Operation Purple Camps

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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!

At Operation Purple Camp, being a military kid ROCKS and we celebrate by bringing together kids from all ranks and services, including National Guard and Reserve components. They bond through a unique and memorable “purple” summer camp experience, which includes everything from kayaking and hiking to rock climbing, and zip lining. The only thing better than that? S’MORES!




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Operation Purple: A program of the National Military Family Association
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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.

Prescott, AZ

Sky Y and Chauncey Ranch camps make our children better people. This is our goal, our passion, our mission. It's what separates us from all other camps. Our activities, from rock climbing to dance to swimming, emphasize human values such as self-esteem, caring and responsibility. These life-changing transformations essentially will be invisible in the eyes of your kids; they'll just have fun. But these traits, by all known standards of humanity, are values your children can carry with them always. They will be guideposts by which they will be measured as they pass through life. Do they treat their brothers and sisters with love and respect? Later on, their wives or husbands with honesty and caring? And their own children with the adoration you have for them today? We keep all of this in mind while making sure your children have the time of their life. Activities in the weeklong camps range from ceramics and photography to bouldering and ranch work. All the while, your children will be learning internal values that are not emphasized in summer camps offered by other public and private institutions. We are the Y, where your child is never a number. He or she is a precious child who needs the guidance we provide for their lives today and the days ahead. Activities include: horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, high ropes, zipline, climbing tower, arts/crafts, archery, swimming, hiking, ceramics, cooking, photography, music and more.

Angelus Oaks, CA - Session II

Camp Nawakwa was established in 1947 and is located in the beautiful Barton Flats area of the San Bernardino Mountains, in Southern California. The private 14-acre site is in the middle of the National Forest. Camp Nawakwa sits at an elevation of 6850' at the northern foot of the San Gorgonio Wilderness. We focus on connecting youth from military families, through the OPC program, as they share with their peers the experience of growing up in a military family. Through a hands-on approach youth will learn about the natural world in a safe camp setting. Our program will focus on developing 21st century skills such as critical thinking, communication and social skills. Our goal is for all our youth to return home with a greater understanding of themselves, be more confident with a greater sense of independence and self reliance. We offer activities such as swimming, archery, survival skills, arts & crafts, canoeing, fishing, dance & drama, climbing tower, team building and numerous evening programs. All our staff are trained, certified and background checked.

Angelus Oaks, CA - Session I

Camp Nawakwa was established in 1947 and is located in the beautiful Barton Flats area of the San Bernardino Mountains, in Southern California. The private 14-acre site is in the middle of the National Forest. Camp Nawakwa sits at an elevation of 6850' at the northern foot of the San Gorgonio Wilderness. We focus on connecting youth from military families, through the OPC program, as they share with their peers the experience of growing up in a military family. Through a hands-on approach youth will learn about the natural world in a safe camp setting. Our program will focus on developing 21st century skills such as critical thinking, communication and social skills. Our goal is for all our youth to return home with a greater understanding of themselves, be more confident with a greater sense of independence and self reliance. We offer activities such as swimming, archery, survival skills, arts & crafts, canoeing, fishing, dance & drama, climbing tower, team building and numerous evening programs. All our staff are trained, certified and background checked.

Andover, CT

Channel 3 Kids Camp is a traditional overnight camp offering swimming instruction, free swim, high/low ropes courses, archery, athletics, arts & crafts, performing arts, photography, circus arts, pioneering, reading/writing, computers, video production and more. During Operation Purple week we partner with the CT National Guard to bring specific activities and resources out for children from military families. We are also an inclusive camp serving children of all abilities and when needed can provide 1:1 support to a camper.

Inglis, FL

The Florida Sheriffs Caruth Camp will provide a wholesome atmosphere and positive camping experience for deserving boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 15. 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 between work and play, 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.

Eatonton, GA

Are you read for an adventure? Spend the week exploring the magic of the Georgia piedmont! Hike through the forest, investigate the lake ecology, and complete a field study about the original inhabitants of the area! Don't forget about the yummy meals, challenging team building activities, campfires and singing songs at the top of your lungs. Operation Purple Camp - Eatonton provides an opportunity for youth to live, learn, and grow at the world's largest 4-H Center. Campers will leave with great memories, great friends, and a great experience!

