The Open Recreation Program, located in building116 on Area 1, provides age-appropriate activities and experiences for youth ages 9-13 under the supervision of trained program assistants. This program is BGCA and 4-H affiliated. With the support and curriculum of these programs we are able to provide youth with the opportunity to participate in activities in the following areas: Education & STEM, Leadership & Service, Health & Wellness, The Arts, and Sports & Recreation. Weekly planning is based on youth interest. Open Recreation also offers clubs that focus on leadership and service, preparing youth for the future. The programming area has many amenities including, but not limited to, computers, iPads, gaming equipment, table/board games, art supplies, and a snack bar.
Open Recreation opens at dismissal on school days, and 1:00 pm on non-school days. The Aviano Youth Program is closed on all weekends, federal holidays, and down days.
Fees for this program are $100 quarterly (every three months).
Parents interested in registering their child, may go to or call the Aviano Youth Center front desk for information.
All registration forms need to be presented with an up-to-date immunization record that includes the most recent flu shot.
Parents, Please Note:
Children 13 years of age or younger, must be accompanied by a parent at all times when being signed in/out of programs in the AYP building.
Club members achieve Academic Success by providing homework help, tutoring, and high-yield learning activities and encouraging members to become self-directed learners.
4-H Club offers youth the opportunity to develop a sense of independence and skill mastery while helping youth learn to value and practice service for others. 4-H goal is to help youth develop in four areas:
- Head - focusing on independence and leadership
- Heart -focusing on creating a sense of belonging and developing meaningful relationships
- Hands- focusing on generosity and serving the community
- Health- focusing on healthy practices and life skills
Triple Play is a dynamic wellness program that is designed to help youth create opportunities to take charge of their personal health and wellness by focusing on the three following areas:
Healthy Habits (Mind): Addresses the ways an individual’s health behaviors are influenced by personal beliefs and exposure to positive modeling. In addition to nutrition education, activities focus on helping youth assess, practice, identify, consider, and recognize health behaviors and messages.
Daily Challenges (Body): Intentional focus on physical literacy: Ability - Increasing capability in basic movement skills and overall fitness; Confidence -the knowledge of the ability to play sports or enjoy other physical activities and Motivation- the intrinsic enthusiasm for physical activity for members to be physically active for life.
Social Recreation (Soul): Emphasis on social and emotional development, or the social, cognitive, and behavioral skills that youth need to be healthy and productive. There is an explicit focus on emotional regulation, healthy relationships (with self and others), and responsible decision-making.
Each day youth are able to express themselves using various forms of art. Some of the lessons taught include skills on monochromatic drawings, shading, using acrylic and oil paints, sculpture, mixed media pieces, colored pencil drawings, and photography.
Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which young people develop and strengthen their 21st-century leadership skills, giving them a firm foundation of good character and integrity. Torch Club members elect officers and work together to implement projects in the four focus areas: service to Club and community; education; health and fitness; and social recreation.
SMART Girls is a health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program designed to meet the developmental needs of girls by encouraging them to explore their own and societal attitudes and values as they build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care and developing positive relationships with peers and adults.
National Fine Arts Exhibit
The National Fine Arts Exhibit encourages artistic recognition of Club members ages 6 to 18 by displaying drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture at local and regional exhibits. A panel of distinguished judges selects works for inclusion in the National Fine Arts Exhibit, which is displayed the ensuing year at BGCA events, including the annual National Conference.
Focus on Photography
The Focus on Photography club encourages club members to learn and practice photographing. Youth can learn the printing and displaying process and have a chance to work with different photography equipment.
In STEM Club, youth are given an opportunity to explore and solve different problems they see in the world around them. The goal of the club is to combine innovation and creativity with science, technology, engineering, and math.
Sewing club is focused on presenting basic skills such as reattaching buttons and sewing up holes on seams to the youth that choose to participate. All planning is driven by youth interest so requests for desired skills are welcomed!
Youth plant a vegetable/herb garden each spring along with flowers and shrubs to bring the facility to life. This club is focused on teaching youth about growing from seeds, transplanting, basic needs of plants, and the importance of knowing how to grow your own food.
This club meets biweekly to cook simple and healthy snacks with the help of our trained program assistants.