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United States Air Force
Child and Youth Services - Army
650 Monroe Avenue
Fort Eustis, VA 23604
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.
Youth seeking employment information are eligible to use the Army Community Service (ACS) Family Employment Readiness Program. Seasonal workshops are held along with job search information and resume writing workshops. For more information contact the Family Employment Readiness Program at 757-878-3173.
Apprenticeship Program is a workforce-preparation and apprenticeship enterprise designed to meet the employment and career-exploration needs of Army teens 15-18 years of age. The HIRED! Moniker encompasses the two main components of the program, "HIRed" - actually working in a paid position - and "EDucation" - that is, participating in workforce-preparation and secondary-education exploration classes, which prepare the participant for life after high school. HIRED! Apprenticeships offer experiences within distinct career 8 paths designed to help participants determine whether said career paths are viable choices for their future.
Notes: Core curriculum and program management tools used in CYS Services Programs in Alternative Settings are listed at The EDGE!
Each installation operates their own Youth Programs. Go to the JBLE Force Support website and choose either Langley or Ft Eustis to learn more about the different programs offered. Click on the "Family" tab.
Bowling is offered to youth, ages 6-18. For more information call the Bowling Center at 757-764-2433.
Youth of the Year Program is designed to recognize outstanding Youth and promote service to Club and community, academic performance, and contributions to family and spiritual life. Each year a 14 to 18 year old eligible member of Youth Programs is selected as the "Youth of the Year" based on their character, leadership, and service qualities. Upon winning this great distinction, winners have the opportunity to advance through the state, regional, and national levels where they could meet our state's governor and/or the President of the United States. Applications are typically due mid-February.
Keystone Club is a small group program designed to help teens become more productive citizens and leaders. It is a unique character development experience that gives young people ages 13 - 18 the opportunity to contribute something of value to others and to have a voice in how that contribution is made.
Torch Club is a chartered small-group leadership and service club for boys and girls ages 9-13. The Torch Club is a powerful program through which Club staff can help meet the special needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their development. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to plan and implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community, education, health and fitness and social recreation.
Power Hour is a program through which our staff helps club members ages 6-12 become more successful in school by providing homework help and tutoring while encouraging members to become self-directed learners. Our staff offers help to members in a structured, safe, quiet, allocated environment where all Club members can develop the daily habit of completing homework and preparing for class while being supported by staff and volunteer encouragement on a daily basis. Staff will utilize enrichment pages and educational software to provide supplemental work for members in a particular academic area.
Career Launch is a program that helps teens prepare for the working world, explore career options and their educational/training requirements and assists them in making sound decisions about their education through engaging, interactive sessions and activities.
Club Tech is a computer based program that helps participants ages 6-18 become tech savvy while exploring the Boys and Girls club of America core programs of character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, and sports, fitness, and recreation.
Passport To Manhood is a program that promotes and teaches responsibility and reinforces positive behavior in male Club members ages 11-14. The program consists of 14 small-group sessions, each of which concentrates on a specific aspect of manhood through highly interactive activities.
Smart Moves is a nationally acclaimed comprehensive prevention program that helps young people resist alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and avoid premature sexual activity. The program features interactive, small-group activities designed to increase participants' peer support, enhance life skills, build resiliency and strengthen leadership skills. This year-round program uses age-specific modules that engage Club staff, parents, community members and older teen members in a team approach to prevention.
SMART Kids, ages 6-9, focuses on building self-esteem, positive social skills to avoid drugs and other harmful influences.
Start SMART, ages 10-12, presents information and skills needed to resist pressures to get involved in alcohol, tobacco and other drugs or sexual activity. Group members analyze influences from the media and from peers; they also practice resisting peer pressure.Stay SMART, ages 13-15, provides information about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and sexuality and helps teenagers develop skills to make healthy choices. Teens practice problem solving and decision making, stress reduction techniques and strategies to resist peer and media pressures.
4-H Program is the youth development education program of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, provided to youth ages 6-18 to assist youth in acquiring the knowledge, life skills, and attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, contributing, and productive members of society. The central theme of 4-H education is "learn by doing".
BGCA Fine Arts Exhibit Program is a program for ages 6-18 that encourages artistic expression among Club members through drawing, painting, print making, collage, mixed media and sculpture displayed at local and regional exhibits. A panel of distinguished judges selects works for inclusion in the National Fine Arts Exhibit, which debuts at B&GCA's annual National Conference and is displayed throughout the year at other B&GCA events. This program is combined with our weekly drawing class and Imagemakers Program to form our Fine Arts Club.
ImageMakers is a year-round program and annual contest, both sponsored by Circuit City Foundation which encourages boys and girls ages 6-18 to learn and practice black and white, color and digital process photography. The program encourages youth at all skill levels to learn and practice various photography methods. The goal of the program is to teach the use of photography as an art and a vocation. Each year there is a photography contest with submissions typically due in March. The ImageMakers National Photography Contest provides local, regional and national recognition.
Drawing Classes are offered for ages 6 & up. The class consists of teaching drawing skills from beginner to advanced levels. Still life, landscapes, portrait, perspective drawing, and shading skills are taught. Art supplies are provided by Youth Programs.
BGCA Triple Play Leadership Club is implemented to support youths' health, fitness and leadership development. Staff encourage members to become more knowledgeable about healthy eating habits and encourage physical activity. Staff help strengthen character and reinforce positive behavior through social recreation activities.
