Join the Club


kids of the club


New and renewing members


New and renewing members must complete a membership application and waiver of liability, pay a non-refundable $25 annual membership fee, and attend a new member orientation session with a parent or guardian prior to joining the Club. All members must renew membership in January. Download your 2018 Membership Application, review it, sign it and return it to the Club.

  • New member orientations are held at 5:30 p.m. every Monday at the Club. No appointments required. Just show up.
  • Renewing member orientations for 2018 will be held three times a week through Feb. 16. Sign up for orientation at the front desk. Sessions will be offered at 5:30 p.m., Mondays, 6 p.m., Wednesdays, and 7:30 a.m., Fridays. Space is limited so please sign up in advance.

Parent Handbook: Please review the Parent Handbook for guidelines, processes and policies that the Club follows to best serve your child.


Membership requirements


Eligibility by age

  • Members must be at least six years old and have completed kindergarten. First graders are required to provide proof that they have completed kindergarten either with a note from a teacher or a final kindergarten report card.
  • Twelfth graders through age 18 may attend through the summer immediately following their high school graduation.

Membership fees and orientation

  • Annual membership is a non-refundable $25 with a $75 maximum per family with three or more siblings. Family is defined as immediate family, not extended relatives.
  • Membership is open to any child, ages 6-18, regardless race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, religion or creed.
  • Membership must be renewed ever January.
  • Donations above the membership amount are much appreciated. It costs the Club more than $850 annually for each member. Club funding comes from a combination of individual and business donations, as well as private and public grants.

Membership application and waiver of liability

  • Membership application and waiver of liability must be completed, signed and submitted annually for safety and funding purposes.
  • While data may be compiled and used for funding purposes, all individual information is held confidentially.

 Club policies


Arriving and departing the Club

  • Book bags, backpacks, coats, hats, hoods and head scarves, personal electronics and toys must be checked in at the front desk as members arrive. Cell phones must also stay behind the front desk for 1st-4th graders.
  • Members under the age of 12 must be escorted by a parent, guardian or authorized adult or older sibling when departing the Club. Older members may leave with a signed release of liability.
  • No member, regardless of age, will be allowed to return to the Club once leaving the premises for the day.

Supporting good behavior

  • Club members are held to a high standard of behavior that demonstrates respect for peers, staff and volunteers. Staff will use teachable moments to remind Club members of appropriate behavior and choices.
  • Bullying will not be tolerated.

Bringing a friend

  • Members may bring a friend as a guest until the next new member orientation, which is held at 5 p.m. every Monday. For example, a friend who attends on a Thursday, may attend Thursday and Friday then must attend an orientation session on that following Monday. Orientation sessions last about 30 minutes and must be attended by the member and a parent or guardian.

Parent handbook


 Transportation


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The Club contracts for services with Paul Bunyan Transit and uses its Club van to transport elementary children after school. Availability is limited and arrangements must be made in advance. Please complete the transportation forms provided below and return them to the front desk. For more information or to be added to the waiting list, contact Sara Collins, member services assistant director, bgcba.memberservices@gmail.com.

From elementary schools

From Bemidji Middle School: You may arrange with ISD #31 to have your child take the bus from the Middle School to JW Smith and then walk to the Club.

From other schools not listed here: Contact ISD #31 transportation office at 218-333-3225 to check availability.


 Club hours


Every day after school, M-F

  • 2:50-6 p.m., elementary school, grades 1-4
  • 2:50-7 p.m., tweens, grades 5-7, and teens, grades 8-12
  • 3:30 p.m. healthy snack served
  • 2:50-10 p.m., twice monthly Teen Nights for tweens and high school members, ends at 9 p.m. in the summers

Weather cancellations

  • The Club follows ISD 31 for weather closings. If school is cancelled or dismissed early due to inclement weather, the Club will be closed.
  • If after-school activities are cancelled, the Club will remain open for the convenience of the parents and the safety of children, but only until 4 p.m.

Summer hours, M-F

  • 12:30-5:30 p.m.
  • 12:30 p.m., nutritious lunch
  • 3:30 p.m., healthy snack
  • July 4, closed

Contact Club program staff


Club program staff work directly with youth and are rarely accessible by phone. The best way to communicate with Club program staff is via email. If you need immediate assistance, contact the Club’s front desk from 1-6 p.m., M-F, at 218-444-4171.

Program staff email:


 Do homework, earn points, shop the Club store


Club members who participate in homework or tutoring sessions can earn Power Points to make purchases in the Club store or earn points toward a Club outing such as a trip to the waterslide, the movies, the science center or bowling. Have fun and join the club!


What we do


Learn more about what we do at the Club – our focus areas and programs. Then meet our staff and board.