Step It Up! is a philosophy in program delivery comprised of three components: increasing physical activity levels of our members; enhancing nutritional awareness and healthy eating choices; and asset building.
Step It Up! uses three tools which are implemented throughout all school age programs:
The CATCH program is an evidence-based program designed to promote physical activity, healthy food choices and the prevention of tobacco use in children;
SNACKivity is a structured, hands-on nutritional education activity which allow participants to research and prepare healthy snacks and facilitates activities and discussions which can be implemented in daily routines;
DEVELOPMENTAL ASSETS are building blocks of healthy development which assist young people to grow into healthy, caring and responsible adults.
This membership can be purchased by children and youth 6-16 years of age and enables the member to participate in Club evening recreation drop-in programs. THIS PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY NOT OFFERED DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
Evening programs DO NOT OPERATE on PA Days, during Christmas or March Breaks or on the first Tuesday of the month during the program season.
Membership can be purchased for $33.00 per child/youth per season. The Club believes in access for all and no child or youth will be turned away due to an inability to pay for a membership. Fee assistance requests should be directed to the Director of Programs & Services.
Families with 3 or more children can purchase a family membership for $66.00 for the first two children and $6.50 per each additional child in the family.
The does has a membership payment plan - inquiries regarding this option or partial/full subsidy should be directed to the Director of Programs & Services.
Children and youth wishing not to purchase a membership can still utilize the facility and programs by paying a drop-in fee of $4.50 per visit - these individuals are required to sign-in and provide emergency contact information.
**Drop-in users CANNOT ACCESS the rock wall**
A supervised area where members can make crafts, learn new artistic techniques and express themselves creatively in a wide variety of media.
The games room is a supervised area allowing children and youth to meet and interact with other members. Members can enjoy the challenges of billiards, foosball, ping-pong, air hockey and other interactive activities.
The computer lab is used primarily for our youth employment, career readiness and youth mentorship programs, however we are fortunate to have numerous 'macs' that are accessible during structured 'mac time'.
The gymnasium is the heart of the Club and is open for a wide variety of games, activities and challenges organized by staff and volunteers. Get involved in a ball hockey league, learn or enhance your soccer or volleyball skills, or just play for fun.
The gaming lounge, equipped with a PS3, XBox, Wii U and a Wii system, allows members to interact with each other and challenge their gaming skills.
The Leadership Lounge is a 'teen only' space with a TV, internet access, re-charge stations, games, music and leadership activities which are youth developed/driven. The goal of the Leadership Lounge is to provide a wide range of opportunities for youth to achieve their personal goals in a 'youth friendly' and non-judgmental environment.
The rock climbing studio has 6 auto-belay systems and 4 top-ropes, allowing members to improve their fitness levels, learn to problem solve and strategize, be involved in team building exercises and be involved in an adventure-based program.
6:00pm to 8:30pm (advance booking required for a 45 minute time period) - Must be a minimum of 6 years of age. Signed waivers required for all climbers * those under 18 years require parent authorization * pre-climb safety orientation required for all 1st time climbers* additional restrictions may apply. $9.60 + tax per session/per person
The Club is always incorporating additional 'specialized' programs and services to meet the needs and interests of the membership. The following are some examples, but not limited to, of other programs members can become involved in.
Torch Club - The Torch Club gets pre-teens, aged 10-13 engaged with what's happening in their community. Torch Club members plan their own programming based on the issues important to them. Torch Club helps kids develop leadership skills and self-esteem in a respectful, diversified environment. The program also offers the opportunity to give back to others and gain a sense of responsibility that comes with making those decisions.
Basic Needs, Brighter Future - The Basic Needs, Brighter Future program provides young people with resources to enhance and expand their access to food, education relating to food, and the development of healthy habits and life skills. Grants allow Clubs to feed more young people and their families, promote the importance of healthy habits, and educate Club staff and members.
STEAM Ahead! - Mixing visual, auditory and hands-on activities to engage different learning styles, STEAM Ahead encourages children to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fundamentals and includes an artistic (A) component to encourage creativity and innovation.
Kid Food Nation - is a national food skills initiative, designed for kids aged 7-12 years. The initiative aims to help improve Canadian's food skills and support healthy eating habits by empowering and educating kids, parents and families to develop practical knowledge and experience related to planning, preparing and cooking healthy meals and snacks.
Giant Tiger Giant Steps - offers opportunities for young people to complete homework in a supportive environment, and also offers them the chance to learn about opportunities for further education or career guidance. Through Giant Steps, youth build knowledge and skills not only in academics, but also in communication and leadership.
Dunk for Diabetes - The Sun Life Dunk for Diabetes program is a national initiative, in support of diabetes awareness and prevention, to teach Canadian youth the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle. With participants taking part in weekly, basketball-based fitness and nutrition challenges, this six-week program encourages healthy living to prevent type 2 diabetes. Participants have a chance to win prizes after each challenge is completed, and the top 10 kids from each Club will celebrate their achievements with the Toronto Raptors and NBA Legends at the end of the program
|Monday, Wednesday & Friday||6:00pm - 8:00pm|
|Tuesday & Thursday||
6:00pm - 8:00pm