Family Retreats

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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.

Jamestown 4H Educational Center - Williamsburg, VA

Enjoy time with your family and friends along the shores of the James River in Williamsburg, VA! Let us do everything while you relax and take time to play, explore and enjoy time with your loved ones! Camp activities include: canoeing, kayaking, fishing, nature and wildlife programs, arts and crafts, archery, target sports and athletics during the day… At night enjoy campfires and themed evening programs plus much more! Families stay in rustic cabins and lodges directly along the banks of the James River. Our property consists of outdoor pavilions, indoor spaces, recreation hall, dining hall, swimming pool, open beach front and our wetland walkway. Stay busy during your entire stay or relax and simply enjoy the spectacular sunsets on the James River.

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