The Boys' and Girls' Club is considered the oldest day camp in the United States. With most buildings dating from the 1890s and the turn of the century, the Boys' and Girls' Club grows out of a Chautauqua tradition of excellence in sports and physical education.
Participants in the Boys' and Girls' Club program are grouped according to the grade they will be entering in the fall (e.g. Group 4 for children entering 4th grade). The oldest group at Club is called SAC (Senior Athletic Club, a traditional name dating to the earliest days of the program) and serves those youth entering the 9th and 10th grades. Maximum group size is 36 campers with three counselors.
Typical group size is 25-30 in a given week. Each day at Boys' and Girls' Club includes four morning activity periods of 45 minutes each (9 a.m.-noon) and two afternoon sessions of one hour each (2-4 p.m.). The rotation of various activities within this schedule is different each day. An example of a typical day might be: canoes/kayaks, first period; field games, second period; instructional swim, third period; Seaver gym, fourth period; music, fifth period; and arts and crafts, sixth period. Other days could include free swim, nature, sailing, volleyball, tennis or special events as well.
Some activities (e.g. sailing, swimming) are guided by age and/or skill levels. Older groups (8 and SAC) may choose "electives" in the afternoon. In general, Boys' and Girls' Club offers a diverse, recreational, largely outdoor day camp program combining active play, the arts, waterfront sports and special enrichment events. The program stresses the safety and well-being of children and recognizes the value of building friendships.