Waialua, HI

Kids come back year after year for this six-day overnight camp that emphasizes personal growth and choice. In the mornings campers choose skills they want to learn, such as archery, outdoor living skills, and art, among many other. Out knowledgeable instructors coach them throughout the week to improve in their chosen areas. Later in the day, campers rotate through our activity areas to experience all Camp Erdman has to offer. These activities may include hiking, sports, swimming, and more At night, evening activities include campfires, dance, and a weekly camp out. Campers and counselors spend one night cooking their own food and sleeping in tents under the stars. Our oldest campers spend the night at an off-site destination.

Princeton, IN

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 8th 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. 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.

Elmdale, KS

For 100 years, Camp Wood YMCA has provided safe, fun-filled summer adventures in the heart of the Flint Hills of Kansas. Our 868 acres of pristine prairie, forest, lake, river, and hills are the perfect setting for a variety of aquatic and nature-based programs, while the unspoiled terrain provides a natural backdrop for outdoor play and learning. Cabins and lodges provide shelter while campers experience wonder and fun exploring deep gullies, running on open fields, swimming and boating in cool lake water, learning new skills and marveling at a star-filled sky. Everything we do at Camp Wood YMCA is based on the foundation of the four core values of the YMCA: CARING, HONESTY, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY Our goal is the well-rounded development of youth on physical, emotional, social, mental, and spiritual levels in a fun, safe outdoor atmosphere.

LeBlanc, LA

Uskichitto Retreat Center is a summer camp facility located on 120+ acres of pine forest in Southwest Louisiana. URC offers team building activities such as a small group games and a challenge course. Their goal is to increase interpersonal communications and inspire leadership qualities in each and every camper. They also offer individuals the opportunities to push themselves outside of their comfort zones on the 35 ft climbing tower or high ropes course, with a 250 ft. zip line. Every day at URC is filled with fun and friendship, as well as activities such as mini golf, riflery, archery, sports, songs and games, and crafts! New this year they are excited to provide a vegetable patch for campers to care for and learn about how their food grows. Meals at URC are fun, filling, and always accommodating. Sensitivities and allergies are no problem! Over half of the meals are made from scratch fresh every day.

North East, MD

Since 2004, NorthBay has won the reputation of being one of the mid-Atlantic regions premier retreat destinations. NorthBay's state of the art facilities are designed to create a welcoming environment, while our expert staff partner with your groups mission to ensure an atmosphere where life changing experiences can be had. Located in the beautiful Elk Neck State Park on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay our diverse facility caters to both small intimate groups and large groups of over 600 guests and everything in between. The NorthBay Guest Services Team looks forward to the hosting the Operation Purple Summer Camp this August 2015.

Middleville, MI

YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin offers a unique and memorable experience for your camper, with customized programs and new features each year. Campers will participate in activities that teach them the importance of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, cooperation, and countless other valuable skills. And our dedicated staff is trained to carry out the Y values of caring, honestly, respect, responsibility and inclusion to ensure your child has a safe, positive and enjoyable camp experience. Whether it is making new friends, learning new songs, gaining confidence and independence or telling stories by the campfire, YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin has something for everyone.

McGregor, MN

Catholic Youth Camp is a traditional resident camp. Campers stay in cabins based on age and gender and participate in a variety of activities such as archery, arts and crafts, fishing, swimming, canoeing, dance, drama, sports and group games. During OPC, CYC is a nondenominational camp, open to campers of all backgrounds.

Hendersonville, NC - Session I

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, a unique opportunity awaits children where they can escape the responsibilities of their every day lives and have the time of their life. Campers will form squadrons according to their ages and genders and will have the opportunity to participate in many traditional over night camping activities such as: Swimming, Canoeing, Tie-dye, Archery, Cooperation Courses, Adventure Hikes, Team Sports, Service Projects, Arts and Crafts, Performing Arts, Nature Studies, Gardening, Outdoor Living Skills, and Rock Climbing Camp. All camp activities are lead by our highly trained camp staff who have successfully completed a rigorous staff training and development process. All staff members are certified in First Aid/ CPR/ AED and registered Nurse is also available at all times throughout our camp session. Through our partnership with the National Military Family Association our camp mission and motto for Operation Purple is "Kids Serve Too" and we will be following their set curriculum.

