The Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which our staff can meet the special character development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their lives. With activities such as peer-mentoring programs and food & clothing drives, the Torch Club helps make communities a better place to live. 

This small-group leadership development program, sponsored by Staples, is targeted to youth ages 11 to 13. Within some 1,300 Torch Clubs across the country, members elect officers and plan and implement their own activities and community service projects. 

Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: 

1. Service to the Club and to the community 

2. Education 

3. Health & fitness

4. Social recreation

The National Torch Club Awards are presented annually to Torch Clubs with outstanding programs and activities in each area. Each year, Torch Club members from across the country take part in a service-learning experience through the National Torch Club Project. Cash awards ranging from $500 to $2,500 are presented to the top entries.