frequently asked questions
What exactly is the Boys & Girls Club?
Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day. In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them. Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day.
Why do I have to become a member?
A nominal fee of $5 per year ($10 for Rotterdam Clubhouse) is required to participate in the many programs and activities offered by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady. This super-low fee helps us cover the cost of operating expenses (approximately $400 per member per year). Memberships also help us keep kids safe by tracking attendance and verifying identity, as well as tracking improving school grades and more.
What is included in my membership?
Just show your membership card at ANY Boys & Girls Club to enter and participate in all that the club has to offer! Once inside the club, you can utilize the games room, receive homework help, participate in a number of programs, and even swim (Rotterdam has a pool). Membership also allows you to register for summer programs such as Camp Lovejoy and particiapte in all the fun activities that come along with being a BGCS member.
What are the Clubhouse phone numbers?
Area code is 518 for all locations.
* Central Services Administrative Offices 374-4714
* Rotterdam 355-7440
* Steinmetz Homes 372-3620
* Northside Village 372-3583
* After School Programs 374-4714
* Job Junction - Employment Program for Teens 374-4714
* Mentoring Programs 374-4714
* Camp Lovejoy - General Information 374-4714
* Camp Lovejoy - Office 861-8351
* Camp Lovejoy - Nurse 861-5579
What are your hours of operation?
The Central Services Administration Office is available Monday through Friday for assistance over the phone or in person at the Steinmetz location. Each Clubhouse has a schedule that is designed for the community it serves. Most clubs open after school at 2pm Monday through Friday. Please contact an individual clubhouse for specific times and schedules.
Do you have any other after-school programs?
Yes - After school opportunities are offered at these Elementary Schools: W. C. Keane, Martin Luther King, Lincoln, Pleasant Valley; these Middle Schools: Central Park, Mont Pleasant, Oneida; as well as at Schenectady High School.
How much does it cost to join the Boys & Girls Club?
The AWG, Steinmetz, and Northside Village Clubs are only $5.00 per year, and Rotterdam is $10.00 That's all!!
Do any of your clubs have a pool?
Yes! Our Rotterdam Clubhouse at 721 Curry Road in Schenectady has an indoor pool!
I live in Schenectady am I able to join the Rotterdam Boys & Girls Club?
Yes, you may join any Clubhouse that you would like.
Do I have to join another Clubhouse if I want to participate in a program that is not offered at mine?
NO. Just bring your membership card from your Club. That is your ticket to be included.
Who can join and what are the requirements?
Anyone ages 6 through 20 can join any of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Schenectady County. A completed Membership Application, with your fee, is all that is required. If you are a member of another Boys & Girls Club, anywhere in the world, whether it is Stuttgart, Germany or Albuquerque, New Mexico, your membership card is good at any and all of our Clubhouses in Schenectady & Fulton Counties. Just bring your membership card.
What is there to do?
Click here to view a comprehensive list of programs.
View any of our Annual Reports by clicking here.
Why would I want to join?
To make new friends, learn new skills, get a job, learn to swim, learn to use a computer, attend our day camp, or just spend some time with friends & have FUN!
How many members do you have?
We currently have more than 3,000 members. We serve more than 12,000 children annually!
Do you rent your facilities?
Yes we do. From birthday parties and banquets, to wedding receptions and graduation parties, we are able to rent our facilities. We have meeting space, gymnasiums, an indoor pool; Camp Lovejoy has an outdoor pool, grounds and more. Call 374-4714 for more information.
Are your financial statements available to view?
Yes you may come in to review them. It is good to make an appointment. You may not have copies. Statements are also available through the office of the Attorney General of New York State. You may call their office at 212-416-8402 or visit the Website of the Attorney General
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