Operation Purple Camps

Official Operation Purple Sponsor
What’s Operation Purple® Camp, and why is it PURPLE?

That’s a great question, we’re glad you asked! At OPC, we offer military kids a FREE WEEK of camp where they connect with other kids, just like them. And purple happens to be the perfect mix of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force Blue, Marine Corps Red, and Navy blue. In the military world, purple symbolizes all who serve, and at our Association, we know families serve, too! 

Does your family have a service member returning from a deployment, gearing up to deploy, or finding a new normal after an injury? Let us help your child prepare and cope. When your military kid attends Operation Purple Camp, they’ll thrive in an environment with fully trained counselors and camp staff experienced in helping children adapt and overcome the stressors of military life.

Operation Purple Camp has served over 58,000 military kids since its inception in 2004, and the memories made last a lifetime. You’ll never forget the pride on their face when they return home from camp, and they’ll never forget this amazing experience.

Check out our camp locations below:

2016 Camp Location Map
Operation Purple: A program of the National Military Family Association
Find a Camp

Cooper Landing, AK

Nestled among the spruce forests along Kenai Lake in Cooper Landing, Camp K provides the perfect environment for youth to explore the natural world around them, engage in a variety of challenging activities and form friendships that can last a lifetime. With the supportive guidance of camp counselors, campers build their own unique community, in which youth and teens can thrive--experiencing a sense of belonging, connectedness, safety, and appreciation.

Oracle, AZ

Only 40 miles north of greater Tucson in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains, Triangle Y Ranch Camp offers a unique adventure experience for kids and families. For over 50 years Tri-Y Ranch has been a place for campers to learn, grow, and develop lifelong friendships. Our dedicated staff always put the needs of the child first. If your child wants to experience an adventure, while making new friends and having the time of their lives, then Triangle Y Ranch Camp is the place to be!

Angelus Oaks, CA - Session I

Through camping, youth from diverse backgrounds develop important skills such as socialization, self-reliance, problem solving and an appreciation of and commitment to the natural environment. They make their own decisions, have fun and are adventurous. Through a group living experience, youth learn more about themselves and others. Individuals become friends, and they learn understanding, acceptance and trust. A relaxed, open atmosphere in a natural environment provides children with relief from the stress of daily experiences. Children can learn to be successful in a variety of activities at camp. Success builds a feeling of self-confidence and a desire to further develop newly acquired skills.

Angelus Oaks, CA - Session II

Through camping, youth from diverse backgrounds develop important skills such as socialization, self-reliance, problem solving and an appreciation of and commitment to the natural environment. They make their own decisions, have fun and are adventurous. Through a group living experience, youth learn more about themselves and others. Individuals become friends, and they learn understanding, acceptance and trust. A relaxed, open atmosphere in a natural environment provides children with relief from the stress of daily experiences. Children can learn to be successful in a variety of activities at camp. Success builds a feeling of self-confidence and a desire to further develop newly acquired skills.

Andover, CT

We believe all children should have the opportunity to connect with the outdoors through recreational and educational camp experiences regardless of economic, physical or developmental challenges. We have programs for children as young as 3 to adults. Each year nearly 3,000 individuals ages 3-25 from Connecticut and areas throughout New England attend the Channel 3 Kids Camp in Andover, CT. The unique, year-round program makes it possible for all children to attend camp without financial restrictions. Military Kids Camp week is designed to foster camaraderie, community and support for children of parents serving in the military. Year-round Teen Leadership Program: social, academic, career and cultural development for 'graduated' campers. Siblings Connection session which reunites separated siblings in foster care through a therapeutic camp experience. Partners with Camp Abilities for a summer session and throughout the year to provide camping experiences to children who are visually impaired, blind or deaf blind. Partners with MDA for a week of summer camp called Camp Courage. Partners with American Dermatology Association for a week of camp for children with serious skin conditions. Camp Ventures after-school enrichment classes for elementary schools that provides fun, educational, scientific based classes in an after school format.

