About Us

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 4,000 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.

Our Clubhouses are open every day after school to receive nearly 600 youth daily. Additionally, our Lynden and Ferndale Clubhouses operate “Early Bird” programs for before school care. When school is out, Clubs are in! We believe that, with the guidance of supportive staff, youth development doesn’t have to stop with the school bell.


All of our Clubhouses offer programs designed to engage members in our three focus areas; academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and citizenship. By targeting these three important areas, we are helping our members work toward high school graduation, prepared for college or a career, while teaching them values like respect, generosity, and leadership. Help us create Great Futures.


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 $40 per child, while the actual cost to support each of our members per year is estimated to be $1,500.

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Programs That Work

Bellingham Branch
Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County
1715 Kentucky St., Bellingham, WA
(360) 527-9777


Blaine Branch
Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County
635 8th St., Blaine, WA
(360) 332-3008


Ferndale Branch
Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County
2015 Cherry St., Ferndale, WA
(360) 384-0753


Lynden Branch
Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County
8800 Bender Rd., Lynden, WA
(360) 354-9959


Youth of the Year Pheobe Anderson’s Speech

Watch our very talented Senior Youth of the Year Phoebe Anderson delight the crowd with her moving story of how she finally found her place at the Boys & Girls Club. Phoebe has been a member of the Lynden Club for eight years. We are so proud of you, Phoebe!  ...

Congratulations 2019 Youth of the Year Candidates

The 2019 Youth of the Year competition has come to a conclusion, from this emerged eight amazing Clubhouse members who have grown so much in a short period time. These individuals have exemplified the Boys & Girls Club mission and are proof to the impact Clubs...

Youth of the Year

A celebration of our hard work and accomplishments of our members.

Campaign for Great Futures

We are 6 weeks from completing the Great Futures Campaign. All benefits to this campaign will ensure that our members have the foundation to become.

4th Annual Inspire Higher Dreams Gala & Auction

The 4th Annual Inspire Higher Dreams Gala & Auction raised a record-breaking $370,000 for the kids of our community. With the support of donors, attendees, volunteers, corporate sponsors, and committee members we had our most successful Gala yet.

Bourbon Street Bingeaux

On February 24th, our Bellingham Clubhouse hosting more than 230 people for our annual Bourbon Street Bingo.” This roaring Mardi Gras inspired evening brought attendees to New Orleans for the night.