Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County was founded in 1946 with the mission of “enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” In our 70+ year history, we have become the premier provider of affordable after school youth services in the county.
When the school bell rings, four blue doors open at our Clubhouses across the county to provide safe, positive environments for nearly 5,000 young people. We accept youth who have attended their first day of first grade up until they turn 18. We are proud to operate facilities in Bellingham, Blaine, Ferndale, and Lynden, as well as two 21st Century Community Learning Center sites at Mount Baker Junior High and Kendall Elementary in east Whatcom County.
When school is out, Clubs are in!
The hours from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, are statistically the most dangerous time of the day for youth. With no adult supervision, young people are more likely to experiment with tobacco, drugs or alcohol and consider engaging in criminal activity. Our goal is to not only prevent these poor choices, but to use the critical after school hours for productive, fun, engaging high yield learning activities under the guidance of caring youth development professionals.
We will never turn a child away based on their inability to pay. As part of our mission to enable “those who need us most”, we keep membership fees low and offer scholarships for those who are unable to pay. Annual membership costs just $30 per child, while the actual cost to support each of our members per year is estimated to be $1,500.