Morale, Recreation & Welfare
Regardless of your social and recreational interests - whether they’re sports and fitness, going to the movies, traveling or enjoying the outdoors - Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) has a program for you. But the programs aren’t limited to adults. Safe, fun, and educational programs are also available for children and youth.
We encourage you to make the most of your free time at Naval Submarine Base New London and save money by taking advantage of the many MWR programs available. Eligible participants include active duty military, reservists, retired military, DoD civilians, and family members in each category.
At MWR facilities, patrons will be greeted by friendly, knowledgeable staff, and all efforts will be made to ensure a pleasant, fun experience is had by everyone. You are encouraged to browse through the following list of free or low-cost activities, and then visit those programs that are especially designed to meet your specific recreational and social interests.
Feel free to call MWR facilities of interest to find out the most current hours of operation.
Admiral Fife Recreation Area
Phone: (860) 694-3238
(for Pavilion Reservations)
Talk to us about the Admiral Fife Navy Recreation Area! This beautiful wildlife area is located in Stonington, Connecticut. The recreation area features a large permanent pavilion, grills, horseshoe pits, playground, volleyball court, half court basketball court, men’s and women’s indoor restrooms, a fishing lake, hiking trails, softball diamond and more. Call ITT for pavilion availability, fee structure and reservations guidelines.
Auto Hobby Shop
Phone: (860) 694-3582
The Auto Hobby Shop provides do-it-yourselfers the opportunity to perform routine auto maintenance indoors year round in a safe, well-equipped environment. Change your oil, rotate your tires, replace shocks and struts. Exhaust work, brake jobs, and more are all possible at the Auto Hobby Shop. The shop is staffed with knowledgeable volunteers who will make sure your job is completed safely. Stop by the shop and talk to one of our helpful volunteer staff members about your next auto maintenance project. No appointments required! Amenities include all basic tools, seven bays, six auto lifts, hand-held code busters, and high-speed wheel balancers.
Dealey Center Theater
Movie Schedule: (860) 694-3358
Dealey Theater, located in Dealey Center, has 38 state-of-the-art surround sound speakers that will blow you away! This system is the largest in the country. With a large 35mm formatted screen, a fully functional theatrical stage and a concession stand with the best popcorn and candy on base, this 1,376-seat theater is also used for concerts, shows, change-of-command ceremonies, graduations, seminars and training sessions. Dealey Theater shows first-run movies provided direct from all of the major studios daily! Bring the whole family to Dealey Theater for the most affordable movie theater experience in the area.
Sea duty is an especially difficult and demanding part of Navy life. It is important that Sailors are provided with quality leisure time activities that fit into the limited space available aboard submarines. The Fleet Recreation Coordinator (FRC) helps with shipboard recreation by planning effective programs and obtaining equipment for shipboard use. A variety of individual and group activities are available for the Sailor, whether in port or overseas. These activities include organized tours, picnics, athletic competitions and picnics.
The FRCs also provide a wide selection of recreational and sporting equipment. They also coordinate homecomings and plan other special events for the Sailors and their families. The Fleet Recreation Coordinator’s office is located in the MWR administrative offices (Dealey Center, Building 164, 2nd Deck). Call (860) 694-3002 for more information.
Goose Run Golf Course
Located on Shark Boulevard
Phone: (860) 694-3763
Goose Run Golf Course is a beautiful, soft-spike, 9-hole golf course set alongside the Thames River. Goose Run is open from April to November (weather permitting), from sun-up until sundown. Tee-times are not necessary at Goose Run! Golf on a first-come, first-served basis.
The facility offers pro shop and golf merchandise, cart and club rentals, leagues and tournaments, and a new driving range. Proper golf attire is required. Competitive tournament prices available.
Information, Tickets and Travel
Building 164, 1st Deck, South Side
Phone: (860) 694-3238
Info Hotline: (860) 694-5195
Information, Tickets & Travel (ITT) has a vast inventory of tickets to major theme parks throughout the United States, as well as local area attractions. We are your best source for planning a dream vacation. Visit exotic destinations on our domestic or overseas cruise packages; or enjoy an all-inclusive resort vacation - all at affordable prices. Our friendly staff will assist you in planning a weekend getaway, an adventure vacation, or a fun-filled evening in the local area. Whether it’s a romantic weekend for two, or a family outing with the kids during school vacation, we have something for you.
