Summer can mean a lot of things to your teen - a chance to unwind and socialize after a long school year, a chance to build a resume before applying to college or simply a chance to relax and enjoy local surroundings. Help your teen make the most of the summer months with the following Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities and activities:
- Summer jobs - Summer vacation can mean that teens suddenly have some free time. If your teen is ready for some added responsibility and a little extra income, check out the employment opportunities offered through your Morale, Welfare and Recreation; applications may even be available online.
- Volunteer opportunities - Volunteering is another great way for teens to learn responsibility, add experience to their resumes and give back to the military community. Opportunities vary by installation, so check with your installation's Morale, Welfare and Recreation for opportunities and requirements.
- Organized sports - Encourage your teen to join a team during the summer as a fun way to stay fit, active and accountable. Team availability varies by installation, so check locally to find out what is available during the summer months for your teen's age bracket.
- Concerts and shows - There are frequently low or no-cost concerts and other performances right on the installation - often open only to Department of Defense families. Your teen might enjoy a night of music or a comedy act with friends, so check frequently with your local Morale, Welfare and Recreation for upcoming events.
- Information, Tickets and Travel - Sometimes an adventure is waiting in your own community. Encourage your teen to explore the area surrounding your installation with the help of Information, Tickets and Travel. Here your teen can find discounted admission to local attractions, like theme parks, museums or sports venues.
- Installation recreation centers - Summertime isn't all about the outdoors; depending on where you are, you may be looking for fun ways to beat the heat indoors. Look no further than your installation's recreation center. Here your teen can access computers, gaming systems, craft projects and special events. Volunteer opportunities may also be available here for teens during the summer.
- Libraries - Another escape from the summer heat is your installation's library. Your teen can browse newspapers and magazines or check out an interesting book to read at home or on the beach. Books are also available for download through the online library resources or your service's library portal.
- Equipment rentals - Your installation's Morale, Welfare and Recreation offers outdoor recreation equipment rentals that can turn a boring afternoon into a soccer game or volleyball tournament. Teens may also be able to rent equipment, like golf clubs, tennis rackets or life jackets to use at a fitness facility or installation park.
- Installation parks, picnic areas, water access and family camps - Chances are your installation has a park or water access, like a marina, beach, lake or river available to military families for all types of adventures. Teens can spend a summer day at the beach without ever leaving the installation. Availability varies depending on where you are, but you can explore your options by contacting your local Morale, Welfare and Recreation to find these areas.
- Graduation parties - If your teen is graduating this year, Morale, Welfare and Recreation can help you plan an unforgettable graduation party. Inquire locally for possible venues and catering options.
Summers with Morale, Welfare and Recreation are anything but boring for your teen. To find more information about any of these facilities or programs, contact your installation's Morale, Welfare and Recreation; MilitaryINSTALLATIONS offers all the contact information you'll need to connect to the fun around you!