YOUTH CENTER

PHONE: (813) 828-7438

HOURS OF OPERATION:

SCHOOL YEAR:

Monday • 1pm - 6pm
Tuesday - Friday • 2pm - 6pm

SUMMER:

Monday - Friday
12pm - 6pm

YOUTH CENTER SUMMER CAMPS & FIELD TRIPS

 SUMMER CAMP & FIELD TRIP DETAILS:

  • Sign ups start May 3, 10am - in person at the Youth Center
  • Child must have current immunization records - including this year's flu shot
  • Camps and field trips will adhere to all COVID protocols. Field trips are capped at 20 youth.

Summer Camp/Field Trip Brochure

Contact the Youth Center for more info.

JUNE & JULY SUMMER CAMPS

JUNE 1-4: OPEN REC

CAMP DETAILS

8AM - 6PM
This camp will make an easy transition for youth instead of jumping into a camp with instructions.

JUNE 7-11: STEM CAMP

CAMP DETAILS

AGES 9-15

$75 YOUTH PROGRAM MEMBERS
$85 NON-MEMBERS

S.T.E.M. camp focuses on finding solutions, thinking under pressure, teamwork and exploring each camper's own creative potential. Bring your imagination to life with us this summer! 

Campers should bring: drinks and snacks

JUNE 14-18: BASKETBALL CAMP

CAMP DETAILS

AGES 9-18

$75 YOUTH PROGRAM MEMBERS
$85 NON-MEMBERS

Learn the fundamentals of basketball while developing their skills through drills & play.  

Campers should bring: drinks and snacks

JUNE 21-25: OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMP

CAMP DETAILS

AGES 9-18

$75 YOUTH PROGRAM MEMBERS
$85 NON-MEMBERS

youth will engage in fishing, zip lining, high ropes courses, and canoeing.  

Campers should bring: sunscreen, bug spray, drinks & snacks

JUN/JUL 26-2: ARTS & CRAFTS CAMP

CAMP DETAILS

AGES 9-18

$75 YOUTH PROGRAM MEMBERS
$85 NON-MEMBERS

Youth will be able to express themselves through a variety of arts and crafts projects while engaging in positive peer interactions. 

Campers should bring: drinks and snacks

JULY 12-16: MAD SCIENCE CAMP

CAMP DETAILS

AGES 9-18

$75 YOUTH PROGRAM MEMBERS
$85 NON-MEMBERS

Youth will experience technology, experimentation, and discovery. Activities include robotics, geology, scientific method, electricity and solar power, astronomy and chemistry. 

Campers should bring: drinks and snacks

JULY 19-23: DIY CAMP

CAMP DETAILS

AGES 9-18

$75 YOUTH PROGRAM MEMBERS
$85 NON-MEMBERS

Through the wood works camp, youth will have the confidence to tackle any project. They will be taught by a professional the skills to use tools and materials safely. The environment will be a lively mix of skill-building, creativity, and safety for their future endeavors.  

Campers should bring: drinks and snacks

JULY 26-30: FLAG FOOTBALL CAMP

CAMP DETAILS

AGES 9-18

$75 YOUTH PROGRAM MEMBERS
$85 NON-MEMBERS

Learn the fundamentals of football while developing skills through drills & play. 

Campers should bring: drinks & snacks

JUNE & JULY FIELD TRIPS

JUNE 15: LASER TAG & ICE SKATING

FIELD TRIP DETAILS

AGES 9-18

$30 YOUTH PROGRAM MEMBERS

$40 NON-MEMBERS

Youth will experience one hour of ice skating and one hour of laser tag. Lunch will be provided. Campers should wear pants and bring a jacket or sweatshirt. 

Sign-up Deadline: June 8 COB

JUNE 29: HORSEBIKE RIDING

FIELD TRIP DETAILS

AGES 9-18

$30 YOUTH PROGRAM MEMBERS

$40 NON-MEMBERS

Youth will get to ride trained and well-mannered horses through a guided tour of trails.  Campers should bring sunscreen, bug spray, water and snacks.

Sign-up Deadline: June 22 COB

JULY 13: SAFARI WILDERNESS

FIELD TRIP DETAILS

AGES 9-18

$40 YOUTH PROGRAM MEMBERS

$50 NON-MEMBERS

Have you ever encountered a herd of Red Lechwe running through sparkling water in the sun? How soft is an Eland's nose? Have you ever caught a sweet scent of a Zebra's breath? You will enjoy and experience a small-sided Safari. Campers should bring sunscreen, hat, water, bug spray and money for lunch.  

Sign-up Deadline: June 29 COB

JULY 27: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

FIELD TRIP DETAILS

AGES 9-18

$70 YOUTH PROGRAM MEMBERS
$80 NON-MEMBERS

Prepare for a place where super heroes, beasts, and magical creatures stand before you. You're entering lands where everything is real. Explore a secret school of withcraft and wizardry. Fly high above the city streets with a famous web slinger. Hide from hungry dinosaurs and face the most colossal ape ever to walk the earth. Campers should bring spending money and sunscreen. 

Sign-up Deadline: July 13 COB

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Youth Center June Calendar

WELCOME TO THE MACDILL YOUTH CENTER!

Pricing: $75/pre-teens • $25/teens

After school programming for ages 9-18 is available for STEM, 4-H, Leadership & Service, Health & Wellness and Sports and Recreation.

