“Family-friendly” is more than a bumper sticker at Carlisle Barracks. This section identifies a selection of the family-oriented activities and opportunities; and a wealth of information about schools in the area.

County Fair, Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is a great one-day opportunity for newcomers to check out the activities located on Carlisle Barracks, and the businesses and organizations in the Carlisle area. More than 150 organizations participate in this event from area restaurants, churches, specialty stores, news outlets and non-profit organizations, to post activities and services providing information on fitness classes, youth sports, trips and equipment rental, medical services, child care and more.

Scouting at Carlisle Barracks – Look for Scouting representatives at County Fair, Aug. 12. And, "Back to Scouts" night on Aug. 19 at the post's Memorial Chapel is designed for briefings and sign-up --
6 p.m. for Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts
7 p.m. for Boy Scouts.
Can't wait to learn more? For Boy Scouts, contact Mark Haseman at 717.462.0419 ... Chris Bado at 717.516.2135 for Cub Scouts ... and Mary Winslow at 717.249.2480 for Girl Scouts.

MWR – Morale, Welfare & Recreation – provides programs for and about USAWC families. (Any fees cover costs and support Family programs.) MWR sponsors Youth Sports, Oktoberfest, Yard Sales, Santa Brunch, Christkindlmarkt holiday craft fair in the ‘old country’ style, the Babysitter Course. They support the athletic events, runs, the fitness centers – not just for Soldiers and USAWC students: they serve the whole Carlisle Barracks Family. Leisure Travel is literally your ticket to weekend get-aways, sports events, tours (NYC by bus anyone?), concerts, amusement parks, and tourist attractions in Pa. and more.

As example of the character of this warm and welcoming post: MWR will host Kids Day on Aug. 7, 2- 5:30 p.m. for children of all ages to get to know each other and to know about post activities designed just for them. Don't miss the Middle School Welcome Jam, July 29, and High School Welcome Jam, July 28, and elementary school Ice Cream Social, July 30 -- all at the McConnell Youth Center -- "ice-breakers" that start at 6 p.m. and are great ways to make friends before school starts

A local school orientation is set for Aug. 6, 2- 4 p.m. in Bliss Hall with representatives from Carlisle Area School District, South Middleton School District, Cumberland Valley School District and Saint Patrick's School.

Join your seminar colleagues and your neighbors for Oktoberfest, in October, a family-oriented, community-wide event that taps into the spirit and color of Munchen's Oktoberfest with a central Pennsylvania touch: food, games, carnival rides, family activities, fest tent, rock bands and the always-popular oompah band on the campus of the Army Heritage and Education Center.

Yard Sales: two annually, on Saturday in September and May, are held on post and open to the neighboring communities.

MWR closes the Splash Zone swimming pool for the season with a flourish. Doggie Swim is the last official event just following the last swim date o/a Labor Day.

  Army Community Service (Click to Expand)

Military Family Life Consultant
Consultants will meet by phone or in person to provide free, confidential non-medical short-term counseling to service members and family members. Call 717.205.9048 to start the conversation.

Exceptional Family Member Program
The EFMP serves family members of all active duty personnel from birth to age 21 that have specialized medical and educational needs or a disability. Sponsors, who have physical custody of a parent or relative older than 21, are also eligible for the program, i.e., a parent who had a stroke and is now in one's care.

Some examples of special needs can include: Attention Deficit Disorder, Diabetes, Asthma, Epilepsy/Seizure Disorder, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and many mental and psychiatric disorders. The EFMP has a resource library of videotapes, books, pamphlets, brochures, and handouts on various special needs and disabilities. You do not have to be enrolled in the program to be able to access the resource library. The EFMP Manager can help in providing you with resources in the local area such as location of local support groups.

Military One Source:
Military OneSource offers free short-term counseling options, including face to face counseling, telephone consultation or online consultation to active duty, Guard and Reserve Service Members and their families. Counseling services are designed to provide services for short-term issues, not severe or chronic behavioral health problems. Services are confidential except to meet legal obligations or to prevent harm to self or others. You can receive up to 12 sessions, per issue, per counselor at no cost. Those needing care for long-term medical issues will be referred to TRICARE or a Military Treatment Facility. For consultation call 1-800-342-9647 or go online http://www.militaryonesource.mil/ and select the "Counseling Options" link.

Army Family Action Plan:
Have a great idea? See something that needs to be changed? Then here's your chance! The Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) solicits input from soldiers and families, seeks to find solutions, and, when appropriate, forwards issues up the chain of command. By using this online form, you can offer your ideas and solutions. Click here for the .pdf version of the file to print and return.

