Boys and Girls Clubs

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Since 1860, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America organization has been putting the nation’s children on the path to great futures. Its mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Unique Characteristics of Boys & Girls Clubs

Boys & Girls Clubs serve small towns, large metropolitan areas, and public housing communities, as well as American Indian and native Alaskan lands. Club programs and services also enrich the lives of youth in public and private schools, and those who live on U.S. military installations around the world.

Clubs are community-based, building-centered, and led by professional staff. They offer youth development programs, determined by local need and available resources, to meet the interests and needs of young people ages 6–18.

Boys & Girls Clubs provide young people with:

  • Safe places to play, laugh, discover, and learn during out-of-school time, including the summer.
  • Life-changing programs that help them advance in three key outcome areas— Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles.
  • Opportunities to build new skills so they can succeed and receive recognition for personal accomplishments.
  • Ongoing supportive relationships with caring adults and friends that foster a sense of belonging, responsibility, civility, and civic engagement.


Clubs currently serve nearly 4 million young people in more than 4,000 club facilities throughout the United States and on U.S. military installations around the world.

Find current Scouting membership numbers in Boys & Girls Clubs at

Role of Scouting in Boys & Girls Clubs

Boys & Girls Clubs and Scouting work to bring together people of all races, religious faiths, and political beliefs in a friendly, impartial setting.


Find the Boys & Girls Club nearest you to start a Scouting program there at



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