In April of 1982, a group of concerned parents with the leadership of Jess Wilkinson and Brady Pickle, got together with the idea of starting a recreation club for youth. After a six months of meetings with community members and representatives from Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a local club was established.
The Club began establishing the community’s youth sports program and special events in the park.
In May of 1987 a renovated church facility was donated to the Club. The Club now had a place for educational and recreational activities. The 3,000-sq. ft. building was home to 250 kids ages 6 to 18.
In 1994 the Club hired its first professional leader with Boys & Girls Club experience. With his 22 years of Club experience; Former Executive Director Kevin McLaughlin, brought a new vision to the program. His leadership brought new financial security and began steps toward the building of a new dedication recreation facility.
In the spring of 2000, the Boys & Girls Club of Sweet Home, through partnerships with the local school district, senior center and community contractors and businesses, opened the doors to a brand new 26,000 sq. ft. youth & community recreation facility and enrolled nearly 1,000 members.