Southwest youth get ready for a bike ride in the neighborhood. Bicycles and helmets are brought over by Gearin’ Up, a local non-profit that teaches bike repair to teen-agers. Adults in the back row are program aides and staff of Greater Washington Boys and Girls Club, which, for the summer, started up a clubhouse at 205 L St. SW, the resident council office building for Greenleaf Extension housing. (Photo by Marcellus Watson)

There’s good news for youth and families in Southwest. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, which a few years ago operated Boys & Girls Club #4 in the gym at Bowen School, started Club #4 up again at a smaller location. This summer they operated a summer camp at 205 L St. SW for ages 5-11 from 8 am 5 pm Mon.-Fri.

In the afternoon and evening teen activities were from 5 pm to 11 pm. Game rooms and computers are on the second floor. In the L St. SW courtyard in front of 205 L St. SW a pair of basketball hoops form a court for practice and for games. Trips, such as for bowling and movies, were held.

The day camp director was Sterling Stone. His email address is The branch director has been Ray Long. Ray’s contact info is cell: 240-676-1910; email: Program aides were Robert Lumpkins, Mykia McNair, Johnathan McNair and Aliyyah Blake.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington abandoned Club #4 a few years after Bowen moved in with Amidon Elementary School at 4th and I St. SW and the MPD took over the Bowen School building as District One Headquarters.

Although activities for the fall are uncertain, Teen Director Domonique Cherry can be emailed at The club phone number is 240-676-1877.

(To support BGCGW, use United Way #8047 or CFC #44919).

By Marcellus Watson

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