Being a Soldier means serving your country to maintain the liberties and freedoms of all its citizens. Yet this doesn't mean you should give up your rights to having the same quality of life as everyone else. Enjoying a variety of outdoor activities allows you to still feel like you are a part of the community, relieves stress, promotes a healthy lifestyle, and lets you take part in doing something fun with your spouse and children to maintain strong family bonds.
Getting Engaged in Outdoor Fun
There are numerous programs tailored for Soldiers, their Families, retirees and civilians wherever they are stationed around the world. From golfing to swimming to horseback riding or special sports programs tailored to Wounded Warriors, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) has a variety of programs for the Army community:
Equestrian Services and Horse Stables: Do you own a horse or always wanted to learn to ride one? Many Army garrisons are located near horse stables where you can board your privately-owned horse, learn how to ride one through special clinics, and take guided trail rides.
Golf: With over 48 golf courses around the world, you can get out on the putting green to practice a few strokes or challenge your friends to a game. There are also group and individual lessons available for people of all skill levels.
Outdoor Recreation: Outdoor Recreation programs allow you to hone the skills you learned while having fun at various activities. Outdoor Recreation provides skill instruction to go climbing, hiking, diving, sailing, fishing, sky-diving, kiting and many other activities. Take trips and relieve stress at these fun events. There are also adapted sports programs and activities available – contact your local MWR for more information.
Recreational Centers: For those days where you can't enjoy the outdoor activities because of the weather, there are recreational centers with Family-oriented entertainment and activities. Play computer games, take instructional classes, or just relax at the cafe. Also check out the planned events such as chili cookoffs, talent competitions and cultural events.
Don't miss out on all the fun available to Soldiers and their Families. Get involved in the activities and events mentioned above for a healthy lifestyle, to strengthen relationships and to just to get out and enjoy the sunny weather. Please visit your local Family and MWR for the full list of programs and service available to you.