Youth Handbook

Welcome to 673rd Youth Programs!

I would like to extend a warm and friendly welcome to JBER 673rd Youth Programs. We understand there are many options for your youth’s activities in the local community and we are pleased that you have selected us.  We feel we present the best quality comprehensive programming for any youth between the ages of 5 to 18 years old. Youth Programs strives to accommodate our military Families by providing healthy, safe and enriching environments for your children so that you can accomplish your military mission with peace of mind knowing your children are safe.

Youth Programs are comprised of five distinct areas: School Age, Sports, Teen and Youth Center, and Instructional Programs. We are affiliated with Boys and Girls Club of America and 4-H. We have combined their curriculums with our mandatory Department of Defense programming, which provides a variety of activities to enhance social, cultural, educational and creative abilities of young family members.

This handbook is designed to give you basic information and answer most commonly asked questions about our Youth Programs.  Each section is color coded for easy referencing of our whole program.

We believe that we have developed a comprehensive program that will give your youth opportunities to explore, learn, play and just have fun during their leisure hours.



Chief, Warfighter and Family Services Flight

Youth Programs’ Vision, Mission and Goals


Expand and enhance opportunities for youth to learn life-long skills.


We are a cohesive team of professional youth specialists working together to support JBER families and provide opportunities for youth to develop to their full potential.


  1. Recognize Youth Accomplishments
  2. Plan and Implement Joint Youth Programming
  3. Create support system of Youth Programs Staff for Teens and Youth
  4. Youth/Teen programs will operationally and financially meet Air Force mandates


There are five youth facilities located on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson that host the youth programs.  Illa and Ketchikan School Age Programs; Kennecott and Two Rivers Youth Centers; and The Deck Teen Center located in the Arctic Oasis.  Within the youth organization, there are specialized programs to meet the needs of all of your children ages 3 years to 18 years.  School Age Program offers before and after school care, winter, spring and summer camps.  The youth center offers open recreation, field trips and organized BCGA and 4-H activities. The Teen Center Program which is housed in the Arctic Oasis and the Two River’s Youth Center offer leadership development, employment skills, and service opportunities. Youth Sports and instructional programs are hosted in various locations throughout our joint base.

Program Eligibility
Dependents of active duty military members DoD civilian employees and others authorized per AFI 34-249.
Program Age Eligibility
Illa and Ketchikan SAP 5-12 years (must be in kindergarten)
Kennecott Youth/Teen Center 9-18 years
Two Rivers Youth/Teen Center 9-18 years
Youth instructional Classes 18 months to 18 years
Youth Sports 5-18 years
Mighty Tots 3-5 years


All youth activities require a youth membership. The annual membership fee is $36, which for Army youth is covered by Army Family Covenant. In addition to the membership fee, the parent or guardian must complete a Youth Activities Application (AF Form 88). Membership must be renewed annually.

Non-members may use the facility as a guest for a maximum of 5 visits prior to becoming a member.


Each Activity within the Youth Programs has established fees and charges for services which have been approved by the Wing Commander during the NAF council meetings.

Computer Contract

All facilities have state-of-the art computer labs. This means youth have direct internet link with uncensored access to all internet sites. This advance in technology is a wonderful opportunity for our youth, but can also allow youth to visit non-appropriate sites or view adult picture advertisements while surfing the net. Parents and youth need to understand the need for children to be responsible for their own internet viewing.

A computer contract has been designed to ensure parental permission to utilize the computers. Once the contract is signed the youth will receive a computer card. No youth will be allowed to use the computers unless they have a computer card. With all privileges there are consequences for misuse. First offense for visiting an inappropriate site or misusing the equipment results in retraining on the infraction and a hole punched in their computer card. Second Offense results in another hole punched in their card as well as a phone call to parents to explain infraction. Third offense results in card being taken, parents notified and a suspension from computer use. Once the suspension has been served the youth may re-apply for a new computer card.

Parent Involvement

There are several ways to become involved with Youth Programs. Continuous Quality Improvement Teams meet quarterly and are designed for School Age Program parents to provide valuable feedback about your child’s care and assist in developing new and interesting activities & programs.  The Youth Advisory Committee is for interested parents of teens and youth to assist, advise and guide the Youth Activities Directors to develop the best possible programs.

Tobacco Policy

The use of all tobacco products are prohibited in the Youth Program facilities and surrounding areas. Please extinguish all smoking materials prior to arriving at the centers.

