Daddy I'm Bored...Joining a Club
One method for overcoming boredom in your child is to do a little advanced thinking. Although you don’t want to overwhelm your child by providing too many options, several opportunities exist that can provide hours of activities your child can do during those “I’m bored” times. By thinking ahead some, you may be able to decrease the frequency of those moments. Having spent eleven years in 4-H, many boredom hours turned into creating things from the ideas I learned in my own 4-H manuals. This program (originally developed over 100 years ago) has become one of the largest youth development organizations in the US. The beginning of 4-H was agricultural in nature; however, as our society has changed, so has 4-H. Technology, science, and leadership are other areas where your child may excel with their involvement in 4-H. This American-based organization is now developed in more than 80 countries across the globe. Children from ages 9 through 19 may join a local 4-H club to enroll in different programs based on their own interests. 4-H has also developed the “Cloverbuds” for children aged 5 to 9 in some areas. To locate a club in your area, you can either call your local extension office or visit their website. http://www.4-h.org/default.aspx
The Boy Scouts of America program is a club for boys that develops future leaders and builds character and develops personal fitness. This program was developed in 1910 to promote civic responsibility and leadership. Cub Scouts (boys 7-10 years of age) and Boy Scouts (boys 11-17 years of age) are run by the same organization. To locate a club near you, visit this website: http://www.scouting.org/
Similar to the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scout organization began in 1912 with the purpose of providing girls the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. Girl Scouts tackle important social issues and focus on empowering girls. The focus on healthy living along with civic engagement is developed to provide young girls with opportunities that develop skills to earn badges. The mission of the Girl Scouts is to “build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.” To locate a local club for your daughter, or volunteer as a Girl Scout Leader, visit this website: http://www.girlscouts.org/join/
4-H, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts not the only well-known organizations that provide opportunities for children of all ages. The Boys Club and The Girls Club through a local YMCA can be another option to consider for your child as well. One other organization that provides opportunities for children is Kids Care, a program stemming from the Generation On Organization.
Kids Care Clubs is an organization of community service volunteer groups specifically for children. The club began in 1990 with the goal of inspiring our youth to change the world through community service. The objective of the organization is to develop compassion and social responsibility while educating children about various issues within the community. The organization provides monthly challenges for Kids Care Clubs, while the local clubs decide on the method to meet the goal. Registration is free, so if you’re interested in providing this type of opportunity for your child, visit the website to see if there is a local club in your area. If there isn’t, you can also register to start a Kids Care Club in your area.