Fort McCoy News April 24, 2015

News Notes

Centershot archery ministry returns to Fort McCoy

Centershot Ministries' archery program will be offered at Fort McCoy on Friday evenings in May and June.

The classes will be from 5-7 p.m. Fridays from May 8 to June 26 at the South Post Community Center, building 6158. Each session will include archery, Bible study, and refreshments. Centershot is a chaplain-sponsored program designed to teach archery and life skills while helping children develop self-esteem and character and form closer-knit families.

This program is open to Soldiers and DOD civilians on Fort McCoy who have children ages 6-17. Parents will participate in the program with their children. The course is free, and participants must register in advance. Slots are limited, and early registration is encouraged. For more information, call 608-388-3528.

Registration now open for 2015 CYSS Summer Camp

Registration is open for the 2015 Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) Summer Camp. Summer camp is open to children in kindergarten through 12th grade who are registered with CYSS. Fees are based on Family income and are available through the CYSS website,

Planned activities include sports, crafts, games, art, science projects, technology, swimming, bowling, and park trips. For more information or to register for summer camp, call the School Age Center/Youth Center at 608-388-4373 or Parent Central Services at 608-388-8956.

Community Garden plots available for rent

Community Garden plots are available for rent to authorized Fort McCoy Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons.
The plots are located on South Post. The rental fee for a 20-by-20-foot plot is $35. Plots may increase in size if plots are left after reservations close. Rental includes plowing; water on site; and use of tools, including a garden tiller.

South Post residents get first priority, followed by active-duty and reserve personnel, then Department of Defense civilians. Reservations close May 8. After the reservation period closes, a Community Garden meeting will be held to discuss the use of any remaining plots or other activities that relate to the Community Garden.

Weather permitting, the land will be plowed during the last week of April, and planting can begin May 1.

For more information or to reserve a plot, contact Karl Bugman at 608-388-3200 or by email at

CYSS hosts April 24 teen lock-in for Month of the Military Child

An overnight lock-in for youth in grades seven through 12 is set for April 24-25.

The annual lock-in, in honor of Month of the Military Child and part of Operation Megaphone, will start at 5:30 p.m. April 24 and end at 9 a.m. April 25. It will be at the School Age Center/Youth Center (SAC/YC), building 1751.

Operation Megaphone, led by the Joint Service Teen Council, connects teens from all military branches worldwide for one 24-hour period. This year's theme is "Teens Lead the Way." The theme highlights the importance of teens in leadership roles.

The event will feature activities, socialization, teen-issue forums, sports, and more. Youths must be eligible and registered with Child, Youth and School Services to attend the lock-in. For more information, contact the SAC/YC at 608-388-4373.

Weekend movie nights return to Recreation Center

Weekend movie nights are starting again in April at the Recreation Center, building 2000.

The following films will be shown in April: "American Sniper," Friday, April 24, and "Selma," Saturday, April 25. All movies start at 5 p.m. There is no admission fee, and free popcorn is available during the show.

For more information, call 608-388-3213.


3-gun shooting competition April 25 at Sportsman's Range

A three-gun shooting competition will be held Saturday, April 25, at 10 a.m. at Fort McCoy's Sportsman's Range.

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.

The event is open to all authorized users of the facility. The entry fee is $20 for nonmembers or $15 for members. Register at Sportsman's Range or Pine View Campground, building 8053.

Shotguns, rifles, and pistols are available for rent at the range; rented firearms must use ammunition purchased at the range.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, call 608-388-3200.

Federal-employment workshop set for April 29 at ACS

Army Community Service will offer a workshop providing tips on gaining a job with the federal government Wednesday, April 29, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Directorate of Human Resources Workforce Development Specialist Kathy Peterson will lead the workshop. The first hour will cover the USA Jobs website,; the second will offer tips on completing a federal resume; and the third will focus on interview skills.

The workshop is open to military members, retirees, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. Register by Monday, April 27, by calling 608-388-3505.

Fishing season opens May 2 on Fort McCoy lakes, streams

The Wisconsin fishing season opens Saturday, May 2.

Fishing on Fort McCoy trout streams is permitted through Sept. 30. Approximately 15,000 rainbow trout are planned to be stocked in six lakes by opening day.

