Operation Purple Camps

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 60,000 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?

**Thank you for your overwhelming support of OPC! We share your disappointment about the reduced number of camps this year. We worked extensively with our host campsites to accommodate as many campers as possible for the summer of 2017, but regret that we did not have the resources this year to serve more locations. We will continue to seek additional funding for OPC so that we may return to your area in 2018! Click here for additional summer camp opportunities for your military kid. 

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

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