Building Character

Building character is the key component to getting ahead and getting along.

Character development has been the cornerstone of the Boys & Girls Club experience since the first Club opened in 1860.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America believes that character development, the basic building block in personal development, should be an integral aspect of every Club program and activity. In support of this conviction, Aaron Fahringer, a regional director for the west coast in the 1950s, scripted the Boys & Girls Club Code as part of the celebration of the golden anniversary of the Movement. The code was officially adopted by the National Council in 1955. 

The Boys & Girls Club Code

I believe in the right to worship according to my own faith and religion.
I believe in America and the American way of life…in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
I believe in fair play, honesty and sportsmanship.
I believe in my Boys & Girls Club, which stands for these things.