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Featuring: Boys & Girls Club of Campbell County The Campbell County Boys & Girls Club has been busy the past six months. New executive director Patrick Collier has led an effort to train and re-focus the mission of the organization, which is to help children ages 6 through 18 have somewhere they can continue to learn and grow, even when they're not in school.
"We had very few teenagers, and we've worked hard to expand our role for them. Whether that's increasing our STEM programming, including more activities in science, art, or music, or just providing more activities for the club members," said Collier.
The Boys & Girls Club's new home in the old Lakeview Elementary School has been a work in progress since the City of Gillette helped them move to the facility two years ago. Local businesses have been helping re-paint and fix other cosmetic problems with the building, making it a space that children want to be in.
"It took a little while for us to get our feet under us to get organized with how we wanted to utilize the space," Collier said. "A little known fact of our lease with the city is that we were meant to be a Boys and Girls Club first, but also expand our role in this building to be a community center."
That role is now ready for Campbell County to try on, with organizations like Gillette Community Theater adopting one of the convertible schoolrooms for its practice and performance space, and many other businesses following suit to use classrooms as conference rooms or other meeting space.
"We've worked really hard to start opening those spaces for rent for birthday parties, family gatherings, as well as partnering with community businesses to host activities and events in the building."
The Boys & Girls Club is accepting applications for volunteers and for members. Give them a call at 307-685-1050, or stop by their newly renovated location on 410 Lakeside Drive