Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad has served well over 50,000 youth since it opened its doors in 1952 as the Carlsbad Boys Club.Many of the Club’s alumni, countless of whom still reside in the City of Carlsbad, say the Club was a critically important factor in their success and for some, they claim it helped save their life.
At first, the Club functioned mostly as a recreational site where young boys found a safe, fun-filled, nurturing environment. It served as a "home-away-from-home” for many single-parent working families.Today, the Club emphasizes teaching positive life skills, provides educational enhancement, as well as a full spectrum of arts, recreation, and leadership development opportunities.
Over the past sixty-plus years, the Club’s original location on Roosevelt Street in the Village of Carlsbad has been renovated five different times to keep pace with the needs of our community’s youth. The most recent renovation, completed in 1999, marked the most dramatic changes, with the addition of a dedicated technology center, covered swimming pool, gymnasium, and teen center. A second facility, housed in a 1,440 square foot doublewide trailer, was added in 1982 in La Costa to serve the southern sector of the city. The Boys & Girls Club officially changed its name to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad in 1992, following the lead of the national organization to include females in its daily programming.
In 2004, Boys & Girls Clubs of America presented Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad with the prestigious "National Honor Award for Best Overall Program Excellence.” The award named Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad the Number One Club in the nation for exceptional and innovative youth programming.
Due to Carlsbad’s burgeoning youth population, Boys & Girls Club leadership determined in 2004 that a new facility was desperately needed. Located in the geographic center of Carlsbad, a new state-of-the-art Clubhouse is located in Bressi Ranch.It has replaced the La Costa Branch, allowing Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad to serve many more children and their families. In order to serve more youth who need us most, teen program at both Carlsbad and Sage Creek High Schools is also available.