Youth Groups & You: Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa

Youth Groups & You: Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa (BGCCI) is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  BGCCI provides after-school, school and summer break educational and recreational activities to kids ages five to 18.  Area youth can participate in both supervised and self-directed activities through four clubs in Des Moines. 


BGCCI is part of a larger national organization that has been in existence since 1860.  The organization helps a high number of low-income and minority kids that many other youth organizations underserve.  Many studies have shown that boys and girls who have participated in a youth program are more involved in constructive education, social and recreational activities.  They are also less likely to be involved in unhealthy, deviant and dangerous activities.


Like many similar organizations maintaining an adequate funding base and volunteers are a continual challenge.  They have great staff that provide a positive atmosphere for their energetic members but can always use more volunteers to help administer programs.  With that said the organization has had some controversy in the past few years in regards to the salaries paid to its top executives.

Best For

The club is open to all types of boys and girls.  It is especially beneficial for kids who do not have adult care or supervision and need a safe environment to go after school and during school and summer breaks.

Time Commitment

Club hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday during the school year and 7:30 am to 6:00 pm during the summer.


Supplies are provided by the club.


  • $10 Annual Membership Fee
  • For information about summer membership fees, please contact your Club location.

Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa will not turn any child away due to inability to pay.  Payment options are provided during registration.

Where to find Organizations

The Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa’s website provides information about its four Des Moines clubs along with registration information.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa
1031 Office Park Road, Suite 1
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Phone: (515) 262-5695

What do you think, is Boys and Girls Club of Iowa a fit for your kid?

1 Comment

  1. My name is Ashley Linduski and I am an Outreach and Admissions Advisor for the United States Department of Labor’s Job Corps Program. We are able to provide free high school education (if needed) as well as free career training to qualifying individuals ages 16-24. I would love to provide information for parents and students to any of your centers. Please contact me so I can provide information about this free educational opportunity for the youth of Iowa.

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