Service Recipe Guide – Volume I and II

service recipe guide
Service “recipes,” or one-time service experiences, help Club members ask questions, identify problems, and develop Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies that can be applied at school, work, home or in the community.Research shows that teaching SEL competencies fosters attachment to school and receptivity to learning – factors that are strongly linked to academic success. Additionally, SEL can increase a young person’s capacity for knowledge, responsibility, caring, productivity, nonviolence and contributions to society. SEL Competencies include self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. (Collaboration for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, Education Commission of the States & Laboratory for Student Success, 2012).

Service recipes are designed to be implemented in any program area or time of year at a Boys & Girls Club. They can take place in a one hour block of time or be transformed into ongoing service learning projects. Club members of all ages – from young helpers (ages 6-10), to youth changers (ages 11-13), to our teens in action (ages 14-18) – can find their place through these activities facilitated by Club staff, teens or a combination of both.

Signature Service Opportunities

BGCA brings Clubs together to contribute to the collective impact of nationwide efforts designated as Signature Service Opportunities:

  • National Day of Service & Remembrance – Sept. 7-11, 2015
  • Worldwide Day of Play – Sept. 19-26, 2015
  • National Family Week – Nov. 23-30, 2015
  • MLK Day of Service & Remembrance – Jan. 18, 2016
  • The Big Help – Feb. 1-April 22, 2016
  • Global Youth Service Day – April 15-17, 2016
  • United We Serve: Summer of Service – May 1-Sept. 10, 2016
  • One Member, One Hour Activities – any day of the year

Clubs that host activities related to Signature Service Opportunities should register their projects at

We are excited to release Volume II of the Service Recipe Guide with 41 new recipes designed to engage Club members in a variety of fun, thought-provoking quick-start recipes (8 MB) and extended recipes (6 MB).