By Emily Brainard, Army Flier StaffFebruary 25, 2010
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Teens and parents can challenge each other to a little friendly competition Feb. 27 during the first Child, Youth and School Services GameDay Experience at The Landing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Youth 11 to 18 years and their parents can participate in a scavenger hunt, Family games, video game challenges, Zumba dance demonstrations and a giant Twister game, according to Denise Honeycutt, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation partnership specialist.
During the event, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers members provide alcohol awareness education by allowing teens to walk while wearing goggles simulating the feeling of intoxication, Honeycutt said.
GameDay Experience not only offers quality Family time, athleticism and education, but also promotes DFMWR's HIRED! and EDGE! programs, she noted. HIRED! offers teens employment opportunities at DFMWR facilities and EDGE! - Experience, Develop, Grow and Excel - provides military children physical and creative activities around the installation.
"MWR is geared to bring Families together, so we are kicking this event off by letting them know what's available," Honeycutt said. "We're providing a friendly competition so they get to meet other Families and see what we have to offer them here on our installation."
Transient military Families need structure in their lives, and activities like GameDay Experience, EDGE! and HIRED! offer children such opportunities, said Janice Sullivan, DFMWR marketing director.
"So often, with all the moving and transition we do in our military careers, we sometimes forget the stress our military children have to deal with, especially our teenagers," she said. "Any time we can bring parents and children together to work on projects, it's a win situation. We hope, through team building games and activities, parents and children will walk away with a stronger connection while learning about some of the great activities our programs have to offer our youth."
GameDay participants are entered in door prize drawings, and activities will be provided for younger siblings in attendance, Honeycutt said.
For more information, call 255-0666.