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Youth enjoy CYS Services winter camp activities during holiday

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.

PHOTO:Child, Youth and School Services youth enjoy a morning of bowling at McCoy’s Bowling Center. Photo by Rob Schuette
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 holiday break.

“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 club.

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 Dec. 23.

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 said.

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.

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