Philosophy

The CLUBHOUSE stimulates the creativity and individuality of each child in a nurturing and fun environment. We develop our School Age and Camp programs to achieve a balance between structure and spontaneity, to provide for the varied needs and interests of school age children, and to build a powerful, peaceful, fun-loving community.

To these ends, we have developed our CLUBHOUSE approach to how we run our programs:

SUSTAINING THE PLANET

We are dedicated to creating a culture of sustainability. The most important way we do this is by ensuring we make the best use of the outdoors and cultivate a close community of children during our after school hours. We do art projects using recycled materials, build our pretend play drama sets out of recycled cardboard, design a community “village” and even elect municipal leaders! Our collective creativity is endless and intentionally guided by our trained afterschool teaching staff.

EMPHASIZING FUN

As any of our after school participants will tell you, the number one rule at the Clubhouse is having fun. PLAY is incredibly important and often overlooked as a critical method for fostering children’s optimal development of social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills. At the Clubhouse we want to impart to our kids how easy it is to have fun and, in the grand scheme, to equip them with the knowledge, perseverance and space to create it for themselves whenever they want and wherever they are! We do this through art projects, alternative and traditional games and sports, treasure hunts, letterboxing, science experiments, reading books, appreciating the outdoors, and much more!

BUILDING A COMMUNITY AND CELEBRATING DIVERSITY

We are committed to making a school age and camp experience that is extraordinary for children and families from all backgrounds. Our desire is to create a program that recognizes each child as a valuable and intelligent person with many things to offer others.

APPRECIATING DIFFERENT LEARNING STYLES

We believe strongly that every person has a unique mind and spirit and that no one activity or approach will be engaging to every child in our program. Howard Gardner’s work on developing a “multiple intelligences” model of how people learn is foundational to the way we structure school age programs. We strive to provide experiences that excite all kinds of learners!