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United States Army
Siegfried Youth Center (SYC)
LA Hwy 467, University Parkway
Fort Polk, LA 71459
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.
Middle School and Teen (MST) is a free CYS-designated program designed to accommodate youth who are grades 6th-12th (11-18 years of age). The MST program is located at the Siegfried Youth Center, 5538 University Parkway, Building 4996; phone 337-531-1992.
The MST program is designed to develop young minds and bodies for a healthy transition to adulthood. The MST program is an affiliate member of 4H and Boys and Girls Club. MST offers a wide range of activities that promote social skills, self-esteem, life skills, personal growth, leadership development, conflict resolution, and decision making skills. Counseling, mentoring, and support services are readily available in the form of homework assistance, scheduled workshops, speakers, and a library full of resource materials. This program includes classes, field trips, after school homework help, open recreation and more. In addition, our youth and teens participate in councils, conferences, forums, community service projects, contests, festivals, and special interest clubs.
Youth Sponsorship Program:
The Youth Sponsorship Program helps military Families meet the challenges of transitioning to a new military community and a new school. Students may be assigned a youth sponsor prior to arrival at the new installation. Contact your current program for more information.
Here at Ft. Polk, you will have plenty of opportunities to develop your athletic skills. Youth Sports offers a wide variety of sports programs for all ages. We offer team and individual sports.
Fort Polk youth have their own fishin' hole named Catfish Cove. Catfish Cove is regularly stocked with channel cats just so you can catch them and take them home for dinner. All Adults MUST be ACCOMPANIED by a YOUTH with a fishing pole. Unaccompanied ADULTS will be evicted from the premises.
Wheelock Bayou Fitness Center has a variety of equipment and materials available to youth. Cardio Room, Weight Room, Classes, Personal Trainers, Steam Room, Sauna, Hot Tub, Aqua Massage and Rock Climbing Wall. At age 16, youth can use the gym without a parent or guardian.
At the Strike Zone Bowling Center they offer many specials, tournaments, a pro shop, the Strike Zone Snack Bar, and a video game room. Regular events include League Bowling, Family Day Bowling (Ask about the $20.00 night for your family. You get your "gear", bowling rights to Your lane, and X-TRA Large Pizza meal for $20.00), Color Pin Bowling and Cosmic Bowling.
The Art & Crafts Center offers a variety of classes for users of all ages. Youth 12+ can participate in adult classes with their parents. Classes include painting, ceramics, woodshop, framing and floral design.
Cub Scouts (Grades 1st-5th) -- means "doing." Everything is designed to have the boys doing things. Activities are used to achieve the aims of Scouting-citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness. They participate in overnight trips, campouts, day camps and pinewood derby races.
Boy Scouts (Ages 11-18) -- through the Boy Scout program, young men can achieve the core objectives of strengthening character, personal fitness and good citizenship.
Girl Scouts Leadership Experience -- Kindergarten - 12th + grade is offered. The programming is designed to engage girls in discovering self, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. The three keys to Leadership: Discover: Girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world. Connect: Girls care about, inspire, and team with others locally and globally. Take Action: Girls act to make the world a better place.