Project Character and Leadership Development

Promoting a strong character and leadership qualities is an important part of any young person's education. This is often not taught in school but can be amply attended to in extra-curriculum activities such as the BGCRC engages in.

National Youth of the Year

character leadershipB&G Clubs of America's premier youth recognition program promotes and celebrates Club teenagers' service to Club, community and family; academic performance; spiritual values; life goals and poise and public speaking ability. The Youth of the Year program is used as a year-round tool for fostering young people's personal growth and leadership qualities.

Each Club recognizes Youths of the Month and selects a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competition. State winners participate in regional competition. Five regional winners each receive a $5,000 scholarship and compete on the national level.

The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $10,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States. The Youth of the Year Program, in existence for more than 50 years, is sponsored by the Reader's Digest Association.

Keystone and Torch Clubs

Keystone Club (ages 14 and up) and Torch Club (ages 11-13) are chartered small-group leadership and service club for boys and girls. They are powerful vehicles through which Club staff can help meet the special needs of adolescents at critical stages in their development.

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. Awards are presented annually to Clubs with outstanding programs and activities in the four areas.

Each year, Keystone and Torch Club members from all over the country take part in a service-learning experience through the National Project.


During the daily assembly, members recite the Pledge of Allegiance and the B&G Club Code. Typical assemblies include scripture reading or a story with a moral lesson, member performances, and announcements.