School at Fort Bragg started this Monday, and with a new school year comes the opportunities for new after school activities. There is some paperwork involved in signing up kids for after school activities, but with so many options for children to get involved in sports and community as well as academic endeavors, the paperwork can definitely be worth it.
Child and Youth Services
To really do any youth activities at Fort Bragg, kids have to be signed up with Child and Youth Services. Fort Bragg CYS helps Families with day care, preschool, youth activities and more.
Parents can register their children with CYS to participate in after school activities, youth centers and youth sports. For information about registering, visit https://bragg.armymwr.com/programs/parent-central-services.
Walk-in hours for the CYS office are Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m. Appointments must be made during other times throughout the week. Forms can be be picked up at the CYS office, which is located at Building 1-4157 on Knox St. near the Throckmorton Library.
Once children are registered in the CYS system, parents can register online for most programs.
CYS’s Parent and Outreach Services help with childcare services for units and Family Readiness Groups. They also provide juvenile rehabilitation for juvenile Family members who have been charged with crimes.
Parent and Outreach Services is a fantastic resource for Families with children. To learn more, visit https://bragg.armymwr.com/programs/parent-and-outreach-services.
Youth centers
Fort Bragg has two youth centers. Tolson Youth Activities Center is located on Reilly Road near the Soldier Support Center.
Chay Youth Activities Center is located at Linden Oaks. Both offer programs for youth in grades 6 to 12. Both youth centers have physical fitness classes, snacks and homework programs with certified instructors. The centers have designated teen areas as well as middle school areas and game rooms. They are equipped with computer rooms. Kids have the option to join clubs tailored towards their interests in subjects like photography and cooking.
The youth centers have two main programs based on age. A middle school program is designed for youth in grades 6 to 8. The teen program is designed for teens in grades 9 through 12.
The Student2Student program pairs teens from high school with a middle schooler who will be making the transition into high school.
A bus service is provided to the youth activity centers from schools. Kids have to be signed up through CYS to utilize the youth centers.
SKIESU
Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration, and Skills Unlimited is a program offered to Families at Fort Bragg through CYS. SKIESU offers classes year round.
The program offers dance classes, music lessons, cheerleading, gymnastics, karate, ice skating, sewing, babysitter and lifeguard certification courses and academic classes. Classes are broken down by age and ability.
Space is limited in each class, and registration for classes ahead of time is necessary. Instructors for SKIESU are contractors who are experienced in the field they are teaching. Parents need to attend an orientation as well before signing up their children. For more information about SKIESU, visit their website at https://bragg.armymwr.com/programs/skies-unlimited.
Youth sports
Fort Bragg Family and Morale, Wellness and Recreation offers youth sports for those ages 4 to 18. Youth have to be registered through CYS in order to participate.
The deadline for registration for Fall youth sports is Sept. 8. Parents whose children are already registered through CYS can register for youth sports on the WebTrac website at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/#page-0. An annual sports physical is required for participation.
Children can participate in football, flag football, cheerleading, volleyball, tennis and soccer during the Fall sports season. For more information, visit https://bragg.armymwr.com/programs/cys-services-sports-fitness.