MY FAMILY ATTENDED AN OPERATION PURPLE BUDDY CAMP IN THE PAST; CAN I APPLY AGAIN THIS YEAR?
There is no limit to the number of times you can attend; however, first priority in selection of attendees is given to families who have never attended an Operation Purple Buddy Camp before.
ARE BUDDY CAMPS OPEN TO FAMILIES WITH INFANTS AND TODDLERS?
No. Buddy Camps are for one adult who is a caregiver for the family service member and a same gender child between the ages of 5 – 10 years old.
HOW MANY CHILD “BUDDIES” CAN I BRING?
If your children are between the ages of 5 – 10 years old and they are the same gender as the adult caregiver, they are welcome to come to the retreat and their information needs to be listed on the registration forms.
DO I HAVE TO PAY ANYTHING TO ATTEND THE OPEARTION PURPLE BUDDY CAMP?
There is a $50.00 Hold My Spot Deposit to secure you and your child’s space. This deposit is refundable unless you would like to donate it for future Operation Purple programs. Food and lodging are provided to families at no cost. There are no activity fees or other expenses. Families are responsible for their own transportation to and from the program.
WHAT TYPES OF ACCOMMODATIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE OPERATION PURPLE BUDDY CAMP?
Each adult and child will be in a cabin with other families of the same gender and child’s age range. More specific details about camp accommodations will be provided after acceptance to the retreat.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO OPERATION PURPLE BUDDY CAMP?
Accepted families will receive a list of suggested items that they should plan to pack. In most cases, families must bring their own sleeping bags or bedding and towels.
IS THERE MEDICAL STAFF AVAILABLE?
Medical staff are not provided at our retreats.
IS TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED?
Transportation to and from the Operation Purple program site is the responsibility of the selected family.
What to Expect
WHAT TYPES OF ACTIVITIES ARE OFFERED?
Each Operation Purple program site has a different focus and activities vary from site to site. Highly specialized field science educators will guide families through various activities such as nature hikes, canoeing, campfires, arts and crafts, and challenge activities. Most of your time will be spent outdoors so families should come prepared to spend lots of time enjoying the scenery. Programs also include resiliency and communication skills activities uniquely tailored to Operation Purple programs and led by staff members from the American Red Cross (ARC).
WILL WE HAVE FREE TIME TO EXPLORE AND ENJOY THE OUTDOORS AS A FAMILY?
Yes. Family time is built into the Operation Purple Buddy Camp weekend.
WHAT TYPE OF FOOD CAN WE EXPECT?
Guests enjoy hearty and balanced meals and snacks while attending the program. Meals are typically served buffet or family style. Vegetarian or specific dietary needs can be addressed with advance notice on registration forms.