Use of Alcohol and Illegal Drugs

Alcoholic beverages or stimulants will not be brought to any Youth Program facilities. Persons suspected of indulging prior to coming to a facility will be denied admittance and their parents notified. Youth will not be released to parents or patrons who appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while on premises.  Security Forces will be contacted immediately.

Medication Administration

Youth or teens attending any youth program activities must administer their own medication. Special consideration can be arranged with the Director for youth in special circumstances. No illegal drug use is acceptable.

Illness/Injuries and Accidents

If your youth becomes injured or sick while involved in Youth Programs, staff will contact the parents to pick up their child. We will do our best to isolate the youth until the parent arrives. If a youth is involved in a serious accident, staff will call the proper emergency medical service to provide first aid. We will contact parents or the emergency contact.


Because many childhood illnesses are contagious, please do not send your child to Youth Program activities if they exhibit the following symptoms:

  1.  Appears sick
  2.  Inexplicable irritability
  3. Fever greater than 101˚ orally, 100˚ axillary
  4. Vomiting or diarrhea (2 or more)
  5. Eye discharge
  6. New/undiagnosed rash accompanied by fever, or behavioral change persistent itching and/or eczema flare-up
  7.  Uncontrolled coughing (asthma and/or infection), difficulty breathing, wheezing and/or unusual respiratory signs for the child
  8. Persistent abdominal pain
  9. Any illness that results in a greater need for care than the regular child care staff  can provide  without compromising the health and safety of the other children in care
  10. Impetigo:  open red round lesions under nose or on face may be yellow crusted
  11. MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureous):  lesions are red, round and indurated (abnormally hard); may have a pustular head

A youth may return to the program when their presence will not compromise the health and safety of the other youth. Once a child’s is symptom free and eligible to return to the School Age Program but cannot participate, the program under Air Force policy can override a doctor’s authorization to readmit children into the programs. If consult with the youth’s physician is required, this can be accomplished either via clinic visit with a physician/nurse or telephone triage consult with pediatrician/nurse. Were specified below, an admission approval slip from the youth’s health care provider must be physically provided or faxed to the program. When a child is excluded from the program, the child will be eligible to return when:

  1. Fever: controlled of 101˚ orally or 100˚ axillary
  2. Vomiting or diarrhea subsided
  3. Strep throat or other streptococcal infection: 24 hours after the initial antibiotic treatment cessation of fever
  4. Scabies: treatment has been completed
  5. Lice: after the first treatment has been started
  6. Ringworm or impetigo: after the first treatment has been started
  7. Mouth sores (with or without drooling): have been determined as noninfectious by a health care provide
  8. Pertussis: antibiotic treatment has been given for 5 consecutive days
  9. Chicken pox: all sores have dried and crusted
  10. Impetigo: lesions are no longer draining and child has received antibiotic treatment for 24 hours
  11. MRSA: no apparent danger of drainage and portal of entry appears well healed over with healthy tissue and child is on antibiotic treatment 72 hours minimally
  12. Other: able to participate in regular activities without any activity restrictions or signs of lethargy


Emergency Procedures for Weather and Catastrophes

In the event of base closure due to inclement weather, Youth Program Facilities will be closed. If youth are in the facility, parents will be notified by phone and facility will remain open one hour so all youth can be picked up. If parent, legal guardian or emergency contact does not pick up the youth in one hour, then Military Police/Security Forces will be called to pick up the youth.

In the event that Youth Program facilities have been damaged and youth need to be removed, youth will be transported to a designated safe haven in accordance with the Facilities Disaster Preparedness Plan.

Lost or Missing Youth

When youth go on sanctioned field trips, Youth Programs’ staff maintains a roster of all participants, along with permission forms containing emergency contact information for parents or other emergency contact designees. In the event that a youth is lost or missing from the program, the parents are immediately notified. The Security Forces are also notified with the following information: youth’s name, description of the youth and his/her clothing, and last location of the youth. Every attempt shall be made to locate the whereabouts of the lost or missing youth. If off-base, youth staff will coordinate with appropriate off-base personnel to assist with locating the missing youth.

