Air Base Youth Programs


Joint Base Charleston Youth Programs operates an award winning facility, as it has been named best in AMC. Open to youth ages 5-18, the program offers recreational, educational and social activities, including team sports, clinics, instructional classes and the Keystone and Torch Clubs. Youth programs is affiliated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and has earned the Boys and Girls Club of America Commitment to Quality Program Award. The program also earned an Honors Award for Excellence in all five core areas from the South Carolina Boys and Girls Club Area Council.

Youth Programs Events



Youth Programs offers a wide array of organized, instructional and recreational sports activities for youth to help them develop desirable physical skills and to mature emotionally and socially. The sports program provides opportunities for children to have contact with other youth, volunteer leaders, and youth program staff. It also provides opportunities for parents to socialize and to contribute to our military community, by serving as volunteers in the youth program.


Physicals are mandatory for all ages in order to participate with the Youth Sports Program.  Physicals must be turned in prior to participation.  Physicals are kept on file for one year, if your child’s physical will expire during the season they must have a new physical before the beginning of the season.


JB Charleston youth sports program follows the National Standards for Youth Sports developed by the National Alliance for Youth Sports. All volunteer coaches must be certified through the National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA) prior to being assigned a team.  The Youth Sports Program adopts the NYSCA standards of safety and coaching etiquette, which teaches fundamentals, basic sport skills, sportsmanship and emphasizes participation rather than winning.  In addition, each coach must complete an Installation Records Check (IRC) and become certified in First Aid and CPR.   All training is mandatory and will be provided prior to the beginning of the season.

Start Smart

A program of the National Alliance for Youth Sports, teaches children age 4 the basic motor skills necessary to play organized sports while they work one-on-one and spend quality time with their parents.  The programs were developed to be informative and fun, so children and parents will have a positive first time sports experience and continue participating in sports beyond this introductory level.  These are 6 week programs that meet once a week for an hour.

Soccer Shots

Soccer Shots is the national leader in youth soccer development for youth. Using creative and age-appropriate curricula and infusing each lesson plan with enthusiasm and structured activity, Soccer Shots aims to leave a lasting, positive impact on every child they serve.

School Age Care

Joint Base Charleston School Age Care offers programs before school, after school, before and after school, and all day during school holidays, teacher in-service days and during school vacations for elementary and middle school children, kindergarten – fifth grade.  The program features structured and unstructured educational and leisure activities, including arts and crafts, games, sports, sewing and cooking activities.  These activities support success in school and promotes multicultural appreciation, literacy, and community involvement.

We strive to provide youth with:

-A sense of competence:  We want all youth to feel that they can accomplish tasks well.  We search for opportunities to let all youth shine!
-A sense of usefulness:  We provide programs that offer youth an opportunity to make meaningful contributions.  Out staff is constantly looking for ways to allow youth to contribute within out program and the larger community.
-A sense of belonging:  We strive to provide your youth with a feeling they fit in and are a part of the school age care community.  Each youth has the opportunity to develop special relationships with their primary counsellor and their peers.
-A sense of influence:  We believe that youth should be given a chance to be heard and to influence decisions. is a Department of Defense website for military families seeking child care. This single online gateway provides access to comprehensive information on military operated and military subsidized child care options worldwide. Please visit the site to request care.

Our program values the community’s involvement in decision making concerning overall development.  Members of the Continuous Quality Improvement Team (parents, staff, counsellors, and youth) collaborate to ensure program goals are met.

Children in attendance are served well-balance and nutritious meals/snacks. The menu offers a variety of foods that include multi-cultural items and meets the US Depart of Agricultural Child and Adult Food Program standards.

The Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), is certified by the Department of Defense and meets the highest quality of school age program standards and criteria.

Clubs & Programs

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.

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.

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.

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Youth Sponsorship

Youth Sponsorship links young people new to the area with their own youth sponsor. Your sponsor is matched to you according to gender, age, grade and interests and will help you become familiar with Joint Base Charleston and surroundings.

All you need to do is download the form below and follow the instructions on the form.

JB CHS Youth Sponsor Request