Youth Center

The Fort Carson Youth Center offers a wide variety of recreational, educational, and social programs for middle and high school age teens. Army youth program standards as well as affiliation with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and National 4-H ensures a variety of wholesome, fun, and interesting program choices for pre-teens and teens to participate in. Fort Carson Youth Center programs provide a broad framework for developing lifelong skills designed to enhance a child's future. 

  • Sports and fitness programs
  • Health programs
  • Life skills classes
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Arts, leisure and recreation activities
  • Mentoring, intervention and education support services
  • After school programs (grades 6-12)

Ready Resilient (R2) Program

The Youth Center has worked hard to integrate R2 Skills into the programming, activities, events and field trips that are planned.

R2 builds Optimism, Self-Regulation, Self-Awareness, Strengths of Character, Mental Agility & Connection.


Program/Club Day(s) Time Location
Jammin' Out Mon, Wed, Fri 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Music Room
SMART Girls Thursday 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Conference Room
Torch Club Tuesday 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Life Skills Room
Kids In the Kitchen Friday 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. Life Skills Room
Keystone Club *High School Only* Tuesday 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Homework Lab
Power Hour! Mon - Fri 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Homework Lab
Money Matters Wednesday 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Homework Lab
Functional Fitness Mon - Fri 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Weight Room/Gym
Hour of Code Wed, Fri 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Tech Lab
Passport to Manhood Thursday 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Gym
My.Future Mon - Fri 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Tech Lab
Character Builder Mon - Fri 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Game Room
Career Launch Friday 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Homework Lab
Sewing Made Fun Mon, Wed 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Life Skills Room
Youth of the Year Monday 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Conference Room
Shooting Sports Tuesday 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Small Gym


Youth Led Clubs

Club Day(s) Time Location
Book Club Thursday 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Conference Room
Pool Sharks Tues, Thurs 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Open Rec


Youth Center Hours of Operation

School Year Open Rec Hours of Operation

Monday 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Federal Holidays Closed
Inclement Weather-Related Post Closure Information

During a weather-related post closure, if you are required to work, CYS will operate and open the following facilities to ensure full-day and Before & After school care is provided for your children:

If Post is closed AND School District 8 is CLOSED:

  • Child care will be provided at the East CDC, Bldg. 6058 for all CDC and Kindergarten children. The East CDC is located just inside Gate 1 on Coleman Avenue.  The phone number is +1(719)526-5977.  We request that parents bring any emergency medications the child may need as well as diapers and a change of clothes.
  • For School Age children/youth, Patriot School Age Center will open for youth that normally attend Patriot SAC, Mesa SAC, or the Before School Program at the Youth Center. Patriot SAC, Bldg. 6204 is located on Harr Avenue just inside Gate 1.
  • All non-critical CYS programs will close (SKIES, Hourly Care, Part-Day Pre-School, Youth Center Open Recreation and Outreach).

If Post is closed BUT School District 8 is OPEN:

  • Child care will be provided at the East CDC, Bldg. 6058 for all CDC children except Kindergarten children.
  • School Age Youth who attend Patriot or Mesa SAC will attend these programs as normal.
  • Kindergarteners that attend Cheyenne Mtn CDC will receive care at Patriot School Age Center. Kindergarteners that attend Aspen CDC will receive care at the Mesa School Age Center. Children will be walked or bused to school and back again as normal.
  • The Youth Center wil be open after school and remain open until 1800.
  • Pre-school students that attend Weikel Elementary School will be walked to and from Weikel Elementary School from the East CDC by CYS staff.
  • These facilities will operate at their normal times during weather related installation closures unless directed otherwise by the installation commander.

For weather related early releases or delayed reporting, CYS Services essential child care programs will operate as normal.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your facility manager.

School-Out Day Information

School-Out Days: 5:45 a.m.-1 p.m. - Charged hourly rate if not currently enrolled in Before-school program.  

Open Rec: 1 p.m.

For up-to-date information on facility closure due to weather go to the following facebook sites:

Carson CYS

Carson CYS Teen

U.S. Army Fort Carson

Parent Volunteers

CYS Services Volunteer

Parent volunteers are a very important resource for CYS Services. Registered children/youth benefit immensely from the knowledge and skill that volunteers provide to our programs. We're looking for enthusiastic people who want to help out, sharing their talents assisting and leading various activities such as reading to children, participating in field trips, making games, repairing toys, sewing with kids, etc.

Start by becoming a registered volunteer through Army Community Service's (ACS) Go-Volunteer to find out where your talents can be best used within CYS Services. By keeping track of your volunteer hours, you can qualify for Parent Participation Points.


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