Pierson, FL

The Florida Sheriffs Youth Camp provides a wholesome atmosphere and positive camp experience for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 17. Activities include archery, high ropes, swimming and canoeing on one of Florida's spring fed rivers. Our camp honors our military youth and their service. The camp also provides an opportunity for Deputy Sheriffs and other Law Enforcement Volunteers to get personally involved with the youngsters and build positive, healthy relationships. Campers live in cabins while learning how to share and get along within a group setting. Every day contains a healthy balance of activities and service, providing a valuable lesson for maturing youth. Strong and devoted leadership is the key to a successful camping experience. The Florida Sheriffs Youth Camp is honored to serve as an Operation Purple Camp this summer.

Inglis, FL

The Florida Sheriffs Caruth Camp provides a wholesome atmosphere and positive camp experience for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 17. Activities include archery, high ropes, swimming and canoeing on one of Florida's spring fed rivers. Our camp honors our military youth and their service. The camp also provides an opportunity for Deputy Sheriffs and other Law Enforcement Volunteers to get personally involved with the youngsters and build positive, healthy relationships. Campers live in cabins while learning how to share and get along within a group setting. Every day contains a healthy balance of activities and service, providing a valuable lesson for maturing youth. Strong and devoted leadership is the key to a successful camping experience. Caruth Camp is honored to serve as an Operation Purple Camp again this summer.

Waialua, HI

At camp, kids put down their phones and make sincere connections with each other and their counselors. In our intentional environment, kids learn 21st century skills that will help them succeed in college and the real world. Camp Erdman is so much more than archery, the ropes courses and camp outs. It's a safe place for kids to discover who they are, improve skills and develop independence. Our goal is to create a nurturing, yet challenging community where your child can thrive.

Princeton, IN

We look forward to meeting you this summer as you take off and enjoy building new friendships and taking part in the many activities we have to offer such as: Horseback, Water-ziplines, the Blob, various water inflatables, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, fishing, swimming, mountain-bikes and mountain-boards, climbing, Gaga, Human Foosball, archery, riflery, craft, pottery, drums, disc golf, soccer, basketball, and so much more. Located in the heart of the mid-west we are only a matter of hours from many major cities. 35 minutes north of Evansville, IN, 2.5 hours from Indianapolis, IN and St Louis, MO 1.75 hour from Louisville, KY, 3 hours from Nashville, TN, Cincinnati OH and Lexington, KY and about 6.5 hours from Chicago, IL. This will be our 9th summer to offer camps exclusively to military families camp and consider it a great honor and privilege to serve our military communities in this way.

Elmdale, KS

CAMP WOOD YMCA is a traditional summer camp located in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Campers will live in cabins with 9 other campers. Every effort is made to have two adult staff in each cabin. Activities may include swimming, fishing, horse back ride, nature, arts and crafts, games, campfire, and more. CAMP WOOD YMCA will be celebrating 100 years of summer camp during the 2016 season.

LeBlanc, LA - Session I

Uskichitto Retreat Center is an American Camping Association accredited summer camp and retreat facility nestled in over 120 acres of pine and hardwood forest. The ACA accreditation is attained by adhering to more than 300 health and safety guidelines. Our site is made up of five cabins, an enclosed and air-conditioned pavilion, a spacious dining facility, and several outdoor gazebos. Each cabin features air-conditioning and bathroom facilities. Meals are prepared in-house; we are happy to accommodate your child's allergies or dietary restrictions and preferences in a sensitive and professional manner. At URC our staff undergo three weeks of training in preparation for summer. Each of our summer staff is certified in CPR and first aid procedures. Uskichitto Retreat Center is an adventure-styled camp with outdoor activities that include archery and riflery, low ropes challenge course, high ropes challenge course with 250-ft zip line, climbing tower with four levels of difficulty, and a day-long canoe trip down the scenic Uskichitto River. Campers swim every day in our pool staffed by certified lifeguards. We also have a small farm program with raised garden beds and a chicken coop that the campers help maintain. For more information or questions about our camp please call (337) 738-4218 or refer to our website.

