Family Retreats

Family on a canoe ride-

Operation Purple Family Retreats bring families from all uniformed services, including National Guard and Reserves, to beautiful outdoor locations to spend quality time reconnecting after a deployment. With other military families there to share the experience, it’s the perfect environment to meet and bond with others in the same phase of military life.

Families take part in specially adapted communication activities developed by FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress ™), and build memories through fun family oriented activities like hiking, canoeing, and even building bird houses! Our Family Retreats ensure families return home stronger with better communication skills and brand new “purple” memories!


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Teton Science School, Jackson, WY

Embark on a family adventure of a lifetime through a winter wonderland in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Connect as a family and learn to cross country ski and snowshoe while exploring the wildlife and wild lands of Jackson Hole, Wyoming in the winter. Families will stay on the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools and spend their days exploring Grand Teton National Park with professional outdoor educators. Leave with memories and pictures of moose, elk, majestic mountains and treasured family time in the outdoors. Please visit Teton Science Schools’ website for program details.

YMCA Camp Surf, San Diego, CA

Strengthen family ties, become part of a community of military families and make memories that last a life time at YMCA Camp Surf during Mother’s Day Weekend. Families spend their nights in rustic cabins along the beach, enjoy delicious meals and participate in a wide variety of fun and exciting camp programs, from surfing to archery and everything in between!

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