Spring Cleaning? Sell your car, truck, boat, motorcycle or RV with ITT! The on-base used car lot, called the “Auto Resale Lot,” gets plenty of human and vehicular traffic. Many patrons have sold their offerings in two days or less. ITT will draw up a contract with you for just $20 a month. Valid car insurance and vehicle registration is required and the vehicle must be registered in the ID card holder’s name or have power of attorney. Inquire with the ITT staff for more detailed information on this service.
Liberty Recreation Center, Single Sailor Program
Phone: (860) 694-4958
The Liberty Recreation Center reopening in 2008 after a $1 million renovation which nearly doubled its size, schedules numerous quality of life programs designed to meet the leisure needs of the Single Sailor (including geographical bachelors), ages 18-25. Offered to junior enlisted men and women, E-6 and below, the Liberty program coordinates subsidized leisure activities at reduced rates for the single Sailor, using MWR facilities and off-base sites.
The center offers free Internet access, a new mini-theater with stadium-style seating, pool tables, Play Station and X-Box video games, board and card games. Sailors can choose from high adventure, cultural, sports and still-related activities along with intellectually challenging events.
In addition, a variety of tournaments and games are scheduled throughout the year. Off-base day and weekend trips are also planned to beaches, amusement parks, big cities, and outdoor recreational areas. High adventure excursions often include paintball, skiing/snowboarding, rock climbing, offshore fishing and white-water rafting.
Larger trips and outings may require sign-up and pre-payment. Trip fees are based on rate, and payment is due at the time of sign-up. Unless otherwise noted, sign-ups for all Liberty activities and trips are conducted at the Liberty Center. Trips are subject to cancellation due to lack of participants and weather. The deadline for signing-up for trips is 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the event.
The Liberty Center also runs a shuttle to the Waterford Mall, Best Buy and Regal Cinemas on the weekends.
Library and Media Center
Building 164, 1st Deck
Phone: (860) 694-2578
The Library and Media Center, located at the north end of Dealey Center, is a full service facility equipped with new computers and the latest software and Internet access. Choose from thousands of books, reference services, the latest tax information, national newspapers and magazines. Patrons are kept up to date with the constant shipment of new titles, fresh from the bestseller lists.
The library maintains more than 500 videos/DVDs and receives 30 new movies each month from the Public Broadcasting System. It also loans out books on tape/disc and receives 25 new titles each month. If you like music, the library stocks CD’s featuring mainstream rock, classical, ethnic, alternative music and more. It also participates in Connecticut’s inter-library loan program, which means that no matter what the title, if we don’t have it, we can get it.
Thames View Marina
Phone: (860) 694-3164
Thames View Marina supports waterborne recreational activities with instruction and rental gear for non-boat owners. Ninety-four floating concrete dock slips and 15 moorings are available for private berthing. Winter dry and wet storage is also available. The marina includes seasonal dockage and moorings, as well as rental sailboats, bass boats, kayaks, and canoes. Sailing lessons are offered. The marina comes equipped with workshop, restrooms and showers, washer and dryer, picnic area and grills. Anyone interested in renting tents, tables, chairs, grills etc can contact the Marina.
Phone: (860) 694-3562 or (860) 694-3406
Pavilion Reservations: (860) 694-3562
Located on the north end of the base, North Lake provides an outdoor swimming area operated seasonally from the second weekend in June through Labor Day weekend each year. Amenities include a picnic area and pavilion, playground, sand volleyball course, beach chaise lounge chairs and umbrellas, indoor shower house and changing area. Red Cross-certified lifeguards are on duty during all hours of operation. The pavilion is available for command picnics and large groups. To reserve the pavilion, call the indoor swimming pool office.
Facility rules and policies are posted at this facility for your convenience. No glass containers or pets are permitted at any time. Children who are unable to swim must be accompanied by an adult (17 years old, or older) at all times. Strong swimmers, 12 years old, or older, may be left at the lake unattended. No swimming without an MWR lifeguard present!
SUBASE Lanes Bowling Center
Phone: (860) 694-3477
SUBASE Lanes is 12-lanes of bowling fun! The friendly atmosphere caters to the very young, with gutter bumpers and child sized bowling balls. Bowling is a fun family event for birthdays, command functions and re-enlistments. The facility, having just completed a major renovation, is sure to be enjoyed by all. Think you’re too grown up to go bowling? Give Xtreme Bowling a try! The lights go way down when the music goes way up and specialty lights, glow-in-the-dark bowling balls and pins transform the lanes into quite the unusual bowling experience.
(next door to the base indoor pool )
Appointment Desk: (860) 694-4291
The Veterinary Clinic provides quality veterinary service, including vaccinations and minor sick calls, for house pets of both active duty members and their families and retired personnel. Scheduled appointments are required. Call two weeks in advance for routine care. For everyone’s safety, especially children, no one under the age of 12 is permitted in the clinic.
Athletics & Fitness
Indoor Swimming Pool
Phone: (860) 694-3562
Take a dip into the five lane, 25 meter pool. Men and women’s lockers, saunas and showers are readily available. A number of special pool programs are available throughout the year, including youth swimming lessons, recreation SCUBA certification, adult lessons, aquasize programs, and lifeguard certification. The pool can also be reserved for recreational group activities such as birthday parties and youth events. Formal Navy training held at the pool includes Navy PRT testing, 3rd to 1st class swim testing, and pre-dive school Testing.
When using the pool, children who cannot swim must be supervised by an adult who is at least 17. Non-swimmers must use U.S. Coast Guard Certified Lifejackets in the supervised areas. Lap swimmers must be at least 17 years old, or on a high school swim team. Family swim hours are subject to the availability of lifeguards on duty. (For your convenience, call the swimming pool to confirm family swim status for that day.) Facility rules and policies are posted at this facility for your convenience.
BodyWorks Fitness Center
Building 83, 2nd Deck
Phone: (860) 694-4784
Whether getting in shape or staying in shape, the BodyWorks Fitness Center has the equipment for you. Work out with a complete range of strength training and cardiovascular equipment. BodyWorks also offers a full schedule of group exercise classes.
Strength training equipment includes 16 pieces of Life Fitness Circuit computerized strength training Nautilus 2ST Strength Circuit stations. Cardiovascular equipment includes five Life Fitness cycles, six Life Fitness steps, three Life Fitness recumbent cycles, seven Life Fitness treadmills, six Life Fitness cross-trainers, and Concept II rowers. Other amenities include an indoor warm-up track and cable TV, specifically designed and strategically located for workout viewing.
Relax the kinks after a hard day’s work with a certified massage. Call BodyWorks to schedule an appointment.
Morton Hall Gymnasium
Phone: (860) 694-3521
Morton Hall Gymnasium offers everything you need for complete fitness training, including a 4,000-square-foot weight training and free weight area. It also offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor athletic activities, as well as an extensive intramural sports program.
In addition to a weight room for strength training, it offers 30 pieces of cardiovascular training equipment including cycles, climbers, treadmills, cross-trainers and rowers. The gymnasium includes four full-sized basketball courts, two full-sized volleyball courts, an indoor jogging track, and both men’s and women’s locker rooms with saunas. Outdoor amenities include four softball fields, two flag football fields, one soccer field and a jogging track.
The gymnasium staff also organizes intramural leagues for flag football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, and softball. Special events include one-pitch softball tournaments; Battle of the Commands, Home Run Derby; and 3-point shootout and free throw basketball contests.
Phone: (860) 694-5020
Six racquetball courts are available (2 glass, 4 enclosed), along with male and female lockers rooms with showers. Services include pro-shop, clinics, and Wallyball.
Child & Youth Programs
Military lifestyle offers unique challenges and opportunities for children whose parents are assigned to Naval Submarine Base New London.
For this reason, special programs are developed to promote your child’s growth and development in a nurturing environment through meaningful learning experiences.
Eligibility - Four special off-base programs are available to children of military personnel, DoD civilians, reservists on active duty or inactive duty for training, and DoD contractors. All eligible children will be placed on the Central Enrollment Waiting List; however, active duty military dependents with full time working/student spouses will have precedence. Call (860) 694-5965 for details
Highly trained staff members operate the four separate age-appropriate programs, specially designed to meet the needs of children ranging in ages from 6 weeks to 18 years. All staff complete an intensive care-giver orientation that includes basic first aid; infant, child and adult CPR; and developmentally appropriate practices. They are also required to successfully complete all background screenings. In addition, all staff members are required to complete monthly ongoing trainings and undergo a comprehensive care-giver training program to ensure that all children are receiving the best possible care.
The following programs are available for
Child Development Center (CDC)
Buildings 186, 386 & 383 (Off Base)
Phone: (860) 694-5965
Ages Served - 6 weeks through 5 years
The Child Development Center program is led by qualified professionals in early childhood education, whose major goal is to promote your child’s growth and development in a nurturing environment through meaningful learning experiences. The curriculum is developmentally appropriate, keeping in mind the specific needs of each individual child. Activities are planned; however these plans are flexible depending on the daily interests and needs of the children. Children are invited and encouraged to participate in individual and group activities designed to promote social, emotional, intellectual (cognitive), and physical development.
