Hobby Clubs

Hobby clubs are open to boys and girls in grades 5-12 who are members of the Boys’ & Girls’ Brigade!  They meet in addition to regular Building Leaders program nights. Regular attendance is expected if you choose to join a hobby club.

  • Brigaders may sign up the first night of the club if space is still available.
  • Non-Brigaders may be eligible to join hobby clubs starting Oct. 16 if there are spots available. Fees for non-Brigaders are double the Brigader fee.
  • If Brigade is cancelled due to weather, hobby clubs will also be cancelled.

Current hobby club offerings are listed below.

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2017-2018 Brigade year Hobby Clubs

Archery Club (FULL)

Brigader Fee: $15

Open to all skill levels. You can expect normal target archery with a few new wrinkles added every week. Try a 3D target or a different shooting position and learn maintenance and repair tips and practices. Hone your technique whether you are a beginner or advanced archer. Limited to 20 participants.

Meets from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays in the archery range: Oct 11, 18, 25; Nov 1, 8, 15; Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Feb 7, 14, 21, 28; March 7, 14, 21

 

Ceramics Club

Brigader Fee: $20

Learn to clean, glaze, paint and fire Greenware. Participants will need to purchase some paint brushes and supplies. Parents of Brigaders are also welcome. Limited to 12 participants.

Meets from 7-9 p.m. on the following Wednesdays in the 3rd floor ceramics room: Oct 11, 18, 25; Nov 1, 8, 15, 29; Dec 6, 13; Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Feb 7, 14, 21, 28; March 7, 14, 21

 

CLIMBING CLUB

Brigader Fee: $10 for six months

The climbing club will focus on safe climbing, climbing techniques, and having fun. All participants under 18 must have a release form signed by parent/guardian on file. Parents and guests welcome! Participants younger than 5th grade are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent.

Meeting dates and times vary to accommodate all grades and schedules.
Watch the monthly Brigade calendar for the current month’s climbing dates.

 

Cooking Club (BOTH SESSIONs FULL)

Brigader Fee: $20

Each week we will be cooking and eating, but the point of the hobby club is to learn sanitary, healthy cooking techniques and recipes that you can make for your families. Each week you will go home with the recipes for the items that we made for the week. You are encouraged to share what you have learned with your families by cooking for them. Limited to 10 participants per session, Brigaders may only participate in one session per program year.

Participants will be provided with an apron, which must be washed between each meeting. Participants are also responsible for bringing a hat to restrain their hair.

Safety kitchen practices must be followed at all times. Anyone who is behaving in an unsafe manner will be warned once, and if the action persists, they will be removed from the club.

Fall Session (Oct-Dec): Meets from 5-6:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays in the 2nd floor kitchen: Oct 11, 18, 25; Nov 1, 8, 15, 29; Dec 6, 13

Spring Session (Jan-Mar): Meets from 5-6:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays in the 2nd floor kitchen: Jan 17, 24, 31; Feb 7, 14, 21, 28; March 7, 14, 21

Menu:

  • October 11 - Breakfast Sandwiches w/ Fried Potatoes, and Bacon; Dessert: Monkey Bread
  • October 18 - Homemade Pizza w/ Cheesy Garlic Bread; Dessert: Butterscotch Cookies
  • October 25 - Halloween Treat Day - Caramel Apples, Pumpkin Cookies, Halloween Bark & Chocolate Covered Pretzels
  • November 1 - Tacos w/ Spanish Rice; Dessert: Choc Chip Cookies
  • November 8 - Mac & Cheese w/ Fried Chicken Tenders; Dessert: Puppy Chow
  • November 15 - Sloppy Joes w/ Homemade Potato Chips; Dessert: Snickerdoodle Cookies
  • November 29 - Turkey Soup & BLTs; Dessert: Rice Crispy Drop Cookies
  • December 6 - Beef Stroganoff w/ Egg Noodles & Glazed Carrots; Dessert: Brownies
  • December 13 - Member’s Choice (Decided on Nov. 29)

 

DRILL & DRUM CORPS

Brigader Fee: $10

Serve as the official Honor Guard of the Brigade, performing at important events including Awards Programs and the Memorial Day Parade on May 28. All sections learn and refine marching skills, and the drum section will also learn drum cadence for presentation and parade. More details about meeting dates and times will be available in January.

