Torch gets youth grades five through eight engaged with what’s happening in their community. Torch members plan their own programming based on the issues important to them. Torch helps kids develop leadership skills and self-esteem in a respectful, diversified environment. The program also offers the opportunity to give back to others and gain a sense of responsibility that comes with making their own decisions. Torch provides a small group experience, with the support and guidance of a caring adult mentor. This program serves as a launching pad for pre-teens before joining the Keystone program.
Keystone helps teens grade nine and older channel their energy in a positive direction. It focuses on leadership, education and career development, economic and political awareness, and social recreation. Under the guidance of Club staff, Keystone members plan activities based on their own interests and the needs of their community, giving them the chance to be involved and help change their community and their world. Through Keystone, youth learn how to foster respect between groups and individuals. They learn valuable leadership skills and form lasting friendships with other teens across the country. They develop self-confidence and self-esteem. Our Keystone youth have many great opportunities to attend retreats, meet youth from other Boys and Girls Clubs and to travel across Canada.