Youth Programs

How to Find Us

Phone Number:
AB 843-963-5684
WS 843-794-7809

Address:
AB 2451 N. O'Neal Ave. Bldg 1993
Joint Base Charleston, SC 29404
WS Chapel Dr. Bldg 788
Goose Creek, SC 29445

Hours of Operation:
AB Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9a-6p
School Program Hours: Monday - Friday 2:30-6p
Summer Camp Program Hours: Monday - Friday 6:30a-6p

WS Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9a-6p
School Program Hours: Monday - Friday (Before School) 6-8a (After School) 2-6p
Summer Camp Program Hours: Monday - Friday 6:30a-6p

Programs

Open Rec/Teen Program

The Open Rec/Teen Program offers a variety of activities geared to pre-teens and teens.  Activities include lock-ins, dances, field trips, health and fitness activities, college and career preparation, and leadership opportunities.  Visit us on Facebook for the latest happenings.

School Age Program

Joint Base Charleston School Age Programs offer care before and after school, as well as all day during school holidays, teacher in-service days, and during school vacations for elementary, kindergarten through fifth grade, and middle school. The school-age program provides age-appropriate activities through the 4-H and Boys and Girls Clubs of America curricula. Activities include field trips, building life skills, exploring creative arts, developing healthy lifestyles and various other activities. Transportation is offered at select schools in the North Charleston and Goose Creek area.

Eligibility is contingent on the status of the sponsor. Eligible patrons include active-duty military personnel, DOD civilian employees paid from either appropriated funds or non-appropriated funds, Reserve Component military personnel on active duty or inactive duty training status, combat-related wounded warriors, surviving spouses of military members who died from a combat-related incident and eligible employees of DOD contractors.  To request care visit www.MilitaryChildCare.com.

Congressional Awards Program

Youth and young adults, ages 13-23, are invited to challenge themselves to set, plan and achieve goals in four program areas: volunteer/public service; personal development; physical fitness; and expedition/exploration activities. Participants have the opportunity to be recognized with bronze and silver Congressional Awards at local, city or statewide ceremonies. The gold medal ceremony is held annually in the U.S. Capital.

Instructional Classes

Instructional classes are offered based on community interests. These classes promote the enhancement of specific skills and are taught by certified instructors. If interested in a class not currently offered, patrons are encouraged to suggest it so that youth programs can look into making it available.

Current Classes:

  • Martial Arts
  • Homeschool Programs
  • Dance

Military Youth of the Year

Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America's premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of club teens. Club members who earn the Youth of the Year title embody the values of leadership service, academic excellence and healthy lifestyles. They exemplify the critical impact that BGCA has on the lives of young people.

Local clubs recognize members, ages 14-18, as Youth of the Month winners, who then participate in state competitions for Youth of the Year. State winners each receive a $5,000 scholarship and advance to regional competitions. Regional winners receive an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for 4 years. Six youth, including 5 regional winners and a military winner, advance to the National Youth of the Year competition for a chance at an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable for 4 years. The National Youth of the Year represents all BGCA youth.

Clubs

Keystone Club

Keystone Club is a small group concerned with service to the community, leadership development, education and career development, and social recreation for club members ages 13-18. Keystone Club is sponsored by the center and is affiliated with the National Association of Keystone Clubs. Each club has its own officers who carry on the business of the club and an adult adviser who provides the necessary support and guidance that the club requires.

The general purpose of the club is to create and maintain high standards of health, education, character and citizenship. Keystone Clubs promote:
-Leadership and citizenship training
-Service to the Club and community
-Good will and understanding between groups and individuals
-Cooperation with local and national Boys and Girls programs
-Fellowship through a diversified program in which every member has a voice

Youth Programs’ Keystone Flyers group is currently searching for new members to join their active teen group. The group plans monthly activities, such as the Midnight Madness Party, along with basketball and pool challenges, dances and games.

If you think meeting new and interesting people, and having loads of fun may sound interesting to your child, have them drop by Youth Programs for more details. They can also call (843) 963-5684.

Torch Club

The Torch Club is a small group of clubs offering service and leadership opportunities to children ages 9-12. Torch Clubs are a powerful vehicle for helping meet the needs of children by providing a sense of belonging, positive interaction with a small group of peers, guidance and support of a committed, caring adult, opportunities to make a difference in the world through helping others, a sense of pride, self-worth and accomplishment that flows from learning, and to make and take responsibility for decisions.

Torch Clubs are designed to assist youth in becoming productive citizens. Torch Club consists of an adult advisor and 6-15 boys/girls who elect their own officers and plan and manage their own activities in four areas:

-Service to Club and Community - Voter registration drives, hospital visits, community clean-ups, homework, reading projects and special events.
-Education - Trips to libraries, museums and historical areas, visits to colleges and businesses, publishing a club newsletter, quiz bowls and debates.
-Health and Fitness - Fitness clinics, dental exams, and blood pressure screening, hiking, roller-skating, bicycle trips and tournaments.
-Social Recreation - Trips to amusement parks, Club lock-ins, holiday parties, game room tournaments, and film festivals.

As a group, Torch Club members learn that they can make a difference in the community by taking an active and responsible role in setting the direction of their own lives.

Youth Employment Skills

The Youth Employment Skills program is an on-base youth volunteer program, underwritten by the Air Force Aid Society. The focus of the program is to offer high school students of active duty Airmen an opportunity to learn valuable work skills. In a joint effort between AFAS and Air Force Youth Programs, students "bank" dollar credits toward their post-secondary education. All high school-aged children (grades 9-12) of active duty/title 10 Air Force members assigned to select bases are eligible to participate.

YES allows high school freshman through seniors to "bank" $6 in grant funding for every hour volunteered in an on-base function, to a maximum of 250 hours of credit. Students may accumulate as much as 250 hours over their freshman through senior years, for a potential maximum of $1,500 toward their future vocational, technical, or academic endeavors. In addition, the base will be credited with $2 to be used in support of base Youth Program enhancements (up to $10,000 per year.)

Student volunteer dollar credits will be dispersed in grant form upon verification of high school graduation and enrollment in a post-secondary program. Use of funds is limited to tuition, books, fees and other direct educational expenses.

YES provides firsthand experience in the career field of your choice! Your interests may involve medical services, flight training, hotel or restaurant management, telecommunications, recreation, meteorology, retailer services, security or WHATEVER YOU CHOOSE TO EXPLORE!

Have you ever heard someone say, "I didn't get the job because I had no experience"? The work experience you receive will give you an edge in the job market before and after you graduate. You help yourself and your community.

YES applications are available at the Youth Center.

Youth Sports

Youth Sponsorship

Moving to or from Joint Base Charleston – Let Youth Programs be your guide.

Through the Youth Sponsorship Program Youth Program staff assist youth with transitioning to and/or from Joint Base Charleston.  Let us help ease your youth’s transition by connecting you with a youth at your destination base.  Complete the JB CHS Youth Sponsor Request and return to Joint Base Youth Programs at 628fss.fsf.2@us.af.mil

Benefits of Becoming a Youth Programs Member

Free/Discounts on varied special programs or workshops
Free/Discounts on varied dances/lock-ins

Important Forms