Building Lasting Achievements Starting Today

BLAST

BLAST (Building Lasting Achievements Starting Today) is an afterschool program available every school day and open to every 6th-8th grade student in Rogers County. Will Rogers Junior High students are transported directly to the Claremore Community Center (2301 N Sioux Ave) via the Claremore Public Schools bus system following school.

BLAST students are provided a snack, study opportunity, and a safe wholesome place for camaraderie after school. The Claremore Community Center is a haven for youth who otherwise may not have a safe place to go following school. With its spacious facility loaded with a recreation room and full size gymnasium, youth are welcomed each day to unwind and have fun. Each school day from 3 PM – 6 PM the Claremore Community Center is closed to the general public to ensure child safety.

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

Each day of the week there is a theme directed at adding value to the lives of each and every BLAST youth.

Motivation Monday: Every Monday, BLAST students receive a 15-20 minute message on leadership, attitude, character, and choices. Brent Bilby delivers the curriculum from Leader In Me, based on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens (Copyright FranklinCovey Education).

Tutoring Tuesday: Every Tuesday, BLAST students have the opportunity to receive tutoring through our intern partnership with RSU.

Wellness Wednesday: Every Wednesday, BLAST students participate in an activity that promotes mental health. Mental health curriculum comes from RCYS Family and Child Therapist, Shelly Gonzalez. Shelly obtained her M.S in Counseling from John Brown University with an emphasis on children and youth.

Thankful Thursday: Every Thursday, BLAST students write three things they are thankful for on the whiteboard and write one thank you note to someone of their choosing. Gratefulness is one of the core values of the BLAST program.

Friends Friday: Every Friday, BLAST welcomes all middle schoolers in Rogers County to partake in an afternoon of fun at the community center sampling the BLAST program at no cost!

PROGRAM STAFF

Brent Bilby

Brent Bilby is the BLAST Program Director. He has 10+ years of experience working with youth, an affable personality and unique style of leadership providing a structured and joyous atmosphere for BLAST program participants and interns.

PROGRAM PARTICIPATION

PROGRAM PARTICIPATION COST

COST: $20 per week. Scholarships are available. We are committed to ensuring that finances do not bar anyone the opportunity to partake in BLAST.

BLAST SUMMER CAMP

BLAST Summer Camp: BLAST hosts a week of summer camp at the community center in June and July available to every 4th-8th grade student in Rogers County.

BLAST Summer Camp costs $100 per week or $185 for both weeks of camp. Cost includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks each of the 5 days. Field trips to Roller World, Incredible Pizza, Skyzone, Sheridan Lanes Bowling Alley, and the ropes course at RSU.

Drop off is at 9 am and pick up is 4 pm each day at the Claremore Community Center. Each day kids will have access to swim and play at Claremore’s Recreation Center.

This camp proves to be the highlight of many kids’ summer!

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