High Risk Activity Supervision

All youth are supervised in a safe manner when participating in high-risk activities. A “high-risk” activity is any activity where there is a greater potential for injury to youth. Staff/youth ratios will be adjusted to reflect the level of supervision needed for such activities. All equipment, material and facilities used by youth will be in good repair, of safe design, and properly installed. Potentially hazardous items, such as archery equipment, hand and power tools, electrical hot plates, wood burning tools, knives for carving, etc will be used by youth only when adult supervision is provided. Such potential hazardous items, whether or not intended for use by youth, shall be stored in locked areas or with other appropriate safeguards, or shall be removed from the premises. Prior to the use of these items, staff will instruct and demonstrate the proper use of said items and develop with youth a list of safety guidelines. Youth will be required to follow safety guidelines at all times while participating in high-risk activities. Youth who fail to follow safety guidelines will lose the privileges of using high-risk items or participating in high-risk activities.


All Youth Program staff members are highly trained professionals, dedicated to providing quality programs for the youth of Military and DoD personnel. Youth and Teen Center staff are mandated to complete Youth Developmental Modules, Boys and Girls Clubs’ Program Basics, and Commitment to Quality. All staff receive training Medic First Aid and CPR. The staff uses BGCA’s “Back Pocket Program Hints” as an activity guide and Youth Development Outcome Measurement Tool Kit as a final evaluation step in their training.

Child Abuse Prevention and Reporting

All Youth Program staff, coaches, instructors and volunteers are mandated reporters and are held liable if aware of an instance of child abuse or neglect and failed to report. All are trained within 5 days of reporting to work and annually thereafter on proper identification and reporting child abuse and neglect.

Discipline and Guidance

We help youth respect themselves and others and to be responsible for their actions. Positive guidance techniques used by the staff include role-modeling, problem solving, redirection, choices, sensitivity and exploration of feelings, communication and consistency. Staff, coaches, instructors and volunteers are trained within 5 working days of reporting to work and annually thereafter on proper guidance, discipline, appropriate/inappropriate touch and proper procedures for calling Security Forces.

Medical Emergencies

Every attempt by the staff to prevent a medical emergency is necessary for a safe environment for youth. However, in the event of a medical emergency our first action is to care for the victim, notify the parent, and notify the chain of command of the medical emergency and procedures taken. To ensure that proper care is provided to the victim(s) it is required for all staff members to receive Medic First Aid and CPR training within the first six weeks of employment.

Welcome to School Age Program

School Age Program is a full service child care program for children 5-12 years of age providing service before and after schools hours. The School Age Program adjusts to a full day program during winter, spring, and summer breaks, in-service days, and school snow closure.  The School Age Program offers a wide range of physical as well as quiet activities. A gross motor activity area is available in the center and outside activities are a daily choice weather permitting. Power Hour homework, library and computer lab is available with trained tutors. An elaborate science, theater and arts programs are offered as well as interesting and fun field trips. There is something available for all ages and interests.

Mission Statement

Military children, families and educators working together as partners to develop healthy self-concepts while learning through experience within our community.

Philosophy and Goals

The 673rd School Age Programs are designed to create a healthy, safe and enriching environment for school age children. The program operates under the belief that each child is unique and should be treated with respect. The overall objective of the program is to facilitate and enhance each child’s cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. This will be accomplished by implementing purposeful activities and interest areas from which each child may chose to explore. Enrichment and learning through play and hands-on activities will be our emphasis. We will accommodate each child’s uniqueness by providing activities based on diverse learning styles. By meeting the needs of each child, it is our goal to promote each child’s self esteem and instill in each child the desire to reach his/her fullest potential. It is our hope that participation in this program will contribute to each child growing and living a successful life.

Hours of Operation

Both School Age Programs are closed on Federal Holidays and PACAF Family Days (Down day  that falls around New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas) Announcement of closure will be posted at the facility.  Limited care will be available on Army training holidays at Illa School Age Program.

Exercise hours at both facilities are based on the need for care as notified by the MSG/CC.

Illa School Age Program (JBER Richardson)

Monday through Friday 0600-1730

Limited care on additional USARAK training days for those required to work. Proof of schedule will be required.

Ketchikan School Age Program (JBER Elmendorf)

Monday through Friday 0630-1800


Registration packets are available at the School Age Program. All registration forms must be updated annually. The following forms must be complete prior to enrollment in this program:

  1. Youth Program Application (AF Form 88)
  2. Youth Flight Program Registration (AF Form 1181)
  3. Applications for Department of Defense Child Care Fees (DD Form 2652) Parents must submit a copy of their most current LES or pay stubs. If LES or pay stubs are not provided, highest fee category will be charged.
  4.  Family Care Certification (AF Form 357)/ (DA5304)
  5.  USDA Food Program
  6. School Age Program Contract
  7.  Verification of Chicken Pox
  8. Medical care plan for food allergies, medications and special needs

Fees and Refund Policy

School Age fees are based on total family income and are mandated by DoD. Parents enrolled in the School Age Program must have a credit card on file as payment backup. School Age fees will only be adjusted annually, however if financial circumstances change during the year, parents may request a hardship waiver according to flight directives.