Army Family Team Building:
Army Family Team Building (AFTB) is a volunteer-based Family training and readiness program whose mission is to educate and empower members of the military community to develop skills and behaviors that strengthen self-reliance, promotes retention, and enhances readiness. The AFTB assists members of the Army (Soldiers, spouses, civilians, & youth) to adapt to Army life, manage change, and accept challenges. AFTB strives to provide pro-active, forward thinking support for today's Families and ensure the strength of tomorrow's Army.

  Carlisle Barracks offers second-to-none experiences (Click to Expand)

MWR will host Kids Day on Aug. 7, 2- 5:30 p.m. for children of all ages to get to know each other and to know about post activities designed just for them.

When the kids' school year starts, volunteer employees will "man" the bus stops to ensure your kids are at the right place for the right bus.

You can fill your calendar with family events, to include Army Heritage Days on the 24/7 Army Heritage Trail; the Halloween Parade on Thorpe Field with costume prizes; the December Holiday tree-lighting event with horse-drawn carriages and visits with Santa; Family Movies at weekend matinees. Parents' Nights Out, offered roughly quarterly and linked to the academic calendar, are just some of the event here for both your kids and your family.

Learn more at http://carlislemwr.com/family-programs/81-about-cyss

A brand new Youth Center will be center of the Youth experience on post: just one part of award-winning Youth program

The Sgt. Andrew McConnell Youth Center, a $6 million, 20,000 square foot facility features a demonstration kitchen for cooking classes, a gym with a sport court that can be used, interchangeably, for roller-skating, roller hockey, and basketball. The Youth Center is on Bouquet Road, in the Family Section of post: YS, CDC, sports fields and Delaney Club House.

  Child Development Center Programs (Click to Expand)

  • Full-Day care: This program is for children 6 weeks to 5 years (not yet in Kindergarten). Children will be placed in classroom according to age and availability.

  • Hourly care: This program is for children 6 weeks to 5 years, based on space availability. Reservations can be made online or in the Child Development Center and care can be reserved up to 30 days in advance.

  • Strong Beginnings Part Day Pre-Kindergarten Program: A class for children ages 4 to 5 and going into Kindergarten. Classes are held Monday-Friday 8:15 - 11:30 a.m.

  • Strong Beginnings Part Day Pre-School Program: A class for children ages 3 to 4 and potty trained. Classes are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at from 12:30-3:30 pm.

  • Family Child Care - In home, quarters-based child care.

  • For more information call 245-3701 or visit http://carlislemwr.com/family-programs/child-and-youth-services/moore-cdc

  Carlisle Barracks School-Age Care (Click to Expand)

  • Our program provides before and after school programs, summer care and care during school vacations for children in grades K - 5. We offer a wide range of physical activities, arts & crafts, homework assistance, computer lab, character building, Boys and Girls Club, 4-H Chapter, field trips and more.

    • Offered to all School Age Children who are entering grades K-5.
    • Parents can choose Before School, After School or both.
    • Program is Monday - Friday.
    • Schedule based on Carlisle School District calendar.
    • We offer hourly care available through the school year only.
  • School Age Care Summer Camp is one of the many programs available through Youth Services at Carlisle Barracks. Our Summer Camp runs from June through the end of August. The camp is set up by the week, so you do not have to sign your child up for the entire summer. You can choose the weeks you wish to participate.

  • 5 Full Days- Enjoy our camp Mon-Fri all day. All activities, field trips and meals are included. For more information visit http://carlislemwr.com/family-programs/child-and-youth-services/summer-camp

  • For more information visit http://carlislemwr.com/family-programs/child-and-youth-services/school-age-care

  Middle school and teen programs (Click to Expand)

  • Youth Service features a large game room with pool tables, ping-pong, foosball, shuffleboard, wide screen TV's, Game Cube, Play Station II, a Wii gaming system, a stereo and state-of-the-art Youth Technology Lab.

  • Teens are provided with an opportunity to participate in outdoor activities, cooking, arts & crafts, 4-H Club, Triple Play (sponsored by Boys & Girls Club of America), and video game tournaments.

  • Field trips to local attractions like Hershey Park, Ski RoundTop and more are offered throughout the year as well.

  • Outdoor recreation offers easy access to skiing, indoor rock climbing, cycling, white water rafting, camping, or mountain climbing just to name a few. Call 717-245-4616

  Youth sports and fitness programs (Click to Expand)

  • A youth fitness room, located in the McConnell Youth Center, features supervised instructional weight training for beginning and intermediate levels is available every day after school until 5 p.m. Registration for Youth Services is required.

  • Sports offered throughout the year include soccer, basketball, and t-ball.

  • A British Soccer Camp will be offered Aug. 17-21.

