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Boys Game Club

If your son would like to join the game club, please select the number of boys you’re signing up in the booking section. In the Details field, please add full names and ages of each boy you are signing up.

Typical Schedule

10:00-10:15 – a little get to know you game to help remember names, etc. (we might do away with this after a few weeks)

10:15–11:30 – board games

11:30–11:40 – pickup

11:40–12:00 – free play (either backyard (trampoline, playground) or foosball or something downstairs

12:00 – pass out any shared treats and head home

Boys Club Rules

  1. There is NO cost for the club.
  2. Please check your email regularly, particularly on Friday mornings. I plan to hold the club every Friday when the Alpine School District is in session, at least through this semester and probably for the year. But I might get sick or my kids might get sick or we might, on occasion, have something that will conflict with the club time.I will always try to let you know early, but if someone wakes up sick, I can only inform you as soon as I know. So please check Friday mornings to make sure your trip is not wasted and you are not aggravated.
  3. Please ask your boys to be respectful of our property and of me.
  4. Boys can bring games and we might be able to incorporate them. (Long, drawn out games probably won’t work. We also have to consider the number of people who attend on a given week.)
  5. Boys can bring a treat to share. We will pass it out at the end. If no one chooses to bring a treat, we won’t have one, so tell them they should not expect to be fed.
  6. Moms are welcome (but not required) to stay and are particularly welcome if you think your son will do better with you around. I ask a few things, if you do choose to stay:
    • Please keep focused on the boys. Sometimes moms start talking and let everything else go, but I really want this to be a boy-centric time. The last 20 minutes will be a free play time, but for the first 100 minutes, I don’t want the room to be filled with moms chatting with each other. Rather boys interacting with each other.
    • Sometimes it might be helpful for moms to join in a game (odd number of kids, child who needs direction, etc.), but most of the time, let’s let the boys play with each other and just be mediators.
    • Because we are trying to have a group with similar abilities/interests, we are sticking to the 10-14 year old age range.
    • If you have children not in the club, please don’t bring them to the club meetings. We want to maintain focus on the boys in the club. I don’t have the wherewithal to manage, provide for, monitor, or clean up after younger siblings, and I’d prefer not to have older siblings around because even when they are “studying” in the other room, they tend to get distracted and either join in or start bossing the younger kids. So let’s keep it to just the boys in the club.
  7. Please pick up your boys on time (at noon). We have other obligations soon after and need to prepare for them.
  8. The club will be limited to no more than 15 boys so they can really get to know one another and form friendships.

{ 21 comments… add one }

  • Beth boyle September 20, 2013, 12:12 pm

    Hi Alison ,
    The spots are are filled. Oh no! Shall I still bring Hyrum today? Also, as you wanted feedback on the site, the field I am typing in is pitch black sp I can’t see my typing. Hope there are no errors:)

  • Alison Moore Smith September 20, 2013, 2:12 pm

    Yes, bring him! It’s showing up as full because today is the start date and it won’t accept more signups after it starts.

    Tell me what device and browser you were using when you got the black screen of death? 😉 Was it a mobile device? Thanks for the feedback!

  • Alison Moore Smith September 20, 2013, 2:49 pm

    Ah, I think I found the problem. It’s in this comment box. I fixed the CSS. :) Thanks for pointing it out!

  • Alison Moore Smith September 20, 2013, 8:50 am

    I fixed the time stamp so you should be able to sign up until the club starts today. :)

  • Heather September 27, 2013, 8:13 am

    I didn’t get this done before now and it says it’s full again.

  • Alison Moore Smith September 27, 2013, 8:22 am

    Once an event BEGINS, the booking automatically closes down. Let me know how many kids you want to bring and I will add them. Bring them today, of course. It was really just a test to work out kinks in the booking system. The club started two weeks ago, before I set that up.

  • HeatherW September 27, 2013, 8:31 am

    It’s Taylor, he came two weeks ago. We are having car issues so we are trying to figure out how to get him home. :). Thanks Alison!

  • Rebecca October 24, 2013, 1:05 am

    I was wondering if this was full now for sure. I have a 12 yr old son.

  • Alison Moore Smith October 24, 2013, 9:32 am

    Rebecca, he’s welcome to come. Just bring him over tomorrow. :)

    We have about 12 boys who come, averaging about 10 per week. My max out is at 15, so we’re fine with a few more boys.

    The event manager forces events to close once they begin. I’m hoping to change that eventually. :)
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  • Jennifer Barnes November 6, 2013, 6:15 pm

    Do you have room for an almost 12 year old?

  • Alison Moore Smith November 6, 2013, 6:17 pm

    Jennifer, we’d love to have him join us. We have been averaging about 10 kids per week (11 last week), so we’re fine on the numbers. Bring him over! The boys are just great.
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  • willardlori November 7, 2013, 11:52 am

    I can’t seem to sign up for tomorrow. Is it full? Can I bring Isaac?

  • Alison Moore Smith November 7, 2013, 11:53 am

    Yes. See comments above. The bookings close when the event starts, but we are fine on attendance, so please bring him! :)
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  • Summer Birchall November 7, 2013, 7:50 pm

    I would love to bring my two boys tomorrow. Would that be ok with you? They are 9 and 10.

  • Alison Moore Smith November 7, 2013, 8:23 pm

    Summer, the club is for boys’ ages 10-14. I’ve stuck to the age range so the older boys don’t get overwhelmed with little guys. :)
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  • summerbirchall November 7, 2013, 8:37 pm

    Ok. Sounds good. My boys are only 14 months apart, and at times, think they are twins. My 9 year old has actually skipped a grade, so most of his friends are 10 and 11. Let me know if you would bend the rule a bit. If not, no big deal. This seems like such a fun thing! I have been looking for a little group for them to get together with. Maybe I can host one sometime for a younger group….

  • Alison Moore Smith November 7, 2013, 8:54 pm

    I can’t bend it because I wouldn’t bend if for others! :/ But it is pretty easy to do yourself with the age range that fits your kids. Check this out:

    How to Start a Homeschool Game Club
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  • Alison Moore Smith November 14, 2013, 9:18 am

    Game club has been cancelled for tomorrow, due to schedule conflicts and illness. We will be back next week. Please check the schedule above and keep updated on this page for any changes!
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  • Alison Moore Smith January 15, 2014, 7:47 pm

    No Game Club on January 17, 2014! We’ll be back on January 21st for more fun. See you then!
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  • Alison Moore Smith May 8, 2014, 3:30 pm

    Game club will be cancelled on May 9. My father just died and we are with family. See you next week.
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  • Alison Moore Smith May 19, 2014, 12:59 pm

    Regular game club is over for this year! Please join us for SUMMER Boys Game Club starting on June 4!
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