Life on Post
Soldiers at Fort McCoy for training in the Exportable Combat Training Capability exercise fly Blackhawk helicopters over an area near Sparta Pond during exercise operations on North Post at Fort McCoy. Exportable Combat Training Capability is the Army National Guard’s program to provide participants with an experience similar to an Army combat training center at home station or a regional training center, such as Fort McCoy. (Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, June 2017)
The Fort McCoy Housing Office is available to assist all active-duty soldiers and family members assigned to Fort McCoy. Services include family housing provided in single-family government quarters, single soldier housing and housing referral services for local community living. All active-duty and Active Guard Reserve soldiers assigned or attached to Fort McCoy or within a one hour commute must report to the office within 30 days of reporting to Fort McCoy. Visit https://www.housing.army.mil/Default.aspx#!pg=post&sp=welcome for more information.
Military Family Housing
Family housing at Fort McCoy consists of three- and four-bedroom homes located approximately 10 minutes from the cantonment area. Visit https://www.housing.army.mil/Default.aspx#!pg=post&sp=welcome to view photos and floor plans of housing at Fort McCoy.
Unaccompanied personnel housing is available for bona fide bachelors assigned to Fort McCoy. Single soldiers at the rank of sergeant and below are required to live in UPH on post. Geographical bachelors can contact the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation for information about available apartments at www.mccoy.armymwr.com. For more information, call 608-388-3704/3906 or visit https://www.housing.army.mil/Default.aspx#!pg=post&sp=welcome.
Army Community Service
Army Community Service offers many programs and services that are designed to equip service members, DOD civilians and families with the skills, knowledge and support they need to face the challenges of military life. Whether you change duty stations, deploy, manage the family during deployment or face a new situation, ACS has a program to help you and your family adjust.
ACS programs and services include Army Family Team Building; career guidance; deployment and mobilization assistance; the Exceptional Family Member Program; financial readiness and assistance; information and referral; relocation readiness; survivor outreach; violence prevention and education; and volunteering opportunities. For more information on ACS programs at Fort McCoy, visit https://mccoy.armymwr.com/programs/army-community-service.
Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Program
The BOSS program represents the voice of the single service member. If you’re a single service member, BOSS members advocate for you by advancing quality of life issues on the installation, and in the barracks, to senior leaders on post and throughout the Army. The BOSS program is based on three program pillars: quality of life, community service, and recreation and leisure.
BOSS membership and the program’s available leadership and project management roles enhance promotion packets. Learn more about BOSS and how to become a member at https://mccoy.armymwr.com/programs/boss.
Exceptional Family Member Program
The Exceptional Family Member Program is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, educational, medical and personnel services to families with special needs. Soldiers on active duty enroll in the program when they have a family member with a physical, emotional, developmental or intellectual disorder requiring specialized services so their needs can be considered in the military personnel assignment process. For more information, visit https://mccoy.armymwr.com/programs/exceptional-family-member-program.
Family Readiness Groups
Family Readiness Groups are organized to provide mutual support for a unit’s family members. Groups serve as a family support system during deployment, but they operate during periods of normal operations as well. The Army FRG website is a secure site only available to soldiers, Army civilians and their family members. The website provides family members with a valuable tool to access documents, view photos and videos, participate in forums and gain important information about the Army unit that their service member belongs to 24/7 from anywhere in the world. For more information, visit www.armyfrg.org.
If you’ve arrived at Fort McCoy and have official orders or a military ID or civilian common access card or ID card, there’s no need to worry if you are without your household goods. Fort McCoy’s ACS Lending Closet has a multitude of household items eligible patrons can borrow for up to 30 days. Items include tables, chairs, air mattresses, vacuum cleaners, irons, ironing boards, dish packs, toasters, blenders, microwaves, slow cookers and other cooking items, as well as high chairs and pack ’n’ plays. For more information, call 608-388-3505 or visit www.mccoy.army.mil/ReadingRoom/Newspaper/AreaGuide/lending_closet.html.
