What is Operation Purple Camp
Operation Purple camps offer a free week of summer fun and are open to military – connected children from all service branches including National Guard and Reserve, Coast Guard, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, and the United States Public Health Services Commission Corps; however, priority is given to those children who will have a parent or guardian deployed 18 months prior to or after May 2020; or have a parent that has a wound, illness or injury post 9/11 (medically retired, medically discharged, active duty and reserve). If all spaces are not filled with campers who meet the criteria, the remaining camp slots are filled with any eligible military children.
Can I apply to an Operation Purple camp outside of my state?
Can my child apply for, or attend, more than one Operation Purple camp per summer?
Is there an Operation Purple camp for children with special needs?
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?
My child attended Operation Purple camp in the past; can I apply again 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 who was wounded, ill or injured during service or been deployed 15 months prior to or after May 2020.
My child is a military child. Is he/she guaranteed a spot at Operation Purple camp?
Unfortunately, all applicants are not guaranteed a spot at camp. First preference is given to military children who have a parent that was wounded, ill or injured during service or have been deployed 18 months prior to or after May 2020.
My child is just outside of the age range of the Operation Purple camp I want him/her to attend. Can I still apply?
The online registration system is showing a wait time. What can I do?
Registration + Notification
When will I know if my camper was accepted to camp?
If my child is accepted to camp, where do I send my completed Operation Purple camp registration forms?
Are Operation Purple campers picked on a first come first serve basis?
The camps handle the selection process based on priority being given to those children who have a parent that has been wounded, ill or injured (medically retired, medically discharged, active duty and reserve); or will have a parent or guardian deployed 18 months prior to or after May 2020. Camps also base selections on previous attendance to Operation Purple camp and age of children (because of cabin availability, etc.). This ensures that 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 session in 2020 they will be required to submit an online “Hold My Spot” Deposit of $25 per child.