Option #1: BUILD YOUR OWN CLUB
The free, “build your own community” path is always an option. This allows a family to optimize the activities to fit their family schedule, interests and needs to the greatest degree. Decide what kind of a club it will be and think of a catchy name. The club should have a topic and the people in your club should be gathering because they share a common interest. This is also a good time to identify your club’s objectives. Ask yourself questions like:
What kind of a club will fit my child’s needs best?, How often will we meet?, What rules and objectives will our group meet? and What is our short and long-term goal?
It is fun and useful to have our kids be a huge part of forming their club. As you brainstorm ideas for a club, the discussions will lead the way to form the club in a meaningful way.
Some ideas for clubs are…
Monthly Teen Club
Computer Programming Club
Board Game Club
Bird Watching Club
Nature Walk Club
Option #2: Find Your Sport
If you live in a State or District where the public and private school systems will NOT allow homeschoolers to join in with their sports programs, travel sports may be an option for your family.
Established in 2011, USA Travel Sports is a premier sports organization.
We pride ourselves on promoting competitive youth travel sports in a highly organized environment while teaching values of sportsmanship, respect, and understanding of the game.
Option #3: 4-H
4‑H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System. The Cooperative Extension System, comprised of land-grant universities and local county offices, supports 4‑H programming in rural and urban areas across the nation.
Learn more about 4‑H clubs and programs in your area, enroll youth in 4‑H, or become a 4‑H volunteer by contacting your local county Extension office. Find 4‑H Near You: Select your state and county HERE.
Enroll in 4‑H with Your County: Contact your county Extension office to enroll youth in 4‑H or to become a 4‑H volunteer.
Option #4: YOUNG MARINES
UNITED STATES: AGES 8 – 18:
HOMESCHOOLERS ACCEPTED NATIONWIDE
The Young Marines strengthens the lives of America’s youth by teaching the importance of self-confidence, academic achievement, honoring our veterans, good citizenship, community service, and living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building and leadership and promotes a lifestyle that is conducive to being productive members of society.
The Young Marines program is not a program for youths with serious disciplinary problems, substance abuse issues or lengthy histories in juvenile court.
The mission of the Young Marines is to positively impact America’s future by providing quality youth development programs for boys and girls that nurture and develop its members into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
YOUNG MARINES HISTORY
1958: First Young Marine Unit formed in Waterbury, CT by
members of the Brass City Detachment of the Marine Corps League.
1962: The Young Marines program grows to over 1500 boys in 10 cities and towns and gains national attention.
1965: Officially chartered on October 17, 1965, by the Marine Corps League and becomes a national youth program.
1975: Membership is extended to females.
1980: Young Marines granted not-for-profit status as a youth educational organization by the Internal Revenue Service.
1993: Young Marines grow to 1,000 Young Marines and 300 adults in 45 units and becomes the focal point for the U.S. Marine Youth Drug Demand Reduction Program.
1995: Young Marines become international with units forming in Okinawa, Japan.
2000: Young Marines program expands to over 200 units in 38 States with over 11,000 Young Marines and nearly 2,000 adult volunteers.
2000: Young Marines participate in Youth Restoration Corps project along the Russian River in Alaska restoring Salmon Habitat.
2001: Summer Program of Adventures, Challenges, Encampments, and Schools (SPACES) is introduced with over 3,300 Young Marines participating.
Option #5: CIVIL AIR PATROL
CLUBS & EXTRA CURRICULAR: UNITED STATES: AGES 12 – 18: HOMESCHOOLERS ACCEPTED NATIONWIDE:
START ANY TIME OF YEAR
- FIND A LOCATION NEAR YOU
- ABOUT CAP
- COST: Annual dues and uniform expenses will total about $100.00. You can check HERE to find out the total amount of dues for your area. Additionally, some local squadrons charge unit dues. Your local squadron can provide more information about any unit dues and those would be payable directly to the unit. Other fees will be required for weekend activities and summer events.
