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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.
***Due to COVID-19, the only CYS programs open at this time and until further notice are CDC I, CDC IV, and SAC I. All other programs are closed. Hours of operation are 7:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday-Friday***
The Middle School/Teen program includes before and after-school programs; summer programs for grades 6th-12th; 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. The MST program is affiliated with the Boys and Girls Club of America and 4-H.
The MST program 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.
For more information, contact Parent Central Services at 301-677-1149/1156/1618.
Child and Youth Services serves the family members (ages 6 weeks to 18 years) of Active Duty military personnel; DoD civilian employees paid from either appropriated funds (APF) or non-appropriated funds (NAF); Reserve Component military personnel on active duty or inactive duty training status; active duty combat-related wounded warriors; surviving spouses of military members who died from a combat-related incident; those acting in loco parentis for the dependent child of an otherwise eligible patron; eligible employees of DoD contractors; and others authorized on a space available basis. In the case of unmarried, legally separated parents with joint custody, or divorced parents with joint custody, children are eligible for child care only when they reside with the military service member or eligible civilian sponsor at least 25 percent of the time in a month that a child receives child care through an Army program. The preceding list is not in order of priority for care.
Incoming personnel should place themselves on the waiting list by creating an account on militarychildcare.com as well as making a request for care. No fees are required for registration. If you are enrolling your child into a care program there is a 10% deposit of your monthly fee due at enrollment.
Parents or guardians are requested to bring proper identification, social security number, child’s birth certificate, and an up to date shot record at the time of registration.
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.
NOTE: Due to safety protocols required as a result of COVID-19, many of these services listed below may not be as available as they once were.
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!