It's important for young people to experience camaraderie and to share interests with other kids their age. Being a part of a group can be instrumental in helping tweens' self-esteem, as clubs are tiny communities that offer friendship and acceptance to their members.
Some clubs that meet after school, such as the drama club, environmental club or honors societies, are hosted through schools. Others, such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or Explorers, are unaffiliated with any formal educational body. Many are free to join, while others require a membership fee. But many of these groups spearhead community service projects or contribute to the school or local community in some way.