The Minot AFB Youth Center is an affiliate of the Boys and Girls Club of America and has an ongoing partnership with 4-H. Youth Programs at Minot AFB strives to offer the best in the wholesome and worthwhile leisure time activities for the family members of active duty, retired military and civilian employees of the base. Parent participation is highly encouraged and any volunteer for sports activities or from someone with knowledge and expertise in a specific field is always welcome.
We provide activities that help youth develop a sense of usefulness, belonging, competence and influence by implementing BGCA core components and 4-H curriculum. Our programs and activities are designed to inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential with recreational and educational opportunities.
Our staff take pride in planning programs to meet the individual and group interests of pre-teens and teens. Our facility is full of examples of the work of youth and of projects and programs they have participated in. Activities focus on character and leadership development, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation, and education and career development. Regular activities include field trips, pre-teen late night events, specialty camps, dances, instructional classes, clinics, and more.
Our Northern Lights 4-H Club was established in August 2003. The program’s success comes from the commitment of parents, volunteer leaders and other adults who provide youth development programs and activities. 4-H uses “learn by doing” projects, club meetings, community service activities and education events for our youth, as they work toward developing “skills for life.” 4-H is open to all youth members ages 9-18. We have a great relationship with our Ward County Extension office and attend events such as Communication Arts, Citizenship in Action, Achievement Days, Operation Military Kids events and more!
Open Recreation Program
Youth ages 9-18, still attending school, are encouraged to take part in our Open Recreation Program. In addition to regular activities including billiards, roller skating, arts and crafts, many other special programs are planned throughout the year.
Members of open recreation can use their membership cards to check out equipment and receive discounts on special dances and other events. The Youth Center has a basketball court, board game area, arts & crafts, a quiet area, construction area, stage, snack bar and computer lab available. Nonmembers will be charged one dollar per visit. Open Recreation membership is only $30.00 for a year, and expires September 30 of the current fiscal year.
Power Hour: Making Minutes Count helps Club members ages 9-18 achieve academic success by providing homework help, tutoring and high-yield learning activities and encouraging members to become self-directed learners.
Programs in this area enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing.
Health and Life Skills Club
Programs in this area develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.
Torch Clubs are charter small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 11-13. A Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which Club staff can help meet the special character development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their development. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community, education, health and fitness and social recreation.
ND DI is a creative problem solving educational organization that strives to promote creativity in the young people of North Dakota. “DI” is an extraordinary non-profit organization that provides educational programs for students to learn and experience creativity, teamwork and problem solving. Destination ImagiNation is an educational program in which student teams solve open-ended Challenges and present their solutions at Tournaments. Teams are tested to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions that satisfy the requirements of the Challenges. Participants gain more than just basic knowledge and skills—they learn to unleash their imaginations and take unique approaches to problem solving.
Career and Education Club
Programs in this Core Program Area enable youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, apply learning to everyday situations and embrace technology to achieve success in a career.
Above and Beyond Tutoring Program
A volunteer in this program assists an “Above and Beyond” student to develop proficiency skills for school in a specific subject area. For additional information please call the Youth Center at 723-2838.
National Fine Arts Program
This year-round program encourages artistic expression among Club members ages 6-18 through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture while providing opportunities for members to create artwork for display in a local exhibit. Up to 37 pieces of art (one piece per age group/category and one for the Group Project category) are selected from a Club's local exhibit and sent to one of seven regional judging events and exhibits. At each regional judging, 37 pieces of artwork are chosen and sent to BGCA National Headquarters for judging and selection for the National Fine Arts Exhibit. The artworks are displayed throughout the ensuing year at BGCA events, including the National Conference. We have added our ‘BGCA Artist of the Month’ award in which we recognize aspiring artists. Our monthly winner’s work is displayed proudly along with their picture!
This year-round program encourages Club members ages 6-18 to learn and practice a variety of photography skills such as framing, storytelling through photographs and using alternative processes. ImageMakers has three components: the ImageMakers National Photography Program Resource Guide full of fun, creative activity ideas for three skill levels; a website featuring resource tools, interactive games and our winners gallery; and an annual photography contest that provides local, regional and national recognition. Club members' photographs selected at the contest's national level are exhibited at the BGCA National Conference, and at other events and venues.
A comprehensive program that teaches members Internet safety skills through engaging multimedia activities.
SMART Girls / Girls Making A Difference
Ages 9 to 12 and 13-17
SMART Girls/GMD is a small-group health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program designed to meet the developmental needs of girls ages 9-12 and 13-17. Through dynamic sessions, highly participatory activities, field trips and mentoring opportunities with adult women, Club girls explore their own and societal attitudes and values as they build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care and developing positive relationships with peers and adults.
Club staff use all the areas and programs in the Club to create opportunities for these high-yield learning activities, which include leisure reading, writing activities, discussions with knowledgeable adults, helping others, homework help and tutoring and games like Scrabble that develop young people's cognitive skills.
4-H Northern Lights
For members age 9 – 18, the aim is to increase young people's opportunities to have fun while developing lifelong skills through experiential learning in safe, healthy, enriching environments. We meet twice per week and save our projects to enter into “Achievement Days”!
Tween Program Volunteers
As always, we are looking for volunteers to be a part of our team. Parent participation in various programs is highly encouraged. The Youth Center appreciates any spare time volunteered to aid with various sports activities, or knowledge and expertise offered in a specific field. Our main goal is to provide a fun, positive environment for children and their families. In order to achieve this we ask that our volunteers and parents be positive role models, exhibiting sportsmanlike behavior and always putting the child first. Join our winning team today!
Please volunteer at the Youth Center or call 701-723-2838 for more information.