For over 120 years, BGC’s across Canada have carried on a tradition of helping young people to discover, develop and achieve their full potential as adults, citizens and leaders, by engaging them in activities that challenge and enrich their minds, bodies and spirits and nurture their self-esteem.
Our safe, caring club environments and enriching programs have enabled some three million young Canadians to play, learn and develop valuable skills for life.
Today, BGC Canada is a leading provider of quality programs to children and youth that support the healthy physical, educational and social development of more than 200,000 young people and their families each year.
We are an association of over 100 clubs located in 775 community service locations across Canada. Clubs are in neighbourhoods where they are most needed, in large city centres, remote rural communities and on First Nations Reserves. In each club location, trained, dedicated staff and volunteers provide children and youth, ranging in age from pre-school to young adulthood, with programs in physical recreation, technology, the arts, personal growth and more. Many clubs also provide meals, family support programs, emergency shelter and other supports to children and youth at risk. Programs are offered primarily during the after-school hours when studies have shown that young people are most vulnerable to victimization and becoming drawn into anti-social behaviours. Many clubs also offer programs during evenings and weekends.
- Over 2100 Annual members
- Attendance-up to 450 daily
- Average weekly attendance 1,300-1,500
Who We Serve
Our Club is a place of friendship, guidance and activity for children and youth ages 5-24, from the greater Saint John Community.
Other major funders include The Rotary Club of Saint John, Sears Canada, CIBC Wood Gundy Children’s Miracle, The BGC Greater Saint John Endowment Fund, BGC Canada Foundation, RBC After School Grant, Giant Tiger Homework Program, Future Shops Future Leaders, Canadian Tire Jump Start, and several federal and provincial government departments.
The Club depends and is greatly appreciative of the generous support from individuals, corporations and the general public.