|Youth participating in the Fort McCoy Summer Camp
program are incorporating the Six Pillars of Character into their daily
activities, said Cori Yahnke, Fort McCoy School Age and Youth Center
director. Yahnke said the program has been ongoing, and the CHARACTER
COUNTS! Pillars are woven into every activity the youth in the Child,
School & Youth (CYS) Services program participate in year-round.
Members of the Fort McCoy School
Age Center participate in a Boys & Girls Clubs of America Triple
Play Gamesroom Tournament event at building 1751. The event was
part of the Fort McCoy Summer Camp.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Many youth are participating in the current CYS Services Summer
Camp program, with total youth in a recent week nearing the
As part of the CHARACTER COUNTS! program, participants learn about
trustworthiness, respect, caring, fairness, citizenship and
responsibility through a weekly activity. For example, a recent
multi-cultural class stressed respect, caring, fairness and
Other youth were participating in a Boys & Girls Club (BGCA) of
America Triple Play Gamesroom Tournament that stressed respect and
fairness during the activity. Those pillars are then reinforced by
integrating them into all other activities.
Youth have choices between CYS Services, 4-H, and BCGA activities
daily. Activities available include Triple Play Sports Club, Healthy
Habits, Art Club, Science Club, Tech Club, Computer Lab, Smart
Moves, StartSmart Sports, Preschool Mentoring, Money Matters, and
Dyan Zepeda (left) CYS Services
staff, guides a youth in a CHARACTER COUNTS! activity.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
The program also makes daily use of the installation’s Morale,
Welfare and Recreation (MWR) facilities and programs. Some of the
MWR events or activities include bowling at McCoy’s, swimming at the
Rumpel Fitness Center, and outdoor activities such as paintball,
laser tag, mini golf, paddle boating, swimming, and playing at the
park at Pine View Campground and Whitetail Ridge.
The Youth Center also offers a BGCA Torch Club, which fosters
positive self-esteem and personal growth, building communication skills,
reinforcing academic achievement and encouraging the development of
CYS Services youth also go on various field trips throughout the summer.
Yahnke said those in grades 6-12 help plan their field trips in July and
August as a way to introduce more responsibility and ownership into the
program for older youth.
For more information about the program, call Parent Central Services at
608-388-8956 or the School Age/Youth Center at 608-388-4373.