|Story & photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Youth in the Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School (CYS) Services winter
camp kept busy during their school holiday break.
An average of 50 youth per day in grades kindergarten through high
school attended CYS Services activities from Dec. 23-30, said Cori
Yahnke, CYS Services School Age Services (SAS) director.
Child, Youth and School Services youth enjoy a
morning of bowling at McCoy’s Bowling Center. The youth
participated in a number of activities during their school
“We helped fill their time off with both physical and mental
activities so they could enjoy themselves and be prepared to return to
school Jan. 3,” Yahnke said.
The youth spent time every day they were at Fort McCoy in the Computer
Lab keeping up with their computer skills. Yahnke said youth also could
participate in Boys and Girls Club and 4-H Club activities.
A number of other club activities were offered, including a cooking
Writing holiday cards to Soldiers was one popular activity to help
support the Army Family Covenant. Youth also went caroling at area
nursing homes to provide support to the Army Community Covenant, she
said. Another off-post activity was a visit to a roller-skating rink in
the Tomah area.
“We took the youth (ages 10-11) to a Home Alone class at Fort McCoy so
they could learn the skills they need to remain safe if they’re ever
faced with being home by themselves,” Yahnke said. “And on another one
of the days we had a movie party in house.”
Youth also took advantage of the Family and Morale, Welfare and
Recreation facilities/activities at Fort McCoy.
A trip to the Bowling Center at McCoy’s started the week’s activities
The weather held for an afternoon snow-tubing event Dec. 29 at the
Whitetail Ridge Ski Area.
On the last day of the camp, youth went to the Rumpel Fitness Center
indoor pool for a swimming session.
“Youth also took time during the winter camp to make New Year’s
resolutions about how they will improve their lives (in 2011),” Yahnke
The CYS Services SAS program currently offers after-school and nonschool
day services for youth who attend school.
For more information, call the SAS program at 608-388-4373.