Operation Purple® Buddy Camp

NMFA is actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and, out of an abundance of caution, we are postponing our Operation Purple programming. Your health and safety are our top concerns. Check back for the most up-to-date information.

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One-on-One Quality Time for Younger Kids

Operation Purple® Buddy Camp allows military children, aged 5-12, to have their own unique Operation Purple Camp experience, understanding that younger kids may not be ready for an entire week of camp away from their family.

What happens at Buddy Camp?

Buddy Camp welcomes the younger child to attend camp with a “Buddy”, who may be Dad, Mom, a Grandparent, or even an Aunt or Uncle. The one-on-one time enables the child and their Buddy to build a new relationship after a parent’s deployment or create new memories that will carry through during future separations.


Who can be my child’s Buddy?

Buddies attending Operation Purple® Buddy Camp with a military child must be an immediate family member or guardian.

Buddy Camp allowed me to give my son one-on-one time that he deserves, and the counselors did a fantastic job working with him to build confidence and to reduce worry. This experience allowed him to try things that he would be unwilling to try at home. It also gave us a chance to get to know one another better.


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Get a glimpse of an Operation Purple® Buddy Camp weekend

Find information about getting to camp, packing lists, program details and schedules in our sample welcome packet.

Questions about Buddy Camp?


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Columbia, NC

Operation Purple Camp

Eastern 4-H Center is owned and operated by NC State University. The Center's staff is dedicated to providing every camper an opportunity to feel accepted, valued, and cared about as a member of the summer camp community. Creating friendships and a sense of safety are as important to us as the activities we teach. Our vision is to establish an enjoyable and exciting summer camp program that contributes to the development of each camper's character, along with the development of important life skills. Our summer camp experience enables campers to learn these skills while doing a variety of traditional summer camp activities, such as kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, learning about nature, team challenge course, sports and games, arts and crafts, and archery. Eastern 4-H Center is also outfitted with modern recreational facilities and lodgings to make campers feel comfortable during their stay. We hope your camper will join us for a fun filled week.

Camp Dates

July 21 - 26


Camper Ages

8 - 13 years old

Camp Contact

Jennifer Standish
[email protected]

Camp Applications Open March 2