Operation Purple Camp

Summer Camp Just for Military Kids

Operation Purple Camp (OPC) offers military kids a free week of camp where they connect with other kids, just like them.

OPC welcomes children from all Uniformed Services, including National Guard, Reserve, and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and United States Public Health Service.

Camp locations will be announced by February 1. Applications will open March 2. Please email opc@militaryfamily.org if you have additional questions.


What can my child expect at OPC?

When your military child attends Operation Purple Camp, they’ll enjoy a true summer camp experience, complete with arts and crafts and outdoor activities, like ropes courses, canoeing, swimming, archery, and climbing walls. Campers will thrive in an environment with fully trained counselors and camp staff experienced in helping children adapt and overcome the stressors of military life.

By meeting kids like them, campers make life-long friends who understand what it’s like for a parent to serve in the military. Campers are encouraged to celebrate the sacrifices they make and be proud of their role as a military kid!

Why is it Purple?

Purple happens to be the perfect mix of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine Corps red, and Navy blue. In the military world, purple symbolizes all who serve, and at our Association, we know kids serve, too!

OPC has served more than 62,000 military kids since its inception in 2004, and the memories made last a lifetime. You’ll never forget the pride on their face when they return home from camp, and they’ll never forget this amazing experience.

Operation Purple Camp Began

Military Kids Served since 2004


Want to know what to expect at Operation Purple Camp?

It gave us all a break from one another while he enjoyed camp, it showed that others care for military kids and their families, it helped my child develop independence, confidence and character.


Mom to Luke (age 9)

I have only amazing things to say about the camp opportunity, the staff, and my daughters’ happiness at camp. Everyone’s participation in organizing is greatly appreciated.


Mom to Phoebe (age 12) and Elise (age 8)


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