The Air Force provides youth programs for youth and teens aged from 5-18 on all major bases, and houses school aged child care which supports employed parents of youth aged 5-12 years. The programs help youth transition from base to base, military life to civilian life, or high school to post-high school.
Activities are offered in the five core program areas:
Character and Leadership Development
Youth Sports, Fitness and Recreation
Health and Life Skills
Education and Career Development
Providing before and after child care for school age children, as well as open recreation for kids ages 5-12. Summer camps and holiday camps are also available.
The School Age Program (SAP) is designed to promote cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of school-aged children through interactive hands-on experiences while having fun. We provide a safe, secure environment where children can extend their learning while complimenting, rather than duplicating their school day.
We want your child's experience in our program to be positive while we help them build self-esteem, independence, and a curiosity for new learning.
A parent is a child's first and primary educator. Parent's are invited to become a part of our youth-care team. Please contact staff about sharing skills with us such as crafts, hobbies or languages. We would also like to share in any family heritage celebrations.
A wide range of physical and non-physical activities are offered by the SAP. Outside activities differ daily. In inclement weather the gymnasium is used. A homework center offers an appealing area to finish school work or to explore new interest areas. A weekly schedule of activities is posted on the parent information board at the Youth Center.
ELIGIBILITY AND ENROLLMENT
Dependents of active duty military members, DoD civilian employees and others authorized per AFI 34-101 are eligible for care in the School Age Program. The ages are 5 years old (must be enrolled or have completed kindergarten) to 12 years old.
To enroll a child you will need:
• Signed School Age Program Contract - Click button to the right.
• Copy of recent LES or pay statement from both working parents
• Form AF1181This form must also be updated annually - Click button to the right.
• Youth Flight Patron Registration
• DD Form 2652 - Application for Department of Defense Child Care Fees
• Current immunization records
• Verification of chicken pox
• Signed Statement of Understanding
The SAP has 36 spaces available. When all spaces are filled a waiting list will be established. To terminate a child's enrollment written notification must be received two weeks in advance.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF AMERICA
Fine Arts Exhibit: Drop off your artwork at the Youth Center! This year the program encourages artistic expression among kids ages 6 to 18 through drawing, painting, print making, collage, mixed media and sculpture displayed at local regional exhibits. Call DSN:268-3604 or 01480-843604.
Instructional classes in violin, dance, and tang soo do are available at the Youth Center.
For youth ages 11-13. Members learn leadership by working together in four areas: service to Club and community, education, health and fitness and social recreation.
YOUTH SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM
Traveling overseas and starting over can be a daunting experience for anyone. Although children adapt very well and usually don’t show a lot of strain, we (Youth Programs at RAF Alconbury) want to make their transmission as smooth and exciting as possible. Our goal is to provide your child with an easy transition to ensure that they can immerse themselves into fostering new friendships that will bring memories that will last a lifetime. Does your family plan on using Youth Programs for its Before and After School Service, Summer Camps, Open Recreation (9-12) or Teen Program? Would you like your child to make a penpal prior to arriving? If so, please email Youth Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and we will be more than happy to set your child/ren up with a new friend and start those new memories. Please fill out the form on this page.
The Open Recreation program is for children ages 9-12. The program offers a number of programs. Summer hours are from 1pm-6pm, and school hours are 3pm-6pm.
Boys and Girls Club Programs (BGCA)
BGCA has had a long and proud partnership with the military. All military youth centers worldwide are affiliated with BGCA. The program provides high-quality programs and curriculums that traditional Boys & Girls Clubs provide. In addition, one-year, no-cost memberships are provided to children of the approximately 70 percent of families who live outside military installations. For more info go to BGCA.
Youth in grades K – 12th can participate in a 4-H Club in their community, either on or off installation. 4-H Clubs meet on a regular basis. During meetings youth have fun as they learn new skills, participate in group projects and develop leadership skills as they work together with others. Youth select 4-H Project (s) to learn more about a topic that interests them. The clubs are led by volunteers, Youth Center staff, or local 4-H Extensions Agents. Youth are encouraged to take part in County public speaking events to build confidence, camps and exhibit their projects at local County Fairs, Achievement Days or Round-ups. For more info go to 4-H Clubs.
Empower more individuals to address bullying in the community. Free Training Module Resources, Safe and Supportive Schools trainings to promote best practices in bullying intervention. For more info go to Stop Bullying Now!
Tutor.com for Military Families
Get a tutor 24/7 when you sign up for tutor.com. The website offers free tutoring and homework help for military/dependents stationed anywhere in the world. Go to
Tutor.com/Military to see if you are eligible for the program.
Military Kids Connect (MKC)
An online community for military children (ages 6-17 yr old) that provides access to age-appropriate resources to support children dealing with the unique challenges of military life. To learn more go to Military Kids Connect.
Education & Career Programs
These programs help youth create aspirations for the future, providing opportunities for career exploration and educational enhancement.
Character & Leadership Programs
Helping youth become responsible, caring citizens and acquire skills for participating in the democratic process is the main thrust of these programs. They also develop leadership skills and provide opportunities for planning, decision-making, contributing to Club and community and celebrating our national heritage.
Health & Life Skills
These initiatives develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.
The Arts Programs
Programs in this core area enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing.
Sports, Fitness and Recreation
These Club programs help develop fitness, a positive use of leisure time, reduction of stress, appreciation for the environment and social and interpersonal skills.
As today's teens are becoming more independent, it's important for them to have a place they can call their own. The Teen Center is just the place for them to get together with their peers to participate in positive programming based around their creativity and aspirations. There is also computer and Internet access, opportunities to earn funding for college, and plenty of space to just chill with friends. We have Lock-ins, Adventure trips, Teen retreats, and Cultural nights.
Hours: Middle/high school 3:00pm-7:00pm Mon-Fri.
High school only 7:00pm-11:00pm Friday nights.
Fees: $60 a year
The Congressional Award Program - is a national program that recognizes young adults (14-23 years of age) for setting and achieving individual goals in four areas: voluntary public service, physical fitness, expedition/exploration and personal development. Visit congressionalaward.org for more information.
• Open to youths, AF members, spouses and civilian employees
• When possible, members of Congress present awards at local
Air Force Youth of the Year - is a recognition program administered by Air Force Services in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (B&GCA). The program recognizes youth's outstanding contributions to a member's family, school, community and youth center, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome.
ANG/AFR youth are eligible and have participated in the Youth of the Year events.