Character & Leadership

Character & Leadership Programs

The Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh’s goal in our Character and Leadership programming is to build the skills needed today to be effective leaders tomorrow. We empower our young people to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process, and respect their own and others’ cultural identities.

Character, Etiquette and Afternoon Tea

Club girls ages 7-10 have the opportunity to participate in a special program in which they learn about healthy eating and exercising, appreciating themselves and others, working hard to achieve their dreams and more. The Afternoon Tea event, held at the Oshkosh Country Club, is their reward for completing six character and etiquette classes.

Keystone Club

Keystone is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s ultimate teen program. This unique leadership development experience provides opportunities for young people ages 14 to 18. Youth participate both in and out of the Club in activities in three focus areas:

  • Academic success
  • Career preparation
  • Community service

With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club and the community.


Club members in need of a role model are matched with an adult mentor committed to meeting with them for four hours a month for at least two years. Mentors and mentees meet at the Club, participate in fun activities together and develop a plan for the mentee’s future following high school graduation.


STEP Up seeks to create a solid, positive relationship between kids and Oshkosh Police Department officers. There are three main components to the program:

  • An internet safety class
  • An anti-bullying program
  • Challenge the Cops nights where officers and kids challenge each other in volleyball, basketball and football

Torch Club

Torch Clubs is leadership and service club for boys and girls ages 11 to 13. Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which Club staff can help meet the special character development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their life. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas:

  1. Service to Club and community
  2. Education
  3. Health and fitness
  4. Social recreation

Youth of the Month

Youth of the Month provides members ages 6-18 the opportunity to showcase their leadership ability and be recognized among their peers. Each month, staff choose a member from each program area to be the member of the month. These members will be recognized at our annual Youth of the Year Dinner event.

Youth of the Year

Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is the Boys & Girls Club of America’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. Local Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and also select a Youth of the Year.

The Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh Youth of the Year receives a $10,000 scholarship from the Boys & Girls Club’s Charles F. Hyde, Jr. Youth of the Year Scholarship Endowment and participates in the statewide competition. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.

50 years of building great futures

photograph of girls at club

Sunday, August 30th, 2020
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

100% of the proceeds from the Block Party on Broad event will go to support the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh