Family and MWR — A to Z: O is for Outdoor Adventure Center Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Soldiers take part in paintball activities on one of the Outdoor Adventure Center’s paintball fields. The Outdoor Adventure Center offers FMWR authorized patrons numerous opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
By Megan O’Donoghue
Special to GUIDON
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Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation provides a variety of programs and services that create an environment where Soldiers and Families can thrive. The Family and MWR programs are proof of the Army’s commitment to support and care for all who defend the nation and their family members.

Continuing our series FMWR A to Z, today’s highlight is O is for Outdoor Adventure Center

The FMWR outdoor recreation programs build a sense of community, promote skill development, and provide for stress relief and enjoyment while conserving and protecting wildlife, forests, wetlands, and other natural resources.

Fort Leonard Wood is a gateway to the Missouri Ozarks, a sportsman’s paradise offering more than any hunter, fisherman, or outdoor enthusiast, could find the leisure time to do. For fishermen, the rivers and streams flowing through and near the post are crystal clear, providing an ideal home for small-mouth and large-mouth bass, goggle eye (rock bass), bluegill, catfish, stocked trout and more. Hunters will find the woods thick with deer, rabbit, squirrel, quail and wild turkey. Cave lovers will be happy to hear that Missouri is often called the Cave State. There are several caves on Fort Leonard Wood, and new caves are discovered statewide each year.

OAC has the equipment needed to assist self-directed pursuit of outdoor activities. The OAC Pro Shop has a variety of rental items as well as a retail operation. The store offers a large selection of quality gear for fishing, hunting, camping, boating and more. OAC can order any firearms, archery, and any other sporting goods. They also maintain a federal firearms license and can provide intra state gun shipping and receiving. A small fee is charged and a NICS background check is mandatory on all gun sales.

Additionally, the center stocks a variety of equipment to help out with large gatherings and parties such as large barbecues and inflatable bouncers. Plus if you want to know where to find the best hiking trails, caves or fishing hot spots, the Outdoor Adventure Center staff can assist you.

Two skeet fields as well as two trap fields are available on site. Practice range is open during operational hours. Everything you need to shoot is available at the center, if you don’t have a firearm to use, 12 and 20 gage Browning, Remington, Beretta are available for use on the ranges with no fee. Basic instructions are available as well; just ask one of the OAC team members.

Simulate the battlefield experience, take your friends out for the unique, hands-on experience of moving under direct fire, quick decision making, and forming field combat strategy at the OAC Paintball fields. The venter has two paintball fields available for play, a speed course and a wooded course, with an inflatable course for special events.

The center also has over fifty paintball guns available for rent and all supplies needed to play.

OAC outfits thousands of recreational floaters each year and the Big Piney offers a floating experience enjoyable for both beginners and experts. Floating down the Big Piney allows you to view Fort Leonard Wood from a whole different perspective. OAC has two and four hour float trips and will transport you to your point of entry or you can rent a canoe or kayak and float at your leisure. Walk ins are welcome, customize floats are available for large groups.

The Family & MWR Outdoor Recreation program is proud to participate in the Warrior Adventure Quest Program.  

WAQ is a reintegration program to help Soldiers understand how they might be responding to stress and excitement following a deployment. Using adventure-based activities to help promote positive adrenaline responses, these activities serve as emotional and behavioral outlets from positive or negative reactions to situations. WAQ can also have secondary benefits to include: increased unit cohesion and Esprit de Corps, improving morale and communication, and developing trust and teamwork. For more information regarding Warrior Adventure Quest call the Outdoor Adventure Center.

The OAC contributes to military mission readiness through adventure and challenge-type activities that tests functional fitness and motor skills, and enhances unit cohesion. The OAC offers diverse, healthful, vigorous, and comprehensive outdoor recreation activities and instruction for active duty, Family members, Department of Defense civilians and other authorized patrons to enjoy.

For more information or to review prices and policies visit or call 596-4223.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 April 2013 )