50 Years: 50 Stories

Broadway Building

The Boys & Girls Club of Watertown certainly had a different look 50 years ago. Read More

The Mission

The Boys & Girls Club of Watertown Mission: “The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown is to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.” Read More

Horse Care Program

This photo is circa 1972 on a horse riding trip to Wessington, South Dakota, a town just over 100 miles from Watertown. Read More

Courtney Livingston

Courtney Livingston started volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club while working with Engelstad Electric in the early 1970s. Read More

Bumper Pool

What was your favorite game at the Club? Read More

Watertown Area Community Foundation

Todd Brist, Youth of the Year

Our 5 Key Elements

Radio Partnership

1985 Building Opens

The Watertown Area Community Foundation embraced the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown roughly 40 years ago when it awarded the Club its first grant in the early ‘80s. Read More

Dr. Todd Brist has been a mentor to many in his professional career. Read More

At the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown, the Five Key Elements have been the foundation of enabling our young people to reach their full potential. Read More

One of the most successful forms of sharing our Club mission, impact, events, and fundraisers is through radio waves. Read More

In 1984, the Board of Directors raised $526,000 to construct a new facility adjacent to the high school and the indoor swimming pool. Read More

Tobacco Prevention

The Boys & Girls Club will always push the importance of our key programs to better your child and the community for a better future. Read More

Jeff Amy

Jeff Amy was a visionary leader at the foundational level of the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown. Read More

Teen Court

The Teen Court program was established in Codington County in 2007 by the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown in partnership with the States Attorney’s Office. Read More

The Board of Trustees

The Boys & Girls Club of Watertown Board of Trustee’s group is comprised of past Board of Director Members who continue to dedicate their time and talents to advancing the organization’s mission. Read More

The Blue Door Derby Camel Races

The Blue Door Derby Camel Races started in 2015 after a board member attended a Camel Race event in Michigan. Read More

The Boys & Girls Club Endowment Fund

The Boys & Girls Club of Watertown Endowment Fund was launched in the early 2000s to serve the future generations of Club youth members and families. Read More

The Duck Race

“Here, Duckie Duckie!” One of the community’s favorite fundraisers in our Club history is the Duck Race.  Read More

Nancy Hauck

Fun. Trusted. Creative. These are three words to describe past staff member Nancy Hauck, who served the Boys & Girls Club for 19 years.  Read More

Support a Child. Win Something Wild.

It’s that time of year when everyone is patiently awaiting their Early Bird Truck Raffle letters — don’t worry, you’ll get yours soon! Read More

Food Service Program

Of the many program and services offered at the Boys & Girls Club throughout our 50-year history, the food service program is easily one of the most important and longest-running. Read More

Marlene & Vera

If you came to the Club in the 90’s, you would remember Marlene & Vera in the kitchen. Marlene & Vera were volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown for 20 years. Read More

Our relationship with the City of Watertown

The City of Watertown has been a valuable partner since 1984. Community leaders decided a facility to serve both the recreation needs of adults and youth together was a beneficial solution for the betterment of the future of Watertown. Read More

Our relationship with Codington County

The partnership between Codington County and the Boys & Girls Club is a unique approach, with the common goal of making the County a healthy place to live, work and grow. Read More

Rose Chandler

Rosie (as most people called her) became the face of the Boys & Girls Club as she sat at the front desk and welcomed hundreds of kids each day. Read More

Celebrating 40 years at the Boys & Girls Club

In 2013, the Boys & Girls Club celebrated our 40 Year Anniversary of service to youth. Read More

Building Expansion in 1997

As community needs increased, the Boys & Girls Club usage grew from 101 youth per day in 1993 to over 133 per day in 1997. Read More

Jodi Driscoll

A volunteer’s work can be challenging and demanding, but Jodi Driscoll makes it look easy. Read More

The Heritage Club

The Heritage Club of the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown was established in 2005. Read More

COVID Relief, Grab-n-Go Meals

The COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t that long ago, but it certainly became a lasting memory in our organization’s history. Read More

Opening Doors, Building Renovations in 2017-2018

The Boys & Girls Club of Watertown undertook a capital project that renovated the current Main Club Site facility as well as acquired and renovated the former Watertown Community Recreation Center. Read More

COVID Relief, Community Food Boxes

When the community comes together, we can do great things! Read More

Triple Play Programs

The Boys & Girls Club of Watertown has a dynamic wellness program demonstrating how eating right, keeping fit, and forming positive relationships add to a healthy lifestyle. Read More

Free Homework Assistance Programs - GIFT

The Boys & Girls Club of Watertown has partnered with the South Dakota Department of Education for 20 years as a recipient of the Nita Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant. Read More

A Thank You To Board Chairs

The Board Chair’s role is much more than presiding over the monthly meetings of the Board of Directors. Read More

Whole Child

We have been dedicated to the “whole child” concept, even as early as 1980. This means children are nurtured in all areas of development. Read More


The Kidscope program is another branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown which supplements the traditional Main Club Site programming. Read More

Spooktacular Halloween Celebrations

Since our organization’s early beginning, Halloween has always been an important holiday. Read More

Halloween is so nice, let's talk about it twice!

For many years, the Boys & Girls Club hosted a community Halloween Party. Read More

Formula for Impact

The true work of Boys & Girls Clubs – the heart of what we do – lies at the center of our Formula for Impact. Read More

2018 New Facility Opens!

After three years of planning, a year of construction, and five months of a capital campaign that netted $5 million, the new and improved Watertown Boys and Girls Club celebrated its grand opening on August 27, 2018.Read More

A Shout Out to our Staff

At the the heart of every Boys & Girls Club is a team of staff members who impart positive values that children take with them into their communities and their futures. Read More


Basketball tournaments were a slam dunk fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown for 35 years.Read More

Arrow Prep Preschool Program

The Arrow Prep program began at the Main Club Site facility at the start of the 2001 school year to provide a kindergarten preparation program for 4 to 6-year-old children. Read More

Watertown United Way Support

The Boys & Girls Club of Watertown, South Dakota and the Watertown Area United Way have been in a long partnership with one another. Read More

The Breakfast Club

Linda Schoepp directed the “Breakfast Club” improvisational theater group launched in 1986, which used drama and audience participation to help youth clarify values concerning social issues. Read More

Our Relationship with Boys & Girls Clubs of America

In 1906, the first 53 Clubs banded together to establish a national organization, now known as Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). Read More

Youth of the Year

In the 21st-century world and workplace, leadership skills such as communication, goal-setting, and teamwork are essential for everyone – especially young people preparing to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood. Read More

50 Years From Now

This year has been an excellent chance to reflect upon and honor our organization’s past. Read More

Linda Schoepp

Linda dedicated her professional career to the youth and families in the Watertown community. Read More

2016 Capital Campaign - A Volunteer Effort

When the fundraising was complete for the “Opening Doors: Our Club, Our Community” capital campaign project, nearly $5 million was raised. Read More