Youth Programs

Youth Programs is an integral component of the Air Force’s comprehensive approach to Family readiness. We offer experiences in five core program areas: Character & Leadership Development, the Arts, Fitness & Recreation, Health & Life Skills and Education & Career Development

Programs & Activities

Youth Recognition Ceremony

Join us each quarter as we celebrate the many achievements of our youth. A special recognition ceremony is held that highlights the achievements in the areas of education, fitness, character education and more!

Open Recreation

The Youth Center is open for recreational activities each afternoon for preteens and teens. Self-directed areas offer pool, air hockey, computers, video games, TV’s, and a Teen Lounge. Youth Center members have access to these areas during operational hours and guests may accompany a member for a fee.

Torch Club

Small-group youth leadership and service club for members ages 11 to 13 years old (Jr Torch for age 10). Club staff can help meet the needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage of their development. Check our monthly calendar for meeting dates and times.

Cooking Classes

Come cook up some of your favorite recipes. Preteens and teens learn everything from proper food preparation to making delicious snacks and meals using the Food Guide Pyramid. Check our monthly calendar for meeting dates and times – this is a free event!

Fine Arts

Youth ages 9 to 18 meet once a week to experience a variety of artistic media such as art, music, and drama.

Kids Night Out

Mom and Dad want a night out, but don’t know what to do with the kids? Well, bring them to the Youth Center for Kids Night Out! Periodically, Kid’s Night Out is held on a Friday from 6:30-10:30 pm. We have games, crafts, movies, and dinner for all kids in kindergarten through age 12. Cost is $28 per child. You must register by noon the Wednesday before the event. Check our calendar for the next one!


Keeping Every Youth Strongly Tuned in On National Excellence. This youth advisory program encompasses community service, leadership, and social development. This group, the heart of Moody’s teen programs, meets weekly for youths ages 14 to 18 (13-year-olds may be Jr Keystone members or may join Torch).

Teen Power Hour

Helps teens (ages 13 and up) by providing homework assistance.

Computers are available. This program operates Monday through Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. and homeschoolers are welcome!

Congressional Award Program

A volunteer recognition program for ages 13 to 24 allows young people the opportunity to set personal goals and achieve them. Goal areas include volunteer public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration. Participants meet individually with an advisor. Call 257-3067 for details.

Youth Of The Quarter And Youth Of The Year

A program that recognizes members’ service to Club and Community through participation in youth programs, volunteer programs, and academic successes. Youth in grades 10 to 12 are eligible to compete.

Open Recreation Off Scene

Join Moody Youth Programs once a month as we take the party downtown! Ages 9 and up can jump on board the YP van or bus and head all around south Georgia and north Florida for mini day trips. Dinners, movies, golf, bowling, fun stations, educational seminars, and more are offered each month! Check our online calendar for details.

Annual Events

Youth Programs also has several big annual events, including Teen Lock-In’s, Preteen Lock-In’s, Girl Power and Passport to Manhood.

Programs & Sports

Youth Sports Program

Moody Youth Sports and Instructional Programs provides a comprehensive out of school sports program that incorporates structured leagues and informal fitness opportunities. These programs focus on having fun and learning fundamental skills that makes every effort proved the most varied and highest quality programming for youth, families, and community partners. Moody youth Programs takes pride in the implementation of developmentally appropriate programs that foster an array of fun fitness activities that build self-esteem in each youth. It is the philosophy of the Moody Youth Sports and Fitness Program that fitness, fun, and education all complement each other and aid in the a well-balanced supportive system for the social, emotional, and physical development of our youth.

A current annual sports physical (valid for one calendar year) and current immunization records that includes most up-to-date flu immunizations is an Air Force requirement for all youth who participate in any sport or instructional program.

Volunteer Coaches

Moody Youth Sports Program is proud to be a member of the National Alliance of Youth Sports (NAYS). All of our coaches are trained and certified members of the National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA). If you would like to volunteer to coach, please contact Youth Programs for the next NYSCA training date.

Winter Basketball

Basketball is offered in the winter for youth ages 5 to 8 years old and focuses on skill building and the fundamentals of the game of basketball. We partner with and play games with our Boys & Girls Clubs of Valdosta affiliate.

Fall & Spring Soccer

Youth Soccer is open to youth ages 5 to 13 years old and is played the Fall (August to November) and Spring (February to May) each year. Moody has teamed up with United Futbol Academy that allows us to grow the youth soccer program in Lowndes County.

Start Smart (Basketball And Soccer)

Start Smart is a developmentally appropriate introductory sports program for children ages 3 to 5 years old. The program includes parents who must participate with their children in preparing them for organized sports that are a fun, non-threatening environment. Soccer is held in the fall and spring, and basketball is held in the spring.

Instructional Programming

Ballet, tap, and Broadway (Theater performance with singing) classes are available for ages 3 and up with classes held weekly. Ballet, tap, and Broadway classes run from August to May with a recital held after every dance season.

School-Age Program

The School-Age Program provides care for children aged five to 12 before and after school, on school holidays, and during summer vacation.

Our program is accredited through the Council on Accreditation (COA) and provides quality care for children of active duty military, DOD and NAF civilians, Reservists, and base contractors.

We promote an enriching environment by meeting the social, cognitive, physical, and developmental needs of school-age youth.

Fees are based on total family income.

Bus transportation to and from Pine Grove Elementary is provided by the Lowndes County Board of Education.

The Youth Center offers van transportation on an as-needed, space available basis each school term from Dewar Elementary, Sallas-Mahone, and Pine Grove Middle for an additional fee.

For more information, please contact our School-Age Coordinator at 229.257.7296

Parent Advisory Board

The Parent Advisory Board: Tiger PAWS’s mission is to support Moody AFB’s Youth Programs by promoting parent involvement, caregiver gratitude, and community outreach. With the help of fundraising, we hope to enhance the programs with useful tools and resources that consider the requirements of the children, parents, and staff.

Meetings will be held the second Thursday of every month, location varies, contact YP or Parent Advisory Board for more information.

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