Hendersonville, NC - Session II

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, a unique opportunity awaits children where they can escape the responsibilities of their every day lives and have the time of their life. Campers will form squadrons according to their ages and genders and will have the opportunity to participate in many traditional over night camping activities such as: Swimming, Canoeing, Tie-dye, Archery, Cooperation Courses, Adventure Hikes, Team Sports, Service Projects, Arts and Crafts, Performing Arts, Nature Studies, Gardening, Outdoor Living Skills, and Rock Climbing Camp. All camp activities are lead by our highly trained camp staff who have successfully completed a rigorous staff training and development process. All staff members are certified in First Aid/ CPR/ AED and registered Nurse is also available at all times throughout our camp session. Through our partnership with the National Military Family Association our camp mission and motto for Operation Purple is "Kids Serve Too" and we will be following their set curriculum.

Parkton, NC

At Camp Rockfish, campers will experience all that we have to offer in a naturally adventurous atmosphere. Our small groups of 12-16 campers, 2 counselors and 2 support staff create a unique place of belonging. Special attention is paid to fostering deep growth in their selves, positive human relations, and leadership. This week allows campers to explore everything that summer can be, focusing on the traditional camp experience. We offer everything from canoeing to fishing to zip lining. Come and enjoy the Rockfish experience!

Angola, NY

Pioneer has developed a strong partnership with the military community to provide vital outreach to children and families of our military personnel. The OPC program along with the trained and dedicated Pioneer staff will help the campers acquire resiliency and coping skills for managing stresses related to parental deployment; develop healthy and connected relationships with peers and family members; and engage in recreational activities with youth from similar military backgrounds. High ropes, the beach, games, service events and even a field trip are just a few of the activities planned for OPC 2015 at Pioneer.

Stuart, 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 waterfront area is split into two major sections, with a big lake and an Activities lake. The activities lake is also split into two major sections, the sandy bottomed shallow end and the deep end. The water activities include: water basketball, volleyball, polo, and 75ft. speed slide, water zip-line, rings, the iceberg, and the Blob. The ropes course has two main areas: high and low ropes. Camp WOW also offers Late Night themed parties and we will be having three fun filled evenings which may include: the 'Black light Party' with black lights decked out in the party barn with 'glow in the dark'paint, extreme glow games, a choreographer that will teach "pop" style dances, strobe lights, and a state of the art sound system with a deejay; an 'Inflatable Party' with various carnival style activities and food; and the 'Western Barn Dance party' with Buford the Mechanical Bull, Square Dance Instructors, a Hayride, and will be completely decked out with western style decorations.

Eugene, OR - Session II

Tsuga Staff have been managing Operation Purple Camp in Oregon since 2006. Join us this summer and enjoy a week of nice cabins, warm and healthy food, planned activities, environmental education, recreation and field games, hiking to waterfalls, arts and crafts, swimming, water slides, night hikes, a camp dance (or outdoor movie with popcorn) and campfire programs that bond us to each other and our shared Oregon military community in a special way! Have a friend who has supported you during a deployment and would enjoy being a buddy at camp? Check out Oregon Summer Star, the program for friends of military-connected youth who want to learn more about how to be a supportive part of our "Purple Community."

Eugene, OR - Session I

Tsuga Staff have been managing Operation Purple Camp in Oregon since 2006. Join us this summer and enjoy a week of nice cabins, warm and healthy food, planned activities, environmental education, recreation and field games, hiking to waterfalls, arts and crafts, swimming, water slides, night hikes, a camp dance (or outdoor movie with popcorn) and campfire programs that bond us to each other and our shared Oregon military community in a special way! Have a friend who has supported you during a deployment and would enjoy being a buddy at camp? Check out Oregon Summer Star, the program for friends of military-connected youth who want to learn more about how to be a supportive part of our "Purple Community."