CHILD CARE AND YOUTH PROGRAMS
For a full list of youth programs at Fort McCoy, visit https://mccoy.armymwr.com.
Child Development Center
The Child Development Center, in Building 1796, offers a full-day and hourly care program for children 6 weeks through 5 years of age. A developmentally appropriate curriculum for young children is planned by teachers with attention to the different needs, interests and developmental levels of each individual child. The center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is DOD certified. Fees are based on total family income. For more information, visit https://mccoy.armymwr.com/programs/childcare.
The School-Age Center, in Building 1751, is accredited by the Council on Accreditation and provides care for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. A full-day summer camp program operates June through August and an after-school program is available during the school year. The program is a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and also includes 4-H activities and Character Counts programming. Programming focuses on life skills, citizenship and leadership opportunities; arts, recreation and leisure; academic support, mentoring and intervention services; and sports, fitness and health. For more information, visit https://mccoy.armymwr.com/programs/cys-services.
School Support Services
School Support Services provides Army school-aged youth with educational opportunities, resources and information necessary to achieve academic success. School Support Services is home to the School Liaison Office, where school liaison officers help deliver the best educational resources and information for your children. School liaison officers specialize in education transitions, and make sure incoming and exiting families have information about local schools, graduation requirements, after-school services and programs, youth sponsorship programs and home schooling.
School Support Services is at 1668 S. J St. For more information, call 608-388-6814 or visit https://mccoy.armymwr.com/programs/school-liaison-officer.
SKIES Unlimited stands for “School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills” with the word “Unlimited” for the unlimited possibilities that this program provides children and youth. SKIES Unlimited offers extracurricular instructional classes for children of all ages. For more information, call 608-388-8956 or visit https://mccoy.armymwr.com/programs/skies-unlimited-instructional-programs.
Sports and Fitness Program
The Sports and Fitness Program provides team sports, individual sports, and fitness and health programs for youth. Coaches are trained and certified by the National Alliance for Youth Sports. Registration and annual sports physicals are required for participation. For more information, visit https://mccoy.armymwr.com/programs/youth-sports.
Study Strong provides 24/7 online tutoring for Army-affiliated students. After registering online, students are connected to a tutor in an online classroom. Online classrooms use controlled chat and an interactive white board. Students can send computer files, such as essays, to the tutor for review and assistance. Educational support is available for kindergarten through 12th grade and college prep. Preparations for career transitions, writing resumes and studying for exams are available for adults.
Tutors are certified teachers, college professors, professional tutors or graduate school students from across the country who have been hired by Tutor.com, the provider of the Live Homework Help program. Tutors with expertise in math (including algebra, geometry and calculus), science (including earth science, biology, chemistry and physics), social studies and English composition are available. Visit www.myarmyonesource.com/ChildYouthandSchoolServices/CYSServicesOnlineTutoring for more information.
The Youth Center, in Building 1751, offers comprehensive, supervised programming for eligible youth in grades 6-12. Through formal partnership agreements with nationally recognized youth-serving organizations, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 4-H and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, youth have access to programs, standard curricula, special events, camps, scholarships and more. The center’s programming focuses on life skills, citizenship and leadership opportunities; arts, recreation and leisure; academic support, mentoring and intervention services; and sports, fitness and health. For more information, visit https://mccoy.armymwr.com/programs/cys-services.
For a full list of recreation programs at Fort McCoy, visit https://mccoy.armymwr.com.
Automotive Skills Center
The Automotive Skills Center is an eight-bay facility that includes maintenance bays, lift bays, a welding bay and a tire changing bay … all that’s needed for the do-it-yourselfer. A large secure lot is available for those vehicles being left overnight. For more information, call 608-388-3013 or visit https://mccoy.armymwr.com/programs/automotive-skills-center.
