Basketball League Registration!

Get excited because basketball season is right around the corner!

James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn offers fun, intramural, instructional basketball leagues for youth in grades 2-8 each winter.  The cost to participate is $25 and all participants must be Club members. Each team practices for one hour each week and plays one game each week. The season takes place from late November/early December through February vacation.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We are seeking volunteer coaches. If you are interested and/or able to volunteer to coach a basketball team this winter, please contact Dave Maestri, Health & Recreation Director. The number of coaches who volunteer determines the number of players we can accept into the league. Without enough volunteers, many youth will not be able to participate.


BIDDY BASKETBALL LEAGUE – Grades 2-4 (MUST be age 8 on or before 12/31/2018)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018: 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.


Wednesday, October 24, 2018: 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.


Thursday, October 25, 2018: 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

*Note that if your child is a NEW member to the Club (was not a member in 2017-2018), they will also need to attend an orientation in order to join and receive their membership card.

L.E.A.P. Childcare Now Enrolling!

Have you heard the good news?

We are opening up a childcare program for ages 2.9 and older at the Jamie McKeown Boys & Girls Club!

L.E.A.P. Childcare is now enrolling for its preschool and pre-K classrooms, opening in September.  To learn more information or schedule a tour of our classrooms, contact Gabrielle Grasso, Childcare Director.

L.E.A.P. Childcare Program Brochure

Join the 2018-2019 Lucky’s Lobsters Swim Team!

A new season of swimming is approaching & we hope you’ll consider joining Lucky’s Lobsters Swim Team!

Lucky’s Lobsters is a competitive & recreational swim program for swimmers ages 6-18.  The regular season takes place September through March. The team competes in the Northeastern New England Area Program Council swim league against area Boys & Girls Clubs from November through January. For those swimmers looking for more competition, US Swimming meets are also available.  Please speak with one of the coaches or ask about it at our upcoming parent informational meeting.

Parent Informational Meeting – Monday, September 10, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Swimmer Try-Outs (each swimmer only needs to attend ONE try-out session):

  1. Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
  2. Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
  3. Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

All youth & teens ages 6-18 are welcome to try out!

Summer Swim Lessons Announced!

Swimming is an essential part of summer!  Even more essential is water safety!

Registration for a seven-week session of summer swimming lessons will take place Wednesday, June 27, 2018 beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Slots for swimming lessons will fill on a first come, first served basis.

Summer 2018 Swim Lessons – Club Members (ages 8 and older)

Summer 2018 Swim Lessons – Non-Members (ages 7 and younger)

Are you unsure about which level your child should swim with?  Please check this simple questionnaire to help guide you, or discuss your child’s abilities with our Aquatics Director at the time of registration.

Community Notice: Intent to Apply

Intent to Apply – 21st CCLC Grant Funding

James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn hereby notifies the local community of our intention to apply to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers program grant to support out of school time (OST) programming at the Shamrock Elementary School in Woburn, MA.  The Club will submit the application to DESE in May of 2018. If granted, funds will be used to support additional learning time at the Shamrock Elementary School in Woburn, MA. The Club is applying to become a Demonstration Site within the 21st CCLC program.


The purpose of the federally-funded Massachusetts 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Grant is to support additional learning time for students in grades K-12 before and/or after school and during the summer that provides creative and engaging academic enrichment opportunities that will help to address college and workforce readiness and success.


More information about the 21st CCLC Program may be obtained by visiting the following webpage on the website of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

Questions or public input about the 21st CCLC program and grant proposal may be directed at Alison McDaniel, After the Bell Program Director for James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn.

Kick in for Kids!

The 9th Annual Kick in for Kids 5K Road Race & Health Walk, presented by Skyworks, will be held Sunday, May 6, 2018. We hope you can join us! There are also great opportunities to promote your business through a variety of sponsorship levels. And, thanks to our in-kind donations, 100% of proceeds directly benefit health & wellness program at the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn!

At just $30 when you pre-register, there is no other race around that is such a great deal.  Thanks to our friends from the Woburn Host Lions Club, participants will be treated to a delicious BBQ lunch.  And, thanks to our friends at Budweiser, there will be plenty of cold refreshments.

The first 300 participants who pre-register will also receive one of our popular Tek t-shirts!