Wernersville, PA

We welcome you to our 600 mountain top acres in Berks County, Pennsylvania. While we offer a variety of session lengths, ranging from 1-8 weeks, most campers come for 2 or 4 week sessions. We are a coed program for campers 7-16 years old. Young people arrange their own schedules (with staff guidance), choosing from a wide range of activities designed to challenge campers according to their individual needs. Instruction is carefully adjusted to each child's age, interest, and skill. Instructional programs are taught by trained and certified staff, providing the best and safest possible learning experience for each camper. Camp Conrad Weiser Activities include: horseback riding, swimming, boating, athletics, target sports, mountain biking, creative arts, nature, adventure & teen leadership. We also offer a variety of specialty theme camps, adventure trips, teen leadership camps and international travel programs. We can't wait to see you on the mountain!

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. Our goal is to provide a safe, fun, magical and educational experience for all guests and children who come to Camp or the Outdoor Center. Each day, we work to demonstrate the Y's core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility while practicing a "Kids and Guests First" philosophy.

Hunt, TX - Session I

It is true, a summer camp experience at YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow is fun, exciting and adventurous! All camp activities are designed to build self-esteem, promote cooperation, and model healthy relationships. Campers leave camp with new friends, increased self-confidence and memories that last a lifetime. YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow 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. Campers from ages 8 to 15 leave with new friends, increased self-confidence and memories that last a lifetime!

Hunt, TX - Session II

It is true, a summer camp experience at YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow is fun, exciting and adventurous! All camp activities are designed to build self-esteem, promote cooperation, and model healthy relationships. Campers leave camp with new friends, increased self-confidence and memories that last a lifetime. YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow 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. Campers from ages 8 to 15 leave with new friends, increased self-confidence and memories that last a lifetime!

Ellensburg, WA - Session I

Lazy F is a one-of-a-kind, co-ed, residential summer camp located just two hours from Seattle in an incredible canyon in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Whether this will be your first summer or your tenth, you will find a warm, inviting camp culture of both welcoming staff and campers. The Lazy F recipe: We start with our incredible location in the canyon blessed with near perfect weather. We pour in the camp's awesome natural resources, like Manastash Creek with its inner-tubing, the giant trees with high-ropes challenges, and miles of trails in, along, and on top of the canyon. We blend in new and renewed friendships with campers and staff. Then we top it all off with programs that explode into trips, games, occasional mud, crafts, archery, inner tubing, high adventure, teambuilding, and climbing on our 50-foot tower.

Ellensburg, WA - Session II

Lazy F is a one-of-a-kind, co-ed, residential summer camp located just two hours from Seattle in an incredible canyon in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Whether this will be your first summer or your tenth, you will find a warm, inviting camp culture of both welcoming staff and campers. The Lazy F recipe: We start with our incredible location in the canyon blessed with near perfect weather. We pour in the camp's awesome natural resources, like Manastash Creek with its inner-tubing, the giant trees with high-ropes challenges, and miles of trails in, along, and on top of the canyon. We blend in new and renewed friendships with campers and staff. Then we top it all off with programs that explode into trips, games, occasional mud, crafts, archery, inner tubing, high adventure, teambuilding, and climbing on our 50-foot tower.

High View, WV

Camp Sandy Cove is an over-night camp located 25 minutes west of Winchester, VA. We offer 30 activities from which campers can choose 4 to participate in throughout their week of camp. There are sports, arts and crafts, outdoor living skills, skateboarding, horse back riding and even a high trapeze and circus program. The staff at Camp Sandy Cove are selected because of their ability to be excellent role models for the campers. We boast a better than 1 to 3 ratio of staff to campers. Camp Sandy Cove has over 65 years of experience in offering quality summer camp programs. Our accreditation by the American Camp Association demonstrates our commitment to excellence.

Jackson Hole, WY

Embark on an adventure of a lifetime in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming! Join military kids from across the country in an exciting exploration of the natural wonders of Grand Teton National Park. Develop your outdoor leadership skills on the Doug Walker Challenge Course, canoe glacially carved lakes, hike the trails and make a difference through service projects in this inspiring landscape! Come make new friends and celebrate being a military kid while having fun in the Tetons!

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