Our Story

Boys & Girls Clubs of America had its beginnings in 1860 with three women in Hartford, Conn.: Mary Goodwin,Alice Goodwin and Elizabeth Hammersley. Believing that boys who roamed the streets should have a positive alternative, they organized the first Club. A cause was born.

Now in military bases all around the world and with some 22 countries receiving guidance from the Movement, are now implementing Boys & Girls Clubs type of programming.

In recent years, organizations from around the world have increased their efforts to offer out of school time options to ALL youth with special concern for those most in need of those services. With guidance and support from Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a number of worldwide leaders have launched or are launching their own brand of Boys & Girls Clubs. There is quite a bit going on, so please feel free to Join Us! by submitting your information or visiting the organization for your country of choice.

These organizations are NOT Military based Clubs and they are NOT Chartered Club sites. BGCA continues to be a good Global Citizen.


Focused to empower the youth with educational program, sport training, fitness and recreation.


Geared towards highly engaging activities that allow for a strong and united community


Family oriented activities aimed to create a strong bond and unite family members


Clubs all over the world united to empower youth advancement