Youth Programs
  A safe, fun place to learn, grow and form positive relationships with peers | Ongoing relationships with trained, caring, adult professionals | Life-enhancing programs/experiences that help young people see life’s possibilities | Hope and opportunity that inspires young people to reach their greatest potential
  location   phone   fax   email  
  Bldg. 1993   781-225-6043   781-225-2609   contact us  
hours hours hours

M. T. Th. F. | 2:50 - 6 p.m.
Wed. |
12:35 - 6 p.m.
Sat. | 2 - 5 p.m.

Fri. |
7 - 10:30 p.m.
Sat. |
6 - 10:30 p.m.

Mon. - Fri. 12 - 5 p.m.


What's Happening?

Youth Programs here on Hanscom AFB offers high-quality, developmentally appropriate programming in seven areas: (1) Character and Leadership Development, (2) Education and Career Development, (3) Health and Life Skills, (4) The Arts, (5) Informal Sports, Fitness and Recreation, (6) School Age Program and (7) 4-H.

We offer a wide variety of activities for preteens and teens, including: Boys & Girls Clubs & 4-H; Red Cross Babysitter & smart start; sports camps & clinics; health & fitness programs; a variety of trips; and much more!

Ask at the front desk for this month's calendar.

Find it on the Calendar
Dance Banner
Happy Gym Happy Gym
Happy Gym is a perceptual motor development and movement education program with special emphasis on floor gymnastics to develop basic gymnastic skills.

Tuesdays, 5:00-5:30 p.m.
Happy Dance 1 Happy Dance 1
Happy Dance 1 is a planned developmental dance/movement and fitness program stressing the basics of ballet, tap, acrobatics and creative dance while blending educational concepts. For students with no prior dance experience.

Tuesdays, 5-6 p.m.
Happy Dance 2 Happy Dance 2
Happy Dance 2 is a planned developmental dance/movement and fitness program stressing the basics of ballet, tap, acrobatics and creative dance while blending educational concepts. Prerequisite: Happy Dance 1 | For students with 1-2 years dance experience.

Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m.

Classes run from September to June. A minimum of 7 children
are needed for each class to begin.
$15 registration fee per child.
For questions or for more information, please contact the Youth Center at (781) 225-6043.


Teen Nights

AF Teen Council


Looking for Youth Program Instructors

Youth Sports

The Youth Sports Program has partnered with local town recreation departments
so we can continue to provide fun, safe, developmentally appropriate sports activities for children to learn, grow and excel at their own pace and ability while teaching individual sport skills, sportsmanship, teamwork and sense of community. We feel the athletic field is the arena where children can have fun, make new friends, and learn new skills and build on existing ones. The importance of participation, physical fitness, social interaction, leadership development, sportsmanship, teamwork and the importance of academics in relation to sports at all levels are stressed.

Bedford Recreation Department | Office located in Town Center Building | 2nd Floor, 12 Mudge Way
Hours: Mon. - Fri., 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Phone: (781) 275-1392 Fax: (781) 687-6156 |

How to register for Bedford town sports:

  • ONLINE | Visit and click “Register Online” (in the lefthand menu towards the bottom). NOTE to first time users: account holder must be an adult; DO NOT set up account using child’s name and info. Please register multiple children or multiple programs all in one transaction.

  • MAIL | (checks payable to Town of Bedford, or MC/VISA #)
    Bedford Recreation Department
    2nd Floor, 12 Mudge Way
    Bedford, MA 01730

  • FAX | (please include MC/VISA #) | 781-687-6156

  • DROP-OFF | Bedford Recreation Department
    2nd Floor, 12 Mudge Way
    Bedford, MA 01730

Please note that we do not accept phone registrations. All registration is limited. Receipts will be mailed. Wait list status will be indicated on the receipts if the session you choose is full. Classes will NOT be prorated. Requests for financial assistance must be made at the time of registration (Recreation Financial Assistance form must be submitted with registration form).


General refund/cancellation procedures for Bedford town sports:

  • Cancellation fee: $10 for each program canceled before the first class. After the first class, we will also deduct for each class held. No refund after the 3rd class.
  • Special Events/Activities and Field Trips: no refunds
  • Classes that are not self-supporting (due to low enrollment) will be canceled.
  • The above refund policies do not apply to programs for which other refund policies are stated.

Camp Adventure

Creative weekly themes set the tone for an interactive summer program for children ages 9-13 at the Youth Center. Youth ages 14 and up can apply to be Junior Counselors. Camps run each week Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Camp offers exciting themes, age appropriate activitie s, arts & crafts, games, music, physical activities and lots of fun. Special weekly activities include swimming, bowling, field trips, special events and more. Cost varies based on total family income. Register now at the Youth Center.


Youth Programs provides opportunities for youth to develop their physical, social, emotional and cognitive abilities and to experience achievement, leadership, enjoyment, friendship and recognition.

