Healing Adventures

Operation Purple Healing Adventures celebrates rediscovering family-fun and togetherness after an injury. This FREE three-day experience combines family-focused activities with outdoor exploration, like hiking and canoeing to encourage each family’s growth on their new journey post-injury. Our Association welcomes wounded, ill, injured, medically separated, or medically retired military families to reconnect at Healing Adventures. Families take part in uniquely designed resiliency building activities developed by the American Red Cross, and build memories through fun family oriented activities like hiking, canoeing, and even building bird houses! Our Operation Purple Healing Adventures ensure families return home stronger with better communication skills and brand new “purple” memories.

Previous Locations:

GA – Winder
TN – Antioch
NC – Hendersonville
NC – Parkton

We are a military family, not just my Husband. Our kids have dealt with multiple deployments, PCS moves, school changes & Daddy’s Illness. TBI, PTSD, several knee surgeries, and most recently a diagnoses of Multiple Sclerosis. Vacations are few and far between, a camp like this would be an amazing bonding experience for us to all enjoy & learn from together.


Army Spouse, OPHA attendee

Sample Welcome Packet

Find information about:

Getting to camp

Recommended packing list

Program details and schedule

Camp map

Upcoming Healing Adventures

Applications will be available 6-8 weeks prior to each Healing Adventure.

Trinity, TX

03/29/19 – 03/31/19

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. 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 archery to outdoor education and more!

Camp Contact:
Alex Insel

Columbia, NC

06/14/19 – 06/17/19

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

Deckers, CO

08/09/19 – 08/11/19

YMCA Camp Shady Brook ensures that our participants have a positive outdoor experience that will enhance personal growth and the building of relationships. Let us do the work while you enjoy time with your family! Our qualified staff will provide your family an opportunity to spend time together, playing on our climbing wall and ropes course or taking aim on our target sports ranges. Other activities can include canoeing or fishing on our lake, s’mores, night hikes or learning about the local flora and fauna through our outdoor education courses. Where parents can be kids, kids can be friends and friends can be families.

Camp Contact:
Natalie Mizell

Bainbridge Island, WA

11/08/19 – 11/10/19

Embark on a family adventure through a three-day, two-night retreat in a naturally diverse 250-acre outdoor campus located on Bainbridge Island (just across Puget Sound from Downtown Seattle) during Veteran’s Weekend! Families will stay in heated lodges and spend their days exploring Bainbridge Island with professional outdoor educators. Leave with memories and pictures of deer, majestic trees and treasured family time in the outdoors. Please visit IslandWood’s website for program details.

Camp Contact:
Alex Insel


Want to know what to expect at Operation Purple Healing Adventures?


National Military Family Association
3601 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 425
Alexandria, VA 22304


© 2019 - National Military Family Association | Privacy Policy

Let's Connect

Holiday Giving

Give with PayPal: