Triple Play: Healthy Habits
Healthy Habits, the "Mind” component of Triple Play, is a Club-wide strategy to promote health and well-being in young people. The approach incorporates healthy living and active learning into every part of the Club Experience, from the gym to the learning center to the arts and crafts room.  Healthy Habits utilizes informational and experiential learning activities in a small-group setting, allowing members to develop healthy attitudes and behaviors about nutritional eating and physical fitness. The program supports Club members in making positive decisions about their well-being. Participants will build skills related to fitness and positive lifestyle changes.

As a result of participation in Healthy Habits, Boys & Girls Club members should:

  • increase their understanding of the relationship between behaviors (choices) and health;
  • increase their nutrition knowledge and skills;
  • make more responsible food choices – increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables and decrease the consumption of foods with limited nutritional value;
  • improve their level of physical fitness – increase physical activity and decrease sedentary activity;
  • understand the principles of the food groups;
  • increase their understanding of portion sizes;
  • become aware of environmental cues that prompt eating; and
  • identify how to eat away from home.



The SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) prevention/education program addresses problems such as drug and alcohol use and premature sexual activity. The program uses a team approach involving Club staff, peer leaders, parents and community representatives. More than simply emphasizing a "Say No" message, the program teaches young people ages 6 to15 how to say no by involving them in discussion and role-playing, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills and analyzing media and peer influence. The ultimate goal: to promote abstinence from substance abuse and adolescent sexual involvement through the practice of responsible behavior.


An outgrowth of the popular and effective SMART Moves program, SMART Girls is a health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program for girls ages 8 to 17.  The SMART Girls program was developed to offer age-specific experiences that enhance girls’ physical and emotional health. Itis a small-group program that utilizes a combination of informational and experiential learning activities to help female BGCA members develop the knowledge and skills necessary to practice healthy lifestyle choices.

There are two age-appropriate modules of SMART Girls for implementation with girls ages 8-12 and 13-17. The program design features interactive and experiential methods and approaches, including the use of anecdotes, role play, field trips, guest speakers and mentors. The program’s sessions are tailored to meet the unique needs of different groups of girls.  The program is designed to encourage healthy attitudes and lifestyles that will enable early adolescent girls to develop to their full potential.  

Passport to Manhood

Passport to Manhood is a curriculum for adolescent boys that addresses several key areas of development while stressing and promoting positive values and behaviors. Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility for male Club members ages 11-14. At a critical and transitional time in their adolescence, boys are encouraged to adopt the character virtues that will give them a positive head start in their journey to manhood.

Passport to Manhood consists of 14 sessions, each of which concentrates on a specific aspect of manhood through highly interactive activities. In addition to Club staff, peer leaders (older Club members), volunteers and parents can all become involved in the implementation of the program. Each Club member who participates in the program is issued his own "Passport” to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and personal growth. At the close of each session, the member’s Passport is stamped and signed by the Group Leader as a way to recognize the achievement of another milestone in the passage to manhood. The final session is a graduation ceremony during which the participants, their parents and family members, Club officials and others can celebrate the completion of the boys’ work. Each "class” will develop a positive code of conduct to serve as their creed as they move forward toward manhood.