Fishing on lakes and flowages is allowed May 2 through March 6, 2016. Anglers are reminded that when the game-fishing season concludes March 6, there is no catch-and-release season for game-fish species such as bass or walleye. Fishing is open year-round for panfish on the North Flowage and Lost Lake.

Anglers must have the appropriate Fort McCoy permits and state of Wisconsin licenses. Anglers are reminded that a Wisconsin trout stamp is required when fishing for trout.Fort McCoy fishing permits are sold through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Automated License Issuance System (ALIS). Permits can be purchased at any authorized WDNR ALIS vendor.

On Fort McCoy, licenses can be purchased at the Pine View Campground office. Military ID card holders also can purchase licenses at the Exchange service desk. The cost of a Fort McCoy annual fishing permit is $13 for people ages 17 and older. Permits for youth ages 16 and younger, seniors, disabled anglers, and four-day fishing permits are $8.

For more Fort McCoy fishing information and to identify which waters are open for fishing, contact the Permit Sales office at 608-388-3337, or visit the Fort McCoy i-Sportsman website at

Pine View Campground extends operating hours

Fort McCoy's Pine View Campground's hours will change. Starting May 2, the campground will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The campground offers lodging, a camp store, rental of recreational equipment, 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

Monthly events scheduled at Sportsman's Range

Fort McCoy's Sportsman's Range holds monthly events and competitions throughout the season.

A six-week, two-person team trap-and-skeet league begins the week of May 4. Other upcoming competitions include a pistol-shooting competition May 2, tactical shotgun tournament May 9, 3-D archery shoot May 16, three-gun tournament May 23, and 50-bird trap shoot May 30.

For complete rules, registration information, and a full list of events, visit or call 608-388-9162/3517.

Trivia contest planned May 7 at Recreation Center

A trivia contest will be held Thursday, May 7, at 6 p.m. at the Recreation Center, building 2000. The event will include teams of three, with prizes awarded to the top team.

The event is open to authorized Recreation Center patrons. Register at the Recreation Center during regular hours. For more information, call 608-388-3200.


Paintball tournament set for May 9

Fort McCoy's Tactics Paintball and Laser Tag facility will host a paintball tournament Saturday, May 9, at 9:15 a.m. The tournament is open to the public. Players must be at least 10 years old and will compete in three-person teams. The tournament will be double elimination — teams must win two out of three matches. The registration fee is $30 per team plus the cost of paintballs. Equipment rental will be available. Player-owned paintball guns are allowed.

Prizes will be awarded to members of the top-three winning teams. Register online at or return a completed registration form to Pine View Campground.

Teams must register by 8:30 a.m. the day of the tournament. For more information about the tournament, call 608-388-3200.

Annual Wellness Fair set for May 13 at Rumpel

Fort McCoy's annual Wellness Fair will be Wednesday, May 13, at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The event will include a Red Cross Blood Drive from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; a 5-kilometer run/2-mile walk at 10:15 a.m.; a vendor showcase of products and services from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Hot Shots and Lightning basketball competitions from 11 a.m. to noon; and the announcement of the "Inch Your Way to Success" winners at noon.

Register for the run/walk at or at the fitness center. Participants must register by 9:30 a.m. the day of the event. The first 100 participants to register will receive free T-shirts.

Mobile mammography services also will be provided by Mayo Clinic Health System and sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the fitness center. The service is free to any Blue Cross/Blue Shield Service Benefit Plan subscriber. Other insurance carrier members can participate; however, charges will be billed according to the benefits of that carrier. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 608-392-6237.

Prizes also will be given away throughout the event. Participants must be present to win. Food will be available for purchase. For more information, call 608-388-3200.


3 Doors Down to headline Aug. 15 concert

The 2015 Army Concert at Constitution Park will feature 3 Doors Down and special guest Theory of a Deadman Saturday, Aug. 15. A third band will be announced soon.

A kickoff sale Friday, June 19, will offer show tickets for $35. Tickets will be available at Kwik Trip locations in Sparta (Black River Street), Tomah (West McCoy Boulevard by KFC), Onalaska (Highway 16 and Highway 35/Oak Forest Drive), and La Crosse (Rose Street) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and online at from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for the concert. Each volunteer receives a T-shirt and an invitation to Volunteer Appreciation Night at McCoy's for a free meal and beverages. For more information about volunteering, contact Karla Rynes at 608-388-4161 or by email at

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