Browse through the news/events below to see what has been going on recently at the Boys & Girls Club!

Soap Box Derby May 3, 2017
Soap Box Derby Race using the cars our Clubs built
The rain didn't dampen the spirits of our soap box derby drivers.
Yoga Fest  May 3, 2017
Members of the Yoga community supported us at our annual YogaFest
 Our Teens have been doing monthly community service projects as part of TOPS. Here they are cleaning Purcell Park.
  Our fourth monthly FEED program was another great success. Our cookout was attended by  members and their families, as well as staff and several board members. 
 Board President-Elect Doug Driver  shows how he earned his own apron, while President Bob Reifsteck looks on.

Our South River Club celebrated Earth Day with some fun crafts.
   Club Director Joel Simms plays with the Spotswood Club members.
Our Stone Spring Club recognizes good behavior with their teamwork jar.

  Elkton Club  received some comfy furniture for their game room.
Stayed tuned for our next newsletter which will feature summer camp! 
February 2017
Family Engagement and Empowerment Dinner
Our first dinner was held on January 26.This monthly program has been funded by a Grant from Merck. FEED provides families from our City Clubs an opportunity to learn nutrition and cooking skills, celebrate our diverse cultures and come together as a community.   
Our February FEED will be February 23.
Steve Cooke from Friendly City Food Coop teaches us about eating healthy and on a budget with local choices
             Janayah and her family at FEED
Brian sharpens his cutting skills 
Above Board Members Kate Dougherty and Doug Driver get in on the action!

A big Thank you to the businesses, groups, and individuals who helped so many of our families this holiday season. 
  • JMU Baseball team food drive for Thanksgiving and Toys for Christmas
  • Turkeys donated for Thanksgiving and Christmas by various churches and organizations
  • Canned food supplied through Brent Berry Food Drive 
  • JMU Sports equipment/clothing donation
  • Womack Electric - 12 bicycles
  • 8 Families "adopted" by Baker family descendants

 "Shop With a Cop"


                A Special Guest                              
      Holiday Party Preparations

Our teen members made cookies for staff and parents

Boys & Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg and  Rockingham County

Badges For Baseball


On Friday, October 28, our Cal Ripkin “Badges For Baseball” program was kicked off at the Simms Center.  Guests included Sheriff Bryan Hutchinson and Sgt Trey Atwood from  Rockingham County Sheriff Department, Officer Brooke Wetherhell from Harrisonburg Police Department,  John Fishwick  and Bryan McGinn from United States Department of Justice,  members of JMU baseball team along with staff, board  members and some members of our City clubs.

The Badges for Baseball Program includes bi weekly lessons focusing on safety, sportsmanship, respect and other important skills.  This unique partnership will help foster positive relationships between and our youth and local law enforcement officers. Additionally, the JMU baseball team will continue to volunteer with our kids and teach them baseball skills, as well as serve as mentors to our kids. 


The link below is the story on the "Badges For Baseball" program




Lights on AfterSchool


On October 20, More than a dozen youth programs and organizations in Harrisonburg joined a nationwide rally supporting after school programs.

They're all part of the Harrisonburg Out-of-School Learning Coalition, they took part in the 17th annual nationwide Lights On Afterschool event Thursday night. The event lets students and parents know how important after-school programming is.



Honor’s Night


Our annual honors night, where we recognize donors, volunteers, and community partners, was held on October 13 at Simms with 90 guests.  The keynote speaker was Dr. Tom Moran Professor of Kinesiology at JMU.  Dr. Moran, born with Cerebral Palsy, spoke about “overcoming barriers” and looking at challenges as hurdles, rather than barriers. His message was inspirational and well received by attendees, as we have all had hurdles in our lives.

Doug Driver was recognized as “Board Member of the Year” for his commitment and engagement on our board. Doug is a doer who truly “walks the walk” and his efforts have been instrumental in helping us gain support from local businesses and individuals.



Space Explorer’s Program


The space explorer’s program is a partnership between  John C. Wells Planetarium  at JMU and our 9-12 year olds at Simms. The semester long program offers a science related activity each Wednesday and a monthly trip to the Planetarium.