Teen center fights boredom with summer fun

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Parents looking to keep their teens actively "preoccupied" this summer can turn to the 52nd Force Support Squadron Teen Center here, which is offering a variety of programs and activities throughout the summer.

"We're excited to bring a lot of events to the teens this summer," said Katie Covello-Poppe, 52nd FSS youth and teen programmer.

There are teen nights every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for children ages 13 - 18 starting at 6 p.m. at the Bitburg teen center. Teens can catch a ride to Bitburg from the Spangdahlem teen center at 5:30 p.m.

"We're keeping them busy, which is important during the summer," Covello-Poppe said. "We have events planned in the local area for teens Tuesday and Thursday evenings, where they can explore places like Trier or go watch a movie at the Luxembourg movie theater."

There are also Saturday day trips, which take the teens to amusement parks or to the Netherlands for a day of snowboarding.

Covello-Poppe said another big event for teens is the Teen Adventure Camp, which is Aug. 6 - 10 in Garmisch. The camp will introduce teens to camping, ropes courses, rafting, hiking and experiencing Bavarian culture.

Parents can sign their teens up for these programs by visiting the school age program in Bldg. 427, or calling DSN 452-6244 or 06565-61-6244.

"The summer youth programs are important, because it gets them off base, they experience nearby countries and they spend time with their friends," Covello-Poppe added. "It keeps them involved, and they have a fun time in the process."