 

 

KARATE CLUB

Brigader Fee $10

Karate is good exercise, it’s fun, it enhances your confidence, teaches you methods to defend yourself, develops patience, and more! Kids will have the opportunity to test and earn belts. Participants should plan on attending at least one day per week.

Meets from 5-6:15 p.m. on the following Mondays: Oct 9, 16, 23, 30; Nov 6, 13, 27; Dec 4, 11; Jan 8, 15, 22, 29; Feb 5, 12, 19, 26; March 5, 12, 19

Meets from 5-6:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: Oct 11, 18, 25; Nov 1, 8, 15, 29; Dec 6, 13; Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Feb 7, 14, 21, 28; March 7, 14, 21

Karate Club continues to meet through the summer. Details will be shared with participants in the spring.

 

MODEL RAILROAD CLUB

Brigader Fee: $10

Help design and build the HO scale model railroad layout.  Lay track, create scenery, construct models and operate trains.

Meets from 7-9 p.m. on the following Tuesdays in the 3rd floor Model RR room: Oct 10, 17, 24, 31; Nov 7, 14, 28; Dec 5, 12; Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Feb 6, 13, 20, 27; March 6, 13, 20

 

RIFLE CLUB

Brigader Fee: $20 (Covers ammunition, targets, rifle use)

Learn and develop your shooting skills. Taught by NRA qualified instructors. Limited to 12 participants per session. Brigaders may attend one of the two sessions.

Session #1 - Meets from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on the following Tuesdays in the basement rifle range: Oct 10, 17, 24, 31; Nov 7, 14, 28; Dec 5, 12; Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Feb 6, 13, 20, 27; March 6, 13, 20

Session #2 - Meets from 7-8 p.m. on the following Wednesdays in the basement rifle range: Oct 11, 18, 25; Nov 1, 8, 15, 29; Dec 6, 13; Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Feb 7, 14, 21, 28; March 7, 14, 21

 

Ski Club

More info available in late November.

The Ski Club schedules four evening trips to Nordic Mountain in Mt. Morris, Wisconsin. Participants will need their own equipment or will need to rent equipment, which Brigade facilitates at a discounted group rate. Trips are chaperoned by experienced Brigade volunteers who are capable skiers and snowboarders willing to share their expertise. Professional instruction is also available. Open to Brigaders only.

 

Small Engine Repair Club

Brigader Fee: $10

Open to 7th graders and above. Learn repair and maintenance of internal combustion engines such as lawn mowers, snow blowers, go-carts and small outboards. Limited to 10 participants.

Meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the following Mondays in the basement engine mechanics room: Oct 9, 16, 23, 30; Nov 6, 13, 27; Dec 4, 11; Jan 8, 15, 22, 29; Feb 5, 12, 19, 26; March 5, 12, 19

 

STEAM Club (FULL) 

Brigader Fee $5

Do you like Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math? We have a pile of new gadgets begging to be used, and a crew of nerdy leaders excited to build cool stuff! Last year we launched rockets, programmed robots, built solar power chargers, and made go karts! Join us for one of those projects or whatever world changing invention you can dream up. Limited to 20 participants.

Meets from 5:30-7 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: Oct 10, 17, 24, 31; Nov 7, 14, 28; Dec 5, 12; Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Feb 6, 13, 20, 27; March 6, 13, 20.

 

Welding Club

Brigader Fee: $15

Interested in learning to weld? Already welded a few times and would like to enhance your skills? Learn to weld with some of the finest welding equipment in the industry (using Miller Electric Equipment). We will learn the basics welding principles, progress to stick welding and then move on to MIG (wire) welding. If time permits, we'll get to TIG welding. Limited to 8 participants.

Session #1 (FULL) - Meets from 5-6:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays in the basement metal shop: Oct 12, 19, 26; Nov 2, 9, 16, 30; Dec 7, 14; Jan 4, 11, 18, 25; Feb 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22

Session #2 - Meets from 6:30-8 p.m. on the following Thursdays in the basement metal shop: Oct 12, 19, 26; Nov 2, 9, 16, 30; Dec 7, 14; Jan 4, 11, 18, 25; Feb 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22