Kid's Night Outs are theme based activities on select Friday nights each month for youth 6 to 12.
Langley offers a comprehensive program of recreational activities for children ages 5 through 18. The Youth Center is located in the housing area formerly known as Bethel Manor housing complex The Youth Center opened in 2010 and offers an environment your children will want to experience often. Contact the Youth Center for up to date information on enrollment procedures and fees.
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Fort Eustis has an excellent Youth Services Program. The Teen/ Youth Center on post provide youth with several activities and recreation opportunities.
Eligible youth are family members of active duty, retired military and civilian employees at Fort Eustis living on and off post. Participants are required to be registered in CYS and enrolled in Youth Fitness or Sports activities for ages 5-18 yrs. Annual physicals are required before the child participates in any sport activity.
AF Services Space Camp
The US Space and Rocket Center, in Huntsville, Alabama, is the premier provider of authentic, inspiring, and entertaining educational experiences in space science and aviation. This program is open to family members of Active Duty military assigned to or living on an AFB, AF Retired Military, AF Civilian Employees, and active Air National Guard and AF Reserve members. Scholarships are available for youth ages 12-18. Attendees participate in a wide variety of physical activity, hands-on experiences, and classroom activities.
USAF 4-H Ultimate Outdoor & Fitness Adventure Camp
Air Force Services collaborates with 4-H through the USDA Military Partnership project to conduct teen summer adventure camp opportunities for youth family members of active duty military assigned to or living on an Air Force Base, AF retired military, AF civilian employees, and active air national guard and AF reserve members. Outdoor adventure leadership camps are held at the university of Arkansas Cooperative Extension 4-H Conference Center in Little Rock Arkansas. These camps are designed around an adventure theme and introduce campers to a wide variety of fitness and outdoor educational experiences that foster teamwork and teach life skills. If you like canoeing, hiking, swimming, rope courses and other outdoor activities, this camp is for you!
Teen Aviation Camp
AF Services Aviation Camp is an awesome opportunity for teens to have a glimpse of life at the Air Force Academy. Aviation Camp is offered annually the first week in June. Flying in a Cessna 145 is just one of the highlights at this camp. Participants are selected through a competitive application process. Only teens going into their freshman or sophomore year in high school may apply. The camp gives an insight into what life at the Academy is like, shows what the environment is like, what the facilities are like and what the opportunities are at the Academy. The Aviation Camp is a great camp experience for those who would like to explore the U.S. Air Force Academy as a possible choice for college.
In addition to these featured programs, Youth Programs also offers several special events throughout the year. Some of those events are: Easter Egg Hunt, Pre-Teen Lock-In, Teen Lock-In, Missoula Children's Theater, Kid Fest, Armed Forces Kids Run, Fall Fest, Father Daughter Princess Ball, Fine Arts Exhibit, Photography Contest, Bowl by Mail, Read by Mail, One Page at a Time, Lights on After School, Kick Butts, Kids Fest, Mother & Son Masquerade Ball, Olympic Day, Toy Foundation Event, World Wide Day of Play, National Kids Day, Operation Holiday Cheer and Cookies For Cops Program.
Summer Camps are week-long specialty camps offered during the summer, i.e. America's Historic Triangle Camp, Team Building Camp, NASA Camp, Aim High Camp, Outdoor Adventure Camp, Water Week, Dance Week, Music Week, Missoula Children's Theatre, and at least one AF sponsored specialty camp is offered during the summer.
Youth Sponsorship helps a new-coming youth by setting them up with another youth who shares some of the same similarities and tries to make the newcomer feel as welcome as possible. For more information contact our School Liaison Officer Christine Stiefel at 757-878-4025.
For information on youth sponsorship please review the Bethel Youth Programs Youth Sponsorship Program Guide.
Boys and girls scout information is available through the School Liason at 757-878-4025.
A year-round sports program is provided and centered around team and individual events that teach good sportsmanship, camaraderie, self esteem and fun, as well as the basic skills of each sport. Programs offered include Little League Baseball, Fast Pitch Softball, Spring and Fall Soccer, Basketball, Cheerleading, Flag Football, Pitch Hit and Run Competition, Punt Pass and Kick Competition and Basketball Camp. We support the youth sports philosophy of the National Alliance for Youth Sports. For policies pertaining to the Youth Programs Sports Program, please refer to the Youth Sports Information Package.
Individual classes and sports are available for youth ages 5-18 at the Youth Center. The center offers year round Team and Individual sports to include; fall and spring soccer, flag football, baseball, basketball, and cheerleading. Training for adult volunteers is ongoing throughout the year for all sports offered. Each coach is certified through the National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA). The NYSCA certification is recognized throughout the United States and overseas military installations. For more information, call 757-878-0833.
SKIES Unlimited -- represents the Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration, and Skills with the word "Unlimited" for the unlimited possibilities this program offers Army children and youth. SKIES Unlimited encompasses instructional programs for children and youth ranging from four months to adolescence. They provide instructional classes for gymnastics, martial arts and other various interests as needed. Tuition is paid on a monthly basis and range from $20 to $76 dollars based on the activity. For more information, call 757-878-4025.
The Youth Programs are vital to this post and give the young people a chance to enhance their spiritual lives as well. Youth Groups, Bible Studies and activities are offered. For more information please contact the Chapel at 757-878-1316.