LeBlanc, LA - Session II

Uskichitto Retreat Center is an American Camping Association accredited summer camp and retreat facility nestled in over 120 acres of pine and hardwood forest. The ACA accreditation is attained by adhering to more than 300 health and safety guidelines. Our site is made up of five cabins, an enclosed and air-conditioned pavilion, a spacious dining facility, and several outdoor gazebos. Each cabin features air-conditioning and bathroom facilities. Meals are prepared in-house; we are happy to accommodate your child's allergies or dietary restrictions and preferences in a sensitive and professional manner. At URC our staff undergo three weeks of training in preparation for summer. Each of our summer staff is certified in CPR and first aid procedures. Uskichitto Retreat Center is an adventure-styled camp with outdoor activities that include archery and riflery, low ropes challenge course, high ropes challenge course with 250-ft zip line, climbing tower with four levels of difficulty, and a day-long canoe trip down the scenic Uskichitto River. Campers swim every day in our pool staffed by certified lifeguards. We also have a small farm program with raised garden beds and a chicken coop that the campers help maintain. For more information or questions about our camp please call (337) 738-4218 or refer to our website.

North East, MD

Established in 2005, NorthBay adventure camp is a $33 million facility located in the Elk Neck State Park at the head of the Chesapeake Bay. NorthBay opens its doors to outside groups providing them the opportunity to rent our facilities that boast space for over 500 visitors. NorthBay's Guest Services team will work with each organization to ensure that their needs and goals are met. Whether you are looking for a location for a church retreat or a business related team building experience NorthBay is the place for you. At NorthBay we offer our guests unparalleled service, high adventure and state-of-the-art facilities in a pristine setting. Our professional staff partners with each group's mission and works one-on-one with them to ensure that their every need is met and their retreat runs perfectly. NorthBay's state-of-the-art facilities are designed to create an environmentally friendly, warm, and welcoming atmosphere. Our pristine facilities coupled with our unmatched service and attention to detail fosters an atmosphere where life-changing decisions can be made.

Middleville, MI

YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin has everything your child needs for an unforgettable camp experience. From learning new skills and making new friends, to finding new passions and gaining confidence- they'll get more out of summer at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin. With customized programs and daily activities designed to teach important life skills like communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and cooperation, your camper will gain a lot more than just good times. Our dedicated, experienced staff are trained to carry out the Y's core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and inclusion in all that they do- ensuring your child has a safe, engaging, and rewarding experience. During our Overnight Camp, your camper will be guided by responsible counselors as they enjoy traditional camp activities- from the opening campfire, arts and crafts, boating, cabin activities, and swimming time to the farewell fire on the closing night of camp.

Lake Park, MN

For over 100 years YMCA Camp Cormorant has offered spirit, tradition, leadership and exceptional facilities to campers. The camp is nestled on 80 acres of wooded property with an extensive beach front on Big Cormorant Lake. Cormorant provides a unique outdoor environment with cozy cabins, athletic fields, a sand volleyball court, horse trails, extensive beach front and much more. Some of the camping activities include swimming, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, water tramp, archery, climbing wall, ropes course, zip-line, arts & crafts and more.

Hendersonville, NC - Session I

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina on 1400 acres, Camp Bob at Kanuga will host 100 campers ages 7-16. Through our residential, overnight programs, campers will completely unplug and be away from stresses of everyday life. Campers will learn about themselves and their community through intentional skill based programming and traditional camp activities. At check in, campers will receive their squadron assignments based on their ages and genders. Each squadron will have the opportunity during the week the experience archery, rock climbing, canoeing, low ropes, hiking to a view point, and the opportunity to leave their legacy through their squadron's service project.

Hendersonville, NC - Session II

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina on 1400 acres, Camp Bob at Kanuga will host 100 campers ages 7-16. Through our residential, overnight programs, campers will completely unplug and be away from stresses of everyday life. Campers will learn about themselves and their community through intentional skill based programming and traditional camp activities. At check in, campers will receive their squadron assignments based on their ages and genders. Each squadron will have the opportunity during the week the experience archery, rock climbing, canoeing, low ropes, hiking to a view point, and the opportunity to leave their legacy through their squadron's service project.

