as a guide so that current and potential members will know what to expect from the club.
- Schedule weekly meetings for club members at school or in your home. Discuss a current environmental issue going on in the world or in the community and brainstorm ways to help. Consider fundraisers, parties, litter cleanups and volunteering at parks or other organizations. Weekly meetings will help keep members involved and active, and one group member should be responsible for emailing or calling other club members and reminding them about the meeting or event.
- Record national or community events that your club can participate in. Some events may include Earth Day, World Water Day, World Wildlife Week, World Forestry Day and Green Consumer Day. The club should plan ahead for larger events like this by contacting local environmental organizations and seeing if there is a possibility to collaborate.
- Set up sign-up sheets for all events so that everyone knows who is bringing and doing what. This makes people more responsible for showing up, because they know other people are counting on them.
How to start any club?
- Choose a cause:-
Some good ideas might be something like, “Save the whales!” or “Stop global warming!” the cause should also relate to where you are. For example, ‘save the whales’ might not be such a good idea if you live 10 hours to the nearest whale location, whereas ‘keep our state clean’ would work anywhere. But nothing says you can’t do more than one cause! Your club could do a different cause every month! For example, you could do saving polar bears in November, pandas in December and global warming in January.
- Name your club
This can be as simple as ‘The Environmental Club’ or as cool as ‘Team Enviro’. Some words you could use are green, tree-hugger,and, of course, something that relates to your cause. Then you can start accepting members!
- Start researching!
Now that you have your club, you all need to assign days you will get together to study your cause. After the club members are experts on the cause, research places where you can help or protest, depending on your cause.
- Find a clubhouse
Your club must have a place where it gets together to have meetings and discuss your projects. It could be, your classroom on Saturdays, in someone’s room, living room, tree house, your yard, there are endless possibilities.
- Have meetings
Find a time that suits most of your club members(if not all) and talk about possible projects. These could be fund-raisers, clean-ups, spreading awareness… It should relate to what you have been researching.
- Decide on jobs
Each club member should have a certain job they need to do. Some you could include are New-Member-Finder, Website manager, Person-that-Has-Ideas-for-Activities, Person-that-Has-Ideas-for-Projects, the President who decides all the meeting times, new members, meeting places, activities, and projects.
- Have activities
Your club should have some fun activities to do every once in a while to remind them what they are fighting for. These could be hikes in the forest, watching environmental movies (such as “An Inconvienient Truth, or even “Wall.E”), or anything else you can think of that would apply to the environment(don’t use this as an excuse to spend your meetings watching movies and eating pop-corn!), only do these once a month or twice a month.
- Do projects!
At your meetings, decide on a few projects, and do them! When you’re done with the few projects you have chosen, decide on a few more! And after that, a few more! And after that,… You can always redo projects if you think they were not successful. As I said above, the projects could be anything from fund-raisers to park clean-ups and even to handing out brochures on a cause(be sure to print them on recycled paper).
- Make a website
If you don’t have enough money, you can always make it from a web-hosting service, such as Webs.com or Godaddy.com. Be sure to have the sections; About(describe your club and what you do), Current/Upcoming Projects(the projects you are working on and what you will do soon), and Home. On your homepage write what you have been talking about during your meetings. You can also have a photo gallery, links to other environmental sites, a members-only area that is password protected and where you have a discussion page, and even a section about how you can help the earth. Be sure not to give any personal info on your page, such as phone numbers, last names, adresses, e-mail adresses, or school adresses. Update your website frequently, so people don’t get bored.