The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga
The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga (BGCSHC) is a chartered affiliate of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America system (BGCA). The first ''Boys Club'' was founded in Hartford, CT in 1860. The National organization was founded in 1906, and the chartered by the Congress of the United States in 1956. The National headquarters is located in Atlanta, GA.
BGCA is comprised of approximately 1,100 chartered organizations and 4,600 Clubs.
Clubs are traditional (building centered, like our Calistoga and St. Helena Clubs), in schools (like our Howell Mountain school site), in churches, in public housing, in community centers (like our Calistoga Teen Center at the Monhoff Center) on Native lands and on US military bases both foreign and domestic. There are approximately 50,000 BGCA employees (FT and PT), 200,000 volunteers (Board members and program volunteers), and total combined budgets exceed $1.7 billion.
We serve children and youth in grades K-12 in annual membership. NOTE: A child must have reached his/her 5th birthday, AND completed the first day of kindergarten to be eligible for membership. The BGCSHC operates four Clubs (after school and summer) and an Administrative Office.
Traditionally, Boys & Girls Clubs are primarily community supported, and not fee supported. Thus, just 6% of our annual operating revenues come from fees. We strive to be affordable and accessible for all children and families. Our fees should never be a barrier to participation.
We are governed by 19 member Board of Directors, and audited annually by an independent fir