For 50 years the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bay County
has been in the forefront of youth development, working with young people from
disadvantaged economic, social, and family circumstances. The Club has
actively sought to enrich the lives of young people whom other youth agencies
have failed to reach.
Club formed in
Some of the
original 41 Board Members were:
Julian Bennett Tom
J W Silcox
Dr. John Benton
Errol Sewell 1966-1968.Later
served as interim National of BGCA.
Joe Grammer 1968-1971. Left to work with
Bay County School Board.
Hall 1971-1986. Left to
Take over the Citrus
Center Boys Club
Danny Lyons 1987-1988. Now
President of the Florida Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs.
Paul Mosca 1990 to Present
was the old Armory on Sixth Street
Move to new CC
Moore Facility at 3404 west
19th Street in 1975 This building was made
possible by gift of Vivian Moore
Club opened 1981
& Girls Clubs of Bay
With the help of
Joe Chapman & the Panama City Housing Authority we constructed & opened
the Joseph F. Chapman Boys & Girls Club in1996
In 1996 with a gift made by Charlie Hilton we
constructed & opened the L Charles Hilton activity Center on the grounds of
our CC Moore facility
In 1998 with the
help of the City Commission & Police Chief JB Holloway The Club opened the
Frank Brown Beach Unit at Frank
the Club conducted a capital fund drive which raised over $1,500,000 make
extensive renovations to our CC Moore & Chapman Facilities while
constructing a pool, bathhouse, Picnic Area & Flag Football Field on the CC
In 2008 the
organizations matriarch Ms. Vivian Moore passed & the CC Moore facility was
renamed in her honor
extensive HVAC system upgrades & exterior Painting values at over $85,000
was completed at CC & Vivian Moore & Chapman
= Over the years our organization has been labeled as one of Florida's best with four State Youths of the Year in the past 30 years & in 2000, one of our members, Joseph Hall was selected from more than 3.5 million young people as our national organizations Youth of the Year. We are also know around the Southeast for our ability to grow Boys & Girls Club Professionals many of our staff including three of our six full time staff grew up as members of our club. over a dozen former members become career professionals with other BGCA organization across the county.
membership encompasses a diversified group of young people.
57% live with one parent
55% are minorities
77% receive free or reduced lunches
Our membership fees are kept low so that we may
assist the family by not only providing positive activities for their children
but by offering a low cost alternative to day care. Our program costs
between $140-$650 per year and more than 60% of our membership attend on scholarship.
Other afterschool programs offer similar activities for $3,000 or more per
year. A family can then use the money they save with us to provide food,
clothing, and shelter for their family.
As stated earlier 57% of our membership is from
single parent families. We believe it is vital for these families to have
access to affordable after school programs where their children can learn and
be safe, so that their parents are able to work to provide for their family.
Our programs may not be able to alleviate all of these problems. However, it has been proven in studies conducted by HUD, that “at risk” children have a much better chance to make it in areas that are served by an organization affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
We firmly believe that our program of social-recreation, physical activity, education, cultural enrichment, and citizenship and leadership provide our children with the life skills, educational support & self esteem they need to “Be Great”.