Bethalto Club

Our History

In 1968 the Boys Club began with 25 members. We had caring adults who saw a need and took action to create a positive place for kids. Their goal was to keep kids off the streets and their main programming revolved around sports and recreation. A core group of volunteers ran the Club for 4 years. In 1972 they secured funding, hired an executive director and met requirements for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Some years later the Board of Directors saw a need to serve girls and in 1989 became the Boys & Girls Club of Bethalto. In 2016 they saw a need in Brooklyn and opened a site in the Lovejoy School to serve those students with after school and summer programming.

Today the Club serves youth from Bethalto & 15 surrounding communities. We still have caring adults that volunteer their time to serve as board members and program volunteers.


Youth from Bethalto & 15

surrounding communities

50+ Years and

Going Strong!


324 E. Central St.
Bethalto, IL 62010
Phone 618-377-6030

Boys & Girls Club of Lovejoy

800 Madison Avenue
Lovejoy, IL 62059 Phone 618-377-6030



About Our Sites & Programs

We have two locations: Bethalto and Lovejoy School in Brooklyn, where we offer time tested and nationally recognized programs and activities in the areas of:



Business is booming as we see an increased need for after school programs and a safe, affordable place for kids to go. Our future is bright because our biggest asset remains the same, caring adults who care about our kids.

Our average daily attendance in a normal summer is over 200 youth and last school year we averaged over 240 each day.

Volunteers play a major role in our organization, supporting the paid staff in many ways. They serve as coaches, mentors, program aids, and sharing their talents through art and cooking classes. Many Alumni continue to give back through volunteering. All volunteers are screened and background checked.


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28th Annual “Help Kids Classic”

Boys & Girls Club of Bethalto Golf Classic

June 2, 2024  |  Belk Park Golf Course, Wood River, IL

The Boys & Girls Club of Bethalto’s Annual “Help Kids Classic” supports the much needed youth development programs offered at our two locations: Bethalto and Lovejoy School in Brooklyn.

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Help Kids Dinner Auction

Boys & Girls Club of Bethalto

Coming November 2024  |  TBD

This annual dinner auction is always a fun, themed event. It includes something for everyone with silent and live auctions, a designer purse raffle, bourbon/wine pull, lots of socializing, and a great program featuring our Youth of the Year.

Proceeds from our “Help Kids” Auction will help support the much-needed youth development programs offered at our two locations: Bethalto and Lovejoy School in Brooklyn.

Wreath & Grave Blanket Sales 

Orders for fresh wreaths, grave blankets and garland are taken in October for November pick up. A wonderful way to support the Club and decorate for the holidays.

Support the Club year round by using Amazon Smile to place your Amazon orders.

Individual Donors welcome year round.



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Summer Camp for Bethalto

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Bethalto Club Summer Camp

Ages 6-12

(618) 377-6030

Programs & Activities

  • Field Trips
  • Cooking
  • Skating
  • Bowling
  • Splash Pad

Bethalto Club News

BGCSTL Announces 5.2M Gift from MacKenzie Scott

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE REQUEST FOR COVERAGE Contact: Shuntaé Shields Ryan or 314-335-8009 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Announces 5.2M Gift from MacKenzie Scott Donation part of significant $281 million investment in Boys & Girls Clubs around the country ST. LOUIS (March 17, 2022) – Today, Boys & Girls...

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BGC Bethalto Recognition Event

Boys & Girls Club of Bethalto honored board members, community partners and staff at their recent Recognition Event for their commitment to the Boys & Girls Clubs as well as the kids and teens that we serve. Congrats to all of the following honorees! National Service to Youth Awardees: Given to staff and board members who have rendered...

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BGC Bethalto Dinner Auction Recap

Boys & Girls Club of Bethalto held its 25th annual Help Kids Dinner Auction at Julia’s Banquet Center in East Alton. This is the organization’s largest fundraising event that supports the mission and provides much-needed programming year-round for members. The Disco Fever themed event was a huge success with over 150 attendees and raising...

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