The Boys & Girls Club of the Wisconsin Rapids Area was established by a group of volunteers who sought to find a permanent solution for providing a safe and positive after-school program within the community. The Club was first formed in a trailer to transport
supplies twice each week.
We opened a site on the 3rd floor of the Elk's Club.
Dave Krause was the Club's first Executive Director, Phil Brown was Board President. Membership fees were $5/year or $0.50/day. The site ran Monday through Friday from
3-6 pm. They later received a grant to run a
A second location was opened in Nekoosa. This program ran on Monday evenings after school.
We relocated our main site to the Baker Drive location.
The Club received an $11,000 grant from Community Foundation of South Wood County and a matching grant from the Wood County Funding Consortium to
transport children from Vesper, Rudolph,
and Mead schools to Club after school.
School Outreach Programs started at
the following locations:
Mead Elementary: Monday - Friday
Alexander Middle School: Monday
Rudolph Elementary: Tuesday
Vesper Elementary: Wednesday
Grant Elementary: Thursday
We expanded our Outreach Program and opened a site at Port Edwards Elementary on Thursday evenings.
The Boys & Girls Club of the Wisconsin Rapids Area along with other afterschool programs in the area received a $5,000 grant from JC Penney After School program to help provide programs for about 100 children
in Wisconsin Rapids.
The Club received a $115,000 grant from Mead Witter Foundation to expand the Teen Center and
technology center at Baker Drive site.
Expanded programming began at our Nekoosa site includng a full size gym along with a computer lab. Programming was available Monday through Friday
The Baker Drive location opened the teen center,
"The Club". They began a Junior Staff program to help teen members prepare for their futures.
We relocated our main site to the Pitsch Center.
The Boys & Girls Club of the Wisconsin Rapids Area celebrated their 25th Anniversary.
March - June 2020
The Club received a $5,000 gift from the Delta Dental of Wisconsin Foundation. This support helped us to distribute 8,000 meals to children in our community during the COVID-19 Safer at Home order.
We relocated our main site to a brand new building with the South Wood County YMCA.