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Family and MWR activities can help fill up long winter days

Story and photos by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff

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 McCoy.

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.

PHOTO: Patrice McGinnis, a Rumpel Fitness Center recreation aide, teaches a Hydro Rider Fitness class at the Rumpel Fitness Center pool. Photo by Rob Schuette
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 pool.

“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 608-388-3616.

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 https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/mccoyrectrac.html.

PHOTO: Julie Pressler, a Rumpel Fitness Center recreation aide, instructs a Body Blast Class. Photo by Rob Schuette
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 the installation.

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 activities.”

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 specialty.

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 games.

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.

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