Operation Purple Family Retreats

Quality Time to Reconnect as a Family

Operation Purple Family Retreats (OPFR) bring families 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.

Who is eligible?

Families from all service branches, including National Guard and Reserve, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the United States Public Health Services Commission.

What happens at a Family Retreat?

At OPFR, families have several different activities to fill their days. Families can choose from outdoor activities, like swimming, boating, hiking, and fishing, and American Red Cross-led workshops focusing on resiliency and communication that help encourage connection between family members. There are even workshops for kids to attend!

Get a glimpse of an OPFR weekend

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

This Family Retreat brought unity and happy memories to our family. The stress that our military family endures takes a toll on everyone, but this experience gave us a sense that everything’s going to be okay. The weekend flew by, but the impact and the memories will last a lifetime.

Cole Family

Navy, 2018 OPFR attendees

Find Out More About Our 2019 Family Retreats

Applications will be available 6-8 weeks prior to each Family Retreat.

Angola, NY

06/21/19 – 06/23/19

Set on 75 acres of beautiful Lake Erie beachfront, Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center is the perfect setting to unplug from technology and connect with the environment. Families 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 swimming to outdoor education and more!

Camp Contact:
Alex Insel


Winder, GA

03/29/19 – 03/31/19

Camp Twin Lakes Will-A-Way is a 100 acre facility located in the middle of Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, GA. You and your family will stay in heated cabins while enjoying many fun outdoor activities including boating, archery, horseback riding, miniture golf, crafting, high-ropes activities, just to name a few. This experience will allow your family to “unplug” and connect in a powerful way. It will give you the guidance to advocate for yourself, your children, and help you to connect with those with shared experience. We cannot wait to see you at camp!

Camp Contact:
Natalie Mizell


San Diego, CA

05/10/19 – 05/12/19

Located next to the Pacific Ocean, YMCA Camp Surf offers the perfect setting to explore marine biology, understand natural resources and our impact on the environment. Families will spend their nights in rustic cabins along the beach, enjoy delicious meals and participate in a wide variety of fun and exciting camp programs, from archery to outdoor education and everything in between!

Camp Contact:
Allie Jones


Columbia, NC

09/06/19 – 09/08/19

Eastern 4-H Center is owned and operated by NC State University. The Center’s staff is dedicated to making sure every participant has a wonderful tiime. Traditional summer camp activities will include 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 help participants feel comfortable during their stay. We hope you will join us for a fun filled weekend.

Camp Contact:
Natalie Mizell


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