October 9, 2019

DORCHESTER, MA — Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester restarted our program partnership with Elevate Youth to provide outdoor learning opportunities for our members. The group enjoyed a hike in the Blue Hills and at the top of the mountain, took part in a yoga class before hiking back down.

Elevate Youth provides two activities each month including our upcoming trip horseback riding at the end of October and rock climbing in November.

A special thanks to our friends at Elevate Youth for providing these opportunities to our members.

For more information on our Social Recreation Programming, please contact Social Recreation Director, Shannon Zarnoch at szarnoch@bgcdorchester.org.


September 25, 2019

DORCHESTER, MA — On September 17th, 2019, BGCD recognized 83 members during the 28th Marr Family Catholic Schools Scholarship Ceremony.

In partnership with the Archdiocese of Boston, the fund has recognized over 1,800 scholars and distributed over $1.34 million in financial assistance to BGCD members attending Catholic Schools. The program began in 1992 with a gift from the estate of the late Daniel Marr, Jr, who helped found the Club back in 1974 with his brother Robert L. Marr. For the second consecutive year the fund was augmented by a Gift from Robert to ensure more deserving BGCD members were included.

A special thanks to Robert L. Marr and the entire Marr Family for their continued support of our Club members and their families.


September 16, 2019

BOSTON, MA — Ten lucky members were able to attend the Boston Red Sox game last week compliments of our friends at IBEW Local 103 located in Dorchester.

Our members had the chance to go down on the field before the game to watch batting practice and even meet some of the players! This moment was a chance of a lifetime for our members and will always be a special memory for them.

A special thanks to IBEW Local 103 for making this special opportunity available to our members at Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. Your continued support means so much to all of us at Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester.


September 4, 2019

ORLANDO, FL — 150 of our members took part in Rodman’s Disney for Kids Program this past week. This opportunity allowed our members to go to Walt Disney World with their closest friends and staff before the school year starts. They enjoyed parks such as Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Blizzard Beach, Epcot and Animal Kingdom. They also went to Universal Studios, which consists of two parks full of many themed rides like Harry Potter, Transformers, Spimpsons and much more.

A special thanks to Rodman for Kids for allowing our members to go on this once in a lifetime trip and for everything you do for Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester! These are the memories that will last forever.


August 26, 2019

BRIGTON, ME — Our members finished off an amazing summer with a week at Camp Northbound in Bridgton, Maine. Throughout the week, members enjoyed activities such as archery, swimming, arts & crafts, obstacle courses, kickball and more.

There were also special events including a talent show, dances, and camp fires for everyone to relax after a long day. To finish it all off, members took part in some friendly competition between the blue team and green team as part of the annual Color War.


August 19, 2019
DORCHESTER, MA — BGCD members came together with Club members from other local Boston Boys & Girls Clubs to participate in a day of fun athletic activities and competitions with the Boston Police Department. They participated in sports games such as basketball, soccer and football at Boston College’s Alumni Stadium.

The activities focused on supporting healthy and active lifestyles in the summer and throughout the rest of the year. Many thanks to the Boston Police Department for their continued support of our Boys & Girls Clubs.


July 17, 2019

DORCHESTER, MA — BGCD opened up its doors to host a lively block party event to kick off our Safe Summer Streets program. The Safe Summer Streets program has been happening in Dorchester since the summer of 1990. The goal of the program is to keep teens in Dorchester safe and productive during the summer months when they are most vulnerable.

The block party featured a chance for teens to register for summer programs, a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, free food, t-shirts, giveaways and tons of other fun activities.

For more information on the Safe Summer Streets program, please visit www.bgcdorchester.org or contact Teen Director, Deron Hines, at dhines@bgcdorchester.org.


July 17, 2019

DORCHESTER, MA — BGCD hosted its annual Member Recognition Night event last week, recognizing members for outstanding achievement, sportsmanship and participation across all program areas. Over 300 members and their families attended the event which included a sit-down meal.

The Recognition Night helped us to close out the school year program. Our staff was excited for the opportunity to acknowledge the success of our members. Congratulations to all of the award winners on their achievements.

For more information on the wide variety of programming available at the Club, please visit www.bgcdorchester.org or contact Brendan McDonald at bmacdonald@bgcdorchester.org.


July 17, 2019

NORWELL, MA — Members from our Urban Farming Program visited Hornstra Farms in Norwell, MA. Members received a tour of the dairy farm, were able to see many animals including cows and goats, and received fresh, home-made ice cream to cap off a fun day at the farm.

The Urban Farming Program gives our members insight into the farm-to-table process through hands on experience and field trips around the Greater Boston Area. The overall goal of the program is to engage urban communities in building a healthier and more locally based food system.

For more information on this program, please contact Brendan McDonald at bmcdonald@bgcdorchester.org or visit bgcdorchester.org.


May 28, 2019

BOSTON, MA – On Sunday May 19, members of the Keystone Club joined Teen Director, Deron Hines, to volunteer at the MR8 annual Spring Service Day event. The event was hosted at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute and included on-site and off-site service opportunities for individuals and families. The theme for this year’s Spring Service Day was creating a better world for young people.

The projects focused on positively impacting youth populations who may find themselves in need of extra support. Keystone members assisted with set-up, guest directions, volunteer projects and clean-up. They also learned about the direct impact that their work has on the lives of young people who need the support.

For more information on the Keystone Club, or our other Teen Programs, please contact Deron Hines at dhines@bgcdorchester.org.