The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado's mission is to enable and inspire the young people of Northwest Colorado to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. .
The Boys & Girls Club of Craig's roots date back to early 2003, when Club programs first were offered at East Elementary School in Craig, CO. The impetus for opening the Boys & Girls Club of Craig was to address the area's limited availability of youth programs. The Club continued to offer youth programs at this school-based local for a six-month period, while it simultaneously worked on establishing its 501c3 tax-exempt status. During this incorporation process, the Craig Club effectively negotiated with the City of Craig to submit a grant to the Department of Local Affairs for the purchase and renovation of a local, vacant Armory building. A $600,000 grant was secured, which provided funds for both the building purchase and required renovations. Since then, this building has been leased to the Craig Club. The Boys & Girls Club of Craig officially opened its doors for youth programming in June 2004. In 2018, the organization served more than 750 members, with an average daily attendance of 100 youth.
In 2007, as a result of the Craig Club's positive impact and success, a steering committee in Steamboat Springs was formed, with the intent of establishing a Boys & Girls Club in Steamboat. After two years of conducting exploratory meetings and research regarding this potential organizational expansion, the Steamboat Springs Club of the organization opened for youth programming on June 8, 2009. The organization's board of directors pledged its support by allowing the new Club to begin under the Craig Club's 501c3 designation. In 2018, the Steamboat Unit served more than 950 members, with an average daily attendance of 105 youth. In September, 2009 the Board voted to change the name to The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado (BGCNWC) with Clubs operating in both Craig and Steamboat Springs to represent the regional service area.
I had the best summer ever at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig. All of the staff are so nice like Ms Hannah, Tonya, Denise, Sidney, Maddie & Rayna. Ms Hannah is funny and loves all the kids. Ms Tonya is awesome and gives us snacks a lot. Ms Denise is so helpful and polite. Ms Sidney is so fun to be around. Ms Maddie is nice and has a fun personality. Ms Rayna is really funny. All the staff have there own way of being fun. And everyone at BGCC is nice to be around. P.S. I really miss Ani, Jasmine, Delaney, and her sister and Koda. Love, Alivia B. age 11
The Boys & Girls Club provides a great atmosphere for our kids. They can get help with their homework and play in a safe environment with their friends. Anna & Chris Daniels, parent of Izzy & Jack
We were granted custody of Kalvin this summer because his mother is unfit to care for him as determined by the courts. Kalvin is a fun-loving, high energy 6 year old, and my wife and I are just old. We needed a safe and fun place for Kalvin to go where he could play, be busy and get to know other kids because he is new to town. The Boys & Girls Club provided us with all of that and so much more. You made the summer manageable and fun for me, my wife and especially Kalvin. I wish I had money because I would give it here. Rob Schmitzer, grandparent.
This summer, Marlee attended both Clubs because I work in Steamboat and live in Craig. With the support of the staff and involvement in all of your programs, Marlee took off her security blanket ear-warmers. She gained in confidence, made friends and had so much fun. Thank you Boys & Girls Club. Dorene, mother of Marlee
I learned so much as Youth of the Year. I learned that people will support you no matter what; that you can help other people, and that there are tons of possibilities for me. I am excited to give back to my Club because it did SO much for me. Morgan, Youth of the Year 2019