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United States Army
10788 Chapel Drive
Fort Drum, NY 13602
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 Services (YS) staff warmly welcomes you to the Fort Drum Military Community. Youth Services purpose is to provide activities which promote moral, social, and personal development for Family member youth in 6th -12th grades. We are very proud of our YS program and hope that we offer activities you will enjoy. We pledge our best efforts in serving you and your Family.
Youth Services offers recreation, leisure, and developmental programming for middle and high school youth. Youth Development programming includes teen workshops, job enrichment, youth councils, volunteer opportunities, and computer enrichment. Youth Services partners with national organizations such as 4-H and Boys and Girls Clubs of America in order to allow us to offer time tested quality programs for teens.
All youth wishing to participate in YS programs are required to be registered with Child and Youth Services (CYS). Registration is free. Parents may register their children at PCS located in Clark Hall, building P-10720 or at the Youth Center, building P-10788. Registration at PCS is by appointment only Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m and Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m. PCS may be reached at 315-772-8675 or DSN 312-772-8675.
Please visit https://drum.armymwr.com/programs/youth-center-and-youth-programs for downloadable registration forms and for more information on registration procedures.
The youth center is located in building P-10788 on Chapel Drive, which is a block behind the AAFES PX and Commissary shopping center. Please see the contacts list for hours of operation by grade level. The youth center has 18,000 square feet of programmable space and it includes:
Youth Development Programs
Youth development programming focuses on mentoring, intervention, and educational support services for youth to enhance their academic and peer support skills. Youth Services has a homework center and a computer lab that is operational daily and staffed with trained and qualified employees. Numerous opportunities for youth development and volunteering exist for youth. The Youth Development program also focuses on life skills, citizenship, and leadership opportunities to empower youth to support and influence their program, community, and relationships with others.
Youth Recreation and Sports
The Youth Sports and Fitness program offers baseball, T-ball, football, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, cheerleading, and golf. Youth of all ages participate in sport programs beginning with our Start Smart Program for Pre-School children and parents and continuing with our sport leagues up through our popular Teen Midnight Basketball program. Programs are available for children at all ages and skill level. Fees vary depending on the sport.
Seasonal Sports Schedule
All children playing sports must have a valid sports physical. School physicals which include a statement that the child may participate in sports will be accepted. Sport physicals must be updated annually and be valid for the duration of the sport.
CYS publishes an annual Sports Guide containing detailed information about sports programming, requirements and fees. You may view the current Sports Guide at https://drum.armymwr.com/programs/youth-sports-and-fitness-program
Start Smart Programs
Start Smart Programs help develop coordination, sporting skills, and good sportsmanship. Children learn the basic motor skills necessary to play organized sports, while they work one-on-one and spend quality time with their parents. The program focuses on teaching children and their parents' basic sports mechanics without the threat of competition or the fear of getting hurt. Start Smart is open to youth ages 3 - 5 (except golf and football, which is open to ages 5 - 7). Program fees vary.
Skies Unlimited (Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills)
The Skies Program encompasses instructional programs for children ages 5 - 18. Programs are ongoing and are designed for youth to expand their knowledge, be inspired, explore, and acquire skills. Monthly fees vary by program. Call 772-0629 for program information.
Youth Services is always looking for volunteer coaches. Sign up as a volunteer coach and receive your first child's sports registration free and get 50% off the 2nd and 3rd.
Teens are welcome and encouraged to volunteer to learn about coaching and officiating.
Youth Sponsorship and Youth Connecting with Youth
This program is designed to ease the fears of teens that are in the process of transitioning to or from Fort Drum. Sponsors are matched with incoming teens based on gender, age, and interests. The sponsors then serve as guide for incoming youth. They introduce the new arrival to others within their age/grade level and to the various activities. The Youth Center conducts various programs and activities quarterly for sponsors and new arrivals. Availability of a youth sponsor is dependent upon how many youth are signed up to be a youth sponsor.
Sponsor request forms can be found on the Fort Drum MWR Youth Center website. Please complete the form and mail it to Parent Central Services, Clark Hall, building P10720, Fort Drum NY 13602 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
E-mail your name, age, grade, hobbies, interests, sports and whatever information you would like to share to help us find the right youth sponsor for you to the e-mail address listed above. If you know what unit your Soldier sponsor is going to, include that too. You may also write a letter to:
Youth Services Attn: Sponsorship ProgramP10788 Chapel DriveFort Drum, NY 13602-5000
Youth in the community that wish to sponsor an incoming youth must register with the Youth Sponsorship Program Coordinator, have parental permission and attend required training. Being a Youth Sponsor helps to build life skills and develops leadership.
The ACS Employment Readiness Program (ERP) can assist youth with their job search. ERP offers workshops in Teen Resume Writing, Interviewing Skills and Dressing for Success. ERP maintains a listing of available jobs and can assist youth with preparing their applications. The Employment Readiness Program can be reached at 315-772-9611 or DSN 312-772-9611.
New York State requires that all youth under age 18 obtain working papers in order to be hired for employment. These papers can be obtained at your local schools' Guidance Office. There are very specific laws governing the employment of youth. Please visit the New York Department of Labor Website for information on laws governing the employment of minors.
For employment, there are the usual fast food outlets: McDonalds, Arby's, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Dunkin' Donuts, Subway, Jreck Sub Shop, KFC, etc. Several Fort Drum teens have found employment with AAFES and the commissary. In the summer many state parks and community recreation programs look for seasonal workers, clothing retailers are always looking for good and honest workers. In addition, the Jefferson-Lewis Workforce Development System offers youth employment programs. Do not get discouraged if you don't get a job right away, keep trying.
The Youth Center offers Boys and Girls Clubs of America and 4-H Workforce Preparation Programs that are free for members in grades 6-12.
Youth Volunteer Program
Volunteering with the Youth Volunteer Program is a great way to build marketable job skills and obtain references for future employment applications. There are several agencies and programs located on and off Fort Drum that welcome youth volunteers. Contact the Army Volunteer Corp Coordinator at 315-772-2899 or DSN 312-772-2899 or Youth Services at 315-772-6719 or DSN 312-772-6719 for current youth volunteer opportunities.
Youth Religious Programs
Fort Drum offers several religious programs geared toward youth including: CCD, Sunday School, Awana, Teens of the Chapel, and Vacation Bible School. Call the Main Post Chapel at 315-772-5591 or DSN 312-772-5591 for additional information.
Boys and Girl ScoutsYouth from Fort Drum participate in both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Fort Drum Boy Scout Troop 26 is served by the Hiawatha Seaway Council. The Hiawatha Seaway Council can be reached at 1-800-828-1555. Fort Drum Girl Scouts are served by the Thousand Islands Girl Scout Council. The Thousand Islands Girl Scout Council can be reached at 1-800-491-1890.
One 18,000 square feet Youth Center on post. Offers a variety of leisure, developmental and sports programs for middle school and high school students. Phone: 315-772-6719. Child, Youth, and School Services (CYS) website.