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.

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**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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High View, WV

Camp Sandy Cove is an overnight camp for boys and girls located near Winchester, Virginia, in the town of High View, West Virginia. Summer Camp offers horseback riding, circus and trapeze, archery, canoeing, sports, mountainboarding, skateboarding, drama, dance, tennis, digital photography and video editing, swimming, guitar, self-defense, gymnastics, chess, crafts, air riflery, outdoor cooking and more! Our staff to camper ratio is better than 1:3. This allows for quality supervision and interaction with your child.

Ellensburg, WA

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.

Williamsburg, VA

Jamestown 4-H Educational Center is located on 16 acres on the shores of the James River in Williamsburg, Virginia. We offer a traditional overnight camping program for children ages 7-14. Campers choose from following programs: Aquatics- swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing and stand up paddle boarding, Creative Arts- dance, music and arts and crafts, Nature-outdoor living skills, camping, fishing, marine ecology, Target Sports- archery and air rifles, Athletics- court and field sports, Adventure- low ropes challenge course. Campers live in modern cabins and lodges and are guided by our professional camp staff who provide opportunities for children to build confidence, learn new skills and make memories and connections that last a lifetime.

Fort Worth, TX

At YMCA Camp Carter Overnight Camp, campers live, play and build deep bonds with their peers. Campers must rely on the others in their cabin groups to share daily responsibilities. Each cabin is led by a senior counselor with overnight camp experience and each unit is led by an upper class college student or graduate studying education, recreation or another appropriate field of study. Campers will spend time with their cabin group, making new friends, exploring the property and participating in all kinds of fun activities like climbing the 60′ climbing wall or hiking to see Old Man Tucker's truck. Cabin groups will come together as units during the week and participate in camp fires, cookouts and group competitions and games. Everyone in camp will meet for meals, messages and to sing camp songs at the top of their lungs. Overnight Camp is for ages 7-16, runs from Sunday afternoon until Friday evening and includes 15 meals and overnight accommodations in a fully climate controlled cabin with lots of supervision by our well trained staff.

Fort Worth, TX – Mini-Camp

Mini-camp is a shortened camp week designed for younger campers between the ages of 6 to 8! At YMCA Camp Carter Overnight Camp, campers live, play and build deep bonds with their peers. Campers must rely on the others in their cabin groups to share daily responsibilities. Each cabin is led by a senior counselor with overnight camp experience and each unit is led by an upper class college student or graduate studying education, recreation or another appropriate field of study. Campers will spend time with their cabin group, making new friends, exploring the property and participating in all kinds of fun activities like climbing the 60′ climbing wall or hiking to see Old Man Tucker's truck. Cabin groups will come together as units during the shorten week and participate in camp fires, cookouts and group competitions and games. Everyone in camp will meet for meals, messages and to sing camp songs at the top of their lungs.

Angola, NY

Summer was made for camp and you don't want to miss out! Experience Pioneer's best with our beach front on Lake Erie, 65 acres of adventurous woods, games, campfires, our 50ft high ropes adventure course plus so much more! All summer staff go through in-depth training for each camp. Pioneer takes pride in putting safety first while ensuring an experience of a lifetime! Come join the fun! With new and exciting activities paired with the camp classic.

Parkton, NC

Not only will campers experience all of the usual (and unusual) Rockfish activities, our camp will help our military children celebrate who they are, their unique experiences, and leave encouraged, strengthened, and appreciated. Every camper will be a part of a small group of 12-16 campers led by two gifted and loving counselors. Each week begins with a Sunday night, camp-wide experience, "The Great Adventure," and ends with a powerful night of fun. Throughout the week, campers enjoy at least four different activities during the day, along with special all-camp evening activities like our Thursday night Luau. Check-in is Sunday from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Pick-up will be Friday following the close of our 4:00 pm celebration gathering until 6:00 pm.

