About Us

Mission

The Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh’s mission is to improve the lives of children and families.

Vision

Our vision is to be a generation-changing leading provider of programs emphasizing youth development services and family outreach support to meet the needs of young people ages 6 to 18 years-old and their families.

History

The Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh was founded as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1968, and the doors officially opened in 1970. Since then, the Club has proved to be an essential organization in the Oshkosh community.

Timeline of the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh

1970 The Boys Club of Oshkosh was founded, and the headquarters officially opened at Main Street and Merritt Avenue.

1974 The Rockwell Foundation purchased the property at 502 N. Main and donated it to the Boys Club of Oshkosh. The Club became owners of its headquarters, which now is the Walter F. Rockwell Building.

1981 The Radford family donated 45 acres of land near New London, which has been developed into our summer day camp (Camp Radford) and environmental education area.

1981 The Boys Club of Oshkosh Alumni Association was formed. It now raises about $10,000 annually for the Club and Camp Radford. Members also log many hours of volunteer service.

1984 A permanent endowment fund was established with $200,000.

1988 The Boys Club of Oshkosh began after-school programs in local elementary schools.

1989 Girls were officially welcomed in common membership, and the Club was renamed the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh, Inc.

1992 The “Campaign for Kids” raised $1.7 million dollars to construct a new facility.

1993 The Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh moved to our new and current facility at Parkway Avenue and Broad Street.

1994 A new facility was constructed to house Head Start. Club members use the facility on non-school days, and 160 children in Head Start use the Club building on school days.

1997 Adjacent property was purchased and converted to a Teen Center and administrative offices.

2007 The “Opening the Doors” campaign raised $2 million dollars for the new Teen Center, $100,000 for the baseball field, and $2.2 million dollars in pledges and cash for the endowment.

2007 The new Teen Center, “The Club,” and administrative offices opened in April.

2016 The Club partnered with Catalpa Health to provide on-site mental health services to Club members and families through the Trees from Seeds Center.

2016-2017 Camp Radford received an extensive renovation, including the building of a new Arts & Crafts building and a new garage. Improvements were also made to the main cabin, including installing a new roof and windows, building an enclosed porch, fixing the foundation and remodeling the interior (new bunk beds, new appliances, etc.).