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 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.

Special thanks to our video sponsor, Windermere Real Estate and our production engineer, Walking Distance Media.  To keep up with all Clubhouse videos, subscribe to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County YouTube channel. 

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.

Membership

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.

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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

 

Announcing the Launch of Campaign for Great Futures

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County are proud to announce the launch of the 2018 Campaign for Great Futures. The campaign will run from June until November with the goal to raise $250,000 in unrestricted gifts.

Donors Join Jeremiah Milbank Society

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County are proud to annouce the entry of seven new Jeremiah Milbank Society members; Kristi & Pete Coy, Dave & Mary Lynne Courtney, Greg Enell, Dave Mauro, Mark & Helen Packer, Dick & Sharon Skeers, and Chantee & Nick Ziemkowski.

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.

Liam Wilson Named 2018 Youth of the Year

On January 23rd, 2018, Liam Wilson, 17, was named this year’s Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County Youth of the Year. A South African transplant, Wilson has overcome…

Boys & Girls Clubs Awarded Grant for 21st Century Community Learning Center

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County will now be able to extend its reach of service to East Whatcom County. Thanks to the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant the Boys & Girls Clubs will be establishing learning centers in the Mount Baker School district…