There are no School Age fee refunds for vacations, illnesses, holidays or suspensions. Parents may apply for reimbursement if their child has been in the hospital, however, proof of hospitalization will be required and approval is from the Force Support Squadron Commander.

Parent Orientation

Prior to first day of enrollment, new Families are required to have an orientation to the program. Parents are able to walk through the facility, meet the children’s program assistants and review the contract. Newsletters are offered monthly and current information is posted on the parent information bulletin board. Mandatory orientation of all new parent’s of kindergarten children takes place in the middle of August right before school starts.

Sign in and Release

All children must be signed in and out of the program daily on Air Force Form 1930. School Age staff will sign your children in and out of the program for school. We use these sign in sheets for group accountability and emergency evacuations. When other authorized individuals pick up your child, please inform them that they will be asked to provide proof of identification in order to pick up your child. Children ages 9 and older may sign themselves in and out of the program with parent permission.

Security of Children

The security of your child is our number one priority.  As a courtesy please inform the program if your child is not attending that day or if your child left school early.  An answering machine is available to leave messages.  If we are not notified, we will call you to ensure your child’s safety.

Emergency contacts will be required to show identification when picking up a child/children from the school age program. Children will not be released to anyone other than parent/guardian without prior written notification.

Medication Administration

School Age will accommodate your child’s individual medical needs by administering doctor/dentist prescribed oral medications. Medications must be in its original container with prescription label indicating the child’s name, physician’s name, medication title, dosage to be given and the time of day it is to be given. “As needed” medication are accepted for use only when there is an expiration date. An AF Form 1055 must be on file, completed by the parent, following a medical care plan. Parents must sign the medical form each day the medication is to be administered.

Family Input on Policies

Comment cards are available continuously and parent surveys are conducted annually soliciting parent ideas/suggestions, concerns and compliments.  We take this feedback very seriously as our policies, procedures and programs are developed and changed based on information received from these surveys and comment cards.  We thank you in advance for taking the interest in our program to provide feedback.

There are many ways that you can become involved in our program.

  1. Stay and Play – this is probably the easiest way to get to know what your child is participating in.  Play a game or make an art and crafts project with your child.
  2. Come on a field trip – During the school break weeks we frequently take trips to local attractions.  Plan the afternoon and come along!  You are always welcome to accompany your child on trips.
  3. Share a skill – If you have a skill or experience that you can share with a small group of children, please come forward and we can set up a time for you to share.  We will buy the supplies while you provide the expertise which will allow the children to learn something new and exciting.

Children with Special Needs

Our program makes every effort to serve children with special needs.  To assist each child individually we ask that parents work closely with the School Age Program Coordinator, Youth Center Director and installation medical advisor.  Medical, Anchorage School District, School Age Program and Youth Center Director will jointly develop a written plan of care which will determine how best to care for each child.  Staff training will be provided and environmental changes may be made if necessary to implement each child’s plan of care.

Food Service

The School Age Program is required to follow USDA guidelines.  This allows us to ensure a variety of menu options for your children and ensure quality.  We also receive reimbursement funding which allows us to offer breakfast, snack and lunch without additional cost.  One of the requirements of the USDA Food program is that no outside food or drinks is brought to the program or served.  Weekly menus are posted on the parent information board.

Transportation of Children

Children are transported by bus, van or supervised walks.  Children are never transported by personal vehicle.  All staff authorized to transport children have valid driver’s license and have passed a driving record background check.  Children are required to wear seat belts at all times when in a vehicle.

A signed permission slip may be required for high risk activities or when going off the installation for field trips.  All field trips require authorization on AF Form 1181, Youth Flight Program Registration.

