With more than 20 clubs, we have something for everyone.

Whether you’re passionate about the arts, sports, science, giving back to your community, business, or the trades, you’ll find a club that sparks your interest and lets you connect with like-minded peers.

Joining a club is a great way to explore new hobbies, develop skills and make lifelong friends. Below, you’ll find detailed information about each club, including meeting times and how to join. Dive in and discover the perfect club to enhance your high school experience!

For information about music and drama programs, check out the Music & Drama page.

High School Clubs

Bring Change to Mind

Hundreds of students participate in the third annual Burlington Community Walk to Fight Suicide while holding signs promoting mental health.

What is Bring Change to Mind?

Bring Change to Mind promotes positive mental health and mental health awareness. Students are involved with activities that promote positive mental health in weekly meetings and plan events in the school and community. This group has planned the Burlington Community Walk to Fight Suicide for the past three years.

Who can join?

Any student

When and where does this club meet?

Every Monday after school in the TLC classroom

How can students join?

Attend the Monday meetings

Club advisors:

Amy Kristensen, Lorie Bray

Club M

A high school student wears a cowboy hat for Hat Day while reading a book with her elementary Club M mentee outside the cafeteria of Burlington High School

What does this club do?

BHS students become mentors in our program, becoming an older friend to an elementary student. BHS students play board games, make crafts or play catch with a younger Grayhound.

Where and when does this club meet?

Every Wednesday after school in the BHS cafeteria.

How can students join?

Complete this application and receive training from our staff.
Club advisors:

Cassie Gerst, Kelsey Prickett, Natalie Hall

Color Guard

A member of Color Guard twirls a flag during a half-time performance at a football game

What is Color Guard?

Color Guard does flag and dance routines during half-time of the marching band show.

Who can join?

Any students grades 9-12

When and where does this club meet?

During periods 0 and 1 of the first trimester at BHS

How can students join?

Come to camp in the spring or join in the fall at the start of school.

Club advisor:

Heather Hayes

Creative Writing Club

A flyer advertising Creative Writing Club shows images of pencils along with the words, "Ready to expand your creativity?," "Meet more people who have the same passion as you! You will be given prompts to inspire your creative flow!"

What is Creative Writing Club?

Creative Writing Club provides a space for students to get creative and wordy alongside peers with a common interest in writing. Club members are given writing prompts to inspire creative flow and are advised in entering school, state and national writing contests.

Who can join?

This club is open to all high school students.

When and where does this club meet?

3:05-4 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month in Room 124.

How can students join?

Come to a meeting or contact a club advisor.

Club advisors:

Thomas Boyd, Dan Kopping, Jessica King

Crochet Club

A flyer advertising Crochet Club displays meeting times and a basket of yarn and crochet hooks

What is Crochet Club?

Crochet Club is a safe space for kids to come and learn how to crochet or if they already know how to crochet, to refine their skills with the help of others.

Who can join?

Any BHS student

When and where does this club meet?

3:15-4 p.m. Mondays in BHS room 125

How can students join?
Stop by during regular meeting times
Club advisor:
Gabrielle Lewmix

Dance Team

Members of the Burlington Dance Team pose for a photo at the Iowa State Dance and Drill Team Association.

What is Dance Team?

The Burlington Dance Team performs at basketball games, the Iowa State Dance and Drill Team Association and in local competitions. The team also participates in community events.

Who can join?

All BHS studentsare welcome to try out!

When and where does the team meet?

Twice a week in the weightlifting room at BHS

How can students join?

Tryouts are held each spring

Coach:

Makayla Lilly-Sherwood

DECA

Two students wearing DECA blazers and medals stand on either side of their club advisor with a BCSD banner in the background

What is DECA?

DECA is an international organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. Students engage in hands-on activities, competitions, and leadership opportunities that enhance their business skills and knowledge. Through real-world projects, networking events, and community service, DECA members build valuable experiences that pave the way for future success in both college and careers.

Who can join?

BHS students

Where and when does this club meet?

Biweekly at BHS

How can students join?

Contact the club advisor

Club advisor:

Brian Mumm

 

Drama

A high school student dressed as an orphan holds up a fake rat in front of another student dressed as Miss Hanagan's character during "Annie the Musical."

What is Drama Club?

The Drama Department/Club puts on a musical in the fall and a play in the spring. This year’s upcoming fall musical production will be the “Wizard of Oz.”

Who can join?

All students are welcome to come try out!

