The new Boys & Girls Club of the Siskiyous is scheduled to open this summer to 1st through 6th graders at Sisson Middle School in Mount Shasta with a leadership program for 7th and 8th graders.

Activities will include arts and crafts, sports and games, educational lessons about the environment, and outdoor adventures like hikes and trips to the lake.

“We’re excited to open the first Boys & Girls Club in Siskiyou County,” said Noam Zimin, the organization’s executive director, in a press release. “For so many, the Club has enabled achievement, and actually saved their lives.”

The summer program, from June 12 until school starts, will be open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with lunch provided by Great Northern Services.

Summer membership cost is $50 per child, but scholarships are available. The program is expected to be full by the end of the month.

Three local banks in Mount Shasta have teamed up to raise funds for the new Boys & Girls Club. From now until June 15, Banner Bank, Scott Valley Bank, and Tri Counties Bank are competing to see who can raise the most money, while their tellers are also competing amongst themselves.

In order to successfully carry out programs, Boys & Girls Clubs rely on community support. “Community collaboration makes Clubs happen. Donations, in-kind gifts, volunteers, all of these things are needed to ensure we can be available to the youth and families that need us most,” said Zimin in the release.

Part of the Boys & Girls Club mission is that no child is ever turned away for inability to pay. “This is why we’re so excited to have our local banks involved,” said Zimin. “It takes everyone doing their part, and our local banks are perfect ambassadors to help share this message with the community.”

Tri Counties Branch Manager Barry Stacey said in a phone interview that the best and most important benefit of the Boys & Girls Club is that it takes away from the idle time kids have in the summer and gives them something to do. “I’m really excited about it,” he said.

When Stacey was 12 or 13 he said he was a member of the Club in Ukiah, Calif., and it kept him out of trouble. Boys & Girls Clubs have opened their doors for more than 100 years as a safe space where young people can go after school and during holiday breaks to participate in programs where they can gain new skills, build healthy relationships with peers and adults, and develop into productive, caring citizens, according to the release.

The Mount Shasta club is sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of the Redwoods, which will be celebrating its 80th anniversary next year.

Anyone who wants to get involved with the new Boys & Girls Club in Mount Shasta, either to register a child, volunteer or make a donation, can visit www.bgcsiskiyous.org, find the Club on Facebook, or contact the Club at info@bgcsiskiyous.org or 530-220-5055.