Youth Programs serves youth ages 5-18 in supervised settings. Before and After school care, summer camps, winter camps, recreation programs, family events, family fit programs, league sports, informal sports and sport camps are offered throughout the year. Youth Programs offers a sponsorship program for a successful transition for youth when PCSing from one place to another.
Our goal is to enable all youth especially those who need us the most to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
The Mission of the School Age Program is to provide a stimulating setting where children can explore, develop, and learn in a safe and secure environment at their own pace.
|Service Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
|Office Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Millitary Child Care is a secure Department of Defense website provides a single gateway for you to find comprehensive information on military-operated or military-approved child care programs worldwide. With MilitaryChildCare.com, you create an account and maintain a family profile that you can access at any time from any location.
The profile stores your basic information such as sponsor name, contact information, family type, and child data. With this profile you can conduct a customized search for a wide range of child care options, request care across services, submit unlimited requests for care, and remain on waitlists for a preferred program even after being offered care by another program.
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The Youth Center can accommodate approximately 120 children ages 5-12 in the School Age Program. We offer a diverse activity schedule to meet the needs and interests of Shaw's youth. The center is equipped with a gymnasium, outdoor basketball court and playground, art studio, and a variety of activity rooms.
The Youth Annex, located in the 5000 Housing Area, provides activities for Tweens (ages 9-12) and Teens (ages 13-18). The center also operates The Youth Sports Complex located on the far side of the flight line by the FamCamp.
The School-Age Program has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA). This national recognition shows our commitment to quality and continuous program improvement. The philosophy of the School-Age Program is based on the belief that all children are strong, powerful and competent individuals who are constantly learning and growing. The mission of the program is to provide a stimulating environment where children can explore, develop and learn at their own pace. Additionally, it is to provide a child-centered program in a warm, secure environment with love and good physical care. Each child has unique abilities that will be recognized and nurtured. The school-age program offers a wide range of physical as well as quiet activities. An indoor gym and an outside area are available as daily choices for physical activities. A library room offers an appealing area to finish schoolwork. A “Discovery Room” provides a place to explore new interest areas. Our creative art room allows children to be creative and express themselves through art. An “Almost-Grown Zone” offers programs for ages 9 to 12 and have a chartered B&G “Torch Club” with 15 active members. The staff completes activity plans weekly with input from the children. The school-age program offers childcare before school beginning at 6 a.m. to 7:20 a.m., at which time they are taken to school. After school care begins at 2:30 p.m. and closes at 6 p.m. Transportation is provided for a small fee, or children nine and older are welcome to walk. On teacher workdays the center provides all-day care from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. During spring, winter and summer break the center offers all day care filled with a variety of activities and field trips. A USDA approved breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack are provided daily. School-age fees are based on combined family income and can be determined at time of registration.
Special Family Events are important to military families. The military has often emphasized the vital role families play in support of the Air Force mission. We offer many family events to allow children of all ages to participate in a variety of activities with their family. These events include, but are not limited to:
- Easter Egg Hunt
- Month of the Military Child Carnival
- Give Parents A Break (GPAB) Program
- K.I.D.S. (Kids in Deployment Situations) Program
- Nickelodeon World Wide Day of Play for Kids
USDA Food Program - this facility is operated in accordance with the US Department of Agriculture policy.
All Youth Programs activities prohibit the use of alcohol, illegal substances, and tobacco.
School’s out for the day … Do you know where your youth is or what they are doing? They could be participating in fun, low-cost activities that will help them become positive, contributing members of the community at the Shaw Youth Programs.
The statistics below reveal some alarming data about afterschool hours.
- The hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. are the peak times for juvenile crime and experimentation of drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and sex. (Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, 2003)
- Teens who do not participate in afterschool programs are nearly three times more likely to skip classes than teens who do participate. They are also three times more likely to use marijuana or other drugs and are more likely to drink, smoke, and engage in sexual activity. (YMCA of the USA, 2001)
Shaw Youth Programs consistently provide activities/programs which communicate the expectation that every youth/teen has the potential to excel and achieve successes in their personal endeavors. The Youth Program staff encourage, foster, and nourish the dreams and aspirations of every youth.
There are a number of accomplishments and opportunities made possible through participating in our Youth Programs such as team sports, life skills and much more! We have a wide array of services and programs available and we ask youth, teens and parents to check us out. Contact Youth Program Center at 803-895-1779 for more details of local offerings. We are here for you…YP after 3…it’s the place to be!
(Feb 03, 2020 9:00 am)
Red Cross Babysitting Class
(Feb 08, 2020 8:00 am)
Mike Bliss Variety Show
(Feb 23, 2020 4:30 pm)
Everything EFMP Workshop
(Feb 27, 2020 9:00 am)