25 Years and Counting ...


The year was 1991. The United States was leading her allies to victory in the Gulf War. The Soviet Union was crumbling into oblivion.


In sunny Hobe Sound, Florida, citizens were working together to establish a Boys & Girls Club in Martin County, and soon opened a Club in two small storefronts at a Winn Dixie plaza on Bridge Road.


Twenty-five years later, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County, with a budget of almost $4 million, is proudly serving over 2,000 Club Members, six to 18 years of age, helping them achieve extraordinary things.

Below is a timeline of major events in the 25 year history of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County:  
1989-1991: Hobe Sound resident Margaret "Peggy” Cole commits to establishing a Boys & Girls Club presence throughout Martin County. To generate support for the initiative, she holds meetings with the school district, local businesses, and fellow Hobe Sound residents, most notably Hays Clark.

1991: BGCMC begins in two small storefronts in the Hobe Sound Winn-Dixie plaza.  The Hobe Sound branch is later named the Cole-Clark branch in honor of the organization’s original founders.

1993: Port Salerno branch opens.  It is later renovated and renamed John & Marge Bolton branch.

1993: Club Members and staff use shopping carts to move games, books, and computers into its current Cole-Clark branch in Hobe Sound.

1994: BGCMC expands into Indiantown.

1996: Collaboration with City of Stuart and Stuart Police Department to create a branch at the East 10th Street Recreation Center.

1999: Donors fund an air-conditioned, indoor gym—one of the few in the County—at Cole-Clark branch.

2005: Palm City branch opens in Immanuel Lutheran Church.

2009: BGCMC begins capital campaign to create a state-of-the-art, expanded facility in the heart of Indiantown.

2009: Club Members in Palm City cut the ribbon on the new H. Wayne Huizenga branch, a renovated Martin County firehouse.

2009: Major renovations are completed at Cole-Clark branch in Hobe Sound, including a new computer laboratory, expanded art room, tutoring rooms for individualized help, and the County’s only teen room.

2011: BGCMC launches The Club, a new program designed exclusively for Martin County’s teens.
2012:  BGCMC introduces the Janey Pratt Be READy program for struggling readers in grades K-3.


  1. BGCMC's new Indiantown facility opens.
  2. Our BeReady early literacy program is named the top Boys & Girls Club program in the state by the Florida Area Council.


1. The HERO Challenge opens and enrolls 70 at-risk youth - this mentoring program is one of just 12 in the state of Florida and with three staff members includes Stuart and Indiantown.

2. The Stuart Club moves to a new 12,000 square foot building on the St. Joseph Church Campus.

3. The partnership with All About Achieving Learning Centers (AAALC) expands  -- putting certified teachers from in each of our five clubs.  Their focus is on literacy skills for elementary school club members, STEAM programs for all club members, and the training and development of club professionals who assist with homework and academic enrichment. 


YOU can make 2016 an even greater year for children and teens in Martin County – “vote” with your time and resources to make this a great community for all! 



Event Registration

Please visit our Events Page to register for an upcoming event. Contact Renee Booth if you have any questions about any of our events by email or call 772-545-1255.

Annual Membership Fee: $35 Download Application Here

Our award-winning afterschool programs are available to all children aged 6 to 18 in five club locations - Hobe Sound, Indiantown, Palm City, Port Salerno and Stuart. The annual membership fee is $35 during the school year, $250 for summer break, and teens may always join at no charge. Download the 2015-16 Membership Application here. Call 772-775-1255 if you have questions. 


Lego Robotics Team Meets on Fridays in Hobe Sound

Members aged 9 to 14 now have a LEGO Robotics Team in Hobe Sound! FRIDAYS 4:30pm—6:30 pm, Sept. 18 to Dec. 12

New Club in Stuart!

NEW LOCATION: 1300 SE 10th Street
Club is located on the St. Joseph Church campus and is open after-school until 6:30 pm. For questions, contact Tamia Williams, Branch Director.

In the News!

Stuart News journalists: Thank you for reporting on our new location in Stuart!

2014 Annual Report

Club’s early literacy program named top overall in Florida

BGCMC recently received the award for top overall Boys & Girls Club program in the state by the Florida Area Council for Be READy, an early literacy initiative that the organization designed and created in 2012. Full release here

The Bill & Barbara Whitman branch in Indiantown is OPEN! 

Thank you to everyone who helped us achieve this six-year dream! The new Club features a full-size gymnasium, performing arts space, learning & technology labs, a kitchen -- plenty of space to build and develop the potential of Indiantown’s most extraordinary asset — its children!