Policy Memorandum #40
Child and Youth Usage of Community Recreation Division Facilities and Programs
IMHM-MW 1 August 2012
MEMORANDUM FOR SEE DISTRIBUTION
SUBJECT: United States Army Garrison Humphreys Policy Letter #40, Child and Youth Usage of DFMWR Community Recreation Division Facilities and Programs
1. The proponency of this policy is the Directorate, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
2. This policy is effective immediately. It remains in effect until rescinded or superseded.
a. AR 215-1, Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation Activities and Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities, 31 Jul 07.
b. Policy Clarification Memorandum: Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, US Army Installation Management Command, Subject: Youth Usage of Army MWR Recreation Centers/Facilities, 4 Jun 07.
4. Purpose. This Policy Memorandum is to emphasize the eligibility requirement for use of Directorate Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Community Recreation Division Facilities to include fitness centers, swimming pools, Community Activity Centers, outdoor field/courts and libraries.
5. Community Recreation Division programs and services support the overall Morale, Welfare and Recreation mission and are directly related to readiness by delivering individual and group activities during peacetime, mobilization, contingency and wartime operations.
6. Eligible participants include active duty and retired military, DoD civilians their Family members and others as indicated in, table 7-1 MWR Patronage Authorization, AR 215-1, 31 July 2007. Youth may use Community Recreation Division facilities and programs under the provisions below:
a. Active duty military have priority for use of Community Recreation Division facilities/services and will not be displaced to make room for youth programs or participants.
b. Soldiers and youth will not co-mingle when both are present in the facility. Comingling among Soldiers and youth creates a climate of risk that is unacceptable.
c. Children and youth ages 15 and under are authorized use of all equipment and activities (except for enclosed movie rooms, saunas, hot tubs/spas and computers that do not have “cyber sitter” controls) when:
(1) Participating in the same activity as Family members under the direct supervision of a parent or guardian.
(2) Participating in authorized special programs/activities conducted as part of or on behalf of Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS). These include programs following CYSS guidance for children and youth conducted by other DFMWR programs, community partners (eg youth organizations, associations and schools) and third party contractors.
d. Community recreation division fitness centers, swimming pools, community activity centers, outdoor fields/court and libraries will not be used as “drop off” sites for youth, in lieu of parental enrollment of children and youth in CYSS facilities and programs. Staffing at these facilities does not meet requirements to supervise children, ie have the requisite background checks, training or ratios.
e. This procedural guidance is necessary for safety and protection of all and may not be superseded by installation or regional guidance.
5. Point of contact is the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation at 754-8821.
DARIN S. CONKRIGHT
A & B