The Boys & Girls Club has announced that instead of a weekly registration, they are now allowing parents to sign their kids up by the day.
The program is a continuation of their successful summer camp model and registration is by the week or the day through Thanksgiving for now.
Daily fees are now $5 per day for the morning session before school and $10 per day for the afterschool program, and parents must sign their kids up at least 24 hours in advance by calling 508-477-8845 or emailing LWilson@BoysGirlsClubCapeCod.org
Fees per week are $30 for just the before school program; $50 a week for just the afternoon program; and $75 per week for both the before school program in the afternoon and morning program before school.
Limited financial aid is available with proof of need. Registration is limited to 10 children in the morning and 50 children in the afternoon, and is first come, first served with completed paperwork before the first visit, and a down payment.
For remote learners, the Boys & Girls Club’s education director will also be available by appointment online via Zoom to help with homework during the school day Monday-Thursday. The Club’s Teen Program will run afterschool until 6pm, and then in-person at the Boys & Girls Clubhouse from 6-8pm.
“Cape schools are running on different schedules, and to accommodate families with varying school day and times, we are now allowing parents to sign up one day at a time, rather than for the whole week” said Ruth Provost, the Club’s executive director. “Even for kids who are remote learning, or being home-schooled, time with other children in a fun and safe setting is important for socialization, so we are hoping that this new schedule makes more sense for all of our families. “
The Boys & Girls Club says that for the first time in their history, they are not able to run their usual basically free drop-in program before and after school. Instead they are going to have to continue their summer camp model under the guidance of the DPH and the Board of Health, and have the children sign up by the week for a fee, and attend with masks on, socially distanced in small groups of 10 children each, with a maximum capacity of 50 children at a time, instead of their normal average of 150 a day. Unfortunately they are unable to provide transportation, however the RTA busses will drop kids off at the Boys & Girls Club Clubhouse on request.
“We hope this will change as the year progresses and we find ways to increase our donation streams so we can lower fees, and get back to our more regular programs and way of doing business,” said executive director Ruth Provost. “In the meantime, we are looking for help in raising scholarship money for our families!!! If you know ANYONE who can donate even $10, please reach out to them. Checks can be mailed to the Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod at PO Box 895, Mashpee MA 02649, we have a donation portal on our web site at www.BoysGirlsClubCapeCod.org , or you can text “Kids “ to 800-419-9693. The preferred way from our standpoint is a check, since credit card fees take a portion of every gift.”
“We thank our parents for their patience and understanding as we navigate this new, and unprecedented, school year,” she added. “We know how hard it is for them, especially those who have to work away from home.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod is centrally located on the Upper Cape near the Mashpee Rotary and Mashpee Commons off of Route 151 on 31 Frank E. Hicks Drive behind the Mashpee Police & Fire Stations, and opened in 1999 with huge support from the community. It serves 1,089 Cape Cod children and teens annually, providing homework assistance, mentoring, tutoring, drug & alcohol resistance programs, STEM programs, character & leadership programs, and classes and clubs in sports, recreation, mathematics, chess, and dozens of other subjects. 508-477-8845; Website: www.BoysGirlsClubCapeCod.org ; email: info@BoysGirlsClubCapeCod.org ; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BoysandGirlsClubofCapeCod; Gifts can be mailed to PO Box 895, Mashpee, MA 02649.