Dress Requirements

We plan a very busy and active day in the School Age Program.  We request that sturdy shoes (tennis shoes) be worn so your child can play in the gym, go outside on outdoor equipment or on field trips.  No sandals or jellies allowed.  Children coming into the program with opened toed shoes will be sent home.  We will take children outside everyday so please ensure your child has appropriate clothing for the Alaska’s changing weather conditions. All extra clothing, coats and hats should be labeled with your child’s name.  The School Age Program has a variety of clothes for accidents that occur in the program while your child is here.  We just ask that you return the clothes to us clean.  Thank you.

We keep a small supply of sanitary items for girls.  Please inform your child that these supplies are available, they just need to ask their program assistant for help.

Welcome to the Youth Sports Program

The 673rd Youth Sports Program has been developed and organized to provide a recreational age appropriate sports environment.  Each sport supports youth development enhancing the emotional, physical, social and educational well being of each participating youth while also providing a fun-filled experience with positive role models that serve as coaches, assistant coaches and team parents.  Our Youth Sports program is affiliated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and as a result focuses on the BGCA Youth Development Strategy.   Strategy states all participating children will have a positive experience that contributes to a positive sense of self-esteem by assuring youth develop a sense of competence, a sense of usefulness, a sense of belonging and a sense of influence.

Our sports program is a community effort.  Our volunteer coaches are the heartbeat of our program.  Our staff and faithful volunteers have applied a lot of energy and effort to our very successful sports program.  Youth Programs has made a commitment to ensure all volunteers working in key leadership roles with youth are certified by the National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA).  This certification program is not meant to be a determination of whether a volunteer is an expert coach in a particular sport.  The NYSCA certification program provides volunteers an awareness of the current philosophy spreading across our nation: to provide a safe, positive environment for youth involved in out-of-school sports leagues.  The NYSCA program works to “sensitize” coaches to their responsibilities when working with children in sports and hold them accountable to the NYSCA Coaches’ Code of Ethics.  In addition, parents are required to review and sign the NYSCA Parents’ Code of Ethics.

It is the desire of 673rd Youth Sports Program to provide an opportunity for all children to participate in sports if it is their desire to do so. Sports, by definition, are competitive; however, our program stresses safety and FUN, as well as the basic skill building and good sportsmanship of each participant.

Thank you for your interest, participation and continued support of our community program.  Best wishes for a fun and successful experience in our program!

Philosophy and Goals

The 673rd Youth Sports program is developed and organized to provide an age appropriate recreational sports environment.  Each sport supports youth development, enhancing emotional, physical, social, and cognitive development, while providing a fun experience. The program’s objectives, policies, and procedures are a direct result of community input from youth, parents, coaches, and league administrators.


  • Provide all military youth with opportunities for participation, fun, and enjoyment.
  • To provide opportunities to the military youth for the development of lifetime leisure skills.
  • To assist military youth with physical development by:
    • Teaching fundamental and safe sports skills appropriate for their age.
    • Improving their physical condition.
    • Teaching sound health habits.
    • Providing safe playing areas and proper equipment.
  • To help military youth develop psychologically by:
    • Fostering the development of self-worth and personal identity.
    • Providing the opportunity to express and control emotions.
    • Creating a learning environment.
  • To help military youth develop socially by:
    • Learning cooperation and sportsmanship.
    • Providing opportunities to learn independence and the important of teamwork.
    • Providing all youth with opportunities to develop leadership skills and initiative.

NYSCA Coaches’ Code of Ethics

I will place the emotional and physical well being of my players ahead of a personal desire to win.

I will treat each player as an individual, remembering the large range of emotional and physical development for the same age group.

I will do my best to provide a safe playing situation for my players.

I will promise to review and practice basic first aid principles needed to treat injuries of my players.

I will do my best to organize practices that are fun and challenging for all my players.

I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all my players.

I will provide a sports environment for my team that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and I will refrain from their use at all youth sports events.

I will be knowledgeable in the rules of each sport that I coach, and I will teach these rules to my players.

I will use those coaching techniques appropriate for all of the skills that I teach.

I will remember that I am a youth sports coach, and that the game is for children and not adults.

© National Alliance for Youth Sports

 NYSCA Parents’ Code of Ethics

I hereby pledge to provide positive support, care, and encouragement for my child participating in youth sports by following this Parents’ Code of Ethics:

I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, and officials at every game, practice or other youth sports event.

I will place the emotional and physical well being of my child ahead of my personal desire to win.

I will insist that my child play in a safe and healthy environment.

I will require that my child’s coach be trained in the responsibilities of being a youth sports coach and that the coach upholds the Coaches’ Code of Ethics.

