|Youth participating in the Summer Camp program at Fort
McCoy have had a variety of informative, social and physical activities
and experiences to keep busy. When temperatures topped 90 degrees, and
heat indices approached 100 degrees in late June and early July, youth
also found a number of Morale, Welfare and Reaction activities, such as
bowling, swimming and visiting the Pine View Campground, to cool off.
Nikki Peth, a Fort McCoy Child
Youth Program assistant, assists youth swimming at the Rumpel
Fitness Center indoor pool during Summer Camp activities.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Cori Yahnke, Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School (CYS) Services Boys &
Girls Club and School Age and Youth Center director, said the Summer
Camp added several events to this year’s lineup. A summer kickoff kick
ball event was held June 4 at Constitution Park. The event featured
parents and CYS Services staff against the youth participants.
“It was very well received by everyone,” Yahnke said. “It also served as
an ice-breaker so everyone got to meet and know each other.”
Yahnke said the other new program for this summer was a June 28 Dairy
Day to help celebrate June as National Dairy Month.
“Parents were encouraged to bring a copy of a favorite dairy recipe to
share with other Families,” Yahnke said. “We gave them information to
help inform them about healthy dairy consumption ideas.”
Other activities offered during the event included free cheese samples,
prizes of coloring books and more, and learning about the dairy industry
by seeing a live dairy cow presentation. Some lucky participants also
tried to milk the cow.
A youth in the Fort McCoy Summer
Camp program learns the fine points of bowling at McCoy’s
Thunder Bowl Bowling Center.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Another special event coming up will be a Get Fit-Be Strong campaign
event, similar to the mini-Olympics, which the CYS Services program held
in May to help the installation support the Installation Management
Command Strong B.A.N.D.S program (Balance, Activity, Nutrition,
Determination and Strength). Youth also are participating in a
Department of Defense summer reading program. Yahnke said CYS Services
staff gets the information through the Post Library. Youth can earn
prizes depending on how much they read, which helps them develop and
maintain their reading skills.
Yahnke said the Summer Camp offers a number of special club-type
activities, such as a computer laboratory and technology class.
CHARACTER COUNTS! topics also are incorporated into the Summer Camp
The Summer Camp program is offering transportation for youth to
participate in the SKIESUnlimited (School of Knowledge,
Inspiration, Exploration and Skills Unlimited) programs, such as
swimming, baseball, dance classes, volleyball, and T-shirt fashion
design. This allows parents to enroll their children in the classes for
an additional fee without having to make an additional trip to the
installation to transport them to these activities, Yahnke said.
“We also offered various field trips to introduce youth to new
activities and to help them keep up their physical fitness,” Yahnke
said. “Youth also could visit various DFMWR activities at Fort McCoy,
which worked out especially well when the temperatures continually broke
the 90-degree mark — and even 100-degree mark — through early July.”
The summer camp still has daily or full-time openings for eligible
youth, Yahnke said.
For more information about CYS Services Summer Camp programs, call
608-388-4373 or for SKIESUnlimited information, call Parent
Central Services at 608-388-8956.