Boys and Girls Club in high-demand as summer heats up

GREENSBORO, N.C. — An area Boys and Girls Club is in high demand as parents look for summer activities for their children.

So far, over 100 children have been added to the Boys and Girls Club’s Summer Camp waiting list, with hopes that slots become open throughout the summer.

Concerned that her daughters wont have much to do this summer, Tashia Dorsey is worried.

“Well I kind of keep a good handle on them, but I just don’t want them being stagnant, staying at home during the summer.  I want them to get out, become more active, do more things,” said Dorsey.

Dorsey tried getting her girls, ages 13 and 14, into the Boys and Girls Club of Greensboro.  The problem is a lot of other parents beat her to it. 

Executive Director of The Boys and Girls Club, Jamie Cooper said the Club was recently restructured to focus on athletics and arts.  Word spread fast that this camp would be a place for kids to learn a new set of skills.

“Having a place of structure for the kids to come is valuable for the parents to know exactly what their kids are doing each day, to know that they’re going to accomplish something throughout the summer and not just be a babysitting service if you will,” said Cooper.

Although it doesn’t hurt that children and teens can stay at the club all day while their parents work, fees cost about $70 which covers the entire summer.  Guilford County Schools provides free lunches for the program and kids get to go on field trips, too.

The Boys and Girls Club of Greensboro has five club sites, but only has room for 230 kids. 

Dorsey doesn’t know where her girls are on the waiting list, but she believes it would be a wonderful experience.

“I’m still kind of keeping hope alive that they will be able to go.”

Cooper said the Club wants to expand its space and needs to find schools with gyms that are not being used. 

The Boys and Girls Club of Greensboro is in the process of talking to parents whose children haven’t shown up in a while so they can move some kids off of the waiting list.

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