Operation: Military Kids Summer Camps
Operation: Military Kids and the Dept. of Defense's Joint Family Support Assistance Program (JFSAP) are pleased to announce multiple camp opportunities for military kids this summer.
Five residential camps exclusively designed for military kids are scheduled throughout the summer at the Iowa 4-H Center, near Madrid, Iowa. Eligible campers are the dependent children, dependent stepchildren, or siblings of Iowa's Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, or Marines and include Guard, Reserve, or Active-duty. Accepted campers will pay a registration fee of $25.00, the remainder of the camp costs will be covered by the OMK Camp Initiative grant.
Dates and ages are:
June 14-20 Ages 9-11
June 21-27 Ages 12-14
July 12-18 Ages 15-18
July 26-Aug. 1 Ages 12-14
Aug. 2-8 Ages 9-11
The Iowa 4-H Center is an American Camp Association accredited camp. Learn more about the 4-H Center at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4hcenter/aboutus/index.php
OMK Summer Camps are designed as fun retreats full of activities to aid military kids in building resiliency and coping skills in a safe environment. During Challenge activities, including a high ropes course and climbing wall, creek walks, and campfire reflections, campers will have the opportunity to interact with other military kids facing similar stressors, develop and strengthen their communication skills, reflect on their own situations, and look outside themselves to a larger world and their ability to impact that world.
Campers will spend their mornings sampling an activity from each of the camp's five main program areas: outdoor camping, shooting sports, challenge course, waterfront, and camp craft. In the afternoon they will go swimming and participate in programming designed just for Military Kids. Evenings include campfire programs, skit night, and other crazy themed all-camp events.
Information and application forms are available on the Internet at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/omk/CalendarOfEvents.htm Application deadline is May 1, 2009.Questions about the camping opportunities should be directed to Liz Mettille, OMK Camp Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org ).