If you are ready to find the right group, clubs, or organizations for your child this is a great first step. Joining and participating in a group with a mindful goal is a great building block to future success and lasting friendships. Check out our finds below!
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**There are other clubs and organizations, however we only included ones that have a current Houston-area chapter.
Houston Area Clubs, Groups, and Organizations for Kids
“4‑H is delivered by Cooperative Extension—a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation that provides experiences where young people learn by doing. For more than 100 years, 4‑H has welcomed young people of all beliefs and backgrounds, giving kids a voice to express who they are and how they make their lives and communities better.”
“a Christ-centered character and leadership development program for girls 5 to 18 years of age.”
Boy Scouts of America
- Cub Scouts – For boys Grades 1-5, Cub Scouting is the foundation of our organization and involves the whole family as parents pitch in to plan and deliver activities. (Note: A Lion program for Kindergartners is in the pilot stage and may be available in your area).
- Scouts, BSA – For boys and girls 11-17 years old, this is the traditional Scouting experience. While there is guidance from experienced leaders, Scouts take their own lead, exploring places they’ve never been as they dive into the rugged world of outdoor adventure. Troops are not coed.
- Venturing – Venturing is a coed program for young adults ages 13 (and have completed the 8th grade) through 20. Venturing’s motto, “Lead the Adventure,” reminds Venturers to always pursue life in the spirit of adventure.
CU is the parent organization that offers the Quest Clubs and Frontier Girls programs. They have an emphasis “to promote lifelong learning.” Similar to traditional scouting programs they use badges to encourage a deeper understanding and experience about a topic. The program is unique in that is can be used by individuals or groups so “troops” are simple to set up and can easily be made into a homeschool co-op. In fact the program was created by homeschoolers. There are currently more than 1200 individual badges in nine different Areas of Discovery and new badges are released every month.
- Quest Clubs – Single sex or co-ed groups. Designed so all ages can participate in a single club. Highly flexible
- Frontier Girls – Girls only, focuses on patriotism, life skills, and community service
“a volunteer Catholic Faith-based youth movement that teaches responsibility, promise, commitment, leadership, service, and loyalty. We explore nature, the outdoors, the community, service to others, and the Catholic faith.”
For girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade; focused on leading, learning, and doing.
A club for kids and teens ages 5-18 (not just for your friends with animals), the activities are organized by topics and called projects
A secular, inclusive, Co-ed, family scout group
A secular offshoot of the BSA program. They focus on a program that “…harkens back to the origins of scouting: promoting self-reliance, good citizenship, training in habits of observation, and loyalty. Our badgework and program are simple, our uniform is minimal. We teach real outdoor skills and engage in adventures, campouts, and community-building. Service is one of our core tenets…” | Currently, there are no Houston area chapters but individuals can participate as Lone Scouts.
Ages 3-18, “…to provide opportunities for young people to fulfill their potential as caring responsible individuals through informal activities in a spiritual, open, and loving atmosphere that celebrates their diversity.” | Houston Chapter Facebook Page
“a Church-Based, Christ-Centered, Boy-Focused mentoring and discipleship journey…set in the context of outdoor adventure, boys from Kindergarten through 12th grade…they are challenged to grow in character, understand their purpose, serve their community, and develop practical leadership skills to carry out the mission for which they were created.”
“…a fraternal Catholic nonprofit apostolate for priests, men, and young men looking for a life of adventure coupled with virtue.”