Hendersonville, NC - Week 2

Camp Bob at Kanuga is a traditional, co-ed, residential camp located in the mountains of Western North Carolina on 1,400 acres. Our mission is to develop youth through positive camp experiences. Campers will live and travel by squadron groups separated by gender and ages throughout their week. Each camper will have the opportunity to participate in swimming, canoeing, archery, rock wall climbing, and more!

Hendersonville, NC

Camp Bob at Kanuga is a traditional, co-ed, residential camp located in the mountains of Western North Carolina on 1,400 acres. Our mission is to develop youth through positive camp experiences. Campers will live and travel by squadron groups separated by gender and ages throughout their week. Each camper will have the opportunity to participate in swimming, canoeing, archery, rock wall climbing, and more!

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.

Princeton, IN

Located in the heart of the midwest, 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. Camp Carson where campers are: Accepted: Be yourself, belong to the group. Challenged: by choice, new experiences Empowered: at camp and when you go home From water-ziplines, to target sports, creative arts to mountain bikes, climbing to horseback riding, sailing, kayaking, fishing, . . the list goes on. All new cabins and cool camp-out sites, great meal options for all ages, a staff team from 8-10 nations. We have specialized in sleep-away camps since 1940 and with 10 summers providing camps exclusively to military families we truly understand and connect to the needs of this camper group. We consider it a great honor and privilege to serve our military communities in this way. We look forward to meeting you this summer.

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.

Andover, CT

Channel 3 Kids Camp lies on 150 acres and is the only inclusive overnight and day camp in CT. Channel 3 Kids Camp serves children of all abilities and offers programming to all of our activities including a challenge course with zip line, sports, visual media arts,fishing, swimming, hiking, basketball, arts and crafts, pioneering and nature and lots more. Each week we have a great theme day for all campers to participate in and we look forward to Operation Purple week every summer!

Deckers, CO – Mini-Camp Session 2

Mini-camp is a shortened camp week designed for younger campers between the ages of 6 to 8! Each action-packed day is filled with adventure and friendship while your camper does activities they have chosen based on their interests! Mornings might be dedicated to pursuits like archery, kayaking, swimming at the waterfront, orienteering, arts and crafts and Ga-Ga ball just to name a few. All-camp games, night hikes and, of course, roasting s'mores by the campfire (and more!) await campers in the evenings. All of our activities are counselor-led and designed to give every child the opportunity to learn new skills and build self-confidence.

Deckers, CO – Mini-Camp Session 1

Mini-camp is a shortened camp week designed for younger campers between the ages of 6 to 8! Each action-packed day is filled with adventure and friendship while your camper does activities they have chosen based on their interests! Mornings might be dedicated to pursuits like archery, kayaking, swimming at the waterfront, orienteering, arts and crafts and Ga-Ga ball just to name a few. All-camp games, night hikes and, of course, roasting s'mores by the campfire (and more!) await campers in the evenings. All of our activities are counselor-led and designed to give every child the opportunity to learn new skills and build self-confidence.

Deckers, CO

For the camper who's ready to have the full camp experience, one-week traditional camp is the best choice. Each action-packed day is filled with adventure and friendship while your camper does activities they have chosen based on their interests, with mornings dedicated pursuits like archery, kayaking, swimming at the waterfront, orienteering, arts and crafts and Ga-Ga ball just to name a few. All-camp games, night hikes and, of course, roasting s'mores by the campfire (and more!) await campers in the evenings. All of our activities are counselor-led and designed to give every child the opportunity to learn new skills and build self-confidence.

Cooper Landing, AK

Nestled among the spruce forests along Kenai Lake in Cooper Landing, Camp K provides a magnificent setting where youth can 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. Camp K is Alaska's longest running co-ed residential camp and has received accreditation from the American Camp Association for 46 consecutive years. Thanks to generous support from individual, corporate and foundation donors, the camp recently underwent a major redevelopment that includes new cabins, community hall, health center, and shower house.

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