|The Fort McCoy Middle School/Teen (MST) Youth Program
held a Mini Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) during a lock-in late October
where youth learned about team building, ways to go green, and global
positioning system (GPS) equipment.
Youth in the Fort McCoy Youth
Program work in the Computer Lab during a lock-in event held at
Fort McCoy as part of Mini Youth Leadership Forum.
(Photo by Dustin Lakowske)
Chelsea Doyle of the Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School Services staff
said the event was held because two youth in the
Youth Program accompanied her to the Installation Management Command
(IMCOM) Northeast Region Lock-In in Vermont in July. They wanted to
share the IMCOM event information with youth in the Youth Program and
Youth in the Youth Program (sixth-12th grades) participating in this
event were from the Sparta, Tomah, Onalaska, and Necedah School
Districts. Ice Breaker, Team Building, and Go Green activities were
included in the event.
The youth also went to the Haunted Chalet at the Whitetail Ridge Ski
Area. Vans purchased through funds from the Army Family Covenant were
used to provide timely transport for youth between Whitetail Ridge and
the Youth Program facilities.
“They really enjoyed the Haunted Chalet,” Doyle said. “The youth ‘broke
the ice’ by introducing themselves by saying their name, what school
they attended, and their favorite color.”
“We then were taught about GPS (by a 4-H representative) and practiced
locating a certain point,” Doyle said. “The youth were busy playing
games on the computers, watching movies, playing cards/board games and
just having fun. “
They worked as a team on Rock BandŽ by having two people play each
instrument. They realized how hard it was to function with one hand
while depending on another person to help keep the beat.
Youth also learned eight ways to go green and why it is important to be
economically and environmentally friendly. Doyle said in one activity
youth spent time making their own windmills and decorating them. Other
lock-ins are planned for the future, Doyle said. This was the first Mini
YLF Lock-in, but the second lock-in ever held by the Youth Program,
Doyle said. Twenty-four youth attended.
“We felt this was an extremely good turnout,” Doyle said. “We were happy
to have everyone and look forward to having more Youth Program events in
For more information about the Youth Program, call 608-388-4373.
(Story submitted by Fort McCoy Youth Program.)