I will support coaches and officials working with my child, in order to encourage a positive and enjoyable experience for all.

I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco and alcohol and will refrain from their use at all youth sports events.

I will remember that the game is for youth – not adults.

I will do my very best to make youth sports fun for my child.

I will ask my child to treat other players, coaches, fans and officials with respect regardless of race, sex, creed or ability.

I will help my child enjoy the youth sports experience by doing whatever I can, such as being a respectful fan, assisting with coaching, or providing transportation.

I will read the National Standards for Youth Sports and do what I can to help all youth sports organizations implement and enforce them.

© National Alliance for Youth Sports


Program Organization

  1. The Youth Sports program is the responsibility of the Youth Programs Director and the Youth Sports Director.  The Sports Council (sub-body) will be considered an extension of the Youth Center staff and will be treated and supported as such.  They will coordinate and assemble base resources through the Youth Center in support of respective league and division matters.
  2. The 673rd Youth Sports program inter-leagues with the Alaska District 01 Little League during the baseball season.
  3. Teams will have no returning players.  There will be no player trading once teams have been formed.
  4. At parents’ request, sibling combinations will play on the same teams.  All reasonable requests by spouses of deployed active duty members will be honored.
  5. A waiver must be obtained from the Youth Sports Director if a parent wishes to move a child to a higher age.  If the Youth Sports Director approves the waiver, the child will remain on the new team for the remainder of the season.
  6. Teams and leagues shall be organized according to age.  A maximum of a two-year age division will be used except in cases of low enrollment.
  7. Parent head coaches may automatically be assigned their son/daughter, however, the number of coaches allowed this privilege per team shall be determined at the beginning of each season for each respective sport.
  8. No coaches, including assistants, shall change teams for the duration of the season unless specifically approved by the Youth Sports Director.
  9. Once teams have been formed, assignment of remaining players shall be made only by the league administrator and/or the Youth Sports Director.

The number of players on a team roster will be determined by the number of players registered and by the Youth Sports Director; however, the number of players shall match between teams as much as possible.  Player assignment will be based primarily on the relative strength of the teams, with the objective of keeping the teams as equally matched as possible.

  1. Normally, new coaches will be assigned in an assistant status.
  2. The Youth Sports program will initiate and obtain a completed Installation Records Check on all managers, coaches, and officials.
  3. A $10.00 late registration fee will be assessed after the end of the registration period.  New PCS individuals showing orders will be waived this fee and be evaluated by the Youth Director or Sports Director on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Army Families that qualify in Mission level 1, 2 or 3 may have discounted fees.

Positive Points

  • Everyone Plays – Any eligible child can register and be assigned to a team, regardless of athletic ability.  No registered child is ever excluded from participation!
  • Playing Time – Any eligible child is guaranteed equal playing time.  Our philosophy upholds the old adage, “It is better to play on a losing team, than sit on the bench of a winning team.”
  • Safety – Playing rules, equipment, and playing fields/areas are scaled to maximize safety and performance.  The Youth Sports director, all coaches, and all umpires are responsible for ensuring the safety of equipment and playing fields prior to each game and practice.

Program Safety & Risk Management

  1. All coaches must complete CPR and First Aid training.
  2. Players will only wear protective equipment issued by the Youth Center.  Equipment bought by individual players is not authorized unless inspected and approved by the Youth Sports Director.
  3. Any player receiving an injury requiring a cast or splint will be placed on the injured list and not allowed to participate for the remainder of the season unless a written consent from the doctor is received by the coach and league administrators.
  4. Once a player is removed from a game because of injury or illness, he or she will not be allowed to play if doubt exists as to the nature and extent of injury and/or illness.  The game official will determine if the player is able to reenter the game.
  5. In accordance with Air Force regulation, youth participating in a youth sports league must have a youth sports physical at least annually.
  6. Individual game safety rules will be published in the by-laws prepared for each sport.

Program Conduct and Discipline

All coaches, parents, and players must establish and maintain the highest standard of behavior and integrity.  The 673rd Youth Sports program provides a drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free environment.  In addition, our program provides a profanity, and violence-free environment.  Any violation of the NYSCA Code of Ethics will be addressed and, if appropriate, disciplinary action will be pursued.

Coaches – each coach signs the NYSCA Coaches’ Code of Ethics.  If the coach does not honor this code, he or she will be counseled and possibly lose coaching privileges.  Any coach dismissed from a game for unsportsmanlike behavior will be disqualified for the remainder of that game and the next official game in which that respective team participates.

