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Our History
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County began in 1990 in Aberdeen, Maryland, where a group of concerned community leaders, teachers, the mayor and city commissioner banded together with a common goal – to provide a safe and educational alternative for after school programming. That same year, the first group of 40 kids met in the basement of Grove Presbyterian Church. Over the past 25 years, services have expanded to four Clubs in Harford County: Aberdeen, Bel Air, Edgewood and Havre de Grace.
Chartered in 1999, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cecil County was formed to tackle the challenge of bringing quality programs to youth in a rural community. With assistance from the AmeriCorps NCCC, locations opened at Rising Sun Middle School, Perryville Middle School and Freeman Hall in Port Deposit. Over the years, the Cecil County Clubs experienced multiple location changes, but their passion for serving more kids, more often never wavered. Today, there are Cecil County Clubs operating in North East United Methodist Church, The Willows, Charlestown Elementary School, and Allred Community Center.
Who We Are Now
In 2018, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties merged to become the largest Boys & Girls Clubs in Maryland. Serving more than 7,500 youth annually, the Clubs unlock the potential for children to become thriving members of their community by providing them with the opportunity to achieve more.

For 30 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties have developed a reputation for helping kids who need them most. This dedication carries over to its Board of Directors, who won a 2017 Silver Award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for engagement and 100% individual contributions in 2016. Known for serving more kids, more often, the Clubs make a difference in the community by providing services in five core areas: Character and Leadership Development; Health & Life Skills; Education & Career Development; the Arts; and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.

The Future
Nationally, Boys & Girls Clubs are about a place to become. A place to feel safe, away from the pressure of the world outside. A place where friends come together to laugh, share, and learn. A place to achieve and be recognized. To dream and aspire. To see not only the future, but also the way there.

Great futures start at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties. We hope you will help us meet our goal of helping every child who needs us, and build our future community. Change the world. Start with a child.

Our Impact
  • We offer a dedicated facility for after-school activities, not merely classrooms in a school.
  • We employ full-time youth development professionals trained to implement outstanding programs.
  • Neighborhood-centered, Clubs provide programming in specialized areas, including character development, educational enhancement and career exploration.
  • 7,500 youth served, ages 6 to 18
  • 49% African American, 33% Caucasian, 12% Multiracial, 4% Hispanic, 2% Native American and Asian