What to know for next year’s clubs program

First, club applications will probably be emailed to students during the first week of May. This means that if you want to create a club, you should keep an eye on your BCP email inbox once May begins. Moreover, you should be prepared to remotely ask a teacher or faculty member to moderate your club if you want to have your club approved.

Second, guidelines and requirements for club meetings may change next year.

Mrs. Slater elaborates,

“There had been talk about scheduling certain types of clubs for certain days. So for example, academic clubs, let’s say, would meet during community time during Mondays, and service clubs would meet during community time on Wednesdays. The idea behind that is to avoid overlap, because if students are involved in an academic club and a service club, we want to make it as easy as possible for them to go to both, while remaining respectful and courteous of teacher schedules and moderator schedules.”

Third, community time will replace lunch as the main time of the day to host club meetings. Club meetings until now usually happened during lunch. However, starting next year, club meetings will be held during community time.

As Mrs. Slater explains,

“The idea is that lunch is held for eating and relaxing. So, in order to better accommodate everybody on campus, the idea would be to only have club meetings during community time, and possibly after school.”

As a final piece of advice, Mrs. Slater encourages students to only join the clubs that they would be genuinely willing to invest their time and effort into.

She explains,

“In the past, I think that on club day, because it’s so exciting and you’re exposed to so many different clubs, many people might be tempted to sign up for 15 clubs… I would ask people to consider in how many of those [clubs] are you active participants? Are you really going to the meetings, are you really engaging in the mission of the club or the purpose of the club? So I would encourage people to narrow it down to maybe two clubs, maybe three, max.”

Mrs. Slater further adds,

“I would remind people that in order to have a club on campus, it has to in some way serve the community. That can be something big, like service, or it can simply be providing a space for people who have a common interest to hang out, learn about something, or talk about something. You need at least 10 people on your club signup who, who will say that they will be part of the club.”