Assignment at Carlisle Barracks is like a long hall of open doors. Whether you're an athlete, a thespian, an artist, an outdoorsman (or wanna-be), an historian, a scholar... . Being HERE opens doors to school-based activities, to adventures and experiences sponsored by on-post agencies, like Outdoor Rec, the Chapel Youth, Youth Services and the post's Fitness Campus, and to a wide range of activities within an hour drive.
Take a look at these links to size up your options. You can link up with old friends from other assignments at Welcome Jam, the Chapel Youth kick-off, or by using the post facilities like the pool and the Fitness Campus. You can make new friends while you participate in school athletics, school clubs. You can coach and help with Youth Sports on post, participate with like-minded teens in the Boy and Girl Scouts, Chapel Youth, etc. For example, check out the student-to-student web site for Carlisle Area High School (listed here as 'Info for new students).
Visit New York City (3 hours away; take advantage of the Leisure Travel Services' bus trips). Explore the Air & Space Museum among the Smithsonian museums or see the pandas at the National Zoo in Washington DC (2 hours). HersheyPark is a magnet for breath-taking rides, its water park, and top concerts. For the historically minded, central Pennsylvania boasts the Gettysburg and Antietam Civil War battlefields within a short drive, the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg and the Army Heritage & Education Center on post. Carlisle is proud of its arts heritage, for example the Carlisle Arts Learning Center. Professional (and semi-) sports within a two-hour drive include Philadelphia Eagles, 76ers, Phillies, Flyers; Baltimore Ravens, Washington Wizards, Baltimore Orioles & Washington Nationals, Washington Capitals. Closer to home are the Harrisburg Senators, HersheyBears, and Lancaster BarnStormers, York Revolution and more.
Try it the first time - or continue to enjoy - the full range of activities made possible in a true four-season climate: skiing, ice skating, hiking (Appalachian Trail for one), rock climbing, biking - off-road and on -- kayaking, boating, swimming, etc. Outdoor Recreation offers trips, outings, equipment and classes to orient you to something new. Outdoor Rec can give tips for licenses and for success in fishing and hunting; learn the art of fly-fishing on the Yellow Breeches Creek, 30 minutes away in Boiling Springs.
Carlisle-Area High Schools
Within 20 minutes of Carlisle Barracks there are six high schools: Carlisle, Big Spring, Cumberland Valley, Mechanicsburg, South Middleton and Trinity. Check out these sources for information, especially the interactive sites like the facebook pages for Big Spring & Trinity, and the New Student site for Carlisle High School.
Check out Carlisle High School, Carlisle, PA, its Athletics & clubs programs; and the student-inspired web site, Info for new students designed to tell fellow students what they WANT to know, to answer questions online, and to help you register for a student sponsor if interested.
- is your ticket to four seasons of adventures and fun from indoor rock climbing and kayaking to hiking, fishing, camping and white water rafting. In addition, Outdoor Recreation is your one-stop shop for all equipment rentals.
- the Sgt. Andrew McConnell Youth Center offers a demonstration kitchen for cooking classes, a full-size gym and patio, a sport court that can be used interchangeably for roller-skating, roller hockey, basketball and much more. Teens can participate in outdoor activities, arts & crafts, 4-H Club, Triple Play and video game tournaments. Special events are offered throughout the year to include field trips to area locations.
On-post Organized Sports are offered during the fall, winter and spring months to include soccer, basketball and home school fitness programs. Teens often 'give back' by volunteering for the youth sports programs they enjoyed when younger.
Carlisle Barracks Fitness Campus
- incorporates three fitness centers within a 5-minute walk of each other. Teens,16-17, can use fitness facilities without being accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. (Dependent teens, 13-15, are eligible to use the fitness centers if accompanied by a parent; they cannot, however, use the free-weight equipment.) There are classes and/or pro guidance offered at --
- Thorpe Hall Fitness Center - offers group exercise classes, a cardio room, indoor track, Teen Combatives, TRX and MMA fitness.
- Indian Field Fitness Center - offers traditional fitness with equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary cycles, strength equipment and free weights.
- Root Hall Gym - offers a full size basketball and volleyball court, and regulation-size racquetball/handball court.
- McConnell Youth Center Gym - offers a full size basketball court, rock climbing wall, and is home to the most popular under 18 activity on post, Friday Night Dodgeball
- Strike Zone Bowling Center
- Golf Course
- is a boy-led troop that supports the mission of the Boy Scouts of America: "To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the scout oath and law." The troop participates in at least one outdoor activity every month and has weekly meetings. Approximately 50 percent of the troop is comprised of Army War College family members. Past activities include: whitewater rafting, rifle shooting, fishing, hiking, camping, climbing, and week long summer camps. BSA173
- Troop #10540 lives out the mission of the Girl Scouts of the USA: "To build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place." Girl scouting provides girls with opportunities for fun and friendship while empowering them to develop their leadership skills, values, and self-esteem. The troop offers a myriad of enriching experiences, such as outdoor activities like camping, geocaching, and hiking; extraordinary field trips; community service projects; environmental awareness and stewardship events; cultural exchanges like World Thinking Day, and a wide-variety of summer camp opportunities. The Carlisle Barracks troop accepts all girls in grades K-12, and they may join at any time of the year. The troop is always looking for adult volunteers to coach, mentor, and guide girls along their journey. GSHPA Facebook
Plan, now, for all you can do in the Cumberland Valley -
- Visit Cumberland Valley
- Apalachian Trail hiking
- Carlisle Auto Shows
- Carlisle Sports Emporium
- Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
- Climbnasium for Indoor Rock Climbing
- Hawk Mountain Bird Watching
- Hershey Park
- Historic Gettysburg
- RoundTop Mountain Ski Resort
- Twin Ponds ice skating
- Williams Grove Speedway