Pine View Campground on Fort McCoy is open to the public. Pine View offers many amenities, including biking and hiking trails, canoes, miniature golf, a nine-hole disc course, paddleboats, playgrounds, shuffleboards, a swimming beach and much more. For more information, call 608-388-3517 or visit https://mccoy.armymwr.com/programs/pine-view-campground.
McCoy’s Community Center, at 1571 S. Ninth Ave., has a sports bar, a Primo’s Express Restaurant, an eight-lane bowling center, banquet rooms, catering service, an outdoor courtyard and great recreational activities. The community center offers a video gaming area with game rental, movie rentals, air hockey, dart boards, foosball, pool tables, free Wi-Fi and more. For more information, visit https://mccoy.armymwr.com/programs/mccoys.
Rumpel Fitness Center, at 1122 S. S St., features a wide variety of fitness amenities and programs. In addition to a diverse selection of fitness equipment, the center features equipment checkout, fitness classes, a pool, a sauna, a steam room, a whirlpool, and basketball, volleyball, pickleball and badminton courts. Outdoors, patrons can enjoy a disc golf course, a fit track, softball fields and basketball, tennis and volleyball courts. The center also has information on the post’s intramural sports leagues and other fitness opportunities. For more information, call 608-388-2290 or visit https://mccoy.armymwr.com/programs/rumpel-fitness-center.
Leisure Travel Services
Leisure Travel Services, at 1571 S. Ninth Ave., offers a wide array of travel services. Get discount tickets for area and national attractions and assistance with planning your next vacation. For more information, call 608-388-3011 or visit https://mccoy.armymwr.com/programs/leisure-travel-services.
The ACS Resource Library, at 2111 S. Eighth Ave., has books, DVDs and CDs. For more information, call 608-388-3505 or visit https://mccoy.armymwr.com/programs/acs-resource-library.
Paintball and Laser Tag
The paintball and laser tag courses, by the Whitetail Ridge Ski Area, include three outdoor courses (a woods course and two field courses) with a unique two-story castle constructed from railroad ties. For more information, call 608-388-3517 or visit https://mccoy.armymwr.com/programs/paintball-and-laser-tag.
Recreational Equipment Checkout
Looking to rent a camper or camping equipment? Need a boat for the weekend? Recreational Equipment Checkout, at Pine View Campground, has these items, party equipment, sports equipment and more. Reservations of items is recommended. For more information, call 608-388-3517 or visit https://mccoy.armymwr.com/programs/recreational-equipment-checkout-outdoor-recreation.
Skiing, Snowboarding and Tubing
Whitetail Ridge Ski Area is near scenic Fort McCoy and is open to the public. Enjoy downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. Lessons and equipment rental are also available. For more information, call 608-388-4498 or visit https://mccoy.armymwr.com/programs/whitetail-ridge-ski-area.
The Sportsman’s Range, across from Pine View Campground, has rifle ranges, a pistol range, a combination trap and skeet shotgun range, a 3-D archery range and an elevated archery range. For information on membership, firearm rental and more, call 608-388-9162/3517 or visit https://mccoy.armymwr.com/programs/sportsmans-range.
SHOPPING AND DINING
Save your hard-earned dollars by shopping for groceries at the commissary at 1537 S. J St. For more information, call 608-388-3542 or go to www.commissaries.com.
Dining on Post
Hungry or thirsty? McCoy’s Community Center, at 1571 S. Ninth Ave., is home to Primo’s Express Restaurant and McCoy’s Sports Bar. For more information on menus and hours of operation, visit https://mccoy.armymwr.com/categories/social-and-dining.
The post’s exchange also has two restaurants: Anthony’s Pizza and Robin Hood Sandwiches. Call 608-269-5615 or visit www.shopmyexchange.com for more information.
Fort McCoy’s exchange, in Building 1538, wants to be your first choice for shopping. It offers a price-match program that guarantees the lowest prices in town. Services include a barbershop, dry cleaners and alterations, a food court, a GNC, military clothing and more. Call 608-269-5604 or visit www.shopmyexchange.com for more information.