Buddy Camp

Did you know 24% of military children are between the ages of 5-8 years? Our Operation Purple Buddy Camp (OPBC) program allows children to have their own unique Operation Purple camp experience, understanding that younger children may not be ready for an entire week of camp away from their family. The idea behind OPBC is that the younger child attends 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.

Previous camp locations:

High View, WV
Williamsburg, VA
Parkton, NC

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.


Army, service member

Sample Welcome Packet

Find information about:

Getting to camp

Recommended packing list

Program details and schedule

Camp map

Upcoming Buddy Camps

Applications will be available 6-8 weeks prior to each Buddy Camp.

Ellensburg, WA

07/05/19 – 07/07/19

Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center is located in the heart of Washington state on the “dry side” of the Cascade Mountains.  We are pleased to have served military families with Operation Purple Camp since 2008.  Combining classic camp opportunities like archery; fishing; inner tubing; crafts; camp games; s’mores and campfires with our incredible staff who love to hang out with participants proves to be a wonderful combination for success.  We look forward to serving your family!

Camp Contact:
Natalie Mizell

Trinity, TX

09/06/19 – 09/08/19

Nestled among the tall pines on 530 acres along the shores of Lake Livingston, YMCA Camp Cullen is the perfect setting to unplug from technology and connect with the environment. Buddies will spend their nights in rustic cabins along the lake, enjoy delicious meals and participate in a wide variety of fun and exciting camp programs, from archery to outdoor education and more!

Camp Contact:
Alex Insel

Questions about Buddy Camp?


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