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Joseph F. Coffey
Boys and Girls Club of Meriden
To inspire and enable all young people, especially those from
disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their fullest potential
as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
For over 111 years, the Meriden Boys Club has been a safe,
Hope and opportunity
supervised place of hope, opportunity and positive growth
for 1,000's of Meriden Youth. The vision of a group of
far sighted individuals in 1898 has had a dramatic impact
on the youth of Meriden as we approach the year 2000.
Originally started as the Meriden Boys Club, the member
facilities were located at 21 Colony Street through 1955.
In 1956, the Joseph Coffey Meriden Boys Club moved to
Lincoln Street where members still meet today ...
... and in early 2000, you'll be able to enter from
Colony Street via the newly completed building addition:
The Boys Club has been a positive meeting place and 'home' for
developing new friendships, reinforcing and extending their school work,
and meeting daily with caring adult role models. For many of the youth,
The Club offers the only stability in their young developing lives!
Today's Boys and Girls Clubs provide:
A safe place to learn and grow
Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals
Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences
At age 18, the Boys and Girls Club youth should attain the following capacity:
- Positive Self-identity
- Educational Competence
- Employment Competence
- Social Competence
- Cultural Competence
- Community and Civic Involvement
- Health and Well-being
- A Moral Compass
Updated, revised Core Program Areas for the Club reflect the
emphasis on achievement of the new Youth Development Outcomes.
The core program areas are: Character and Leadership Development;
Education and Career Development; Health and Life Skills; The Arts;
and Sports, Fitness and Recreation!
Cubs 6 - 8
Midgets 9 - 11
Juniors 12 - 14
Seniors 15 - 18
Annual membership is $25.00 (twenty-five dollars).
Membership begins the day you join through August 31, 2000.
As a member, boys are allowed to participate in all the Club's
drop-in programs and to join other programs for a small fee.
Financial assistance is availabe to those that meet income guidelines.
Youth Drop-in Programs
(Included in membership -
calendars available each September)
Boys ages 6 and up can come down Saturday morning and shoot for the fun of
it and receive basic instruction. Teams will be formed for a league starting
For boys ages 9 and up. New archers must take a lesson. For further
information, pick up an archery calendar or contact Dominic at the Club.
(See Archery under shooting programs.)
Boys make woodcrafts and special tremed crafts for different holidays
using hand tools. Projects take 2-4 weeks to complete.
Guess the score, Quarterback Club, Double Dribble, Name that 'Toon and
many other contests are held throughout the year. Check the counter to
see what contests are being held.
Basketball, wiffle ball, indoor soccer and many other games are played
on a 'pick-up' basis.
Boys ages 14-18 during October, November and April use the gym, under
adult supervision, to play basketball. Sneekers and gym shorts are required.
Beginning in late January, the Boys Club holds its annual Gameroom
Tournaments. Each week boys compete in pool, bumper pool, ping pong and
table soccer. Four weekly winners then compete against each other to be
the champion of their age group.
Coming again fall of '99 ...
Lions Club Computer Center:
The Lions Club Computer Center at the Boys and Girls Club of Meriden!
Thanks to a grant from the Lions Club, the Meriden Boys and Girls Club will
once again be operating a "state of the art" computer center for
their members to use after school. Watch for the official announcement in
Starting late Septemeber, students in grades 3 thru 8 meet 2 to 4 afternoons
a week with volunteer tutors and a teacher for help with their schoolwork.
High School Basketball:
This league, for boys in high school, runs during October and November one
or two nights a week. Teams are coached by adults with the emphasis on
recreation, skill improvement and exercise. Sign-ups in late September,
with games beginning mid-October. Contact Don Maleto or Jeff Hewitt for
An organized and coached league for boys ages 8-13 as of January 1, 2000.
Screenings are held in late October. Practices start in November and games
get under way around the first of December. Registration begins in September.
An outdoor co-ed league for youths ages 6-14 (can not be in 9th grade).
Practices being in early August and games start around September 1.
Sign-ups are in the middle of May.
A co-ed league for youths in grades 6-8. Registration is held the first
week in December. Practices and games get under way after the first of
the year and finish up in March.
Special Classes in cartooning, model building, painting, etc.
are offered throughout the year. Ask at the office for further
information on what classes are being held.
CREATE! is a club for artistically inclined youth that are interested
in working on community art projects. Past projects have included
murals, window painting, Daffodil Festival Floats, etc.
CREATE! is open to students in 5th grade or higher that can demonstrate
some artistic ability. Contact Dominic Pereyo at the Club for further info.
Building Juvenile Decency
Cuno Camp is located at Beaver Lake Road
The Boys Club's day camp, Cuno Camp, operates weekdays during the summer.
Camp operates in four, two week sessions starting in late June.
The camp day runs 8:30 - 3:00* with extended hours availabe.
Activities include swimming, arts and crafts, archery, air rifle,
group games (wiffle ball, soccer, basketball, etc.) and other activities.
The camp has an all adult staff and is certified by the State of Connecticut.
Look for information and registration in late March 2000.
Includes archery leagues, drop-in shooting, single day and
multi-week tournaments are offered for boys ages 9-16.
Advanced classes and Junior Olympic Rankings aimed at improving
technique and achieving a ranking in the National JOAD Program
are also offered throughout the year. Archery calendar of events
are available or contact Dominic at the Club for further information.
A beginner's lesson must be taken prior to partaking in any of the
archery events. Any member that has not shot at the club or at Cuno Camp
in the last year must take a lesson. Simply schedule for a lesson.
The riflery program, for boys ages 8-16, runs once a week starting in the
fall. Boys in this program receive instruction in the safe handling and
care of firearms, range safety and shooting instruction. After completing
the safety and instruction course, students are able to achieve a ranking
from the NRA, join teams and compete in weekly matches against other teams.
Contact the Club for further information on this newly revised program.
If you wish to request additional information
on any of the above programs, please contact:
Meriden Boys and Girls Club
15 Lincoln Street
Meriden, CT 06451
- Staff -
Executive Director - Gary Burt
Program Assistant - Dominic Pereyo
Program Assistant - Jeffrey Hewitt
Development Director - Richard Seethaler
Individual Services Assistant - Donald Maleto
- Office Hours -
(September - June)
Mon - Fri 9:30 - 11:30am 1:00 - 4:45pm
Saturday 9:00 - 11:15am
- Club Drop-in Hours -
(September - June)
Mon - Fri 2:00 - 4:45 6:30 - 8:30*
Saturday 9:00 - 11:15 1:00 - 3:00
Saturday Morning hours start at the end of September
Saturday Afternoons start in November
*Evening hours begin in October
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Special thanks to Dick Seethaler for providing much
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Copyright © 1999 Philip L. Viger
created August 15, 1999