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Youth Services

Youth Services

Fairchild Air Force Base (FAFB) Youth Programs offers a wide variety of programming to meet the needs of school-age children, pre-teens and teenagers. In addition to center-based programming there are also opportunities for youth to be involved in Youth Sports, instructional services, and several special events held throughout the year. Youth Programs at Fairchild AFB are affiliated nationally with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4H. All of the programs focus on developmentally appropriate activities for children that address cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and recreational skills and abilities. Information and calendars are available on the website.

School Age Program

The FAFB School Age Program (SAP) provides before and after school care for children in grades 1 - 6 (ages 6-12). The program is open Monday-Friday from 6:30 am-6:00 pm. Program fee categories are established by the Air Force and are based on total family income. Enrollment packets are available at the Youth Center. Extended, full-day programming is available during regularly scheduled school breaks. A summer day camp is also offered.

 Teen/Pre-Teen Center

The FAFB Teen and Pre-Teen Center provides open recreation and planned activities for youth ages 9-12 and ages 13-18. Teens may continue to participate in the program as long as they are enrolled in and attending high school.  The Teen and Preteen programs are two individual programs co-located in one building.  Program hours are after school Monday - Friday, and later in the evening on Fridays for teens. Extended hours are available during regularly scheduled school breaks and during the summer months. Membership is required for participation in the program, and a membership fee is required.  Some activities and field trips require a fee for participation. Membership packets are available at the Teen/PreTeen Center.

Youth Sports

The FAFB Youth Sports programs offers team-based league sports for youth ages 5-12 and small-group developmental programs for youth ages 3-4. League sports include basketball, soccer, flag football, volleyball, T-ball, baseball, and indoor soccer. The Start Smart programs offer developmental instruction to youth ages 3-4 (or 5-6) that includes parent participation. Start Smart programs include soccer, basketball, baseball, football, and golf. League sports are $50 per youth, and Start Smart programs are $45 per youth. Each season lasts approximately 8 weeks and registration packets are available online at the FAFB Force Support website or at the Youth Center. The FAFB Youth Sports Program also offers a variety of clinics and camps for youth ages 5-18. Registration materials for the camps are located online or at the Youth Center.

Instructional Services

Piano lessons are available for youth. Classes are available on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30pm to 6:00 pm. Instructional fees are $15.00 per 30 minute session. Registration packets are available at the Youth Center. Additional instructional services may be available at various times throughout the year.

Air Force Wide Programs & Specialty Camps

FAFB Youth Programs participate in annual Air Force programs and Specialty Camps through the year. The programs and camps include, but are not limited to, Fit Family, One Page at a Time, World Wide Bowling, Youth of the Year, Teen Aviation Camp, Space Camp, and Missoula Children's Theater.  Participation and registration requirements vary for each program. Contact the Youth Center or the Teen/PreTeen Center for more information.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4H

FAFB Youth Programs are affiliated with the BGCA. Several year round and annual programs are offered at the Youth Center and Teen/Pre-Teen Center. These programs include the Youth of the Year, Fine Arts, Photography, Digital Arts Suite, Triple Play, Day of Play, Day for Kids, the Torch Club, the Keystone Club, 4H Cooking Club, 4H Photography, and Community Service Projects. Participation in these programs is included with registration and membership in Youth Programs.

Youth Sponsorship

FAFB youth can sponsor an incoming youth or be sponsored by another youth if they are PCS'ing to a new base. Youth Sponsorship materials and assistance are available at the Youth Center and the Teen/PreTeen Center. Sponsorship information is also available online at the FAFB Force Support website.

Youth Employment Programs

The Youth Employment Skills (YES) Program is an on-base volunteer program for high school students. This program, underwritten by the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS), is a joint effort between AFAS and Air Force Airman & Family Services Flight to offer high school students an opportunity to learn valuable work skills, "bank" dollar credits toward their post-secondary education/training, and have a positive impact on their base community. Participation information is available at the Teen/PreTeen Center.

Youth Religious Programs

Club Beyond is a Fairchild AFB Chapel based program specifically for middle school and high school aged youth to have fun and hear a message about Jesus from staff and volunteer leaders who care about military teens and understand military lifestyle. Weekly Club Beyond meetings include fun mixers, crazy games, hilarious skits, energetic music and a short message. Club Beyond also offers smaller group meetings for teens to grow deeper in their faith or learn more about Jesus. Finally, Club Beyond camps and retreats remove teens from their daily pressures and concerns to spend a weekend or entire week in an environment of excellence, excitement, and energy. Many teens say their time at camp was the best week of their life.

Boy and Girl Scouts

For placement into a Boy Scout troop/pack/den on base, call the Inland Northwest Council at 509-325-4562 and ask for the Chinook District Executive and there website is Northwest Scouts. For placement into a Girl Scout troop on base, call the Program and Membership Development Coordinator at 509-747-8091, ext. 208. Girl Scouts is open to all girls in grades K-12. Please visit the Girl Scouts Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho website to register, volunteer and for more information.

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