Frequently Asked Questions
How do I enroll my member for Summer 2020?
For the Clinton & Gloria John Clubhouse & Elise Menashe Teen Center, all families will start the enrollment process by being added to a waitlist. Club staff will call you directly if you are eligible for enrollment, providing detailed instructions regarding the registration process, safety measures, hours, fees, and schedules.
For the OK Clubhouse & Teen Turf Club, enrollment is through invitation only. Members who attended the 2019-2020 school year at OK, TTC, and the Washington Clubhouse will be eligible for invitation.
When will I be notified if my family is eligible for enrollment?
The Clinton & Gloria John Clubhouse & Elise Menashe Teen Center staff will start contacting eligible families from the waitlist starting the week of June 8 and will continue to contact families until building capacity is full.
The O.K. Clubhouse & Teen Turf Club staff will start to invite members who are eligible the week of June 22.
What if my child was a member last summer?
Families who were enrolled for the 2019-2020 school year at CGJ/OK Clubs will be given first priority for Summer 2020 enrollment. Among those families priority will be given to those who identify as essential workers. Any child who was not enrolled for the 2019-2020 school year can be added to the waitlist, however, will only be promoted if there is still capacity available after school year members have registered.
What is the rate for those who qualify for free or reduced lunch at school?
Club summer fees are as follows:
$30 – Registration Fee
$10 – Regular Daily Fee (per member per day)
$5 – Reduced Daily Fee (per member per day)
*Reduced daily fee – Member qualifies for free or reduced lunch at school
What if I am not able to pay?
If finances are a barrier for your family, please contact your Club Director for information about payment assistance, payment plans, and/or scholarships.
Will you still be offering Early Birds for an additional fee?
Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. Daily Fees cover the hours of 9am to 5pm, and will be charged per child, per day. There is no Early Birds program.
Why are Clubs so limited?
To limit exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are downsizing our capacity to ¼ of our normal summer membership. We are easing into full programming to hopefully catch and correct operational errors quickly.
Will Clubs open up for more people later on in the summer?
We are in communication with Clark County Public Health and taking Washington State’s reopening phases into consideration. At this time Boys & Girls Club will continue to operate with the current program model of 2 staff to 8 members, not increasing capacity.
Can I be on multiple Clubhouse waitlists?
Members may only be added to the waitlist of the Club they attended during the 2019-2020 school year. Members may not be added to multiple waitlists.
What about enrollment for Fall 2020?
At this time, there is no scheduled registration date for the 2020-2021 school year. We will determine registration dates once announcements have been made regarding Vancouver Public Schools reopening.
What if I am an essential worker but my child is not a member with BGCSW?
To limit exposure, our program is scaling back significantly and priority for enrollment will be given to members who attended during the 2019-2020 school year program. Over the school year, strong relationships were developed amongst members, parents, and staff at each location. We are a relationship-focused organization. With that in mind, we expect that if members, staff and parents have an established relationship and are familiar with BGC’s expectations, safety will be promoted.
When will the Heights OK 2 Club reopen for the summer?
We are planning to reopen Clubs in phases, starting with the Clinton & Gloria John Clubhouse in Hazel Dell. The CGJ Club will reopen only for members who attended that location during the 2019-2020 school year. We are working with local and state health departments to determine reopening plans, and we are hoping to open additional Club locations later this summer. As of now, the second phase in that plan will be to reopen the O.K. Clubhouse on July 13th for members who attended that location if it is safe to do so.
Unfortunately, at this time Heights OK 2 Club will not be reopening. It has been a difficult decision for our team and ultimately comes back to safety and our ability to meet the demand that current safety protocols require.
What about school-based sites (Fruit Valley Elementary Club, Washington Elementary Club, and Burton Elementary Club)?
School-based sites will not be reopening for the summer. For more information about school-based sites, please contact your Club Director.
Will any transportation be provided?
Due to COVID-19 limitations, we are not providing transportation to any Clubhouses.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington are committed to keeping the young people we serve safe. We are in direct communication with the Vancouver School District and are following directions from Clark County Public Health, which is in contact with the Washington State Department of Health and closely following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. As local conditions change, the Boys & Girls Club will adapt Club operations to respond to changing conditions and remain consistent with recommendations by the Center for Disease Control and Clark County Public Health.
As of the date of this writing, all Clubs are open. Please continue to check mybgc.org for the most current updates.
In the event of closures:
– If a partner elementary school closes due to exposure or risk, we will also plan to close the program at the site. The program will be closed until the school reopens after being sanitized and disinfected.
*Club members attending these schools will not be allowed to participate at any of our Club sites until the school reopens.
– If a known exposure or risk takes place within the Club, the site will close for the amount of time necessary to limit risk to youth and staff. Club members attending this Club will not be allowed to participate/attend another Club site during the closure.
– Per recommendations, we are continuing to follow standard cleaning and disinfecting procedures. Common contact surfaces, sinks, kitchens, restrooms and windows are cleaned regularly.
General Health Practices:
We have instructed staff, children, and volunteers take recommended preventive actions to prevent exposure.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Stay home when you are sick. If you or your child is showing signs of a respiratory illness (fever, persistent cough and/or shortness of breath), they should stay home until they have been fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and the other symptoms have improved.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
- Wash your hands often:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
More Information is available at
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Center for Disease Control
If you have questions about the response plan of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington, please reach out to Francisco Bueno, Executive Director, at 360-448-7089 or firstname.lastname@example.org