Story and photos by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs
People in the Fort McCoy community who have free time
this winter and want to spend a relaxing and entertaining day are
encouraged to consider the Fort McCoy Family and Morale, Welfare and
Recreation (MWR) activities available for authorized patrons at Fort
Jobi Spolum, Fort McCoy Family and MWR Marketing director, said people
can begin focusing on the activities they would like to do even before
they leave home.
Patrice McGinnis, a Rumpel
Fitness Center recreation aide, teaches a Hydro Rider Fitness
class at the Rumpel Fitness Center pool.
“Everything you need is at your finger tips by logging
onto our website,” which is
http://www.mccoymwr.com or by visiting the Fort McCoy Family and MWR
Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/mccoymwr),
Spolum said. “You also can get the up-to-date information on Family and
MWR events and activities by calling our events lines.” The numbers —
608-388-7400 (from on post or in the Sparta area) or toll-free
1-877-864-4969 — are answered from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, except
holidays, and have a recorded message after hours.
The Family and MWR information allows patrons to learn what is offered
at the Family and MWR facilities, such as the Rumpel Fitness Center,
building 1122; the Community Activity Center, building 2000; and
McCoy’s, building 1571. The online Family and MWR calendar available
allows patrons to check out events and note any special activities
happening on a given day.
Early risers who pull into Fort McCoy before dawn can participate in a
wide range of activities at the fitness center, beginning at 5 a.m. The
fitness center has a cardio theater, weight areas, a gym area for
volleyball/basketball, indoor walking or running tracks and an indoor
“All Family and MWR facilities have ample parking space to accommodate
guests,” Spolum said. “For Soldiers who don’t have access to a privately
owned vehicle, they can take the post shuttle bus to the various Family
and MWR locations.” The shuttle bus schedule is available on the Fort
McCoy Corporate Network, at the various bus-stop locations or by calling
A visit to the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111, which
is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., will reveal information about a
number of programs concerning Family support and readiness activities,
such as the Family Focus program and other assistance. ACS also has an
extensive Resource Library, which provides information about a variety
of ACS programs and support services, Spolum said.
Outdoor enthusiasts can check out the Equipment Checkout
Center at Pine View Campground or the lodging reservation service.
Reservations for lodging at Pine View also can be made online at any
computer by using the website
Julie Pressler, a Rumpel Fitness
Center recreation aide, instructs a Body Blast Class. The Fort
McCoy Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation program offers
authorized patrons a variety of activities to participate in at
During the winter season, people can enjoy activities at
Whitetail Ridge Ski Area, such as skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing
Fridays through Sundays. Sufficient natural snow also will allow for
cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
The big seasonal event – the Winter Extravaganza – is scheduled for
Saturday, Jan. 29 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
“Many reduced-price activities will be offered that day,” Spolum said.
“It’s a great time to come to Whitetail Ridge to try some of the winter
Authorized patrons have many choices of activities at Fort McCoy at 11
a.m. on both weekdays and weekends, Spolum said. The Community Activity
Center offers computers, electronic games, physical training equipment,
X-Box, and rents lap top computers or DVDs. Big-screen televisions are
available for viewing movies or sporting events, such as the National
Football League Pro Bowl Jan. 30 or the Super Bowl Feb. 6.
A Leisure Travel Service program offers excellent travel opportunities
for local, regional and national attractions. Cruise ship tours are a
When hunger strikes, Primo’s Express in McCoy’s offers burgers, pizzas,
sandwiches, etc., beginning at 11 a.m. weekdays and 4 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday. Guests can enjoy viewing programs on multiple big-screen
televisions before, during and after their meal or play the electronic
Bowling also is available at McCoy’s eight-lane Bowling Center. Bowling
balls and shoes are available for rent.
Fitness classes designed to meet a wide range of physical fitness needs
also are available at the fitness center from 11:30 a.m.-noon or 11:30
a.m.-12:10 p.m. weekdays. Classes also are held at 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and
5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, check out the monthly class
schedule at the Family and MWR website.
Specialty offerings include the Wood Shop, building 1133, which is open
Tuesday-Thursday from 5-8 p.m. Call 608-388-6598 for an appointment.
The Automotive Skills Center, building 1763, is open Mondays, Thursdays
and Fridays from 1-9 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For
more information, call 608-388-3013.
The Community Activity Center offers a number of evening tournaments,
currently including shuffleboard, Texas Hold ’Em League and Ping-Pong
(in February). These and other activities, such as pool, foosball, and
darts, also are available during opening hours.
For schedules, visit the Family and MWR website or call 608-388-3213.
“If you’re at Fort McCoy on a Friday or Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m.,
there’s no better way to end the day than to catch a free, recently
released Hollywood movie at the Community Activity Center, with free
popcorn included,” Spolum said.
And if that isn’t enough to satisfy everyone’s movie requirements,
additional movies are available for rent — DVDs are $2 for two days or
the weekend special is $2 Friday through Monday.