Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Boys & Girls Clubs all about?
Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
What does it cost to become a Club member?
Our annual membership fee is $50, a cost we keep low so that all children can have the chance to belong to a Club. Additional fees apply for participation in specific programs, such as child care, early learning and organized athletics.
What if I can't afford the fees?
Scholarship funds are available to prevent cost from being a barrier to participation. Contact your local Club to determine your eligibility.
When are the Clubs open?
Generally, the Clubs are open from after school until early evening. But hours vary, so contact your local Club for specific information.
Is transportation available from my child's school to the Club?
It is available to some Club locations. Contact your local Club for information about specific schools.
Do the Clubs have summer programs?
Yes! Our Clubs provide a variety of activities in the summer, including many day camps such as Harry Potter Camp, sports camp and adventure camp. For a complete list, visit our summer camp page or contact your local Club.
What does "drop-in" mean?
It means that members are free to enter and leave the Club during the day. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to instruct children when they should leave the Club.
What ages of kids do you serve?
Generally speaking, we serve youth ages 6-18. Child care programs offered within schools are restricted to the ages of the students who attend the schools.
How are donations used?
Donations allow us to keep our services affordable. For example, while our membership fee is $50 per year, on average it costs us well over $500 per year to serve one child. We rely on donations to fill that funding gap and to keep our services affordable for the 17,000 kids we serve each year. For children and teens from families in need, we often give scholarships to cover the membership cost.
Can I learn more about your finances?
Of course! We are listed on Guidestar and have received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. You may obtain a copy of our audited financial statement at our office in downtown Seattle. In addition, we are a registered charity with the Washington Secretary of State. Boys & Girls Clubs of King County is an BBB Accredited Charity.