- Youth Center
The Youth Centers have a wide range of programs for youth in grades 6-12, offering fun-ﬁlled afternoons, evenings, and weekends. Free Middle School Teen (MST) programs are offered daily after school and in the afternoons during the summer. MST morning camps are also offered at a nominal fee during the summer to complement the free afternoon program.
There are special activities for youth scheduled on a continual basis, including social activities and field trips. CYS programs utilize partnerships with 4-H Clubs, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Character Counts to bring enhanced curriculum and other opportunities for growth and development to our children and youth. Programs are intended to offer positive alternatives that will minimize "at risk" behavior during parental duty hours.
- Middle School Teen Program
The Middle School Teen (MST) is a free CYS designated program geared to accommodate youth who are grades 6th-12th (typically 11-18 years of age). Activities of the Middle School program are of a more advanced level than those of the School Age Services (SAS). MST activities are challenging and educational. Some of the activities include: workforce preparation, America's Promise Passport, and abuse awareness classes.
Free programs are offered after school, but nominal fees may be charged for special activities. The Boys and Girls Club Keystone Club meets weekly to discuss concerns and needs of teens. The club also participates in numerous community activities. Activities are planned to meet the four Youth Program Service Areas: Sport, Fitness, and Health; Arts, Recreation, and Leisure; Life Skills, Citizenship, and Leadership; and Mentoring, Education, and Support Services.
- Youth Center Activity Rooms
The Common Areas This is a place for youth to relax, play games such as pool, ping pong, etc, or even put on a play in the theater area. Youth Technology Lab Tech activities for youth include computer access for learning and fun. Computer programs will be used to build youth tech skills. Activities such as Digital Photography, Videography, Aerospace and other life skills will be available. Activity Room The Entertainment Center offers activities such as video, music, dance, and song. Youth have opportunities to be creative and grow their talents. Homework Center The Homework Center offers homework assistance and other educational activities. Teen Lounge The Lounge is a place where youth ages 13-18 can socialize and relax. Board games and other activities are available as well as TVs for movies and games.
Boys and Girls Club of America:
- Torch Club
- Keystone Club
- Passport to Manhood
- Smart Girls
- Healthy Habits
There are many active 4-H Clubs in operation. The Youth Center is an affiliate member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, participating in many of their grant and scholarship opportunities and utilizing their curriculum to enhance our programs.
(Please see Event Calendar for days, times and events)
- Youth Sponsorship
Sponsors for your middle school or high school teens are available either through the youth program or school.
Army Youth Sponsorship Program
The Youth Sponsorship Club can help your teen learn about their new community and make new friends. Getting involved quickly helps children and teens fit in and feel less stress associated with their PCS move. All it takes to join the club is a visit to the School Age or Youth Center or contact the School Liaison Officer.
The Student2Student program connects current middle school and high school students with transitioning students.
Youth Sponsorship Registration
Please send an email to the School Liaison Officer (SLO) to request a sponsor. Also, you can download the Youth Sponsor Request Form, complete and include any additional information that might be helpful to the sponsorship staff in the assignment process as they attempt to pair you with a sponsor whom you will be most compatible with.
- Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where can I find the summer camp weekly schedule?
The Wetzel Teen Center in Baumholder has a summer brochure which includes the summer activities happening in all Child and Youth Services (CYS) programs. This brochure is released in May of each year and can be picked up at Parent Central Services, Wetzel Kaserne, Bldg. 8876, or at any Baumholder CYS facility.
2. Where can I find trip schedules for specific teen/youth centers?
The trip schedules are located on our Teen Center's monthly calendar. The calendars can be found on the Baumholder CYS Facebook page, picked up at Parent Central Services, or picked up at the Baumholder Teen Center. The calendar is also posted on the bulletin board at the Baumholder Middle/High School entrance near the library.
3. How do I sign my child up for an after school program?
You can sign your child up for Teen Center activities by going to or calling the Baumholder Parent Central Services or going online to WebTrac. Sign in as a guest or with your user details, and then search for "Teen" in the Keyword Search box.
4. What is the age restriction for the Youth Center Activity Rooms?
At the Wetzel Teen Center our program is open to all youth from 6th – 12th grade.
5. What clubs are offered?
The Teen Center offers a variety of clubs, to include: Keystone club, Torch Club, Youth Council, Smart Girls, Wise Guys, Military Youth of the Year, Cooking, Photo Club, Photo Shop, Robotics, Arts, Power Hour, Music Lessons, Coding classes, Social Media, Sports and Games, Fine Arts, Homework Assistance, and Workforce Preparation classes. Our clubs are affiliated with Boys and Girls Clubs of America and 4-H.
6. Are all of the programs offered through the Youth Centers free?
Teens can participate in daily activities at the Teen Center at no cost. Fees are required for most field trips; however, fees are kept at a minimum and designed to only cover costs of the trip such as admission prices and transportation. Please contact the Teen Center directly for specific pricing details.
7. Where are the Youth Center Activity Rooms?
Activity rooms are located at the Teen Center, Bldg. 8875, in the Wetzel Housing area.
8. After enrollment, when can my child use the Youth Centers?
Most youth can use the center immediately after registration. If your youth has a special need, registration paperwork must be approved by the local Army Public Health Nurse before a youth may attend.
9. Is there a shuttle bus service to take students to the Youth Centers, if needed?
The Teen Center is conveniently located less than 1/3 mile from the Baumholder Middle/High School and most youth walk directly to the Teen Center. We do offer shuttle bus services from the Teen Center to the Smith Barracks (Java Cafe).
During School Year - Drop off at Java Cafe 5:15 pm & 5:45 pm.
School Out Days & Summer - Pick up at Java Cafe 12:45 pm & drop off at Java Cafe 5:45 pm.
Wetzel Youth Center-School Year Hours of Operation
Military DSN (314) 531-3423
Hours:Monday3:00pm-6:00pmTuesday3:00pm-6:00pmWednesday3:00pm-6:00pmThursday3:00pm-6:00pmFriday3:00pm-6:00pmSaturdayClosedSundayClosedU.S. HolidaysClosedSchool Out Days1:00pm-6:00pmHalf-Days11:00am-6:00pm
Wetzel Youth Center-Summer Months Hours of Operation
Military DSN (314) 531-3423