Welcome to the Take-Charge Torch Club Webpage
Organized by members of the
Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield–Musgrave Unit
A Torch Club is a small group of Club members, ages 11 to 13, who engage in programs and activities agreed upon, developed and implemented by the members themselves. Groups typically involve between eight and 15 young people, and have as a primary focus the development of character and leadership skills of group members. The symbol of the torch, depicted in
red, white and blue, is representative of the leadership and courage personified in the American spirit. Inherent in the Torch Club program are the principles of freedom, justice and tolerance, which are also the ingredients of citizenship in a democracy. Through participation in the Torch Club program, members can become caring, competent leaders who embody the values that are basic to the American heritage.
Torch Club Constitution
Article I: Operations Torch Club General Meetings will be held once a week during the
school year and the summer unless announced otherwise. The Torch Club Officer’s will meet weekly to plan the general meetings as well as plan and prepare for any Torch Club activity or event. The Torch Club Officer’s or the Torch Club Advisor will run all general meetings. The Torch Club Officer’s Council will be made up of the Torch Club President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer (and Sergeant of Arms when applicable). Officers must be nominated at a General Torch Club meeting at the beginning of each school year. Torch Club members will get an opportunity for a question-and-answer period with the candidates and then vote.
Article II: Membership Requirements Torch Club members must be no younger than 10 years old and no older than 13 years old. You must attend three consecutive meetings and earn 20 hours in order to become a Torch Club member within 25 days of the first meeting. If you have three unexcused absences, you are no longer a member and The Advisor will have the choice to dismiss the member or allow them to start the membership process all over again. Members must turn in a copy of their quarterly report card when appropriate to the advisor. If not, they will not be allowed in the meeting and it will be considered an unexcused absence.
Article III: Participation Members must participate in 50 percent of events, activities and fundraisers. If you sign up for an event, you must show up or make a reasonable attempt to contact the Torch Club Advisor to let him know you will not be attending, otherwise you will not be allowed to take part in the next Torch Club activity.
Article IV: Meetings At Torch Club General Meeting meetings, only one person should speak at a time so that everyone is heard. If you are a disruption at a meeting (talking out of turn, not paying attention, side conversations, etc.) you may be asked to leave the meeting and it will be counted as an unexcused absence. When ideas are presented in a meeting, a majority vote is required and the decision goes into effect immediately. During meetings, it is asked that everyone check their egos at the door. Also, if you have a problem with someone, please leave it outside of the meeting.
Article V: Character You must be in good character standing with the Club: Respect the Club rules, staff, members and yourself. Members must not be involved in any illegal activities. Torch Club members are expected to be role models for other Boys & Girls Club members.
Article VI: Hours Torch Club members will be awarded hours for the various activities they participate in. The hours will be added up and kept on record by the Torch Club Advisor and will be used to determine participation in special events such as field trips when only a limited number of members can attend.
Article VII: Probation If failing a class, the Torch Club members must do two hours of homework instead of one hour until the grade is up. They must report to the Torch Club Advisor weekly about their progress as well. If a Torch Club member should disrespect a staff, member or the Club in any way, they are to do one hour of community service at the Club and will lose 25 hours. If any behavior or actions of a Torch Club member come in to question, the Club, Torch Club Advisor and/or the Torch Club Officer’s Council will determine the appropriate consequences.
Torch Club Member Character Pledge
Asking members to commit to a written pledge or code helps them demonstrate their understanding of good character. The code provides a set of behaviors or affirmative statements that guide members in their daily lives; these guidelines may change over time as members become more familiar with the Six Pillars of Character. Clubs may want to write their behavioral code on the Club’s membership card, or use the Torch Club Member’s Pledge Card with the following code:
I will lead by example and be a positive role model for others.
I will be responsible for what I say and do to othe
I will display good sportsmanship and play by the rules.rs.
I will respect the Club, staff and fellow members.
I will strive to do my very best at all times