The CAP Cadet Program is a year-round program where Cadets fly, learn to lead, hike, camp, get in shape, and push themselves to new limits. If you’re dreaming about a career in aviation, space, or the military, CAP’s Cadet Program is for you.
To become a cadet, you must be at least 12 years old and not yet 19 years old. Cadets meet 2 hours per week and one Saturday per month, on average, and also have opportunities to attend leadership encampments, career academies, and other activities during the summer.
Whatever your interests-survival training, flight training, photography, astronomy there’s a place for you in CAP’s cadet program. Each year, cadets have the opportunity to participate in special activities at the local, state, regional or national level. Many cadets will have the opportunity to solo fly an airplane for the first time through a flight encampment or Academy. Others will enjoy traveling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program. Still, others assist at major air shows throughout the nation.
CAP’s cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone. Thousands of young people from 12 years through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP’s cadet program. The program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others. Those cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic).
Option #6: SEA CADETS
USNSCC is comprised of two programs.
The Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) program is for young people ages 13 through the completion of high school.
Also included under the USNSCC umbrella is our junior program the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC), for young people ages 10 through 13.
Run by a small staff in Arlington, Virginia, they are sponsored by the Navy League of the United States and supported by both the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard.
The Goals of Our Cadet Programs
At the request of the Department of the Navy, the Navy League of the United States established the USNSCC in 1962 to “create a favorable image of the Navy on the part of American youth”.
Today’s U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps continues to further the image of our maritime services by adhering to a standardized training program designed to:
- Develop an interest and ability in seamanship and seagoing skills
- Instill virtues of good citizenship and strong moral principles in each cadet
- Demonstrate the value of an alcohol-free, drug-free and gang-free lifestyle
- Expose cadets to the prestige of public service and a variety of career paths through hands-on training with our nation’s armed services
Option #7: SpiralScouts International
SpiralScouts International offers scouting for boys and girls ages 3 to 18.
It began as a pagan scouting organization to provide a place for children who aren’t comfortable subscribing to specific religious beliefs. SpiralScouts is open to children of all faiths.
Their activities include all of the traditional scouting activities with a focus on respect for the Earth and others.
Option #8: CAMPFIRE USA
Camp Fire Recognizes Dignity and Worth
As one of the nation’s leading youth development organizations, Camp Fire takes pride in its long-standing commitment to providing programs and services to all youth and families. Camp Fire’s Statement of Inclusion: Camp Fire works to realize the dignity and worth of each individual and to eliminate human barriers based on all assumptions that prejudge individuals. Designed and implemented to reduce sexual, racial, religious, and cultural stereotypes and to foster positive intercultural relationships, in Camp Fire, everyone is welcome. Click Here to read an interview with Cathy Tisdale, Camp Fire’s National President, and CEO, discussing Camp Fire’s long history of inclusiveness
Option #9: FRONTIER GIRLS
Respecting and Admiring the Role of Motherhood
Frontier Girls is a scout curriculum for girls offered as an alternative to Girl Scouts for groups to use as part of their youth programs. There was once a time when the educational theory for girls was based on the fact that a woman’s place was in the home; her education and abilities were carefully centered around present and future homemaking activities. Then the pendulum swung the other direction as women battled for equal rights within the work place. Simply being a homemaker was suddenly considered a lowly position. Frontier Girls recognizes not only the ability of women to excel in the career of their choice but more importantly the continued need for strong and loving mothers in the home. Our mission shows our belief that you can do anything you set your mind to. From the President of the United States to a mother of ten, your future is up to you. Regardless of what you choose, there are certain skills and character traits that will always hold you in good stead and these are what we are hoping to teach you.
Option #10: AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS
American Heritage Girls is the premier national character development organization for girls ages 5 to 18 that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement.
“Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country.”
American Heritage Girls is the premier national character development organization for young women that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement.
All biological girls of any color, creed, race, national origin and socioeconomic status who agree to live according to the standards of the AHG Oath and the AHG Creed are invited to be members of American Heritage Girls.