WHAT IS OPERATION PURPLE CAMP AT HOME?
Operation Purple Camp at Home is all the fun of Operation Purple Camp wrapped into a weeklong “camp in a box” experience happening Monday, July 12 to Friday, July 16. Campers will receive a box kit to their home prior to start of camp that includes all daily activities. The daily activities encourage campers to explore, problem solve, and learn more about the natural world. Daily “camp in a box” activities will be complimented with exclusive virtual experiences.
AS A PARENT/GUARDIAN, HOW INVOLVED DO I NEED TO BE DURING OPERATION PURPLE CAMP AT HOME?
Many of the activities are designed to be self-paced for the child to complete with little parent involvement. However, we encourage adult guidance and supervision when appropriate. A daily schedule will be sent in advance with suggested times for “camp in a box” activities, along with scheduled times for virtual experiences.
HOW MANY HOURS OF PROGRAMMING SHOULD MY CAMPER EXPECT EACH DAY?
Operation Purple Camp at Home is a self-paced experience, where your child chooses what activities that participate in. The daily “camp in a box” activities should take upwards of two hours to complete each day. In addition, scheduled virtual experiences each day encourage participants to join in on their mobile device, tablet, or computer for more fun.
CAN I APPLY TO AN OPERATION PURPLE CAMP AT HOME IF WE ARE STATIONED ABROAD?
YES! Families stationed abroad are eligible for this experience. Please include your APO/FPO in the mailing address when you apply for Operation Purple Camp at Home.
CAN MY CHILD APPLY FOR, OR ATTEND, MORE THAN ONE OPERATION PURPLE CAMP EXPERIENCE PER SUMMER?
A child, under no circumstances, is permitted to attend and apply to more than one Operation Purple Camp experience per summer. This ensures we are able to serve the maximum number of children each summer. If it is determined a child attended more than one camp, the child will become ineligible for future Operation Purple Camp experiences. Only one application per child is permitted for either Operation Purple Camp or Operation Purple Camp at Home. If more than one application is submitted, the National Military Family Association reserves the right to select one camp for the child and remove all other applications for that individual.
How do I know that my application has been successfully processed?
HOW DO I COMPLETE THE APPLICATION IF I HAVE MORE THAN ONE CHILD THAT WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND CAMP?
While completing the online application, parents will be asked how many children they plan to register. Once they have completed the first application, they will be given the option to register additional children. Pertinent contact information will be transferred from the first application to subsequent applications.
MY CHILD ATTENDED OPERATION PURPLE CAMP IN THE PAST; CAN I APPLY FOR OPERATION PURPLE CAMP AT HOME THIS YEAR?
There is no limit to the number of years a child can attend; however, first priority in selection of attendees is given to those children who have never attended an Operation Purple Camp before AND who have a parent with a service-connected Post-9/11 wound, illness, or injury, or been deployed 18 months prior to or after May 2021.
MY CHILD IS A MILITARY CHILD. IS HE/SHE GUARANTEED A SPOT AT OPERATION PURPLE CAMP AT HOME?
Unfortunately, all applicants are not guaranteed a spot at camp. First preference is given to military children who have a parent with a service-connected Post-9/11 wound, illness, or injury, or have been deployed 18 months prior to or after May 2021.
HOW DO I KNOW THAT MY APPLICATION HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY PROCESSED?
Upon completion of the online application applicants should see a message that states “You have successfully completed the application. Thank you for applying.” In addition to this confirmation screen, you will receive one confirmation email to the email address you provided.
THE ONLINE REGISTRATION SYSTEM IS SHOWING A WAIT TIME. WHAT CAN I DO?
Due to high volumes of people registering for Operation Purple camps, there will be times during the day when the online registration may show long wait times. If this occurs, applicants will need to attempt to log in at another time.
Registration + Notification
When will I know if my camper was accepted to camp?
All camp applicants will receive emails regarding their application status no later than six weeks before the start of camp.
Are Operation Purple campers picked on a first come first serve basis?
The selection process is based on priority being given to those children who have a parent with a service-connected Post-9/11 wound, illness, or injury (medically retired, medically discharged, active duty and reserve), or will have a parent or guardian deployed 18 months prior to or after May 2021. Selection is also based on previous attendance to Operation Purple Camp and age of children. This ensures camper slots are evenly distributed in order to serve the widest variety of children possible.
“Hold My Spot” Deposit
What is a "Hold My Spot" Deposit?
When a child is selected to attend an Operation Purple Camp at Home session in 2021 they will be required to submit an online “Hold My Spot” deposit of $25 per child. Instructions for how to pay this deposit will be provided in your acceptance email.