1085 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

BGC-Laguna Beach Club History

historical club poster

Where We Came From

For nearly 70 years, the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach has helped young people to grow, thrive and reach their potential. Today, our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible adults. Our Club has grown from serving 250 youth in 1952 to over 4000 in 2018.

An image of the Laguna Beach B&G Club on PCH in 1952

The Boys Club of Laguna Beach is founded by community leaders to provide a safe and supervised place for kids to spend their free time. The first Clubhouse opened on Main Beach.

Historic 1967 promo photo of boys basketball tipoff inside the Wells Fargo building on Ocean Ave. in Laguna Beach

The Boys Club of Laguna Beach moved to its 1085 Canyon Road location.

1992 group photo outside the old Canyon Enrichment Center

The Club officially changes name to The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach.

1997 boys and girls club emblemed passenger van

The Club started serving students of the Capistrano Unified School District at the Canyon Branch Enrichment Center. Today, the partnership includes seven Aliso Viejo elementary, middle and high schools, as well as a charter school.

a woman in the canyon enrichment center

The inaugural Art of Giving gala to raise funds, friends and awareness for the Club. Terry Anne Barman launches the Even Start Preschool at The Club to serve local low-income families free of charge, thanks to community support. Coastal Family Therapy provides free onsite counseling services to families at The Club.

2001 ground breaking photo with board members and executives

Thanks to the leadership of Donnie Crevier and Keith Swayne, a $3.3M capital campaign is kicked off. Community support is mobilized to renovate and add a second floor to the Canyon Branch Enrichment Center creating a state of the art 25,000 sq. ft. facility.

2004 group thank you photo

Construction is completed and the brand-new Canyon Branch Enrichment Center opens its doors to children and families.

Entrance to the Blubird Enrichment Center

Boys & Girls Club acquires TLC on Bluebird Park, creating the Club’s 2nd Enrichment Center. TLC was originally the Girls Club in Laguna Beach, founded by Harry Bithell and community members. Keith Swayne and Donnie Crevier co-chair the start of an endowment campaign to help support the Club in perpetuity. The organizational budget reaches $1.1M which scholarships given to 10 percent of Club members.

older people talking to kids while taking a tour of the Canyon Enrichment center

The Endowment fund reaches $500,000 in support. The organizational budget reaches $1.7M which scholarships given to 31 percent of Club members.

three attendees of the 2014 night at the ranch event

Former club kid Leif Hanson and Steve Blue launch annual A Night at the Ranch to raise funds for the Club. The Club begins serving schools of Laguna Hills and Lake Forest for summer programs.

Night Under the Stars attendees sitting outside in a patio area of a high rise building during the event

The Club hosts it's first Saddleback Valley fundraiser, “Night Under the Stars”. Also, Paula Hornbuckle-Arnold is appointed first female Board President for the Club.

BGCLB El Toro Park Members sitting on the grass during programming

El Toro Park program begins in Saddleback Valley area.

California Government staff, BGCLB staff, and teens stand on the steps of the new teen center, The Port for a ribbon cutting photo

Partnership between Club and Oxford Preparatory Academy Charter School starts, adding 2 more sites for programs. The Port, a space for teens, also opens for LBHS students at Lang Park.

2 middle schoolers hold a handmade sign saying "The Club"

Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach expands Club programs on-site Los Alisos Intermediate and La Paz Intermediate in Mission Viejo.

Wide view of the wellness space including lounge chairs, fooseball table, etc.

Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach implements TK out of school program. The Club also receives donated rennovation for middle school student program area located at the Canyon Branch, creating a “well space” for tweens.