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United States Army
Middle School/Teen Center - Grades 6th -12th
Bldg 3102 Clark and MacArthur Streets
Fort Meade, MD 20755
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 include before and after-school programs; summer programs; Middle School activities; a Teen Center; School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills (SKIES), and one of the largest youth sports programs in the Army. Call Parent Central Services for more information 301-677-1149/1156/1618 or go online.
The MST program utilizes a comprehensive youth development curriculum framework to ensure the physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs of youth are addressed The framework is comprised of Four Service Areas to meet the core requirements. Youth will work together with staff to ensure they have input into activity choices. Activities must meet the needs and interests of the youth. Intent is to have a combination of youth and adult choices in the lesson plan. Youth will help determine frequency. Activities will reflect the program’s written philosophy and goals for youth in a prominent area.
Participants must be family members of active duty or retirees, reservists, National Guard, or DoD civilians.
Middle School/Teen Center
Offers teen lounge, library, foosball, bumper pool, stereo system, Super Nintendo, card tables and computers. The Teen Center is governed by an elected teen council and plans various activities, trips and volunteering projects.
Include dances, trips, special events, pre-teen jam, and game room for ages 9-13 years. Pre-teen dances and special events cost $2.00 for Youth Services card holders, $3.00 for guests.
Will be available for use (homework, pleasure, computer games) after youths have completed basic knowledge workshop.
In addition to the many Youth Services programs and activities open to all ages, Youth Services offers several specialized teen activities. Read the "For Teens Only" section of SITES, below, for more information. Moving as a teen can be extremely difficult. When you were younger, your primary support system was your parents. And, when you moved, so did your support system. As a teen, however, your typical support system consists largely of close friends. Thus, the idea of relocating can have you feeling like you’re losing your whole support system.
Here are a few coping tips from teens who have moved successfully:
First, it is not necessary to give up your current friendships. Modern technology has made it so easy to stay in touch. Granted, a phone call, letter or internet chat is not quite the same as being there. However, these things do make it easier to keep track of each other until you are able to catch up later on.
* Remember, the friends you have now were new to you at some point in time. And, you will have the opportunity to make new friends at your next assignment. * Don t blame your parents for the move. The military rarely makes it an option. Placing blame doesn’t help anyone. Instead, look upon this as an opportunity to grow, learn, and experience a new way of life - an opportunity many other teens’ don’t experience. * Get involved in the process. Ask questions about schools and activities (before you arrive at your new location) so that you can take part in the decision making process. Tell your parents what you are looking for in a school/activities. Ask them to request a sponsor. Many junior and senior high schools, in addition to installation youth service programs, have peer pen pals willing to write you and tell you what you may look forward to when you move.
Teens may get their learner's permit at age 15 1/2. Both a written and behind the wheel test must be passed before a license can be obtained. Use the State Department of Motor Vehicles link in the Motor Vehicles topic to find the location of the DMV center nearest your home in order to get information on Maryland driving laws and how to obtain your permit.
It's the mall! Most area teens tend to hang out at the mall for shopping, the food court, or the arcade. Go-kart tracks and multiplex theaters are popular. In some areas, swimming pools are hot spots. Teen dances, Go-Go's, midnight bowling and skateboarding are hot...
Your local high school is a great place to hang out during football and basketball season. Also, consider joining a school club, and take some local field trips. Oh yeah, the telephone is real hot!!! To have a beeper or cell phone is prime, as long as you don t take them to school! Surfing the internet is cool, too. Making the honor roll is choice primo!
For your safety, be diligent of your surroundings. If you see something say something to a responsible adult as soon as you notice. You can always report incidents to a trusted adult or the local authorities. Call 911 or the Military Police at 301-677-6622/6623.
Where can I get information about schools, graduation requirements, activities?
FYI...each year selected teens represent Fort Meade and/or higher-headquarter youths and teens at conferences, summits, and special forums or focus groups providing our teens experience in speaking, planning, organizing, dealing with others, and traveling as VIP's. If you’re interested in making a difference, contact the Middle School Teen program and let them know you’d like to get involved!
What else is there to do in the area?
MWR is a terrific resource for activities that will make your day! They have discount tickets to area movie theaters (there are many!), discount tickets to area theme parks (Kings Dominion, Bush Gardens, etc.), and they offer many exciting trips (for example, white water rafting, Orioles ball games, Ocean City beach weekends, and more). Call (301) 677-7354 to get the latest on MWR happenings.
What kind of music/radio station is popular?
It depends on which way you swing. We listen to everything. ..Hip Hop, RAP, Go-Go, & Rock. There are a lot of radio stations in the area; you can find Hip Hop/RAP and RB/Soul on 95.5 WPGC and 96.9 WHUR, Hip Hop/RAP on 93.9 WKYS. Rock is good on 101.1 WWDC, Jazz on 105.9 FM, Country & Western on 93.1 WPOC; Pop on 106.5 WMIX. You can find every type of music in this area, just spin the dial!