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United States Air Force
407 Broadway Avenue
Eielson AFB, AK 99702
A wide range of programs are available for youth and teens, including youth sports and recreation programs, educational programs and programs that support leadership and career development. Please review the information to learn what programs and services are available at this installation.
The Youth Center is conveniently located in Building 5313 next to Crawford Elementary School and across the street from Ben Eielson Junior and Senior High School. The Youth Center programs provide a wide variety of constructive leisure-time activities for youth, ages 9-18. A gymnasium, game room, computer lab, homework room, music room, snack bar and outdoor skatepark make an exceptional area for youth to relax, socialize with friends and get involved in the many clubs that are offered. The Youth Center also offers a variety of instructional classes, youth league sports and a thriving teen center.
The Youth Center’s core programming utilizes the Boys and Girls Club of America and 4-H curriculum. Programs are varied to promote character development, academic success, career opportunities, health and life skills, plus the arts and creative expression. Staff members are trained and equipped with tools and program support to develop, plan, implement, evaluate and improve programs, maximizing their ability to serve young people.
The program is open Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays. It is closed on Federal holidays.
The Youth Center is also home to the Teen Center, which includes a snack bar wthat is open for lunch each day during the school year. High School students can have lunch in the lounge area, complete with music, then enjoy video games or use the computer room.
There are several youth employment opportunities available during the school year and through the summer in the Eielson AFB, Fort Wainwright, North Pole, and Fairbanks communities. Youth job fairs for summer jobs are usually held in the spring in Fairbanks. Youth are encouraged to stop by the Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) and speak with an Employment Specialist about potential job openings, assistance with resume and cover letter writing, as well as interview and employment preparedness.
For more information, call or visit:
Airman and Family Readiness Center
Eielson AFB 99702
A wealth of creative, supervised youth activities are available through the Youth Center for youth between the ages of 6 and 18 (6 year olds must be enrolled in first grade). The Youth Center is conveniently located at 714 Raven Way next to Crawford Elementary School and across the street from Ben Eielson Junior and Senior High School. The Youth Center is also home to the Teen Center, which includes a snack bar that is open for lunch each day during the school year. High School students can have lunch in the lounge area, complete with music, then enjoy video games or use the computer room.
The Youth Sponsorship program matches youth ages 9-18 who are PCSing to Eielson AFB with volunteer sponsors their own age. We also work with children departing Eielson AFB for other bases to help them establish sponsorship at their receiving base. Below is information on becoming a sponsor and requesting sponsorship for Eielson AFB.
What does a youth sponsor do?A youth peer-to-peer sponsor provides a warm welcome to incoming youth who may benefit from transitional support by someone who can relate to their experience and provide insight and encouragement. The youth sponsor will provide the youth with information they may like to know about Eielson AFB and the surrounding community. It is a fun, exciting and rewarding program that helps youth transition from "here to there"! Being a youth sponsor will provide the youth with a less stressful and challenging move. Most importantly, Youth Sponsors aim to be supportive friends and to make them feel welcome at their new community.
How do I become a Youth Sponsor?
To become a youth sponsor, please fill out the Youth/Teen Sponsor Profile and mail it back to the Youth Center. When a youth requests sponsorship, we will make every effort to match them up according to their age and interests.
How do I request for a sponsor?
Fill out and mail the Eielson Youth Sponsorship Request for to the Youth Center. After we have received your request, we will match you up with one of our sponsors who will be around the same age and share the same interests.
Youth/Teen Sponsor Profile
If you are living in the Eielson AFB community and your child would like to serve as a Youth Sponsor to incoming youth or you are PCSing into the Eielson community and want a Youth Sponsor for your child, please have your child fill out the Eielson AFB Youth Sponsorship Request form. You can /mail the form back or drop the form off at the Youth Center (bldg 5313).
Cub Scouts is for boys and girls Kindergarten age (5 years old by 1 September) through 5th Grade (10 or 11 years old).
Pack 9 Cub Scouts typically holds Pack meetings at 6:00 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month in the Fellowship Hall at the Eielson AFB Chapel. Den meetings are typically every Tuesday at the base Chapel as well.
For more information on Cub Scouting here are some links:
Eielson Cub Scouts Pack 9 Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/EielsonCubScoutPack9/
Join Cub Scouts: https://beascout.scouting.org
Email Eielson Cub Scout Pack 9: EielsonCubScoutPack9@gmail.com
For information on joining the Girl Scouts at Eielson, visit the council webpage.
The Youth Center sponsors many athletic activities including soccer, baseball, softball, t-ball, football, cheerleading and basketball. Instructional programs include gymnastics, ballet, aerobics, piano and karate.
The chapel helps build stronger families with programs like the Fall Festival for children in October, the annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and concert in December, and the family Easter Celebration every Spring.
Youth Group for Junior and Senior High School students meets at the chapel on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. for supper and a fun-filled youth Bible study. Additional events are held as announced. Contact the chapel office at 907-377-2130 for more details.
Awana, our premier weekly children’s Bible program is available for kids age 3 - 6th grade. Kids are invited to join us for activities and Bible lessons every Sunday (SEPT- MAY) at 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the chapel.
Please note that both the Youth Group and Awana programs meet during the school years, with summers off to support flexibility for the military family, and activities resume in the fall.
Catholic Religious Education (including CCD and RCIA) for all ages is held Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. at the Eielson Chapel (During the school year).
Please note: Baptism classes by appointment