300 people enjoyed family fun at the third annual Fort McCoy Day for
Kids event in September. This event, sponsored by Child, Youth &
School Services and Army Community Service (ACS) at Fort McCoy
provided activities of fun and learning.
Goose (Julie Brooks) reads "The Ginger Bread
Man" during Fort McCoy Day for Kids activities. (Photo
by Becky Wapp Sawyer)
had the opportunity to learn about the importance of laughter during
presentations of "Making the Homefront Fun," facilitated by
laughter coach Chip Lutz, and with song, balloon shapes and magic made
possible by Mr. Steve, the Master Facilitator of Fun.
big draw was the seven challenges in the "Seven Habits of Highly
Effective Families" area. Families were required to make their
way from challenge-to-challenge using their skills of communication
and co-operation. Upon completion of all seven challenges families
received a trophy.
McCoy police were on hand to fingerprint the children for their
parents’ records, while children had fun interacting with the
crime-fighting dogs McGruff and Scruffy, and Sparky, the fire dog.
Goose delighted children, and parents alike, with her readings of
time-tested favorites like "The Three Little Pigs,"
"Little Red Riding Hood," and more.
checks were conducted for child-car seats.
gladly gobbled up hot dogs during the free lunch.
learned the importance of never taking medicine or drugs from anyone
but their parents or caretakers.
Mr. Steve, the Master Facilitator
of Fun, encourages audience participation during Fort McCoy Day
for Kids activities. (Photo
by Becky Wapp Sawyer)
also wrote many thank-you letters to Soldiers, and families had fun
playing a variety of geographical games — some of which showed where
the Soldiers were serving.
lessons also were presented. Children had the opportunity to double
their "money" every 15 minutes for a possible earning of
$102 in play money and get the opportunity to try for top prizes at
the Day for Kids store.
they could spend the original money as soon as they received it on
less-valuable items at the store, somewhat like spending the money on
candy now, or saving it and having chances at more-valuable items
props were available at the family photo station, with the cheese hats
being particularly popular.
also could participate in a variety of free Morale, Welfare and
Recreation activities around the installation: swimming, mini golf,
bowling and movie rental.
another successful year behind them, plans already are in the works
for the fourth annual Fort McCoy Day for Kids, which will be held in
more information, call ACS at (608) 388-3505.
submitted by Army Community Service.)