Youth programs provides a wide variety of services and activities for children 5 years to 18 years of age including before and after school (SA) programs, full day camps during summer vacation and school holidays, youth transition and support services.

The School Age Program complements, rather than duplicates, the school day. The School Age “Clubhouse” is an interactive before- and after-school program designed for grades K-6.

The Youth Center caters to ages 9-18 with sports, instructional programs, classes, trips and more.


become a member eligibilitySponsors of the children must be from the following categories in accordance with AFI 34-262:

Active Duty military | DoD civilians | Military Reserves* | NAF employees | AAFES employees | Air National Guard | retirees** (all branches of services) | DoD contractors***

Our sports and instructional programs have various age restrictions. When specified, younger children — as well as adults — may participate in activities sponsored by Youth Programs, including special events and instructional programs.

*Must be active for eligibility in School Age program | ** not eligible for School Age program | *** contractors must physically work on Hanscom AFB

membership rates
  Fees are subject to change (with a 30-day notice) and vary by program. Lost card? Replacement of membership cards is $1 for the first card, $3 for the second and $5 for each subsequent card.  

new to base?

Will you be living or working on Hanscom Air Force Base soon? Are you interested in getting to know someone before you get here? Do you want to know where the hang-out spots are? Where's the closest mall? What's the best places to eat? Or the answer to any other type of question you may have about life at Hanscom?

If you answered, “Yes,” that means you want to participate in our Youth Sponsorship program so to get things rolling, we need you to fill out the a small bit of information on the sponsorship form (available under downloads & links), and someone from the Youth Center will be in contact with you.

  location   phone   email      
  Bldg. 1999   781-225-6051   contact us      
hours hours hours

Mon., Tue., Thu., Fri.
6:30 - 8 a.m.
& 2:45 - 5:30 p.m.

6:30 - 8 a.m.
& 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.


Hanscom's School Age Program serves military personnel and civilian employees by providing a caring, positive environment for their children. We offer before- and after school care as well as vacation & summer camps.

The “Clubhouse” is our interactive before- and after-school program designed for grades K-6. It's designed to complement the educational system with fun and innovative programming.

We offer age-appropriate playgrounds, a computer lab and resource room. We continually hire professional staff to complement our expanding program.

Mission Statement: The School Age Program has been designed to encourage growth, socialization and learning in an environment that is conducive to our children's development. The "Clubhouse" rooms are designated into "interest areas" incorporating dramatic play, construction, arts and crafts, science, computer, library and literacy into your child's daily activities. Our dedicated and professional staff works continually to challenge the children with new and thrilling activities both indoor and outdoors. Our goal is to serve military personnel and civilian employees by providing a caring, positive environment for their children.

To request care, please fill out an application

downloads and links
  Disclaimer: The following sections contain links to third-party sites for reference only. The Air Force does not sponsor or endorse these sites. Links are not controlled by Hanscom Air Force Base. Hanscom AFB is not responsible for their content or accessibility; some use Flash or other technologies that may not render properly on DoD computers.
Facebook link Link to us on Twitter Boys & Girls Club of America Air Force Youth Programs 4-H
  Due to the personal information on these forms, sending via email is not recommended. Once completed, please bring it to the Youth Center (Bldg 1993)


• Kids' Health:

• American Academy of Pediatrics:

• Stop Bullying Now!:

Youth Sports

• Middlesex Youth Soccer League:

• Burlington Wrestling:

• Mass Youth Soccer:

• Lincoln Soccer:

• Bedford Babe Ruth:

• Tri-Town Youth Basketball:

• National Alliance for Youth Sports:

• Skyhawks:

• Coaching:

• Sport's Parent: and

• Billerica Little League:

Boys & Girls Club
Hanscom's Youth Programs are affiliated with Boys & Girls Club of America, a national organization with a mission to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. One of the most important principles of the Boys & Girls Club "movement" is the assurance of fun and interesting experiences. Along with personal relationships with YP staff, the experiences and opportunities for youth establish principles that, while each is important, collectively they have a deep impact on the lives of young people.

• Boys & Girls Club of America:

4-H is the youth education branch of the Cooperative Extension Service, a program of the United States Department of Agriculture. Each state and each county has access to a County Extention Office for both youth
and adult programs.

4-H enables youths to have fun, meet new people, learn new life skills, build self-confidence, learn responsibility, and set and achieve goals! It develops all youths to reach their fullest potential through: developing life skills; learning by doing; utilizing the knowledge of the land-grant university system.


Air Force

• Hanscom Air Force Base:

• AF Crossroads:

• NEW! Military Youth on the Move:

• Fit Factor:

• USAF Fit Family:

Recreation Departments

• Bedford:

Hanscom Schools

• Primary & Middle School:

• Bedford High School:

Additional school links can be found on our School Liaison Program webpage

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