Summer Camps for Military Kids
There are several summer camps that are offer free or have discounted rates for military kids. Ready? Let’s explore a few…
Operation: Military Kids supports all military youth whose parents are deployed, deploying or have recently returned from deployment. Camp dates haven’t been released for 2014 yet, so bookmark their page and check back.
Camp Corral is a free camp for military kids aged 8 to 15. Although it is open to all military kids, with priority given to the children of wounded, disabled or fallen service members. There are 20 camps spread across 16 states. The week-long camp is filled with outdoor activities like canoeing, swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, rope course challenges, archery, and horseback riding. The week also allows campers to create friendships and bond with other kids who share a similar family situation.
ASYMCA — The Armed Services YMCA (or ASYMCA) has at their 33 branches which offer junior enlisted families the chance to participate in family, youth, and teen camps year-round. These camps and other free programs provide support to military families. Camp details vary by location, so check with your local ASYMCA for dates and activities.
American Wanderer Summer Camp offers 2-week sessions for kids ages 11 to 17 to explore America’s National Parks in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. Children of active duty, Reserve, National Guard, retired and former service members are all eligible to apply for their scholarship.
Military Teen Adventure Camps offer more than 40 camps across the country for military teens aged 14 to 18. They include activities like sailing, kayaking, caving, rock climbing and whitewater rafting. These camps aren’t limited to the summer, with camps held during the winter to offer a completely different kind of adventure! Camp information for 2014 hasn’t been released at this time, so bookmark the site and check back.
Camps through your local military installation are often overlooked. Many bases have summer camps for kids, as well as camps throughout the year during times like Spring Break when kids are out of school.