Fort McCoy News January 10, 2014

CYSS camp educates, entertains youth during break

Youth in the Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) winter camp program spent a busy week keeping their academic skills sharp, performing community service and having fun. The camp was held from Dec. 23 to Jan. 3.

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Youth in the Child, Youth and School Services winter camp keep fit with a session in the Rumpel Fitness Center indoor pool. The winter camp also included community service and educational activities. Photo by Rob Schuette

Cori Yahnke, Youth Center director, said the youth went caroling on- and off post, built/assembled bird feeders and made dog treats. The off-post caroling was done at a nursing home in Sparta. The bird feeders will be given to various organizations on post, while the dog treats will go to an animal shelter in Tomah.

"This helps teach the youth the rewards of volunteering and serving other people," Yahnke said.

Other leisure activities included going swimming and holding a pajama party in advance of New Year's Day. Yahnke said youth also worked on entries for the Boys and Girls Club Art Exhibit contest. Events at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area were postponed because of the extreme cold weather.

Activities available in the After-School/Non-School Day program continued with incorporation of Character Counts! Program themes, Citizenship Day activities, and computer laboratory time.

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Christmas caroling was one of the activities held during the Child,
Youth and School Services winter camp at Fort McCoy during the
holiday break.
Contributed photo

"Youth had a full range of activities to maintain their academic skills, assist other people and organizations and to have fun," Yahnke said.

The CYSS After-School/Non-School Day program resumed Jan. 6.

For more information about the CYSS After-School/Non-School Day program, call 608-388-4373.

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Youth participating in the Child, Youth and School Services winter
camp try their hand at making treats for dogs.
Contributed photo