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 January 8, 2010

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Winter Camp keeps youth active during school holiday break

Story & Photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff

Youth in the Fort McCoy community who took a winter break from school in late December could attend a Winter Camp at the installation and choose from a variety of activities to help keep physically fit, serve other people or help their families take a breather from parental/mission duties to encourage a happier holiday season.

PHOTO: Participants in the Fort McCoy Winter Camp program enjoy an activity at the Rumpel Fitness Center.
Participants in the Fort McCoy Winter Camp program enjoy an activity at the Rumpel Fitness Center.

Cori Yahnke of the Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) Program said Winter Camp attendance was open to eligible members of the School Age and Youth programs.

The Winter Camp began Dec. 23 with a tour and visit of Sparta-area nursing homes, which included making holiday cards to take to the residents.

The event served as a CHARACTER COUNTS! activity, she said.

“This also was a 4-H citizenship event,” Yahnke said. “The youth took the Army Family Covenant bus to the caroling event and the (Dec. 31) bowling event. The events also support the Army Family Covenant program by helping parents feel they don’t have to worry about what their children are doing while they’re at work and helps reduce conflicts, which makes the families stronger.”

The CYSS youth went to a La Crosse roller-skating rink Dec. 28, swimming/fitness activities at the Rumpel Fitness Center pool/gymnasium Dec. 29, snowtubing at the Whitetail Ridge Ski Area Dec. 30 and bowling at McCoy’s Bowling Center Dec. 31.

“Youth who have deployed parents also could participate in the Winter Camp as part of the respite program,” Yahnke said.

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