Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington
Character & Leadership Youth Development Programs

Torch Club

Torch Club focuses on instilling qualities of tolerance, civic responsibility, community involvement and leadership in male and female youth ages 11-13. Through Torch Club service activities, members identify Club and community needs, develop programs and activities, and actively participate in their community. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to plan and implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community, education, health and fitness and social recreation. We hold annual youth conferences to recognize our Torch Clubs for their outstanding programs and activities in the four areas.


Keystone Club

Keystone Club is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s most dynamic teen program. Keystone Clubs are chartered small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 14-18. Keystone members elect officers and plan and implement their own activities in six areas: service to Club and community, leadership development, education and career exploration, unity, free enterprise and social recreation. Keystone Club members and their advisors are eligible for nomination to steering committees which organize regional and national Keystone Conferences attended by thousands of Keystoners each year. Keystone Club Awards are bestowed annually on Keystone Clubs that undertake programs and activities which best promote the principles of Keystone.


Youth of the Year Program

Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier youth recognition program promotes and celebrates Club members’ service to Club, community & family; academic performance; spiritual values; life goals; public speaking ability and poise.  The Youth of the year is identified when Clubs select monthly outstanding teen members to represent the Club.  These candidates can progress to compete at local, regional, state and national levels.


Carol Koechel Jr. Youth of the Year Character Program

This program was adapted from the National Youth of the Year Program. The Jr. Youth of the Year Program is designed to recognize younger Club members who demonstrate leadership skills through service to others, volunteering and being a role model for other members.  These outstanding young people are recognized monthly and compete each year to be named Jr. Youth of the Year.  The program offers participants to develop their skills in public speaking, resume and essay writing, etiquette and leadership.


Virtues Project

Virtues are the context of our character, the elements of the human spirit.  The Virtues Project offers a variety of program strategies and activities to build character, reinforce positive values, and establish in each youth a collective set of virtues. The curriculum provides a foundation from which lessons of virtue and character are implemented and instilled in our youth.