Free Summer Care

Many military families are struggling to pay the bills as deployed servicemen and women may not be as big a paycheck in the military as they did here at home.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Big Bend are trying to help out with childcare expenses

On any given day, 100 kids pour into the Orange Avenue Boys and Girls Club. Homework comes first then there are plenty of activities and time to play.

Eight clubs in the Big Bend are now opening the doors to the children of deployed military members - for free - after school now and all summer long.

Call (850) 656-8100 for more information and to find out which club is closest to your home. Extended Web Coverage

History of the Boys and Girls Club of America

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America had its beginnings in 1860 with several women in Hartford, Conn.

  • In 1906, several Boys Clubs decided to affiliate. The Federated Boys Clubs in Boston was formed with 53 member organizations.

  • In 1931, the Boys Club Federation of America became Boys Clubs of America.

  • In 1956, Boys Clubs of America celebrated its 50th anniversary and received a U.S. Congressional Charter.

  • To recognize the fact that girls are a part of our cause, the national organization's name was changed to Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 1990.

What Does the Organization Do?

  • To inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. (The Mission Statement)

    They Provide:

    • A safe place to learn and grow
    • Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals
    • Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences
    • Hope and opportunity

    For more information visit your local Boys and Girls Club, or visit their Web site:

    Source: Boys and Girls Club of America Web Site