FORT McCOY, Wis. -- Youth participating in the Summer Camp program at Fort McCoy have had a variety of informative, social and physical activities and experiences to keep busy. When temperatures topped 90 degrees, and heat indices approached 100 degrees in late June and early July, youth also found a number of Morale, Welfare and Reaction activities, such as bowling, swimming and visiting the Pine View Campground, to cool off.

Cori Yahnke, Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School (CYS) Services Boys & Girls Club and School Age and Youth Center director, said the Summer Camp added several events to this year's lineup. A summer kickoff kick ball event was held June 4 at Constitution Park. The event featured parents and CYS Services staff against the youth participants.

"It was very well received by everyone," Yahnke said. "It also served as an ice-breaker so everyone got to meet and know each other."

Yahnke said the other new program for this summer was a June 28 Dairy Day to help celebrate June as National Dairy Month.

"Parents were encouraged to bring a copy of a favorite dairy recipe to share with other Families," Yahnke said. "We gave them information to help inform them about healthy dairy consumption ideas."

Other activities offered during the event included free cheese samples, prizes of coloring books and more, and learning about the dairy industry by seeing a live dairy cow presentation. Some lucky participants also tried to milk the cow.

Another special event coming up will be a Get Fit-Be Strong campaign event, similar to the mini-Olympics, which the CYS Services program held in May to help the installation support the Installation Management Command Strong B.A.N.D.S program (Balance, Activity, Nutrition, Determination and Strength). Youth also are participating in a Department of Defense summer reading program. Yahnke said CYS Services staff gets the information through the Post Library. Youth can earn prizes depending on how much they read, which helps them develop and maintain their reading skills.

Yahnke said the Summer Camp offers a number of special club-type activities, such as a computer laboratory and technology class. CHARACTER COUNTS! topics also are incorporated into the Summer Camp program.

The Summer Camp program is offering transportation for youth to participate in the SKIESUnlimited (School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills Unlimited) programs, such as swimming, baseball, dance classes, volleyball, and T-shirt fashion design. This allows parents to enroll their children in the classes for an additional fee without having to make an additional trip to the installation to transport them to these activities, Yahnke said.

"We also offered various field trips to introduce youth to new activities and to help them keep up their physical fitness," Yahnke said. "Youth also could visit various DFMWR activities at Fort McCoy, which worked out especially well when the temperatures continually broke the 90-degree mark -- and even 100-degree mark -- through early July."

The summer camp still has daily or full-time openings for eligible youth, Yahnke said.

For more information about CYS Services Summer Camp programs, call 608-388-4373 or for SKIESUnlimited information, call Parent Central Services at 608-388-8956.

Page last updated Mon July 16th, 2012 at 00:00