Parkton, NC

Rockfish Camp and Retreat center sits on 486 acres in Parkton, NC just outside of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Rockfish offers everything from team building to archery, hay rides to the climbing tower, s'mores to lake toys, and so much more. There is something new each day! Our qualified and highly trained staff offer leadership, guidance, personal growth, and of course the fun to campers! Join us for new adventures that will last a lifetime!

Angola, NY

For 10 years, Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center has provided a safe environment for the children of military families to come together and be kids. The continuous strain of a high operation tempo in the military today can be tough on kids and Pioneer offers many fun activities such as high ropes, tubing, crafts, low ropes, games, etc. and programing to help them learn how to deal with some of the stresses that come with military life. Being with other kids with the same background helps make instant friends among the campers.

Gerty, OK

Tinker AFB Youth Programs is hosting Operation Purple at Camp Walk on Water (WOW) which is located 2.6 miles east of Highway 75 near Gerty, Oklahoma on approximately 800 acres. The facilities include: a well-equipped game room; the dining area has a stage, game room in an upstairs loft - all with audio and video capabilities; there is a large open air building for meetings and late night parties; the sleeping arrangements are individual bays with bathrooms and individual showers in every bay (each group will be divided by age/gender); covered and lighted Basketball courts; 2 lighted sand volleyball courts; and several recreation fields. The waterfront area is split into two major sections, with a big lake and an Activities lake. The water activities include: water basketball, volleyball, polo, 75ft. speed slide, water zip-line, rings, the Iceberg, and the Blob. The ropes course has two main areas: high and low ropes.

Lyons, OR - Session II

The Tsuga Community Commission has provided Operation Purple Camp in Oregon since 2008. Oregon is predominately made up of military families associated with the Reserves and National Guard. We go beyond the national curriculum and build a program that meets the unique needs of Oregon families. There will be morning environmental education field studies on the lake, at the river or in the forest. Afternoon recreations will include Swimming, Field Games, Hikes, Arts and Crafts, a Snack Shack and more. We'll have the classic all-camp games like Capture the Flag and Counselor Hunt. Oregon's National Guard will be involved in a military theme day where campers can learn more about what their parents do when they're away overseas. Each evening there will be a full campfire program and two late night activities will include a nigh hike and an outdoor movie under the stars with popcorn. We turn off the technology for a full week and exercise interpersonal skills. Our staff are well trained and recruited from other programs - they're very good at what they do. Everyone over 18 is background checked and our nurse on site is credentialed.

Lyons, OR - Session I

The Tsuga Community Commission has provided Operation Purple Camp in Oregon since 2008. Oregon is predominately made up of military families associated with the Reserves and National Guard. We go beyond the national curriculum and build a program that meets the unique needs of Oregon families. There will be morning environmental education field studies on the lake, at the river or in the forest. Afternoon recreations will include Swimming, Field Games, Hikes, Arts and Crafts, a Snack Shack and more. We'll have the classic all-camp games like Capture the Flag and Counselor Hunt. Oregon's National Guard will be involved in a military theme day where campers can learn more about what their parents do when they're away overseas. Each evening there will be a full campfire program and two late night activities will include a nigh hike and an outdoor movie under the stars with popcorn. We turn off the technology for a full week and exercise interpersonal skills. Our staff are well trained and recruited from other programs - they're very good at what they do. Everyone over 18 is background checked and our nurse on site is credentialed.

Wernersville, PA

Our traditional overnight camp program, YMCA Camp Conrad Weiser offers one and two-week sessions for young people 7-15 who are ready to discover themselves, develop their potential and assert their independence as part of a nurturing and accepting community. While our camp focuses on developing new friends, self-discovery through adventure and fostering a sense of service to others, we pride ourselves on creating an experience as unique as each of our campers.

Custer, SD

Located amongst granite outcroppings in the southern Black Hills, Outlaw Ranch is open year round, offering summer youth camps, family camp, year round retreats for youth and adults, as well as hosting business gatherings and family reunions. Our incredible staff work with our campers to create a memorable week of activities and personal growth. Campers have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of activities including: horseback riding, canoeing, hiking, biking, low ropes challenge course, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, campfires, arts and crafts, overnight camp outs, and more! Activities are age appropriate, and may not be available to all ages. At Outlaw Ranch, campers will experience a safe, fun, and memorable week of camp!

