Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about BCNY? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

If you still have questions, please email BCNY at


Is the Boys’ Club of New York part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America?

No, we are not. BCNY was a founding member of the Federated Boys’ Clubs in 1906 (later the Boys’ Clubs of America). The Boys’ Clubs of America became The Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of America (BGCA) in 1990, at which point BCNY remained a charter member.  After almost 20 years, BCNY’s leadership decided that maintaining our historic commitment to serving the special needs of boys and young men proved to be distinct from the scope of BGCA’s mission, and in 2005 we amicably parted ways, although we remain mutually supportive and respectful of each other’s programming.

Why does BCNY only work with boys?

BCNY remains committed to its original mission to serve the critical needs of boys, which are indisputably different than the needs of girls.  However, BCNY recognizes the importance of mixed gender programming, and we are currently developing some co-ed programming for older teens.

We are happy to assist parents in finding affordable, quality options for their daughters, nieces, and granddaughters.  Speak to your Clubhouse Director for further information.

How many staff members work at BCNY?

BCNY has over 80 full-time staff and over 150 part-time staff.

Is BCNY Department of Health (DOH) Child Care certified?

Yes, we maintain a School Age Child Care certification from DOH at each Clubhouse.

How old are BCNY members?

BCNY serves boys ages 7 – 21.

Does BCNY operate on semesters like a school?

During the school year, BCNY operates all programs on a cycle basis. The fall cycle runs from September to December. The winter cycle runs from January to March, and the spring cycle runs from April to June.


How does BCNY registration work?

Registration takes place each fall.  To register, please speak with the Registrar of the clubhouse you are interested in having your son attend.  Registrar hours are available online.  You must also  provide Immunization Records, a Physical Exam Form, a copy of your son’s birth certificate/passport (for proof of age only) and attend a New Member Orientation upon acceptance.  Registration forms must be submitted in person by the member’s parent or guardian.

What is the registration date(s)?

Enrollment dates vary from year to year.  Generally, members must register in September for afterschool membership, and in mid-March for summer membership. You can find up-to-date registration information here.

How much does BCNY cost?

After school membership (October– June) is $5. Some athletic programs charge a nominal fee for uniforms or tournaments.

Is registration annual, or one-time?

Parents and guardians must register their member every year and each summer.

Does BCNY accept payment by credit card?

Unfortunately, we do not accept credit cards.  We accept cash, check, and money orders.


What are the enrollment statistics by ethnicity?

BCNY has a diverse membership.  40% of our members identify as Latino, 40% identify at Black, 15% identify as Asian, and 5% identify as white.

Who can be a member? Are there limitations/requirements relating to family income and or where you live?

BCNY welcomes any boy as young as 7 and as old as 21 who provides the required registration forms, no matter where he lives, his family’s income, nationality, race, or religion.

Can non-U.S. citizens be members?

BCNY does not require any proof of citizenship or inquire as to immigration status.  We require a copy of a birth certificate or passport only to prove the member’s age.


What are the qualifications of your lifeguards or pool supervisors?

All of our lifeguards are American Red Cross or YMCA certified with up-to-date CPR/first aid/AED certifications.   Additionally, all of our pool supervisors are certified Water Safety Instructors, lifeguards, and often certified lifeguard instructors as well.

Does BCNY have a tutoring program?

All three Clubhouses offer free tutoring to members. Tutoring sessions can be held one-on-one or in small groups of up to three members per tutor.


How is bullying handled?

BCNY is committed to ensuring the physical and emotional safety of all of our members, and all of our staff work to ensure a safe space in the Clubhouse. Towards this end, under the direction of our staff Social Workers, we offer an array of preventative programs that encourage positive peer relationships and pro-social behaviors.


Does BCNY provide meals?

We provide both snacks and one meal (supper during the school year, lunch during the summer) to members at no additional fee. We strive to serve only healthy meals and have also limited the vending machine options to reflect these values.

Can parents walk around the clubhouse?

Each Clubhouse has a designated parent waiting area for parent and guardians picking up their members.  However, for safety concerns, parents are not permitted to walk around the clubhouses or visit the program spaces except during special events.

Will BCNY pick up members from school and walk them to the clubhouse?

Some Clubhouses have pick-up services either by bus or by chaperone.  To find out if we offer pick-up service from your child’s school, please ask your child’s Clubhouse Director.

Can members leave the clubhouses on their own?

Members 13 and older may go home on their own.  Members 10-12 must have a parent or guardian submit a Junior Dismissal Permission Slip permitting him to walk home alone.  Members under 10 must be picked up by an approved adult.  Please note that a member can only leave the clubhouse once; we do not allow members to leave and return as they please.

Who is allowed to pick up members?

All members will be released to approved adults only, as indicated on your son’s registration form.

How late is BCNY open?

During the school year, Clubhouses are open until 9pm, although Explorers must be picked up by 6:30pm and Juniors must be picked up by 7:30pm .  For information about our late night programming, please read about Saturday Night Lights.

What is BCNY cell-phone policy for members?

With few exceptions, we do not allow cell phones in our Clubhouses.  This is to ensure that members remain engaged and take advantage of the programming we have available.


For information about BCNY’s summer camp please click here. 


What percentage of BCNY donations go toward program and what percentage toward administration?

80% of all funds go towards program services, and 20% towards supporting services.

Does BCNY accept government funding?

BCNY is funded in large part by many of generous private donors and receives additional support from foundations and corporations.  However, we do receive government grants to fund some of our career prep and college access programs, as well as our music education program. In addition, BCNY is a participant in Saturday Night Lights, a program of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

Who should I contact to make a donation?

You can visit us online or contact our fundraising department at