Parents – each parent signs the NYSCA Parents’ Code of Ethics.  This pledge specifies what is expected of all parents.  Parents who break the code of ethics can and will be asked to leave the practice/playing area.  The playing area is considered any surrounding area, which could be considered close enough to possibly cause further disruptions.  Repeated violations will result in permanently being barred from attending sporting events.

Players – each player signs the NYSCA Players’ Code of Ethics.  The coach will review the code of ethics with players.  If a player breaks the code of ethics, the following disciplinary actions will be taken:

First Offense – the player, with his or her parents, will be counseled with the Youth Sports Director present.

Second Offense – the player, with his or her parents, will be counseled and provided notification that an ensuing incident will result in the player being benched for one game.

Third Offense – a conference with the player, parents, coach, and Youth Sports director will be held.  The Youth Sports Director will determine the proper action after counseling with the Youth Programs Director.

Welcome to the Teen Program

The Teen Programs are engineered around the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and 4-H Curriculum. Programs exist that promote character development, educational and career opportunities, health and life skills, plus the arts and creative expression. We have created the perfect hang outs for teens to relax, socialize with friends, surf the net, learn a new skills, develop their leadership qualities or just play some recreational games.

Kennecott Teen Center
Hours of Operation
School year
Monday- Friday 1430-2000
Operation Night Hoops (Every other Fridays) 2000-2400
Saturday Night Live (3rd Saturday of each Month) 1600-2200
Tuesday-Thursday 1200-2000
Friday 1500-2200
Saturday Night Live (3rd Saturday of each Month) 1600-2200

Two Rivers Teen Center
Hours of Operation
School year
Monday-Thursday 1430-2000
Friday 1430-2200
Operation Night Hoops (Every other Fridays) 2000-2400
Saturday 1200-1800
Monday-Thursday 1200-2000
Friday 1500-2200
Saturday 1200-1800

Keystone Club

The Keystone Club allows youth to build character, leadership, and decision making skills. The Club consists of a small group of teens that are able to plan and implement their own activities in six core areas; service to club and to the community, leadership development, education, career development, and social recreation for club members 13-18 years of age. The JBER Keystone club is chartered through Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

The club has its own officers, who carry on the business of the Club, and an adult advisor, 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 Club promotes:

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

Teen Council

The Air Force Teen Council (AFTC) is a network of teens working to resolve issues and voice concerns to the highest levels of AF leadership on behalf of teens locally and worldwide. The goals of the Air Force Teen Council are to:

  • Increase and improve communication between Air Force teens and Air Force Leadership •Cultivate an environment of civic leadership among teen members
  • Increase relevancy of Youth Programs in teens’ lives
  • Initiate change which will improve quality of life for AF youth and teens

Congressional Award

The Congressional Award is a national character developing program where teen age youth establish and achieve personal goals in physical development, leadership, community service and exploration.  Program awards include bronze, silver and gold levels.  This is a noncompetitive program open to young adults ages 14 to 23 years old, United States citizens regardless of prior or current achievements, life circumstances, physical or mental abilities.  This is an excellent way for teens and young adults to be recognized for their efforts. 

Youth of the Year

673rd ABW and Boys & Girls Clubs of America recognize youth throughout the year for their accomplishments.  Each BGCA selects one outstanding youth as their Youth of the Year.  This outstanding youth has the opportunity to participate in several levels of competitions base, state, regional and nationals.  There are several incentives and awards along the way with the national winner receiving a four (4) year college scholarship.

Workforce Preparation Opportunities

Youth Employment Skills (YES)

The Youth Employment Skills Program is an on base volunteer program for high school students of active duty Air Force members.  Participants are given opportunities to learn valuable work skills and to “bank” dollar credits toward post-secondary education or training while having a positive impact on their base and community. 


Apprenticeship Program provides 15-18 year-old Army sponsored youth with meaningful, professionally-managed career-exploration opportunities in FSS operations and other JBER facilities.  The HIRED! Apprenticeship Program offers valuable paid work experience and training to better equip each participant with the skills needed for a highly-competitive job market.  Examples of exploratory career fields in the HIRED! Program:  Education, Child and/or Youth Development, Marketing & Graphic Design, Library & Information Science, Food & Beverage Management, Pet Care Services, Recreation & Tourism Management, Physical Education, Information Technology, Sports Studies, and Sports Management.