Nashville, TN

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan's Resident Camp is the heart and soul of the summer camp experience. It is where imagination comes alive! Here, campers get a feel for the variety of activities that Camp Widjiwagan offers as they spend a week participating in cabin activities and exciting programs and focusing on developing various skills of their own choosing.

Hunt, TX

YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow, San Antonio's resident camp, is located along the banks of the Guadalupe River in Hunt, TX about 80 miles west of San Antonio. We are proud to state that our activities are centered on the character values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith. At camp, values are acquired, relationships built, and new exciting skills learned. From the moment campers arrive they are welcomed, appreciated, and cherished. All camp activities are designed to build self-esteem, promote cooperation and model healthy relationships. Campers from ages 8 to 15 leave with new friends, increased self-confidence and memories that last a lifetime!

Williamsburg, VA - Session I

Jamestown 4-H Center is located on 16 waterfront acres just outside of Colonial Williamsburg along the shores of the James River. Since 1948, we have been offering summer camp programs for children in a fun, safe, supportive and inclusive environment. Our programs are designed to enable children to learn new skills, build confidence and gain independence. Campers choose from the following activities: swimming, boating, nature, creative arts, athletics, shooting sports plus much more! Our camp counselors serve as positive role models and leaders and encourage children to create memories and make friends that will last a lifetime.

Williamsburg, VA - Session II

Jamestown 4-H Center is located on 16 acres waterfront acres just outside of Colonial Williamsburg along the shores of the James River. Since 1948, we have been offering summer camp programs for children in a fun, safe, supportive and inclusive environment. Our programs are designed to enable children to learn new skills, build confidence and gain independence. Campers choose from the following activities: swimming, boating, nature, creative arts, athletics, shooting sports plus much more! Our camp counselors serve as positive role models and leaders and encourage children to create memories and make friends that will last a lifetime.

Ellensburg, WA - Session I

Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center is located in the heart of Washington state just two hours east of Seattle on 110 acres of mixed fir and pine forest. Our camp is situated in Manastash Canyon in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains, affording us beautiful ridge hikes and a gorgeous setting. Here at Lazy F, we host non-profit groups year-round for retreats, meetings, and conferences. As a ministry of the United Methodist Church, the heart of our mission is in providing summer camps for children and youth. We know kids and provide a fun, fulfilling camp experience. We operate on a small group model, where campers have a chance to really connect with a core group of other kids and counselors and form genuine relationships with one another. We also offer opportunities for campers to try out and build confidence in a range of activities, from climbing a rock wall to hiking to archery and more.

Ellensburg, WA - Session II

Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center is located in the heart of Washington state just two hours east of Seattle on 110 acres of mixed fir and pine forest. Our camp is situated in Manastash Canyon in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains, affording us beautiful ridge hikes and a gorgeous setting. Here at Lazy F, we host non-profit groups year-round for retreats, meetings, and conferences. As a ministry of the United Methodist Church, the heart of our mission is in providing summer camps for children and youth. We know kids and provide a fun, fulfilling camp experience. We operate on a small group model, where campers have a chance to really connect with a core group of other kids and counselors and form genuine relationships with one another. We also offer opportunities for campers to try out and build confidence in a range of activities, from climbing a rock wall to hiking to archery and more.

High View, WV

Camp Sandy Cove is an overnight kids camp for boys and girls located near Winchester, Virginia, in High View, West Virginia, also within driving distance of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. Summer Camp offers a variety of activities including: horseback riding, trapeze, archery, canoeing, mountain boarding, skateboarding, video editing, sports, drama, dance, tennis, photography, swimming, guitar, self-defense, gymnastics, chess, crafts, air riflery, outdoor cooking and more! Campers will be housed in cabins with others of the same age and gender. Each cabin will have at least two staff members who will provide quality care, leadership and guidance. Camp Sandy Cove boasts a ratio of better than 1 staff member for every 3 children. This high ratio allows for quality interaction and supervision. Our staff are here to make your child's experience amazing!

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