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Children learn a lot about themselves and others by volunteering. Even the youngest of children can make a difference. By choosing a project and following it through, children develop a sense of accomplishment. Whether planting flowers or serving in a soup kitchen, children see the results of their hard work and have the satisfaction of knowing they are making a difference.
Clubs that focus on volunteers tout developing leadership skills, problem-solving skills, setting and achieving goals,... working in teams, and communication skills. The Kiwanis is a volunteer organization with three levels of clubs for elementary through high school youths.
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Scouting provides a well-rounded program where children earn badges, play games, camp, sing, create crafts, complete service projects and more. Scouts build friendships and learn new skills. Many have opportunities through Scouts that they wouldn't otherwise have.
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Sports give children a chance to engage in physical activity as well as make friends, develop skills, learn teamwork and build self-esteem. The sporting options are virtually endless.
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Religious clubs give children the opportunity to learn more about their faith, grown in that faith and make friends within their faith. The activities vary by the club but usually include social programs as well as educational. Some religious clubs also do outreach and community service projects.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Academic clubs recognize children's academic achievements or give children the opportunity to work in an academic area in more depth than offered in class. They may also help prepare children for their future in a specific area.
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Agricultural clubs give children the opportunity to work in various areas of farming, plant and animal sciences, horticulture, agricultural technologies and related fields. They provide a place where children can have fun, make friends and prepare for futures in agricultural fields.
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Music & Arts
Children develop creativity and express themselves through the arts. Singing, dancing, painting, and drama give children the chance to find out who they are – or sometimes pretend to be someone different -- and express it in beautiful ways