Download the Youth Center Brochure

WHAT WE OFFER

Programs and activities offered at the Youth Center help improve and maintain the physical, social, and mental well-being of youth to include year-round programs and wholesome leisure-time experiences and are appropriate for children ages 9-18, who are dependents of active duty/retired military, and DoD civilian employees.

Not only are there games, crafts, life skills, and sports, but youth can learn how to become meaningful members of their community. Some instructional classes are conducted, but this is contingent on the availability of instructors.

A diversified youth sports program offers flag football, basketball, and soccer leagues, along with a cheerleading program. Teens have their own area where they can come to interact with their peers, get homework and career assistance, or play video games. Special events are conducted periodically for both the pre-teens and teens.

Other Services we offer:

  • "Safe Haven" for Youth Social Interaction
  • Field Trips
  • Youth Sports Program
  • Power Hour Educational Program

MACDILL YOUTH SPORTS AWARDS

The MacDill youth sports program has been awarded the "Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider" designation by the National Alliance for Youth Sports.

Read the full article here.

YOUTH DANCE LESSONS

Dance lessons are available at the youth center for ages 18 months - 14 years of age. Classes include mommy & me, tap, jazz and ballet. Prices vary by class. Call the youth center for more info.

YOUTH MUSIC LESSONS

The youth center offers a goal-oriented method to teaching with a practical approach to music theory and teaching music first on the instrument. Download the Music Lessons Brochure

$30/per class

Private Lessons:

  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Mandolin
  • Ukulele
  • Bass

Group Lessons:

  • Guitar
  • Ukulele

Class Times:

Monday • 10:30am - 2pm

Tuesday • 10:30am - 2:30pm

Friday • 10am - 6pm

About the instructor:

Michael Bunk holds a Bachelor's degree in music education with an emphasis in classical guitar performance from the University of Massachusetts, an associates of secondary education from Hillsborough Community College and over 25 years of experience in individual and group teaching. He currently acts as the theory tutor for students at the University of South Florida and has toured extensively in the U.S. supporting such notable names as Marky Ramone and Tiny Tim.

TAEKWONDO CLASSES

Sign up your kids for traditional taekwondo at the MacDill Youth Center! Our program instills confidence and promotes fitness while teaching kids respect, self-discipline and other important life lessons. 

Classes are $60/month + cost of uniform and gear

Mondays & Wednesdays • 5pm - 5:50pm

Ages 5-18/All Belts Welcome

Instructor: Joel Emerson, 3rd Dan CTF

YOUTH SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

Are you PCSing to or from MacDill Air Force Base? The youth sponsorship program can help!

If your child would like a Peer Pal, please call the youth center at (813) 828-7438.

Download the Youth Sponsorship Brochure 

YOUTH OF THE YEAR Pim Kruthun

Congratulations to Pim Kruthun! She is the MacDill Military Youth of the Year 2021!  

youthoftheyear2021

PRESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD

The President's Volunteer Service Award is an opportunity to honor outstanding volunteers. Click here to learn more.

CHECK THIS OUT!

Pre-teens have an assortment of interest areas at the Youth Center. Youth ages 9 and 10 can become members of the Ambassador Club, while youth ages 11 and 12 can become members of the Torch Club. These are leadership clubs where the youth are responsible for planning community service, educational, health and fitness, and social activities throughout the year.

Pre-teens also have access to the basketball court, game room, education room, instruction room and two rooms specifically for pre-teens.

Programs like 4-H, Fine Arts Exhibition, Photography Contest, and computer classes are available throughout the year.

"Trust" Video

The above "Trust" video was created from the Recording and Music Video Camp offered through the youth center. 

"Caring" Video

The above "Caring" video was created from the Recording and Music Video Camp offered through the youth center. 

Clubs For Your Teen

SMART Girls– Is a prevention education and self-esteem enhancement program for female club members. It is designed to help girls develop and adopt a healthy attitude and lifestyle, develop a positive self-concept and develop sound decision-making skills. The SMART Girl’s program has modules for 9-12 and 13-17 years old. Each module has two components: “It’s Your Body” and “Take Care of Your Body”.

TORCH Club – Provides the opportunity for youth ages 11-13 to become part of a Leadership Club. Members discuss and plan special events, programs, and community service projects or events. Limited to 15 members. Club will meet once a week for an hour.

KEYSTONE Club – Teens ages 14-18 years old. Program has a rich tradition instilling leadership skills and responsibility among older Club members. Club is responsible for planning for Youth Center and special community events and projects. Member will be eligible to attend the Regional Keystone Conference, which was held in Virginia Beach last year.

4H Clubs – Is a community of young people who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. Membership forms must be completed to join in the 4H activities.

Youth of the Year – Premier recognition program for club members, promoting service to club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. Winners will receive scholarships for college.

MacDill Teen Council – The MacDill Teen Council Program allows teens to brainstorm solutions and initiate change at the installation, amor command and Air Force levels. As members of the AFTC, teens can develop leadership skills and exercise their civic engagement while interacting with other teens and senior leaders at all levels. 

Friday Night Hoops – Offered the last Friday of each month at the youth center. Enjoy a fun game night of basketball for teens ages 14 to 18.

NOW AVAILABLE

Our youth sports program is predicated on skill development and team building. We want our youth to have fun while learning!

We currently offer the following sports:

  • Flag Football
  • Cheerleading
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Address:

    7813 Bayshore Blvd., Bldg #382

    MacDill AFB, FL 33621

  • Facility Director

    Chris Hug