Operation Purple Camp

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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! 

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 (OPC), 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 nearly 62,000 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.


Want to know what to expect at Operation Purple Camp?

Cooper Landing, AK

Camp K is Alaska's longest running co-ed residential camp and has received accreditation from the American Camp Association for 46 consecutive years. Located in the lush Chugach National Forest, Camp K on Kenai Lake has a strong outdoor education component to their summer program, providing multiple opportunities for youth to gain knowledge and skill in the outdoor classroom. There are six "core content" areas that all youth get an opportunity to participate in: Outdoor Education, Wilderness survival skills, Wilderness travel, Connection to nature through science, Aquatics, Target Sports, Team-Building, and Stewardship.

Andover, CT

Channel 3 Kids Camp offers traditional camp activities that are designed to foster camaraderie and community among children who may be dealing with the stress of a deployed parent or other military family challenges. Experiencing camp among children of similar backgrounds provides a relaxing and supportive camp session for children of parents serving in the military. The activities that your child will have the opportunity to choose from are: arts & crafts, archery, digital media, martial arts, nature, performing arts, high and low ropes, woodworking, along with daily games, swimming and team building activities. Our 150 acre property offers the luxury of forested spaces with a central campus of key buildings.

Inglis, FL

The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Caruth Camp is nestled on 242 acres of old Florida. The primary focus is to provide a wholesome atmosphere and positive camping experience for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 17. The camp also provides an opportunity for Deputy Sheriffs and other Law Enforcement Volunteers to interact with the youngsters and build positive, healthy relationships. Campers live in air conditioned 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.

Waialua, HI

Located on the North Shore of O'ahu, Camp Erdman is the place to be during the summer. At Camp Erdman, kids unplug from their electronics and connect with themselves, each other, and their counselors who are great role models. We intentionally teach 21st century skills that help them succeed in college and the real world. Camp Erdman is 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 kids thrive.

Parkton, NC

Located in Parkton, NC, Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center's 486 acres provide a fun environment where campers can make new friends, challenge themselves, and just be kids. With activities like Archery, BB Guns, Paintball, Swimming, High Ropes, Zip Lining, Rock Climbing, Kayaking, and much more, there is never a dull moment at Rockfish.

Hendersonville, NC

Camp Bob is a traditional over night camp located at Kanuga Conferences in the mountains of Western, North Carolina. Campers will come together to learn more about themselves and each other as they celebrate that "Kids Serve Too!"

Angola, NY

Pioneer Camp & Retreat Center is located just 25 miles from Buffalo, New York right on Lake Erie. Pioneer hosts many unique program offerings through its Waterfront, High and Low Ropes Adventure Courses, complete with zipline and free fall, endless activities and games, and 60 acres of woods.

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 game room; covered and lighted Basketball courts; lighted sand volleyball courts; and several recreation fields. The water activities include water basketball, volleyball, polo, 75ft. speed slide, water zip-line, rings, the Iceberg, and the Blob. The High Ropes are a great place to learn to trust and depend on other people to overcome your fears. In the Low Ropes section there are seven team building element stations. All campers can participate in Laser Tag and the outdoor Laser Tag guns work up to 1200 ft. with woodsy outdoor courses. Apply now to have a fun filled week.

Huntsville, TX

With over 440 acres, Carolina Creek Christian Camps, located in Riverside, Texas, offers boating, zip lining, drama, and archery to name a few of our over 25+ activity sites. Offering Creekside for completed 6th-12th graders, as well as, The Wild, for completed K-5th grades, Carolina Creek offers unique activities to meet the needs of your campers on an individual, emotional, and developmental level. With over 200 summer staff that have gone through an extensive screening process, your child will receive only the best care. For more information about Carolina Creek specifically please visit carolinacreek.org.

Williamsburg, VA

Since 1928, Jamestown 4-H Educational Center has provided youth and family programs to children and adults of all ages. We believe that today's campers are tomorrow's leaders. Our camper-centered programs are designed to challenge every child in a safe, fun-filled environment while creating friends and memories that may last a lifetime. Our staff, programs and facilities are designed to support our campers as they make friends, learn new skills, build self-confidence, and gain a sense of independence. Campers choose from the following activities: swimming, boating, creative arts, nature, shooting sports, athletics and teen leadership.

Ellensburg, WA

Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center has partnered with the National Military Family Association for 10 summers and provided a great experience for kids in military families. Located about two hours east of Seattle in a canyon on the east side of the Cascades, Lazy F provides the summer camp experiences loved by many: archery, floating in the creek, crafts, hikes, campfires, games, and high challenge course experiences. Our staff works hard to provide a close-knit community environment where campers feel comfortable trying new activities.

High View, WV

Located within an hour and a half drive from the DMV area, Camp Sandy Cove is located 25 minutes west of Winchester, VA in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Your child will be cared for by a staff of solid role models. Our ratio is better than 1 staff member for every 3 campers. While at camp your child will participate in activities that they choose from our list of 29 exciting choices, as well as involvement in crazy games and programs on our 187 acre property. We have almost 70 years of experience in summer camping and 11 years running Operation Purple Camps. Join us for the best week of your summer!

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