History

Since our founding in 1991, our Club has a rich tradition of serving the youth in our community.

1991 - Club is founded as STOPP (Students to Offset Peer Pressure) offering services to teens
1993 - Name is changed to Souhegan Valley Teens, then Souhegan Valley
1994-1997 - Club operates at the National Guard Armory
1997 - Programs move to the Granite Grange in Milford

By the fall of 1999, the Club has 75 members and is averaging 40 children a day

2000 - Programs move to a renovated storefront in Granite Town Plaza

Daily attendance increases to 60 kids a day!

2004 - The Club moves to its current home

The former American Stage Festival building and property is purchased by the Amato family and donated as the site of a new facility. A capital campaign is launched to renovate the theater and build a new Club around the existing structure. A footbridge is installed over the Souhegan River to connect the Club to the town’s recreation fields, pool, tennis courts, and skate park.

2006 - The Club launches the Riverbend Youth Company

The BGCSV produces its first ever musical, Les Miserables, in early 2006, closely followed by Anne of Green Gables, at the new facility. This begins a defining focus on the arts, reflected in the 100+ youth productions that are performed by the RYC in the next twelve years.

2007 - the Club floods

On April 16, the Club suffers devastating floods that forces the building to close. Thanks to incredible support from the community, programs are offered in alternate locations and the Club reopens on May 21.

2009 - Club membership increases to 630 kids a year!
2012 - Community Action for Safe Teens (CAST) becomes a committee of the BGCSV

CAST joins with a charter to prevent substance abuse and promote healthy choices for youth throughout Souhegan Valley.

Spring 2016 - BGCSV breaks ground on new gym

Club staff, board members, and the 2016 Youth of the Year grab their shovels and break ground for the new gym, which is built over the next six months.

Fall 2016 - The gym officially opens!

In October 2016, Club members cut the ribbon on the brand new gymnasium, starting the newest chapter in the history of the Club. We are proud to offer ongoing athletic programs and allow our kids the space to play all year round.

2018

Club membership exceeds 1,000 members for the year for the first time in our history!

Spring 2020

The pandemic hit, and we were forced to close our doors.

On March 15th we closed our doors with no idea what the future would hold. Thankfully we were approved to aid the community by providing a place for essential workers and children to come and do virtual learning at the Club.

Summer 2020

Camp Souhegan Summer Camp is a GO!!

We spent most of our time outdoors as we welcomed summer camp kids back to the Club. We held full theater productions in our parking lot, STEAM activities in our outdoor classrooms, and snacks on the playground.

Today

The Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley is a thriving and vital organization and community staple, serving more than 700 members each year from Milford, Amherst, Wilton, Lyndeborough, and Mont Vernon with an average of 170 kids coming through our doors each day during the school year. Summer Camp (Camp Souhegan) averages 225 kids per day enjoying Club programs and fun-filled and interactive ‘theme weeks’, and swimming and swim lessons at Keyes Park.

Daily activity at the Club includes academic help, athletic programs, dance, art, engaging STEAM programming, a vibrant theater community (and many opportunities for kids to be involved with performances), support for children with social/emotional learning, a positive space for teens – as well as community service and leadership clubs. Our skilled, nurturing and engaged staff foster connections and fun for every Club Kid that walks through our doors.