FAQs

General

The Boys & Girls Brigade is a youth development organization for 5th-12th graders. During the months of October-March, the Brigade offers the various programs at their building in Neenah, WI. During the summer, the Brigade hosts camps at Onaway Island on the Chain O’Lakes in Waupaca.

We are open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The office is closed on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The Boys & Girls Brigade does have rooms available for rent in the Neenah facility. Availability is dependent on Brigade programming and other rentals. Contact Tammy at tcoenen@bgbrigade.com or 920-725-3983 to learn more about availability and rental rates. All renters are required to sign a contract.

Onaway Island does have extremely limited availability for rentals. Availability is dependent on Onaway camp programming and other rentals. Contact John at jbenberg@bgbrigade.com or 920-725-3983 to learn more about availability and rental rates. All renters are required to sign a contract and provide a certificate of insurance.

The Boys & Girls Brigade does not offer any day care services in Neenah during the summer. The Neenah Park and Rec department uses our building for their Operation Recreation program for grades K-6. All information and registration for that program is available through Park and Rec.

Brigade Programs

  • Weeknight programs
  • Weekend programs
  • Discover Activities
  • Music & Tech classes
  • Hobby Clubs

Learn more about our programs

We are not affiliated with the Boys and Girls Club nor do we report to an overseeing organization. We do collaborate with many local youth organizations including the Boys and Girls Club, YouthGo, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central WI, and many more.

We have a wide variety of volunteer needs and can find something for you based on your knowledge or skills. All leaders must complete and pass a background check. If you have a skill that you would be willing to share, please let us know!

  • Group Leaders (weekly commitment October to March) – Oversee a group of 8-10 Brigaders while mentoring an 11th or 12th grade co-leader as they put leadership skills into practice with a small group of their younger peers. Group leader’s primary role is to get to know and build a positive relationship with the Brigaders in your group as they go through the different activities and workshops offered.
  • Workshop Leaders (8-10 night commitment October to March) – Guide youth in a variety of hands-on workshops including woodworking, metalworking, stained glass, ceramics, beading, scrapbooking, leather crafting, cooking and more. We are always looking for new ideas!
  • Physical Activity Leaders (flexible to weekly commitment October to March) – Guide youth in a variety of energetic activities including riflery, archery, climbing wall, gym, and more.
  • Office Leaders (flexible to weekly commitment October to March) – Help is needed weeknights in the office answering phones, providing customer service, and performing light paperwork and projects.
  • Discover Mini Series Leaders, formerly called Hobby Clubs (flexible according to leader availability) – An opportunity for Brigaders to learn higher level skills over the course of the Brigade year. Clubs typically meet weekly. A few current examples include welding, woodworking, small engine repair, model railroad, rifle, and archery.

Learn about volunteering opportunities 

Each program is led by a staff member. If you have questions about your child’s program or group, please contact the staff program leader. The staff program leader assignments for 2023-2024 are as follows:

  • Monday Night Boys – Patti Houlihan
  • Monday Night Girls – Riley Brown
  • Tuesday Night Boys – Marnie Spielbauer
  • Tuesday Night Girls – Marnie Spielbauer
  • Wednesday Night 9th Graders – Kurt Wismer
  • Wednesday Night 10th Graders – Nick Malcore
  • Thursday Night Boys – Nick Malcore
  • Thursday Night Girls– Riley Brown

Call 920-725-3983

We do offer assistance for families who have financial need. A scholarship application can be found online in Campwise during registration. The scholarship committee usually reviews applications within a week and sends a letter with the amount the Brigade is able to fund. Families are welcome to contact the Brigade office if they need to set up a payment plan.

Yes! 11th and 12th graders must register as Brigade participants to be co-leaders on their chosen night. 11th and 12th graders are considered members of Brigade receiving leadership training and guidance. Co-leading does not count as community service hours.

The Boys & Girls Brigade programs only cancel when the Neenah Joint School District closes their facilities for WEATHER related events. This includes after-school activities. If it is just a normal day off of school, Brigade activities are still on.

Camp Onaway

Camp Onaway currently hosts four girls camps, three boys camps, Onaway Adventure Camp (OAC), and Leadership Training Conference (LTC). We also offer a Boys’ Anchor Camp and a Girls’ Anchor Camp for youth who have just completed 5th grade. In addition, several day camps are available for youth who have just completed 4th or 5th grade.

Learn more about each camp.

Registration for summer camps opens the second week in January. You can register by going to our Camp Onaway page and finding the camp you wish to register for. Camps fill quickly, so we recommend you register early!

Letters to your child should be addressed as following and sent at least 3 days before the end of camp:

Child’s Name
Camp Onaway
E1703 Pine Ridge Lane
Waupaca, WI 54981

Please note, packages cannot be delivered to your child. Our mailbox at the boat landing is not large enough to accommodate packages and the USPS does not leave them. Letters that arrive after the end of camp will be forwarded to the camper’s home address.

Teams for each camp are posted on the Brigade website on the Friday the week before your child’s camp leaves. Visit Teams page to view them.

We do offer assistance for families who have financial need. A scholarship application can be found online on Campwise when registering for camp. The scholarship committee usually reviews applications within a week and sends a letter with the amount the Brigade is able to fund. Families are welcome to contact the Brigade office if they need to set up a payment plan.

All bank refunds will be back to the original method of payment after camp. Due to processing fees, anything under $8 will be donated to The Brigade.

Wreath Sales

In mid-October, Brigaders will receive a packet of information about the wreath sale. Please look through it carefully, as it contains important information. Each year we order wreaths based on the previous year’s sales. Brigaders collect orders for wreaths and then can begin filling their orders by picking up wreaths at the warehouse starting the second Saturday in November. Brigaders can then deliver their wreaths and collect payment upon delivery. The money must then be returned to the warehouse by the last Saturday that the warehouse is open in order to receive commission. Do not turn in any money at the Brigade office.

Packets can be picked up starting at 3pm on the third Monday of the Building Leaders program. We are not able to distribute any packets before then.

The warehouse is located at 715 Fairwood Drive in Neenah. The warehouse opens the second Saturday in November and the hours are Monday-Thursday from 4 pm – 7 pm and Saturdays from 9 am – 2 pm (closed Thanksgiving Day and the Wednesday before Thanksgiving).

Christmas Giving Program

The Christmas Giving program serves financially disadvantaged families in the cities and townships of Neenah and Menasha by providing clothing and gifts so they may experience a memorable Christmas. Families are referred to the Christmas Giving program by health and human service departments, schools, churches, and other youth organizations. Families can sponsor a family or child in need and purchase gifts and clothing from the children’s wish lists. Each family’s information is kept confidential during the sponsorship process. We also have a list of items needed for unsponsored families at bgbrigade.com/christmas-giving. Gifts are then picked up by the families a few days before Christmas.

Families who need assistance must get a referral card from their child’s school, church, health and human service department, or a youth organization that their child participates in. Those cards are then due back to the Brigade by the second Friday in November.

Contact the Christmas Giving office at 920-725-3211 or christmas@bgbrigade.com. Please note, the Christmas Giving employees work limited hours in October but they will respond to your inquiry as soon as they are able.

Contact the Christmas Giving office at 920-725-3211 or christmas@bgbrigade.com beginning in October.

Sign up by contacting the Christmas Giving office at 920-725-3211 or christmas@bgbrigade.com.