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, 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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Bainbridge Island, WA

Are you a military family with kids in grades K-12? Have you recently moved or will you soon move to a new duty station? If you answered yes to both questions, this family retreat may be right for you! Embark on a family adventure through a three-day, two-night retreat in a 250-acre outdoor campus located on Bainbridge Island (just across Puget Sound from Downtown Seattle). Families will stay in heated lodges and spend their days exploring Bainbridge Island with professional outdoor educators. Leave with memories and pictures of sea lions, deer, majestic trees and treasured family time in the outdoors. Besides the unique outdoor experiences, this retreat will also give guidance on educational standards and how to advocate for your child(ren) throughout their educational journey.

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