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Just checking

Ellijay, GA

#1 Aug 17, 2011
Has anyone had any problems with the Boys and Girls Club other than me?
Jdc

Ellijay, GA

#2 Aug 17, 2011
No problems here. My daughter and son started going there for summer camp and loved it so much they wanted to go there for afterschool this year as well. We all love the staff there and think it's a great program. They are definitely doing something right to have such a long waiting list for people wanting to join. Don't know how they could ever be a problem to anyone. JUST SAYING!
Just Checking

Ellijay, GA

#3 Aug 18, 2011
I am refering to the Gilmer County Boys and Girls Club. Several people have already taken their children out. There are 6 that I know of already.
just the facts

Ellijay, GA

#4 Aug 18, 2011
Just Checking wrote:
I am refering to the Gilmer County Boys and Girls Club. Several people have already taken their children out. There are 6 that I know of already.
What are the reasons? for taking the kids out? what kind of problems?
Yeah

Toledo, OH

#5 Aug 18, 2011
Sounds like kids behaving bad to me
fellow

Waunakee, WI

#6 Aug 18, 2011
My son attended the Boys and Girls Club in Ellijay this summer. He also enjoyed it so much that we signed him up to attend this fall after school. He has a blast there with all the staff. Everyday I pick him up and things are very calm and orderly. There are all sorts of things for the kids to do from recreation in the gym to playing video games and completing homework. I don't have a complaint in the world. The cost is extremely affordable and its a very safe environment.

I'm sure that the Boys and Girls Club is no different than our local schools. Kids misbehave and their poor decisions fall on the shoulders of their parents. If parents don't bother to discipline their kids and the same poor behavior that occurs without consequence at home occurs at school or the Boys and Girls Club there are rightful consequences. If six kids left I'm sure its due to their parents getting sick of someone else having to discipline their kids that they won't and the fallout becoming too much to handle (making plans for a suspended child, having to leave work early time and time again). The big difference being that the parents must leave the child in school but have the obvious right to leave the Boys and Girls Club. I'm sure some other child care provider will take on their terrible behavior.

Again, my child typically acts politely and has had a wonderful time as I'm sure is the case for the other sixty or seventy kids that attend. My hats off to them at the Ellijay Boys and Girls Club.
Jdc

Ellijay, GA

#7 Aug 18, 2011
Well said fellow.
Care Giver

Ellijay, GA

#8 Aug 18, 2011
My kids also went there last yr & this summer!!! AND THEY LOVED IT!!! But I took them out bc I no longer need them in an after school program, & I would rather have them @ home w/ me (I get off work when they get out of school). I do know thru what my kids told me that there where a few bad apples that ruined it for the bunch sometimes!! I only know what the kids told me & the one time a letter was sent home bc a child tried to leave an outdoor activity by "it's" self (which meant it would have tried to cross a busy parking lot, due to the pool goers) & one of the staff members after several times of trying to stop the child verbally, and the child continued and the instructor then "placed a hand" on the child, bc the child told their gardian and they called the police and that instructor lost his job bc they kept the child from possible injury or even worse death from crossing a busy parking lot!!! I loved how the boys & girls club did things, even when my child got into trouble & they spoke to me things went very smoothly!!! Thank you to the club!!!
Just Saying

Leesburg, FL

#9 Aug 18, 2011
I will have to say both of my kids have attended the boys and girls club for all of last year, this summer, and now for this year. I have never had a problem with them. Just like the previous post, I agree if parents would discipline their kids at home things would go alot better.

Too bad other kids who behave have to deal with a few "bad apples".

I commend the staff of the Ellijay Boy's and Girls club. Keep up the good work. My kids absolutely love you guys.

