History - Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities

Building on the past.
It started more than a century ago, when a small group of women recognized a great need.
  • Our Mission
    The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.



A cause was born when a group of pioneering women in Hartford, CT organized the first Club. They believed that boys who roamed the street should have a more positive alternative.


The Federated Boys Club, with 53 member organizations, forms in Boston. It’s the start of a nationwide movement.


The Boys Club Federation of America changes its name to the Boys Clubs of America.


Boys Clubs of America celebrates its 50th anniversary and receives a U.S. Congressional Charter.


Recognizing the need to serve girls too, the organization changes its name to Boys & Girls Clubs of America.


Roxanne Spillett becomes the first woman to head the organization.

Local Clubs


The Union Gospel Mission opens the St. Paul Boys Club in the Bethel Hotel.


A board of directors is formed and funds are raised to launch the Minneapolis Boys Club.


The first Minneapolis location opens on Blaisdell Avenue South and is named the Claire Fawcett Boys Club.


St. Paul’s Union Gospel Mission secures affiliation to the Boys Club of America.


The Jerry Gamble Club opens in north Minneapolis with support from the Gamble Skogmo Foundation. The club commemorates Jerry Gamble, an original Boys clubs of Minneapolis founder.


The Baker Foundation donates 120 acres of land near Mound, Minnesota, for the development of Camp Boys Club. Now called Voyageur Environmental Center, the wooded camp area and educational center serves over 3,500 guests each year.


The Women’s Association sets its primary mission as a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities.


The Boys Club of St. Paul separates from the Union Gospel Mission forming its own board of directors.


Minneapolis and St. Paul agencies merge to form the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities (BGCTC).


The Minnesota chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives names the Women’s Association as an Outstanding Philanthropic Organization for its exceptional leadership in community service.


BGCTC kicks off its Bridge to the Future Campaign. The five-year drive will raise $15 million to expand current club locations and update the Voyageur Environmental Center.