Outdoor Recreation at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has activities planned for Airmen through the Recharge for Resiliency program, which is designed to help Airmen reacclimate to life at home and also include families in their reintegration. The program has three areas of focus: the Single Airman Programming Initiative (SAPI), RecOn and Deployed Affected Programming. (Contributed photo)

WPAFB outdoor rec program focuses on health of Airmen, their families

Now the spring has arrived, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Outdoor Recreation has activities planned for Airmen through the Recharge for Resiliency program.

R4R was designed to help Airmen reacclimate to life at home and also include families in their reintegration. The program has three areas of focus: the Single Airman Programming Initiative (SAPI), RecOn and Deployed Affected Programming.

MyAirForceLife, an Air Force force support services resource, describes the components as:

SAPI provides resources to foster a strong culture, mission and sense of community among single Airmen. Eligible Airmen are those who are single, relationship-wise or geographically separated from a spouse and are currently on active or reserve duty.

RecOn provides resources for outdoor centric, high adrenaline and post-deployment stress reduction. Activities include sky diving, four-wheel riding, rafting and soaring in a glider plane. Eligible Airmen are those who are currently on active or reserve duty assigned to Wright-Patterson and their spouses and dependents.

Deployed Affected Programming provides resources targeting deployed-affected and dependent-restricted Air Force installation assigned service members and their families providing relief from the challenges of deployment.

Additional information on the R4R program can be found at www.myairforcelife.com/R4R/.

Wright-Patt Outdoor Recreation is a one-stop shop for recreation equipment, such as tents, canoes, kayaks, grills, sports gear, campers, games and a host of other outdoor supplies.

Upcoming programs available to Airmen eligible under the R4R program as well as the larger base populace are:

Log Rolling

March 24, 10 a.m. – noon

Try the modern sport with a colorful history. Log rolling is a fun aquatic sport that works on footwork, core strength and balance. Log rolling will be held at the indoor pool inside Dodge Fitness Center. Each session will begin with a how to log roll lesson and all ages welcome.

Cost: Free

Indoor Rock Climbing

April 18, 5-8 p.m.

Sign up by April 5

Join Outdoor Rec for an evening of rock climbing at Urban Krag in downtown Dayton. It is open to all experience levels. Participants will get belay certified, then spend the rest of the evening reaching new heights on the wall.

Cost: Regular $38, RecOn $15. Includes daily fee, belay class, shoe and harness rental.

Minimum age: 4 years old

Thursday Evening Hike 1

April 11, 5-7:30 p.m.

Sign up by April 9

Join Outdoor Rec for a 3.5-mile hike around Taylorsville MetroPark. Bring a camera or borrow one from Outdoor Rec. All ages are welcome. Child carrier back-packs available for use.

Cost: $5

Aquatic Easter Egg Hunt

April 14, 1–3 p.m.

Pre-registration required by April 9

Splash into the fun of the aquatic Easter Egg Hunt at the indoor pool. Collect goodie filled eggs in the Dodge pool and meet the Easter Bunny. Egg hunt is from 1 to1:30 p.m.; open swim to follow the egg hunt from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Parents must assist young children. Open to ages 3-12. Please arrive before 1 p.m. to check in and grab a basket.

Cost: $10 per child (no cost for adults)

Soaring

May 4, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sign up by April 26

Soar across the sky in a glider plane. Ride along with a certified pilot as you take in the view from the engineless glider plane.

Cost: Regular $105, RecOn $35.

Visit Outdoor Recreation to sign up for all trips and programs. The office is located at 5265 Miller Drive in Area A and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

More about Outdoor Recreation can be found at http://88thfss.com.outdoorrecreation.html or by calling 937-257-9889.