When and where does this club meet?

Practices are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the season of the performance.

How can students join?

Those interested may ask an advisor or check their email for announcements.

Club advisors: 

James Flaherty, Emma Gobble and Sara Parris

DreamCatchers

Burlington High School students Traeh Pender and William Woodard pose for a photo alongside Mary Kelly and her husband, Charles Kelly, and BHS graduate and former DreamCatchers member Machias Perez Wednesday, March 20, at Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice House in West Burlington. DreamCatchers, a BHS club that grants wishes for hospice patients, was there to host a Casino Night for Kelly, who passed away Sunday, March 24.

What is DreamCatchers?

DreamCatchers grants last wishes for hospice patients. It is the only high school chapter of the DreamCatchers Foundation in Iowa.

Who can join?

All BHS students and students from surrounding schools.

When and where does this club meet?

7:45 a.m. each Monday in the school library.

How can students join?

Email the club advisor

Club advisor:

Lorie Bray

E-Sports

E sports

What are e-sports?

There are three seasons of e-sports.

  1. Fall: Rainbow Six Siege & Super Smash Bros
  2. Winter: Overwatch 2 & Rocket League
  3. Spring: Valorant & Mario Kart

Who can join?

Any BHS student

When and where does this club meet? 

Practices: Monday-Friday after school at James Madison Education Center.

Games: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5 p.m.

Teams compete virtually from JMEC during the regular season and first round of playoffs. Teams travel for state competitions.

How can students join?

Come to practice

Club advisor:

John Sparrow

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Fellowship of Christian Athletes members stand in a semi-circle in the middle of the football field at Bracewell Stadium.

What is the Fellowship of Christian Athletes?

The FCA seeks to make disciples through our strategy of engaging, equipping and empowering coaches and athletes to know and grow in Christ and lead others to do the same. It is led by a 10-member student team.

Who can join?

Students, coaches and teachers

When and where does this club meet?

7 a.m. every Wednesday in the second floor of the BHS library

How can students join?

Come to the library on Wednesday mornings

Club advisor:

Tom Manning

Gay-Straight Alliance

Gay-Straight Alliance graphic

What is GSA?

The Gay-Straight Alliance focuses on building community and is a safe place for LGBTQ+ students and straight allies. GSA balances fun, social activities with fostering awareness, education and activism around LGBTQ+ issues.

Who can join?

Any BHS student

When and where does this club meet?

On Tuesdays after school in Room 125

Club advisors:

Gabrielle Lewmix and Thomas Boyd

Health Occupations Students of America

Members of BHS's HOSA chapter pose for a group photo at the 2024 state HOSA competition.

What is HOSA?

Health Occupations Students of America is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health science instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership.

Who can join?

BHS students

When and where does this club meet?

This club meets once or twice monthly and more frequently closer to competition times in the Health Occupations classroom at BHS.

How can students join?

Contact an advisor

Club advisors:

Mary Zippe and Hilary Griest

Junior Class Cabinet

What is Junior Class Cabinet?

Junior Class Cabinet consists of BHS juniors who plan, decorate and host prom.

Who can join?

BHS juniors

When and where does this club meet?

Junior Class Cabinet meets once monthly at BHS until closer to prom, then weekly as needed.

How can students join?

Listen to morning announcements and attend meetings.

Club advisor:

Heather Hayes

Leo Club

A student sits at a table with a Leo Club poster on top of it during an informational night for incoming ninth-graders.

What is Leo Club?

We are a service and leadership organization for high school students affiliated with Lions Club International, the largest service club in the world. We are supported locally by the Burlington Noon Lions Club. Our Leos volunteer for school and community events as a way to build Silver Cord hours and also to enhance our resumes with leadership and service opportunities.

Who can join?

Any BHS student

Where and when does this club meet?

This club meets monthly except for in September and May, when members meet twice per month. Executive Board members meet twice a month. Meeting dates vary and the calendar of meeting dates is shared with students when they join the club.

How can students join?

Contact a club advisor.

Club advisors:

Lara Kendell and Jessica King

Minority Scholars

Minority Scholars logo

What is Minority Scholars?

The Minority Scholars Program is a student-led, student-based, and student-driven program, aimed at closing the opportunity gap.

