Fort McCoy News April 12, 2013

News Notes

Pool area opening rescheduled, date to be determined

The opening of the pool area at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122, has been delayed. A new opening date will be announced as soon as it is scheduled. For more information visit the website or call 608-388-2290.


Purple Up! Day set for April 15

The Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School Services program encourages members of the Fort McCoy community to Purple Up! for Military Kids, Monday, April 15, as part of Month for the Military Child.

Wearing purple will show support and thanks to military youth for their strength and sacrifices. Purple symbolizes all branches of the military and is a combination of Army green, Marine red, and Coast Guard, Navy, and Air Force blue.

Photos of Fort McCoy personnel dressed in purple can be sent to the School Age Center to be put on display for the youth and Families to see.

For more information about Month of the Military Child events, call either the Child Development Center at 608-388-2238 or School Age/Youth Center at 608-388-4373.


Arts & Crafts Contest accepting submissions beginning May 1

The Army Arts & Crafts Contest submissions will be accepted May 1-June 30.

Submissions must be entered in Group I (novice) or Group II (accomplished), based on the experience level of the artist. The contest is open to all ages.

Categories include ceramics, drawings, fibers and textiles, glass, metals and jewelry, digital art, mixed media, paintings and wood.

All authorized Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons with an Army Knowledge Online e-mail account are eligible to enter the contest.

For more information, including eligibility, rules, and submission guidelines, visit the website


CYSS Summer Camp applications being accepted

Applications are being accepted for Fort McCoy's Child, Youth and School Services Summer Camp, which will be held during summer vacation.

Events planned include swimming, bowling, park trips, science club, drama club, art club, sports club, swimming lessons and more.

Youth can be active and have fun while learning and socializing with other youth.

The program is open to authorized youth in grades kindergarten through 12 and begins Monday, June 10.

For more information about registration procedures, call 608-388-8956.


Pine View Campground extends operating hours

Pine View Campground has extended its hours.

Through May 23, the Campground will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

From May 24 through Sept. 2 hours will be Sunday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Campground offers lodging accommodations, a Camp Store, Recreational Equipment Checkout services, picnic shelter rentals, storage lots, an LP fill station, sale of Wisconsin and Fort McCoy fishing and hunting licenses and much more.

For more information, call 608-388-3517 or 800-531-4703, or visit the website


Special Olympics seeks volunteers, participants for upcoming events

Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) is looking for military volunteers to assist with regional Hometown Games in May. Volunteer duties range from escorting athletes to their track events to handing out healthy lunches or presenting awards and more.

Opportunities are available throughout Wisconsin. For more information about dates, locations and contact information visit the website

The SOWI also will host a Family Health Forum Wednesday, April 17 from 5:15 to 8 p.m. at Southside Elementary School 1023 Walrath St., Sparta, Wis. The free forum is designed to engage Families and the community to broaden their knowledge of health and wellness as they relate to those with intellectual disabilities and Families in general. The goal is to offer an environment where individuals can gain direct access to health information, resources, support and learn more about SOWI. For registration information, call 608-442-5674.

For more information about SOWI in the Fort McCoy community, call 608-388-4373.


April 20 competitions set at Sportsman's Range

Three-gun and 3-D archery shoot competitions will be held Saturday, April 20 at Fort McCoy's Sportsman's Range. Both events are open to authorized patrons.

The three-gun shoot begins at 10 a.m. Participants will shoot three courses of fire. Each stage will be judged on speed and accuracy. Prizes will be awarded to the top finisher in each of the following categories: open, tactical scoped, tactical irons and heavy metal. Shotguns and rifles are available for rent.

The 3-D archery shoot is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants will shoot one arrow at each target. Prizes will be awarded to the top-three scorers. Archery equipment is available for rent.

The entry fees are $15 for member and $20 for non-members for each competition. Register at the Sportsman's Range or at Pine View Campground, building 8053. For more information, call 608-388-3200.


Workshop to teach parents what to do about bullying April 24

"Bullying: What Parents Can Do" will be offered by the Army Family Team Building program Wednesday, April 24 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

The training will provide information to help stop bullying at school, online, and in the community. Register by April 19 by calling 608-388-3505.


Love & Logic workshop dates rescheduled for April-May

New dates have been set for the Parenting with Love & Logic workshops.

Modules 1-2 will be held Thursday, April 25 from 8:15 a.m. to noon; modules 3-4, Thursday, May 9 from 8:15 a.m. to noon; and modules 5-6, Thursday, May 16 from 8:15 a.m. to noon.

The workshops, held at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111, provide simple and practical techniques to help parents raise responsible kids, have more fun in their role as a parent, and easily and immediately change their children's behavior.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-3505. Registration must be completed by April 18.


Arbor Day tree-planting ceremony set for April 26 near the Main Gate

The Fort McCoy Arbor Day ceremony will be held Friday, April 26 at 9 a.m. Youth, staff and parent volunteers from the Child Development Center will plant red pine seedlings inside of the fence along Highway 21.

The trees eventually will form a visual screen between Highway 21 and the cantonment area.

A banner will be presented for Fort McCoy's 24th annual Tree City USA Award.

Members of the Fort McCoy community are welcome to attend the event and to assist with the tree planting.


Centershot Archery Ministry program to run May 1-June 19

Archery, Bible study and potluck dinners will help youth and their parents learn about archery and life skills while helping to develop self-esteem, character and closer-knit Families.

The Centershot Archery Ministry program will be held Wednesdays from May 1 to June 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the South Post Community Center, building 6158 at Fort McCoy.

The Religious Support Office (RSO) is sponsoring the program, which will be free and open to Soldiers and Department of Defense civilians at Fort McCoy who have children ages 6-17. Parents will participate with their children in the program.

Garrison Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Allen Raub said the course will be led by trained volunteers. Each participant will receive a free workbook.
Advanced registration is requested as slots and supplies are limited.

For more information, call Eve Bean at the RSO at 608-388-3528.


Free Wi-Fi offered at McCoy's Community Club

McCoy's Community Club, building 1571, now has free Wi-Fi available for patrons.

Mark Siple, McCoy's manager, said offering free Wi-Fi is an added benefit for the Fort McCoy community to enjoy and take advantage of. "It is our hope that the Wi-Fi will add to their overall experience here at McCoy's."

The free service is available because of a change in the Personal Information Services Policy. According to Operation Order (OPORD) 13-067, the Installation Management Command (IMCOM) G9 granted the Central Region an exception to the policy and allows bowling centers the ability to offer free wireless Internet access in coordination with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

This program is funded at the IMCOM G9 Business Operations Division level, with wireless service provided by the Army Recreation Machine Program.

The OPORD stated the Bowling Wi-Fi Program will not only assist in retaining current customers, but attract new ones as well.

For more information, call McCoy's at 608-388-2065.


Laundry facilities available to Soldiers training at McCoy

The following laundry facilities are available 24/7 at Fort McCoy: buildings 651, 755, 1671, 1735, 1856, 2002, 2568, 2671, 2763, and 2877.

The facilities are intended for use exclusively by Soldiers training at Fort McCoy pursuant to military orders. Civilians, contractors, and retired military are not authorized to use these facilities.

For more information, call the Troop Facilities Support Branch at 608-388-3800.