Boys & Girls Clubs of Great Lakes
2601 E Paul Jones St.
Forrestal Village
Building 2600
Great Lakes, IL 60088

Phone 847-688-5573 / 847-688-5581
Phone (DSN) 312-792-5573
Fax 847-688-5725
Fax (DSN) 312-792-5725

Mon - Thu 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Fri 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Sat 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sun - closed
Holidays - closed
Power hour:
Teens only (13 yrs & up):
Mon - Thur 3:00 – 4:00 p.m
Power hour:
Youth (12yrs & under)
Mon - Thur 5:00 – 700 p.m.
Fri 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Sat 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Power hour: 4:00- 5:00 p.m.

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Youth Services

Youth Services

Youth Centers

The Great Lakes two youth centers provide a variety of recreational activities for youth ages 5-18 and their family members. 

  • Kid's World, located in Glenview
  • Great Lakes Youth Center, located in Forrestal Village

The Centers offer before and after school programs, day camp, intramural sports leagues, a variety of instructional classes, youth day trips and themed special events.

The centers are open Monday through Thursday 1:00 - 7:00 pm, Friday 1:00 - 6:00 pm (skating: 6:30-9:30 pm only) and Saturday 2-8 pm. The centers are closed on Sunday.

For additional information about the youth center and programs offered, you may contact us at 847-688-5573/5581.

School Age Care (SAC) Program

The School Age Care program (SAC) provides a fun environment, while offering a wide variety of developmentally age appropriate activities before and after school for children in Kindergarten-6th grade. SAC also offers special holiday childcare options, as well as summer camps for children.

Youth Program (Open Recreation)

The Great Lakes Youth Center (Forrestal Village) offers a variety of recreational activities for youth ages 5-18 throughout the year.  Programs offered include:

  • Boys and Girls Club (BGCA)
  • 4-H Programs
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Health and Fitness
  • Sports
  • Instructional classes
  • Computer Lab
  • Board Games
  • Friday night fun and lots more!!!!

 Open Recreation Hours of Operation:

  • Youth – Ages 5-12 – Monday through Friday – 5 pm – 7 pm,1st and 3rd Friday of each month – 5 pm – 8 pm,Saturdays – Noon – 5 pm. Youth under 11 years must be accompanied by an adult to participate. 
  • Teens – Ages 13-18 – Monday through Friday – 3 pm – 7 pm, 1st and 3rd Friday of each month  - 3 pm – 10 pm. Saturdays – Noon – 5 pm

Youth Sports

Youth sports programs are offered for a fee per child/per session. Programs include Fall/Spring Soccer for ages 4-14 and Winter Basketball for ages 5-14.

Youth Sponsorship Program

The Youth Sponsorship Program depends on the availability of youth who volunteer to become sponsors. Contact The Child & Youth Program Coordinator to inquire about a youth sponsor at 847-688.3100, DSN 312-792-3100 or DSN Fax 312-792-3100. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Youth Religious Programs

Contact the Chaplain Office for the all current denominational youth activities at 847-688-5610.

Boy/Girl Scouts

The Boy/Girl Scouts are represented on base but you need to contact the Boys Scouts program directly at 847-433-1813 and the Girls Scouts at 847-573-0500.

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