Thanks for the good work.
Care Giver

Ellijay, GA

#10 Aug 19, 2011
Amen!!! Kids will be kids & I realize that when I am not there to discipline my kids, that I am leaving it in the hands of the ppl who are taking care of them to (some what) discipline them until I can!!! One of mine never got into trouble, but my other one is a bit mischievous (not bad), so sometimes my child had to be reminded to act properly!! I loved ALL of the staff at the club!!!
Just Saying wrote:
I will have to say both of my kids have attended the boys and girls club for all of last year, this summer, and now for this year. I have never had a problem with them. Just like the previous post, I agree if parents would discipline their kids at home things would go alot better.
Too bad other kids who behave have to deal with a few "bad apples".
I commend the staff of the Ellijay Boy's and Girls club. Keep up the good work. My kids absolutely love you guys.
Thanks for the good work.
Jackie

Jasper, GA

#11 Aug 19, 2011
Boys and Girls club gives stability to the children. They are taught what is acceptable behavior and what is not, which is really the responsibility of the parent(s). The kids love to go there and sometimes don't want to leave when it is time to go home. Gilmer County is fortunate to have such a wonderful program like this for their children. Parents know that when their children are at the Boys & Girls club, they are in a safe environment!
Another Taxpayer

Ellijay, GA

#12 Aug 19, 2011
Does the Boys and Girls Club pay rent and utilities on the county owned, extensively renovated building they use (civic center)? Just wondering if this is yet another program that we taxpayers are subsidizing without full disclosure. Although it may or may not be a good program, county taxpayers should know how their dollars are spent.
And another taxpayer

Ellijay, GA

#13 Aug 19, 2011
Boys and Girls Clubs are typically a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and can only operate from grants, donations, and sponsorships. Sometimes governments will subsidize these groups and/or provide buildings, grounds, utilities, etc. for them as a community service and/or PR move. In Gilmer's case it seems to me that most of the kids are probably local and their parents are taxpayers, so why shouldn't they be allowed to use a tax-supported facility like the civic center, ball fields, and swimming pool? Isn't that why we have these types of facilities? If the program works for kids and is well-liked by most folks, then it is a good use of my tax dollar. I'm all for it! Wish we had more programs that worked this well.

By the way, the rec teams don't pay rent to use the ball fields do they?
wwf

Ellijay, GA

#14 Aug 19, 2011
i paid 600.00 this year to practice on the field an only practice 10 times
really

United States

#15 Aug 20, 2011
I thought the boys & girls club was an afterschool child care done at the school. Does a bus take them to the civic center or what?
happymom

Ellijay, GA

#16 Aug 23, 2011
really wrote:
I thought the boys & girls club was an afterschool child care done at the school. Does a bus take them to the civic center or what?
yes, the children get dropped off by school buses. No, the Boys & Girls Club is not a schoo-sponsored afterschool program - the elementary schools have their own program at the school.
Still There

Ellijay, GA

#17 Sep 2, 2011
Ok - Now that you have thrown stones at this child and the caregiver, let's get down to the truth of the matter.

First - My child still attends the club, and yes, it is a great place for the kids.

Second - She did not call the police. They were there when she received a call to return to the club. Did anybody mention the eye witness who saw everything?

The heat index that day was over 100 in the shade. Look it up - Date: July 12th. What about water? I know my child was very hot with no water and also told the leader that she wanted to come inside.

I don't know the guardian that well but have spoke with her in passing and she is very nice and her children ARE not bad kids.

Putting your hands on kids and no water!! HMMMMM!
Cathie

Anaheim, CA

#18 Jul 23, 2012
I was talked into signing up as a volunteer, by a friend. I filled out the necessary ppw and went on my way. However, later I thought about it and I thought it was just all too easy. I have a serious mental problem (I FEEL that I'm safe w/kids, but that doesn't take away from the seriousness of it), and they didn't even ask me ANY questions about myself, other than to point out certain areas on the forms (very general information). Heck! I could've been ANYBODY with a serious record going in there! They do NOT screen their volunteers, so who knows the type of people we're entrusting with our kids!
RacinLady

Ellijay, GA

#19 Jul 23, 2012
I don't know about the Boys & Girls Clubs in California, but in North Georgia, all volunteers and staff have an extensive background check - it is part of the application form I had to fill out before I was permitted to work with the children.
Problem Voter

Blue Ridge, GA

#20 Jul 23, 2012
According to this message board I'm not sure you can find anybody in Gilmer County without some kind of problem.

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