Register online at North Shore Timing today! (Be sure to indicate if you are doing the Health Walk or the 5K Race in the first drop-down menu question.)

Or, if you prefer to pay by cash or check, mail or drop off your registration form today.

2018 Kick in for Kids Road Race & Health Walk Registration Form


There are great sponsorship opportunities available for those local businesses and organizations looking to advertise & support the Jamie McKeown Boys & Girls Club.  Benefits include inserting materials into the runners’ & walkers’ bags, your logo or name on the back of our t-shirts, and lots more.

2018 Kick in for Kids Sponsor Form

George Whitfield Named 2018 PFC Joseph L. Drew Youth of the Year!

On Thursday, April 5, 2018 the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn hosted their 54th Annual Awards Night. This event highlights members who have excelled over the 2017-2018 program year in the Club’s core program areas: academic success, good character & leadership, and healthy lifestyles. This year the Club honored 148 youth and teens for their dedication to the Club and their hard work in Club programs. Additionally the organization distributed $5,360 in scholarship funds in memory of distinguished Club alumni to ten Club seniors.

The night culminates in the naming of the 2018 PFC Joseph L. Drew Youth of the Year, our Club’s highest honor. George Whitfield was awarded this title. He proudly describes himself as a Club kid and says that “the Club has given me not just a place to go after school, or a place to do homework, but a home where I feel welcomed as member of a vibrant community of inspiring individuals.”

Exceptional teen Club members who were nominated for this year’s prestigious award include Colin Breslin, Matthew Cerullo, Lauren Harkins, Matthew Juko, Rory McDaniel, Kelly Nett, Nora Newman, Madison Vecchi and George Whitfield.

Scholarship Winners

2018 CPL Charles McMahon Memorial Scholarship Winners: Lauren Harkins, George Whitfield

2018 Alumni Association James McKeown Scholarship Winners: Hannah MacIntosh, George Whitfield

2018 Patrolman Jack Maguire Memorial Scholarship Winners: Rory McDaniel, Nora Newman, William Sullivan, Patrick Tighe

2018 Timothy Padulsky Memorial Scholarship Winner: Mo Sullivan

2018 Quinn Electric Scholarship Winners: Matthew Juko, Madison Vecchi

Pot of Gold Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Pot of Gold Raffle!  Thank you to all who so generously supported the Jamie McKeown Boys & Girls Club!

$20,000 Winner:  Ticket #201, Tom & Janine Block

$1,000 Winner:  Ticket #845, Kevin Cafua

$1,000 Winner:  Ticket #811, Dr. Scott Fuller

$500 Winner:  Ticket #27, Kathryn & Christine Murray

$500 Winner:  Ticket #217, Altavesta 8

$250 Winner:  Ticket #767, Charlie Hardy

$250 Winner:  Ticket #563, Mary Levine

Polar Plunge a Great Success!

Freezin’ For a Reason!

The first ever Polar Plunge to support the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn was a tremendous success! More than $7,000 (with donations still coming in!) was raised to support the mission of the Club, inspiring youth to find their greatness. 50 brave Club supporters, ranging in age from 8 years to 78 years, dunked into frigid, icy Horn Pond.  A crowd of spectators cheered them on on a rainy Sunday afternoon.  The event was spearheaded by Drew Crawford of the Club’s Board of Directors.

Pizza was generously donated by Gloria’s Pizza, Romas Bakery, Toscano’s Pizza, Mike’s Pizza, Pizza Market, My Brother’s Place, Lisa’s Pizzeria and UNOs of Woburn.

Special thanks to John Devine and North Suburban Transportation for supplying the school bus to bring participants and spectators to and from Horn Pond. Fire Chief Stephen Adgate, Deputy Chief Clark Kenton, and Group 2 Captain George Poole had many firefighters in survival suits and standing by to support the safety of all involved. Woburn Police also dispatched Officer Joe Wells and Officer Dana Gately to assist with the traffic in the area. Additional thanks to Woburn’s City Council, Recreation Commission, and Mayor Scott Galvin (who also jumped in with us!) for their support and approval of the event.

The Polar Plunge was a tremendous success and we are already planning for 2019! Thank you to everyone who showed their support!