MSP has six key objectives:

* Improve academic achievement
* Elevate student voice
* Promote leadership
* Enhance sense of belonging
* Build cultural capital
* Develop critical consciousness

Who can join?
BHS students
When and where does this club meet?
Listen to announcements for meeting information.
How can students join?
Contact the club advisor
Club advisor:
Shanan Kim

National Honor Society

National Honor Society inductees hold lighted candles during their induction ceremony

What is NHS?

National Honor Society is a club built on four pillars: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character. Members plan and carry out a service project each month of the school year.

Who can join?

Students who have a GPA of 3.6 or higher during early spring of their sophomore year and are approved via an application process.

When and where does this club meet?

This club meets monthly at BHS.

How can students join?

Students who are eligible for this club must go through an application and review process before they can be accepted and inducted.

Club advisor:

Christina Hess-Haughey

Pathfinder

A Pathfinder yearbook is shown

What is Pathfinder?

Students in Pathfinder produce the high school yearbook. Members also take photos of school events to include in the yearbook.

Who can join?

Sophomores, juniors and seniors. Freshmen may join per recommendation.

When and where does this club meet?

This is a class that meets daily throughout the year.

How can students join?

Sign up for all three trimesters when you register for classes.

Club advisor

Betsy Wolf

Senior Class Cabinet

Handprints made with grey and purple paint are shown on a wall around the words "Seniors 2024"

What is Senior Class Cabinet?

Senior Class Cabinet members focus on enriching school culture and planning prom.

Who can join?

Seniors

When and where does this club meet?

Biweekly or as needed.

How can students join?

Attend meetings and listen to morning announcements for information regarding Senior Class Cabinet.

Club advisor:

Annette Mosbach

SkillsUSA

Sparks fly as a student wearing a welding mask welds.
What is SkillsUSA?

SkillsUSA is a workforce development organization for students interested in career and technical education. Members compete at the state and national levels in competitions covering everything from welding to healthcare.

Who can join?

BHS students

When and where does this club meet? 

Every other week in Kyle Krieger’s classroom

How can students join?

Listen to morning announcements for meeting times. It is ideal for students to join at the beginning of the school year, but they may join throughout the year as well.

Club advisors:

Kyle Krieger and Brian Johnson

 

Student Council

A dragon boat glides over water as its student passengers cheer on and the flag catcher holds up the flag.

What is Student Council?

The purpose of Student Council is to give students an opportunity to develop leadership by organizing and carrying out school activities, such as Dragon Boat races, and service projects.

Who can join?

All students are welcome to apply!

When and where does this club meet? 

Every other Thursday before school in the Industrial Arts building

How can students join?

Applications are sent via email in May.

Club advisor:

Sara Parris

Table Tennis Club

Two table tennis paddles rest on a ping pong table with a ball in the middle and a net in the background

What is Table Tennis Club?

If you enjoy fast-paced games and having fun with friends, this is the place for you. Whether you’re new to the game or a seasoned pro, everyone is welcome. We meet weekly for relaxed matches and practice sessions. It’s all about having a good time, improving your skills, and enjoying the sport together. Come join us for some casual, exciting table tennis fun!

Who can join?

BHS students

When and where does this club meet?

Twice weekly after school in the cafeteria

How can students join?

Come to a meeting!

Club advisor:

Andres Alfaro

Technology Student Association

Iowa Student Technology Association Logo

What is TSA?

The Technology Student Association enhances personal development, leadership, and career opportunities in STEM, whereby members apply and integrate these concepts through intracurricular activities, competitions, and related programs.

Who can join?

Anyone may apply.

When and where does this club meet? 

Every other Thursday morning before school in the Industrial Arts building.

How can students join?

Those interested may speak to the club advisor. Information about TSA also is sent via email and included in morning announcements.

Club advisor:

Sara Parris

Varsity Club

What is Varsity Club?

Varsity Club runs concessions at home sporting events on the BHS campus and does acts of community service.

Who can join?

Athletes who have earned a varsity letter in any sport

When and where does this club meet?

Once a week or as needed depending on the event schedule at BHS.

How can students join?

Reach out to the Activities Office after earning your varsity letter.

Club advisor:

Kira Harris

Visual Arts and Anime Program

Students in VAAP pose for a photo alongside their club advisor

What is VAAP?

The Visual Arts and Anime Program provides a place for students to create, socialize and enjoy anime films.

Who can join?

Any BHS student

Where and when does this club meet?

3:15-4:15 p.m. every Thursday in the BHS art classrooms

How can students join?

There is no sign-up. Students may join as often as they like.

Club advisors:

Deborah Coyle and Tony Onesto