You Can Never Have Too Much Time With Your Buddy!

Operation Purple Buddy Camp is a free program focused on something absolutely priceless: one-on-one time. Military kids and their parents have the opportunity to spend an entire weekend together, participating in activities, meeting other military kids and parents, and celebrating military service.

Buddy Camp is designed for military-connected children ages 5-8 and a same gender adult. This adult can be mom or dad, a grandparent, or a guardian. Activities vary based on location, but you and your buddy can expect to go on all sorts of campsite adventures like zip-lining, archery, high ropes courses and water sports. And you'll be participating in those activities with other parents, buddies and families just like yours. Check out our upcoming Buddy Camp in Parkton, NC and apply today!

In addition to fun activities and bonding time, Buddy Camps also offer an opportunity for parents to help their buddies understand what it is they do, why they're gone so often and why sometimes things are different when they come home. A lot of parents that attend Buddy Camp are either soon to deploy or havejust returned from deployment. Some have been on multiple year-long deployments and have children only five years old — they've almost been deployed as long as their buddies have been around. Buddy Camp can help with that.


Families have the chance to talk to other parents experiencing similar challenges and share strategies, resources and contact information. This support system doesn't have to be limited to just Buddy Camp — parents and buddies can take these new network connections home with them. Sometimes all it takes is some one-on-one time, some help and some nature.

Apply today for this FREE unique experience!

Military parent Gabrielle Holley said of her experience at Buddy Camp, “This was an amazing opportunity for my child and me. I will cherish this time together forever. I could not be more thankful for this experience. Thank you to every member who made this possible.”

Posted by Elizabeth Howe, Military Family Programs Intern


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Columbia, NC

Operation Purple Camp

Eastern 4-H Center is owned and operated by NC State University. The Center's staff is dedicated to providing every camper an opportunity to feel accepted, valued, and cared about as a member of the summer camp community. Creating friendships and a sense of safety are as important to us as the activities we teach. Our vision is to establish an enjoyable and exciting summer camp program that contributes to the development of each camper's character, along with the development of important life skills. Our summer camp experience enables campers to learn these skills while doing a variety of traditional summer camp activities, such as 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 make campers feel comfortable during their stay. We hope your camper will join us for a fun filled week.

Camp Dates

July 21 - 26


Camper Ages

8 - 13 years old

Camp Contact

Jennifer Standish

Camp Applications Open March 2