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United States Army
Fort Rucker, AL 36362
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 facility consists of a large multi-purpose room with a regulation basketball court, a music room, an arts and craft room, a teen room, and a snack area. Youth Services provides leisure and recreational programs for youth ages 11-18 years. For more information call 334-255-9108/9127-2260.
Youth Services is located in Bldg. 2800, 7th and Division Rd, 334--255-2260, Monday – Thursday 2:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m, Friday 2:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., Saturday 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Our baseline programming includes: Youth Sponsorship, Workforce Preparation, Volunteer Service, Teen Council, and Computer Lab/Homework Center. There are several active 4-H Clubs in operation. The Youth Center is an affiliate member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America participating in many of their grant and scholarship opportunities and utilizing their curriculum to enhance our programs.
Youth Sports & Fitness Program
The Youth Sports and Fitness Program is located in Bldg. 2800 on 7th Ave. Contact numbers are 334-255-2254/2257.
The Youth Sports program provides a wide range of opportunities for participation in team and individual sports. Team sports include T-Ball, baseball, softball, spring and fall soccer, basketball, cheerleading, flag and tackle football. Individual sports include Ready, Set, Run! and Extreme Youth Strength and Conditioning. Youth Sports offers Start Smart programs for children ages 3-5. Fitness and Health opportunities are offered to include health and nutrition education. We rely heavily on Volunteer Coaches and as an incentive the head coach’s children participate for FREE. Each Volunteer Coach is certified thru the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) and has a thorough Background Check completed.
If you have been assigned to Fort Rucker and want to learn more about our Youth Sports programs, go to the Fort Rucker CYS Facebook page. Youth Education Support Services (YESS)
YESS is located in Bldg 132, Sixth Ave, 334-255-9812, Office Hours 7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Our School Liaison Officer (SLO) is available to act as a liaison between parents and schools upon request to help resolve issues related to the education of children and youth. Information is also available on the topics of Troops to Teachers, local schools, scholarships, and home schooling. Support is provided to the School and Education Transition Support (SETS) signatories and Local Action Committee in maintenance of the Wiregrass/Fort Rucker Local Action Plan.
Students living on Fort Rucker attend school on Fort Rucker at the Fort Rucker Primary and Elementary Schools for grades pre-kindergarten through the sixth grade. Beginning in the seventh grade students may attend Daleville, Enterprise or Ozark City Schools. All three school systems provide bus transportation from all housing areas on post. The choice is up to each student's family.
The SKIES Unlimited Instructional Program is located in Bldg 2806 (334-255-1867). A variety of Instructional Classes are offered through the SKIES Unlimited Program. Classes include the following: Piano, Gymnastics, Swimming, Violin, Study Skills, Home School Activities, and Home Alone Skills.
Spouse to Spouse Sponsorship:
Settling in to a new location may be daunting for military spouses. Spouse to spouse sponsorship training is designed to train volunteers who desire to assist inbound spouses with information about their new location. Volunteers will be provided with the resources that are available on and off the installation to assist in this position. Quarterly classroom training is available for interested spouses, as well as the online training found on MilitaryINSTALLATIONS. Sponsorship will help ease the transition for inbound spouses and their Family members. Anyone interested in spouse to spouse sponsorship training should contact the ACS Relocation Readiness Program at (334) 255-3161.
Youth Sponsorship Program
The Youth Center offers a Youth Sponsorship Program. The Youth Sponsorship Program links incoming youth with an age appropriate youth living at Fort Rucker in order to make the transition here easier. Youth communicate with their sponsor prior to arrival about schools, sports, recreational activities and what is available at Fort Rucker. This program provides teens with a peer that may have a better understanding of their concerns and feelings about moving to a new community. To request a Teen Sponsor, contact the Youth Center at 334-255-2260 or DSN 312-558-2260.
Youth Volunteer Opportunities
The Fort Rucker American Red Cross (ARC) Station sponsors the Outstanding Youth Volunteer Program for youth between 12 and 17 years of age. The program runs from mid-June to mid-August each year. Youth must be willing to volunteer a minimum of 4 hours a week. For additional information, contact the ARC at 334-347-2461 or the Teen Center at 334-255-9108/9127. Volunteer experience is very important and valuable when applying for scholarships, special ROTC scholarships, and when applying for federal, state, and county paid positions. Child and Youth Services Teenage Babysitter classes are held during school recess times at the Youth Center. Call for specific information.
Fort Rucker offers Youth Retreats, Youth Councils, bible studies and community service projects for all youth on the installation. There are two youth programs at the Spiritual Life Center; Protestant Youth of the Chapel (meets every Sunday 5 - 7 pm) and Catholic Youth of the Chapel. For more information about these religious programs, you may call 334-255-1930.