While it is still winter, and snow is on the ground in some places, it is the time of year to plan ahead for the summer. Summer camps release dates and times and quickly fill up, so now is the time to find and pick summer camps. If you are looking for a way to send your military kids to camp, and potentially save a little money while you are at it.
4H Military Partnership Camps
These 4H camps are designed specifically for military-connected children. Each camp length and time differ per state, so check out the locations and information about each camp here.
Camp Corral is a camp for children ages 8-15 who have a parent who is wounded, ill, injured, or fallen. Camps are located all over the United States. Camps are free of charge to military families with a $30.00 refundable deposit to hold the position. Camps vary in length and style based on the location of the camp.
The camp in Michigan offers five weeks of one-week long camp for seven to twelve-year-olds with military parents. The Camp is operated by the Department of Michigan and Veterans of Foreign Affairs and is taking applications now. There is a $300 fee for the camp.
The Department of the Defense Youth Program provides fourth, fifth, and sixth graders with STEM-based education at National Guard, Marine, Air Force, and Army bases around the United States. There are 70 locations across the United States this summer, check them out here.
Military Teen Adventure Camps
For teens of active duty, guard, reserve, and retired military personnel, military teen adventure camps offer a unique outdoor camp at no cost. There are funds available to help with transportation as well. You can search camps by location and date.
Operation Purple Camp
The National Military Family Association offers Operation Purple Camp in the summer. It is a camp for military children, typically ages 8 and up, and offers overnight camps. The camps vary in availability and location and fill up quickly, so check out the camps now. Campers enjoy activities including music, nature programs, swimming, boating, athletics, and leadership activities.
Operation Camp Program
The Armed Services YMCA offers a camp program through their Operation Camp Program. The offerings range from day, overnight, and holiday camps depending on the local branch. Some local branches, like ASYMCA San Diego, have the Horse of the Sun Ranch which offers equestrian camps. The program is offered at a no-cost or low cost, depending on the activity.
This summer camp CRISTA Camps offers summer overnight camps for children of active duty, reserve, and retired military at the western-themed Miracle Ranch in Washington. The rates are based on rank, so are at a sliding rate. Gold Star families’ children can attend fee-free. The overnight camp offers activities like canoeing, disc golf, archery, high ropes, horseback, and arts and crafts.
Have a favorite summer camp you send your military kids to? Let us know in the comments!