Care-givers administer the curriculum and guide the children’s behavior. The ratio of staff to children is always sufficient to maintain constant supervision and implement a developmentally appropriate program. Some examples of skills we foster are: problem solving, socialization, self help, health and safety, self expression and creativity, independence, communication/language, and motor skills.
Although long-term enrollment is encouraged, hourly care is authorized when space is available.
Child Development Homes (CDH)
Building 383 (Off Base)
Phone: (860) 694-5965
Ages Served - 6 weeks through 12 years
The Child Development Homes program is an alternative to center-based care and is often preferred by families because of the small group sizes, the home-like atmosphere and the flexible hours of operation that the centers often cannot accommodate. Child Development Homes provide a warm, family setting in which children can participate in developmentally appropriate learning activities, as well as home life experiences. The children are able to build a trusting relationship with a provider who will foster their curiosity and creativity, provide guidance and give them the hugs they need.
Child Development Home Providers must be Navy certified, and state licensed. The certification process is provided through the Child and Youth Programs and consists of basic first aid, CPR, child abuse prevention, child development, activity planning, nutrition, business practices and parent/customer relations. In addition to the provider’s certification, they receive monthly unannounced home inspections by the Child and Youth Program director and must successfully complete all required background screenings. Providers are also required to complete monthly trainings
to ensure they provide the best possible care to your children.
School Age Care
2 Program Sites (Off Base)
SUBASE Youth Center
29 Hickory Drive
Groton, CT 06340
Phone: (860) 694-4702
CDC, Building 186 - For children attending
Pleasant Valley Elementary School
7 Dewey Ave
Groton, CT. 06340
Phone: (860) 449-9080
The School Age Care program provides quality care for children, 5 to 12 years old (enrolled in kindergarten through sixth grade) in a safe and supportive environment. This program offers before and after school care, half-day a.m. kindergarten care; school vacation care; professional development and day care; and hourly drop-in care. Children can also participate in “Camp Ojiketan” summer camp. The School Age Care program is a member of the Boys and Girls Club of America, and is accredited by the National After School Association since 2003.
Fees - Fees are determined by your total family income and are based on a sliding scale. Fees are set by Congress, are subject to change each fiscal year and are paid semi-monthly.
Waiting List - A Central Enrollment and Waiting List (CEWL) is kept for patrons seeking care at the School Age Care program. In order to place your child on the waiting list, a Request for Care Form will need to be completed. Forms can be obtained from the resource and referral clerk, located at the Child Development Center at 386 Highland Ave. in Groton, or any SUBASE New London Child and Youth Program.
Call (860) 694-5965 for more information. In order to remain active on the waiting list, information should be updated quarterly.
Registration - Once you are offered a spot for your child, you will have 24 hours to accept or decline it. If you accept the position, it will be necessary for you to register your child in the program. This involves bringing your most recent LES and spouse’s pay stub along with a military ID card. If you are a single military parent or dual military family, a Dependent Care Plan must also be submitted prior to your child’s attending. These forms can be acquired from PSD. You will be required to make a non-refundable deposit, equal to one week’s fee, at the time of registration. This deposit can be used towards your child’s last week of attendance in the program provided you give proper withdrawal notice. For Camp Ojiketan enrollment, an additional registration fee is required.
Transportation - Transportation is provided by van, school bus or foot to Charles Barnum, Mary Morrisson and Pleasant Valley schools. In addition, buses from Fitch Middle School, Sacred Heart and the Regional Multicultural Magnet School pick up and drop off children at the program.
Meals - The SAC Program provides an after school snack for your child. Kindergarten children should bring in a healthy bag lunch from home to eat at the program. Parents are welcome to bring in breakfast for their child in the morning.
SUBASE Youth Center
29 Hickory Drive (Off Base)
Groton, CT 06340
Phone: (860) 694-4702
The Youth Center conducts numerous programs designed to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. Programs include open recreation for youths 10-18; instructional classes for ages 1 1/2 up; and Youth Sports (offered through independent parent run organizations - for ages 4-13).
Youth between the ages of 10 through 18 (still enrolled in high school) will be issued membership cards, and have full use of the gym, computer lounge and teen lounge. Activities are scheduled every day and include special events, games, sports and fitness, movies, Boys and Girls Clubs of America activities, community service projects and field trips.
