Top 7 Types of Clubs for Kids and Youth

What kind of club is right for your child?

When you are choosing a club for your child, you will want to consider the various types of organizations and what she may do do with the clubs and get out of the clubs. Here is a quick list to give you some direction.

1
Volunteering

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Children learn a lot about themselves and others by volunteering. Even the youngest of children can make a difference. By choosing a project and following it through, children develop a sense of accomplishment. Whether planting flowers or serving in a soup kitchen, children see the results of their hard work and have the satisfaction of knowing they are making a difference.

Clubs that focus on volunteers tout developing leadership skills, problem-solving skills, setting and achieving goals, working in teams, and communication skills. The Kiwanis is a volunteer organization with three levels of clubs for elementary through high school youths.

  • a Kiwanis-sponsored volunteer organization for elementary school children
  • Builders Club a Kiwanis-sponsored organization for middle school children
  • Key Club a Kiwanis-sponsored organization for high school youth.

2
Scouting

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Scouting provides a well-rounded program where children earn badges, play games, camp, sing, create crafts, complete service projects and more. Scouts build friendships and learn new skills. Many have opportunities through Scouts that they wouldn't otherwise have.

  • a Scouting organization for boys and girls, particularly those of pagan or minority faiths
  • Boy Scouts of America for boys ages 1st grade and up and girls from age 14
  • Girl Scouts of the USA for girls ages K through 12th grade. They are divided into Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Girl.

3
Sports

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Sports give children a chance to engage in physical activity as well as make friends, develop skills, learn teamwork and build self-esteem. The sporting options are virtually endless.

4
Religious

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Religious clubs give children the opportunity to learn more about their faith, grown in that faith and make friends within their faith. The activities vary by the club but usually include social programs as well as educational. Some religious clubs also do outreach and community service projects.

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Academic

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Academic clubs recognize children's academic achievements or give children the opportunity to work in an academic area in more depth than offered in class. They may also help prepare children for their future in a specific area.

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Agricultural

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Agricultural clubs give children the opportunity to work in various areas of farming, plant and animal sciences, horticulture, agricultural technologies and related fields. They provide a place where children can have fun, make friends and prepare for futures in agricultural fields.

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Music & Arts

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Children develop creativity and express themselves through the arts. Singing, dancing, painting, and drama give children the chance to find out who they are – or sometimes pretend to be someone different -- and express it in beautiful ways