  How to register for Child and Youth Services Programs (Click to Expand)

How to register for Child and Youth Services Programs

  • For your child to participate in any CYSS program or activity on Carlisle Barracks, he/she must be registered through our central registration office, located in our Youth Services building; however, registration packets can be obtained at either the Youth Services building and/or the Moore Child Development Center or requested via email.

  • Upon arrival parents will need to call 717-245-3801 in order to set up an intake appointment once all the paperwork has been filled out. Parents may also email encrypted CYSS registration paperwork or mail it in prior to arrival.

  • It will take a minimum of 48 hours to get the information input into our Child & Youth Management System and forwarded to care facilities. If there is not space available in the requested classroom for care, that child will be place on a waiting list for future placement. Time frames vary placement of a child on a waiting list.

  • Please note that any children with special needs to include allergies (environmental/food/medicine); Mental and/or Physical Challenges; Autism/Aspergers; Asthma; Seizures; ADHD/ADD; Special Diet (religious/medical) etc., are required to have Medical Action Plans (MAPs) completed by the child's physician and a Special Needs Assessment Placement (SNAP) Team Meeting before care can be provided. This process can take up to 20 business days to complete.

  • Required documents for registering your child --

    • Military / civilian identification card
    • Social security numbers for all family members
    • Child's current shot records
    • Birth certificate for child(ren) if a DoD Civilian or contractor
    • Copy of LES / pay voucher
    • Health assessment or well baby check up (due within 30 days of registration)
    • Two local emergency designees (name, address, phone)
    • Current family care plan for single or dual military families
  • To be eligible to participate in CYSS programs, a child must be a dependent of:

    • Active duty military personnel
    • APF and NAF DoD civilian personnel
    • Reservist personnel on active duty or during inactive duty training
    • DoD contractors
    • Retirees are eligible on a space available basis at Youth Services ONLY.

School Liaison & Area Schools Information

Carlisle Barracks School Liaison Office is your link to understanding policies, procedures and best practices with the area school districts and private schools. The SLO can help military families with school issues, questions and concerns.
* Feel free to call before arriving at Carlisle. Call 717.245.4555 and ask for a member of the School Liaison Team.

The School Liaison Office initiated two new programs, one for teens and one for younger children, focused on transitions and resiliency.

The Teen Workshop Series includes MBTI for Teens ... How to utilize a high school portfolio ... Resume and employment for Teens ... College Prep for military families. The series provides students in grades 9-12 with information and tools to achieve personal and academic success from the beginning of High School through College.

'Tell me a Story' is for pre-school and elementary school children. Designed to empower military children through literature and their own stories, the program fosters resiliency skiills, strong peer and parent connections, and a sense of pride and accomplishment. We help parents help their kids to be strong readers so TMAS is not a drop-off program; it's a parents-and-children opportunity to build skills, optimism and a sense of community. Geared toward children 4-12, the program helps youth discuss difficult topics such as deployment, separation and moving. We want children to have the skills they need to be resilient and optimistic. Optimistic children do better with transitions, are happier, and adjust easier.

  Area Public Schools (Click to Expand)

These five school districts are members of the Military Child Education Coalition, or MCEC

Big Spring School District

Carlisle Area School District

Cumberland Valley School District

Mechanicsburg Area School District

South Middleton School District

  Area Private Schools (Click to Expand)

Carlisle Christian Academy, Carlisle, K through 12

Saint Patrick Catholic School, Carlisle, pre-K through 8

Trinity Catholic High School, Camp Hill, 9-12

Christian School of Grace Baptist Church, Carlisle

The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, Mechanicsburg

  Home Schooling in Pennsylvania (Click to Expand)

To home school in Pennsylvania, these steps and resources will be helpful

    Check the website of the Pa. Department of Education for an overview of homeschooling in Pennsylvania.

    You'll be required to submit a notarized affidavit to the school district in which you reside, as well as Educational Objectives (by mandated subject) for each child before beginning your home school education program.


    Presently, PA law requires no administrative action with the school district until the student is 8 years old. For help in determining which school district you'll be living in, or for general information, contact the post's school liaison, Jacqueline Schultz, at Jacqueline.j.schultz.naf@mail.mil or, call 717.245.4638.

    Visit the offices of the school district in which you reside in order to register your student for home schooling. You'll be required to submit a notarized affidavit to the school district in which you reside, as well as Educational Objectives (by mandated subject) for each child before beginning your home school education program.

    The Carlisle Barracks Homeschoolers will meet twice in August to help with the affidavit and educational objectives as well as help you network and answer questions. If you'd like assistance from an experienced Carlisle Barracks homeschooling parent, write to Carlisle Barracks Homeschoolers at: cbkshomeschool@gmail.com