Parent FAQs

If you have questions about the Boys’ Club of New York please take a look at the following list of Frequently Asked Questions.


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. 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. We are happy to assist parents in finding affordable, quality options for their daughters, nieces, and granddaughters.

How many staff members work at BCNY?
BCNY has 48 full-time staff and 59 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.

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 a boy become a member?
Any boy currently enrolled in grades 2-12, regardless of zip code, immigration status or family’s income, is eligible to become a member of the Boys’ Club of New York. All members, returning and new, must complete a registration form each fall if they wish to attend BCNY for the Fall Cycle. Incomplete or partial registration forms will not be accepted. Register here.

How much does BCNY cost?
Due to COVID 19, BCNY has waived all membership fees. All programming, camp, and services are free of charge. 

Is registration annual, or one-time?
Parents and guardians must register their members every fall cycle and every summer.

Does BCNY provide meals?
We provide snacks and dinner during the school year. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided during summer camp and Saturday Academy. We strive to serve only healthy meals and have limited the vending machine options.

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.

Who is allowed to pick up members?
All members will be released to approved adults only, as indicated on your member’s registration form

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