Character Development and Leadership- Southport

Character & Leadership Development                                                                  Southport Clubhouse

The Southport Clubhouse offers nationally chartered volunteer and leadership groups for members in grades 7-8 and 9-12. Through service group programs at the Club, members gain leadership qualities and a sense of community that they can carry and build upon throughout their lives.
Torch Club                                                                                                                        
Boys & Girls Grades 7-8

Torch Club is a leadership group and service club for boys and girls in 7th and 8th grade. Torch Club is a powerful vehicle, which club staff can help meet the special character development needs of youngsters and adolescents at a critical stage in their development. Torch Club learns to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: Service to Club and Community, Education, Health and Fitness, and Social Recreation.
Members are required to attend two meetings a month and perform 2 hours of Club or Community Service per month from October-June. They will also be required to complete one hour of scorekeeping during December and January during the Southport Clubhouse's busiest basketball season, totaling 3 hours per month. These hours are completed through projects that Torch Club members and advisers plan.

Applications to join Torch Club are only accepted annually in August and early September. For more information regarding Torch Club email or
Torch Club Member Page
Keystone Club                                                                                                                
Boys & Girls Grades 9-12

Keystone Club is the Boys & Girls Club movement’s most dynamic teen program. Keystone Clubs are chartered leadership
and service clubs for boys and girls ages 14-18 designed to develop good character and help members grow to become productive,
responsible adults. Keystoners elect officers and implement their own service projects in three core areas: Character and
Leadership, Service to Club and Community, Education & Career Exploration. Keystone Clubs are designed to help teen
members become more productive citizens and leaders. Each year, Keystoners develop a National Keystone Project which is the
combined action of hundreds of local Keystone Clubs resulting in a service project with a national scope.
To help members further develop their leadership skills and understand the broader scope of service, Keystone Club members
annually have the opportunity to attend Regional and National Conferences with teens from around the globe. Teens can be
nominated to steering committees that help organize these Conferences.

Keystone members are required to attend 2 monthly meetings and complete 6 hours of service in the Club and greater community each month. Additionally, members are expected to volunteer at 2 out of 5 required events that take place between September and January. 
All meetings for the 2016/2017 year will take place every other Sunday from 6:00pm-7:00pm unless there is a long weekend
(holiday, vacation, etc.) in which meetings will then be held that following Wednesday at the same time.

Applications for Keystone Club are only accepted annually in August and early September. For more information regarding Keystone Club  email
• All applicants, new and returning, are expected to submit the attached application by September 3, 2016
• Applicants can sign up for an interview time when they drop off their essays. The deadline for essay and interview scheduling
is Wednesday, September 3rd. Any returning members who were unable to complete their requirements for the 2015/2016
year are expected to complete an interview. Please contact Maria Cimina with any questions.
Please be sure that you will be able to fulfill the commitment of attending each meeting and completing the 6 hours per
month of Club service.
Keystone Information Page
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