Instructional classes offered at the Youth Center include:
• Dance (tap, jazz, ballet) for ages 3 and up
• Judo for ages 5 and up
• Gymnastics for ages 6 and up
• Advanced Gymnastics for ages 6 and up (instructor
• Preschool Gymnastics for ages 3-5.
• Piano (1/2 hour private lessons) for ages 5 and up
• Parent/Child Gymnastics for ages 11/2- 3 (Parent/
Adult must be present in class)
Registration is done on a first come first served basis with pre-registration for existing students prior to regular registration.
The Youth Center reserves the right to cancel a class for which there is insufficient registration. A registration form must be filled out prior to your child’s admittance into a class and redone annually every September. There is no limit on the number of classes a child may register for. Register in person at the Youth Center.
Phone registration is accepted for current members, with an application on file, using a credit card. The Youth Center accepts personal checks with Social Security numbers written on the check, cash and most credit cards. There is no reduction in fees for child illness or family vacations. A class will be prorated only if you enter into the class after it is started and there are still spaces available.
New student fees apply for gymnastics, preschool gymnastics and judo. These fees are paid annually and are good from June through May.
Sign-In/Sign-Out Procedures - Children under the age of 10 must be signed into and out of the center at the front desk by a parent for each class. Children 10 and over may sign themselves in and out. Parents should also sign in and out at the front desk if they plan to wait for their child. An adult must accompany children under age 10 if not in a class at all times. Parents are encouraged to wait for their child if they are under 5 years old.
Membership - Each youth who registers with the Youth Center between the ages of 10 and 18 (still enrolled in high school) will be issued a membership card. The membership card will show proof of authorization for use of the club facilities. This membership card is essential for the safety and well-being of each child. With this card, we have means of contacting parents in case of an emergency.
Upon entering the building, youth will show their membership card to the staff at the front desk and also sign in. Youth are required to have the card on them at all times. If a youth comes to the center without a membership card, he/she will be issued a temporary card that can be used for that day only. Only three temporary cards will be issued during a month; after that, the youth will be issued a new card. Only one replacement card will be issued free of charge. After that, the cost will be $1.
Sign-ups for community Little League, football, cheerleading, youth soccer and youth basketball also take place at the Youth Center. Although the leagues are independent parent-run organizations, the Youth Center will provide parents pertinent league information.
Food & Beverage
Looking for some place to grab a quick bite to eat? Want to watch the big game? Nothing to do tonight? Call some friends and be prepared to eat, drink and be merry! There’s something for everyone. Enjoy nightly entertainment in a relaxed environment at Reunions Pub. Have Reunions Deli cater your next command function, or treat yourself to a great sandwich or salad one afternoon for lunch. At the Fouled Anchor Lounge, don’t miss all the rushes, passes and fumbles on Sunday’s during football season. The atmospheres are all pleasant and inviting, and a good time is sure to be had by all.
Phone: (860) 694-1751
Opened in October 2003, Reunions Pub is an all-hands, smoke-free environment with an enclosed, on-site cigar lounge that boasts its own circulation system. The comfortable, nostalgic, “Cheers-like” atmosphere is enhanced by the mahogany paneling and interesting sports, movies and music memorabilia adorning the walls. A dance floor, custom made mahogany bar, seating for 200 and total capacity of 300 patrons makes Reunions Pub a favorite place for special functions, command events, wedding receptions and birthdays.
Reunions will host specially scheduled live feeds of many major sporting events through Direct TV. Watch your favorite game or show on the big screen TV, play darts or pool and listen to the satellite jukebox. Enjoy live entertainment and karaoke nights, and take advantage of great drink specials.
Phone: (860) 694-3433
Located in the same building as SUBASE Lanes and Reunions Pub, Reunions Deli offers a wide variety of foods, such as pizza (by the slice or whole pies available), grinders, sandwiches and salads. Eat-in, take out, or have it delivered. Catering services are available, which is great for command functions, weddings and birthdays. Reunions Deli also serves breakfast Monday through Friday.
Phone: (860) 694 -3405
The Fouled Anchor Lounge
Phone: (860) 694 -3405
Opened in 2008, SUBASE’s new Officers and Chiefs clubs offer a wonderful opportunity for social interaction and collegiality.
Both clubs are located in Building 429.
Menus change weekly and operating hours are:
The Dive (Officers Club) – Tuesday (Lunch)
11 a.m. to 1 p.m; Friday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Fouled Anchor Lounge (Chiefs Club) – Monday - Friday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday (Lunch) 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The clubs are available to host ceremonies, gatherings, or parties. A Meeting and Function Room is also available.
For more information call (860) 694-3405.