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.