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Operation Purple Camp Provides Free Summer Experience for Children of Deployed or Deploying Troops

Applications are now being accepted for Operation Purple Camp, a one-weekend long summer adventure especially for children of uniformed service members who have been, are currently, or will be deployed.

Camp is free. You just have to spring for travel costs.

These camps will enable your child or children between the ages of 7 and 17 (depending on the camp and dates) to experience a number of outdoor adventures with other children from all the services going through the same experience: The deployment of a parent or guardian.

The program is occurring at 14 different sites around the country. Specific activities vary by campsite, but frequently include things like rock climbing, archery, arts & crafts, swimming, hiking and ropes courses.

Check the link above to learn the dates at each site and what ages the camp will accept.

Specific activities vary by campsite and age cohort, but frequently include things like rock climbing, archery, arts & crafts, swimming, hiking and ropes courses.

These activities are incidental, however: The main purpose of the Operation Purple Camp is to help children develop some tools to help them cope with the stress of having a family member deployed.

They are open to children of servicemembers of all ranks, and in all the services, including the Coast Guard, National Health Service and National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), provided they have a family member who has been, is or will be deployed during this year’s “window” of September 2012 to December 2013.

Operation Purple Camp is affiliated with the Military Family Association – which just announced earlier this month that they received the sought-after four-star rating – the top possible score from for efficiency and good stewardship of charitable donations – for the 10th year in a row.

For more information about Operation Purple Camp, to fill out an application for your child, to volunteer or to make a much-needed contribution, visit the Military Family Association Website.

In addition to the camps for children, Operation Purple also sponsors family retreats and Healing Adventures – a special program for families of wounded servicemembers and their families.

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