Job Shadow

Youth Programs partners with the School Liaison Program to provide job shadow opportunities for high school students. JBER jobs provide a diverse listing of shadowing possibilities.  Student-interest surveys help guide placement with a mentor.  Students spend a day with employees to learn about a job and get “hands-on” experience when possible.  Students learn characteristics of good employees and the importance of training and education e.g., completion of high school, seeking of a college degree or alternative training, as they consider options to their career goals.  Employees answer questions, provide career-related feedback and discuss the student’s interests/goals.  The objective of the Job Shadow is to assist students in gaining experiential knowledge and understanding needed to make informed decisions about education, career, and training related issues. 

 Welcome to the Youth Center (ages 9-18)

673rd’s Youth Centers are recreational facilities designed especially for youth between the ages of 9 to 18.  Gymnasium/multi-purpose court, lounge, games area, skills area, cyber café and snack bar makes an exceptional area for kids to relax, socialize with friends, surf the net or play a recreational game.  The Youth Center serves as a popular place to meet friends after school.

Youth Center’s core programming utilizes the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and 4-H curriculum. Programs are varied to promote character development, educational and career opportunities, health and life skills, plus the arts and creative expression. Staff members are equipped with tools and program support to develop, plan, implement, evaluate and improve programs and maximize their ability to serve young people.

Hours of Operation
Kennecott Youth Center
Administrative Hours
Monday-Friday 0900-1730
School Year
Monday-Friday 1500-1800
Monday-Friday 1200-1800
Two Rivers Youth Center
Administrative Hours
Monday-Friday 0900-1800
School Year
Monday- Friday 1530-1800
Saturday 1200-1800
Monday-Thursday 1200-1800
Friday 1500-1800
Saturday 1200-1800

Mission Statement
Provide opportunities for youth to develop their physical, social, emotional and cognitive abilities and to experience achievement, leadership, enjoyment, friendship and recognition. Through diversified youth programs inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Sign in and Release Policy
The Youth Center is a free flowing facility where youth may come and go as they please.  When youth enter the facility they must sign themselves in on the computer, located next to the front desk, and sign themselves out when they leave.

Standards of Conduct:
Respect Yourself
Respect Others
Respect Equipment

Youth Programs staff is authorized to suspend youth from the use of the center.  Youth may be suspended until a parent conference with the staff and/or Youth Director has been held for failure to comply with the rules.

Instructional Classes
The Youth Centers in conjunction with the Arctic Oasis Community Center provides instructional classes such as martial arts, music, tumbling, dance, cooking and gymnastics.  All instructors have current background investigation and annually trained in child abuse, inappropriate touching and proper discipline techniques. Fees range depending on the classes. Army Families that fall into a mission level 1, 2 or 3 will have discounted fees.

Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP)
Discover and explore Alaska’s outdoors with the Two Rivers Outdoor Adventure Program.  Challenge yourself by learning new outdoor skills in the Ultimate Wilderness – ALASKA.  We offer Rock-Climbing, Camping, Backpacking, Kayaking, and Rafting Camps.  In addition to the outings we also provide a two-day Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience (COPE) Course combined with three days of excitement.  This course is designed to teach self-esteem, self-awareness, self-confidence, concern and trust of others, and teamwork.

Facility Utilization Policy
The Youth Centers are primarily for youth programs and functions; however, the Youth Center can be reserved for private or Unit functions on a space available basis.  Reservations can be made at the main front desk operations at each facility. Facility usage agreements will be required.

Helpful Telephone Numbers
Kennecott Youth Programs (JBER Elmendorf)
Kennecott Youth Program Director 1-907-552-2266 / 552-KIDS
Ketchikan School Age Program 1-907-552-5091
Youth Sports Director 1-907-552-5308
Kennecott Teen 1-907-552-2266
Two Rivers Youth Programs (JBER Richardson)
Two Rivers Youth Program Director 1-907-384-1508
Illa School Age Program 1-907-384-1068
Two Rivers Teen Center 1-907-384-3867
Other Important Numbers
JBER Youth Program Manager 1-907-384-2321
Instructional Program Specialist 1-907-384-7482
Family Advocacy 1-907-580-5858
Safety 1-907-552-6851
School Liaison Specialist 1-907-384-1505
DoD Child Abuse and Safety Hotline 1-800-366-4592
Child Development Central Registration 1-907-384-7483/1-907-384-7484