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Youth Services

Youth Services

CNRSW Child & Youth Programs (CYP) operates eight area recreation centers, in or near military family housing. In addition, CYP offers a wide variety of recreation programs for children ages three to seventeen, including open recreation, field trips, teen programs, youth sports, and special events, as well as the programs listed below. 

  • Before and After School Program - This program is designed to meet the needs of school-aged youth (five to twelve years) in the hours before and after school. Organized and supervised activities are conducted at specific times before and after regular school hours.
  • Day Camp / Intercession - This program is offered for youth between the ages of five and twelve and is conducted during school holidays and summer vacation/intercession periods. Day camp activities include arts and crafts, sports, games, swimming, field trips, outdoor recreation, cultural programs and special events.
  • Tiny Tot Program - Tiny Tot classes are offered all year to children ages three to five years old. This part-time program provides an open environment where your child can participate in arts and crafts, music and rhythm, story time, social games, movement and much more.
  • Youth Sports - A calendar of youth sports events and information on how to participate, please visit the Youth Sports website.

For additional information on any of these programs or services, contact the Youth Center in your San Diego Military Housing area or visit Youth Programs.


Eligible patrons include children of active duty military, reservists on active duty, and DoD civilian personnel (appropriated funds (APF), non-appropriated funds (NAF), or DoD contractors).


A sliding scale is used to determine parent fees based on total family income. Fees are set by the Department of Defense and are intended to make care accessible to all families, regardless of their situation.

Youth Recreation and Sports

When you arrive, visit your Youth Center and sign up for the Navy's free health and fitness program called Fit-Factor, for youth and teens ages six to eighteen.

MWR Youth Sports offers seasonal sports for children ages six to eleven years old. The Youth Sports Program emphasizes participation for all players in sports leagues, skills clinics, fitness classes and special sporting events. Sports offered include: basketball, indoor soccer, tee-ball, softball, tennis, flag football, cheerleading, karate, Jazzercise, and Aerobics.

Some fees may apply. Contact Youth Sports at 858-268-2244 for more information.

Youth Social Programs

MWR hosts several youth activities throughout the year. Open Recreation is a program available for youth, ages ten to eighteen (eighteen if still in high school) to enjoy billiards, board games, movies, and tournaments. The Teen Program is designed for middle and high school youth, with special events, field trips, personal development programs, and community projects.

For more information, visit the San Diego MWR website or call one of the centers listed below.

Youth Activity Centers 

  • Admiral Hartman Recreation Center, 858-270-2060
  • Bayview Hills Community Center, 619-267-2018
  • Chesterton Community Center, 858-268-2252  
  • Gateway Village Recreation Center, 619-225-5628
  • Murphy Canyon Kids Connection 858-268-2233
  • Murphy Youth Center, 858-268-2828
  • Silver Strand Recreation Center, 619-435-5056
  • Village at Serra Mesa Recreation Center, 858-571-3853

Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA)

ASYMCA offers a variety of programs for military children, including: Summer Camps, Military Children's Fair, Teen Programs, Kids Zone Parties, Late Night Recreational Activities, After School Enrichment, Chess/Game Tournaments, Pre-school on Wheels, Healthy Kids Day, Kids In Action, Support Group for Siblings of Special Needs Children, Kids Olympics, Sign Language Classes, and Y on Wheels.

For information on services offered in the San Diego area, including any fees associated with the programs, contact ASYMCA at 858-751-5755 or visit them online.

Youth Religious Programs

The Navy Region Southwest Chaplain's Office offers several free youth programs, including religious education, baptisms, and counseling for youth of all religious backgrounds. For more information, contact 858-268-2213.

Boy and Girl Scouts

Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. Visit for more information.

Girl Scouts of America

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization dedicated solely to providing an accepting and nurturing environment for girls to build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities like leadership, strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. For more information, call 619-298-8391 or visit them online.

Youth Sponsorship

The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) offers the Student 2 Student (S2S) Program to make new students feel welcome and accepted. Students are mentored by other students, as they transition into or out of school.

To find out more, call 254-953-1923 or visit the Military Child website.

Youth Employment

The Fleet and Family Support Center offers various youth employment events throughout the year. To find out more, call 619-556-9866.

CNRSW School Liaison Officers (SLO)

The School Liaison Officers are in place to serve as the central point of contact between Navy Region Southwest Commands and the school systems in the area. The School Liaison Officer specializes in serving military students and parents and offers a wide spectrum of services enabling families to become more involved in their child’s educational experience.

SLO’s provide:

  • Information on local schools and boundaries
  • Assistance with school choice
  • Home schooling regulations
  • Inbound/outbound transfers
  • Graduation requirements
  • Schools & community outreach
  • Understanding the special education process
  • Agency referrals
  • College readiness
  • Home school lending library & network



  • Navy Region Southwest School Liaison Officer, 619-532-1034
  • Naval Base San Diego School Liaison Officer, 858-349-7678
  • Naval Base San Diego School Liaison Officer, 619-247-9082
  • Naval Base Coronado School Liaison Officer, 619-437-0219, 619-991-2509
  • Naval Base Point Loma School Liaison Officer, 619-553-8290
  • Or visit the San Diego MWR website


Associated Links

Military Youth on the Move
Answers to military children and teen concerns.

Military Child Education Coalition
Provides information and resources on military education needs.

Fleet and Family Support Center
Provides information on Navy family issues.

Department of Defense-sponsored website for kids impacted by the deployment of parents and caregivers.

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