Operation Purple Camp® at Home FAQs

Application Process

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WHAT IS OPERATION PURPLE CAMP AT HOME?

Operation Purple Camp at Home and at Home JR is all the fun of Operation Purple Camp wrapped into a weeklong LIVE virtual experience happening on the West Coast Monday, June 20 to Friday, June 24 and on the East Coast from Monday, July 11 to Friday, July 15. Campers will be assigned a cabin and complete all activities with their cabin mates, just like in person summer camp! A box kit will be sent to your home prior to start of camp that includes a camp t-shirt and some materials needed to complete 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. 

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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.

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HOW MANY HOURS OF PROGRAMMING SHOULD MY CAMPER EXPECT EACH DAY?

Operation Purple Camp at Home is from 9AM – 3PM Monday through Friday. Our Daily live cabin activities will start at the top of each hour and last 45 minutes – 1.5 hours.

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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.

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CAN MY CHILD APPLY FOR, OR ATTEND, MORE THAN ONE OPERATION PURPLE CAMP EXPERIENCE PER SUMMER?

A child is permitted to apply to our in-person Operation Purple Camp and Operation Purple Camp at Home experiences but will only be selected to attend one or the other.

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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.

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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.

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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 April 2022.

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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 April 2022.
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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.
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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

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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.

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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 April 2022. 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

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What is a "Hold My Spot" Deposit?

When a child is selected to attend an Operation Purple Camp at Home session in 2022 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.

Contact

National Military Family Association
2800 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 250
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.931.6632

info@MilitaryFamily.org

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