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, separation or during a time of transition. 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 uniquely designed resiliency activities developed by The American Red Cross (ARC), 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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YMCA Camp Surf, San Diego, CA

Located next to the Pacific Ocean, YMCA Camp Surf offers the perfect setting to explore marine biology, understand natural resources and our impact on the environment. Families will 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 archery to outdoor education and everything in between!

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