The goal of Torch Clubs is to instill qualities of tolerance, civic responsibility, community involvement, and leadership that promote an appreciation for the American way and democratic process in adolescent members.
Younger adolescents need positive group experiences that help them cultivate good character and effective leadership skills so they can become productive, responsible, and caring citizens. This program is for boys and girls, ages 11-13. Torch Clubs have chartered small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls.
The program is a powerful vehicle through which Club staff can help meet the special needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their development. Torch Club members learn to work together to plan and implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community, education, health and fitness, and social recreation.
Through service activities, Torch Club members identify Club and community needs, develop programs and activities, and actively participate in their community. These activities also provide experience in the democratic process. Above all, they give young people a chance to contribute something of value to others. Examples of Torch Club service activities include:
- Peer mentoring programs
- Adopt-a-grandparent programs
- Food and clothing drives
- Community clean-ups and beautification projects
- Fire safety activities
Torch Club members also take part in educational activities that focus on personal development. These activities develop socialization, problem-solving, communications, goal-setting, and decision-making skills. The objective is to have youth develop a moral compass, valuing qualities such as honesty, a sense of justice and fairness, respect for others, caring, and spirituality.