The Robertson Park Youth Center, the City’s first “green building,” welcomes its young patrons with a host of features that minimize the building’s impact on the environment. From the initial site location down to the chemical make-up of the paint, at every step this building is designed to be innovative and environmentally friendly. Designed to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification status, the building’s green features include a geothermal heating and cooling system that saves energy and reduces air pollution; cabinets made from rapidly-renewable wheatboard; floors made from recycled tires and rubber; ENERGY STAR windows; light sensors to control lighting and save energy; forest certified wood to promote sustainable forestry techniques; and insulation made from recycled blue jeans.
- General Activities – Sports/Games, Arts and Crafts, Special Holiday Events and Activities, Billiards, Play Station, Wii, X-Box, Foosball, Table Tennis, Special Interest Groups
- Rock-Climbing Wall – Students learn the basic skills of rock-climbing from trained staff. All students must have a waiver signed by their parents before climbing. Learn the basic skills of rock-climbing from trained staff. Climbing Wall use is limited to Gaithersburg Youth Club members and staff.
- Climbing is limited to ages 10 and up and participants must have a completed waiver form.
- Trained staff members supervise Open Climb at the Center at certain times as specified on the Youth Center calendar. First Come, First Served!
- GYC Open Gym – Thursdays starting in September from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park. Play basketball, indoor soccer and more! Permission slips are available at the Youth Center.
- Girlzz Breaks/Boyzz Breaks – Great mentoring activities for girls and boys in middle school. Snacks, activities and open discussion on topics including peer pressure, self-esteem, stress, school, health and hygiene, safety and much more!
- Environmental Fun – Great learning activities come hand-in-hand with the environmentally-friendly characteristics of the Youth Center at Robertson Park.
- Computer/Study Room – This quiet computer/study room is available for kids doing homework or research.
- Homework Club/Tutoring Program – Kids can get homework help every day from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. at the Youth Center. GYC staff in high school and college are available for anyone who needs help with his/her assignments and reading/writing skills.
- “Cheers for Volunteers!” Community Service Program – If any students need service learning hours, send them our way! The Youth Center organizes monthly service projects. Information and permission slips are available for each project.
The GYC Shuttle
A shuttle to the Youth Center in Olde Towne is provided after school for GYC members at Forest Oak Middle School.
- Any student in middle school can participate. Students can obtain registration forms from the Youth Center, Activity Center at Bohrer Park or in the Documents section of this page. Students attending Lakelands Park, Ridgeview and Kingsview Middle Schools may also obtain the forms from school.
- Yearly Membership Fee – $20 Residents / $25 Nonresidents
- Cards – GYC members will receive a membership card. The students MUST show his/her card to ride the GYC shuttle, participate at the Youth Center, and sign out equipment at the center. There is a $5 charge to replace lost cards.
- “Drop-in” Center – The Youth Center is a “drop-in” center. Students are required to sign in upon arrival, but can leave the Youth Center to walk home or be picked up by a parent at anytime during hours of operation.