What’s happening?

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area holds several special events throughout the year. The events below raise awareness and serve specific program goals. Other events are specifically designed to bring financial support from businesses and individuals. Watch our front page for announcements about our Champions For Youth Tribute, held in August or September, and Pepsi Carolina Classic Basketball Tournament at the end of December.

Day for Kids Star logoBoys & Girls Clubs Day For Kids is an annual event held each year in the fall. It’s a day to celebrate and honor children through the gift of meaningful time. Spending meaningful time with kids is essential – whether taking a family bike ride, enjoying a community celebration, creating a family photo album, or distributing toys to a children’s hospital.

Started in 2001 as National Kids Day, the event celebrates and honors children through the gift of spending meaningful time with a positive adult. Big cities and small towns, alike, have hosted events and sent a powerful message: adults who spend meaningful time with kids fulfill one of the most basic needs in a child’s healthy development.

This special day has been a national hit. Thanks to Boys & Girls Clubs, Laura Bush and a fantastic line up of corporate partners, including Blockbuster, Home Depot, Kodak, Major League Baseball, Party City and Wal-Mart, not to mention a nationally televised public service announcement, there have been thousands of local celebrations and over ONE BILLION media impressions. Americans in towns both large and small have celebrated and the media has taken notice. The event has been featured in Parade, Parents, Chicago Sun-Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer and on CBS and CNN radio stations.

Face painting

Take the Pledge

We pledge to spend meaningful time together
To talk
To listen
To learn and to play
To share a moment, create a memory
and make a kid’s day.

Job shadowing is an academically motivating activity designed to give kids an up-close look at the world of work and to answer the question, “Why do I have to learn this?” Groundhog Job Shadow Day generally takes place in February, and gives students across America the chance to “shadow” a workplace mentor as he or she goes through a day on the job. This provides young people with an up-close look at how skills learned in school are put to use in the workplace. More than one million students and 100,000 businesses participated in Job Shadowing since its inception. Locally, our students often spend a day at Wal-Mart or Old Navy, learning a variety of retail business tasks. We appreciate this opportunity, and look forward to a continued relationship with these stores.

Youth of the Year Celebration

Deriayna (center) at the competition in Columbia

Every year, each Club names a Youth of the Year, based on leadership and character, as well as academic achievement and service to their Club and community. The Youths of the Year from each Club then compete among themselves to see who will represent the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area at the state level. Candidates complete extensive applications, including essays on their Club Experience, Personal Brand, and Vision for America’s Youth.

The 2017 Youth of the Year was Deriayna W., a member at our Hartsville Club. You can read more about the Youth of the Year program on the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s website.

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