Mission & History

Our Mission: The Mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to become productive, caring, responsible adults.

Our History: The Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster has played an integral role in the Lancaster community since 1939, providing daily programs and services to nearly 3,000 young people each year. The Club is open daily throughout the summer and after school with programs that emphasize education and career enhancement, character and leadership development, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation.

Since our inception, our mission has consistently aimed to provide youth with a safe and positive place to spend their after school hours. From a single site in the Southeast part of Lancaster City, our organization has expanded and now includes two Lancaster City Clubhouse locations, a Clubhouse in Columbia Borough, and two school-based service sites at Washington and Price Elementary Schools. In 2019, we will open a new Clubhouse in the Southeast corridor of the city of Lancaster, in conjunction with the renovation of Roberto Clemente Field into a state-of-the-art, modern youth development park.

Club Locations

Our Clubhouses are a safe place for kids where they are accepted for who they are, encouraged to do their best, and leave knowing they are valued and understood! Clubhouses are open every weekday from 3pm to 8pm. Summer program hours vary; please check with your Clubhouse for specific program hours of operation.

Sherman & Kathryn Hill Clubhouse
116 S Water St., Lancaster
(717) 299-3771

Sherman Kathryn Hill Clubhouse

Jack Walker Clubhouse 

229 W Lemon St., Lancaster
(717) 397-5514

Jack Walker Clubhouse

Columbia Clubhouse

248 Locust St., Columbia
(717) 684-3637

Columbia Clubhouse

Washington Elementary Community School

545 S. Ann Street, Lancaster
(717) 291-6275, x14502

Washington Elementary Community School

Board and Management

The Board of Directors is the active governing body of the Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster. Board members commit to being active in governance responsibilities and focus on organizational performance, including holding the Board and Chief Executive Officer accountable. Board members are expected to provide professional services when applicable, be assertive in identifying roles and ways to help organization, and be advocates as a voice in the community, promoting the Club.

Karen Schloer, CEO
Karen Schloer began her career with the Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster as a summer camp counselor in 1997. Since then, she has served as Youth Program Worker, Clubhouse Director, Chief Operating Officer, and has been in the role of Chief Executive Officer since 2011. With a BA in Sociology from Millersville University and an MBA from Elizabethtown College, Karen has both the skills and experience required to manage the vision and operations for the Club. Under her leadership, the Club emerged from its most challenging economic period with a balanced budget and the elimination of all debt. Karen is well known in the community she serves, both by residents and other community organization. Her relationships have placed the organization in an ideal position for leveraging expertise and resources in the community.

Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster Foundation
Board of Directors Officers
Scott Radcliffe, Chairman of the Board
Chris Markley, Treasurer
David Alspach, Esq., Secretary
Board of Directors
Rob Evarts
Edgar L. Grove
Milton Hefft
Donald Horn
Tom Kennedy
Chris McMurtrie
Beverly R. Steinman
Boyer L. Veitch
Adrian Young, Esq.
S.R. Zimmerman, III


Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster
Board of Directors Officers

Matt DiRienzo, President
Milton Hefft, Vice-President
Joann Brayman, Vice-President
Adam Althouse, Treasurer
W. Matthew Fairbanks, Secretary
Karen Schloer, Chief Executive Officer  

Board of Directors
Neil Albert
Ted Darcus
Wes Farmer, Ph.D.
Jerome Gottlieb
Brian A. Kormans.
Chris Markley
Joe Noll
Scott K. Radcliffe
Chris Shehan

Life Members
Thomas F. Hinkle
Tom Kennedy
Christian E. McMurtrie
Clark McSparren, Jr.
Beverly R. Steinman
Boyer L. Veitch
S.R. Zimmerman, III


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