Operation Purple Camp and your Military Child

Flashlights, extra socks, money for the Canteen, shoes that can get dirty, a bar of soap (that may or may not ever get used), a sleeping bag... all the makings of great memories, new friends, growing older.  My nine-year old is registered for a week long summer camp.  His first time away for an entire week, away from home, away from family, away from /mom/.  (Emphasis made my mom herself)

Can I tell you how excited he is?  He is pumped!

Operation Purple Camp is accepting applications.  If you have a military-brat between ages 7 and 17 jump at this chance.  They are accepting applications from now through April 19th.  This is a great chance for the kids to spend time with other military kids, away from the stress of home, making new friends from around the country.  Best of all, it is free!

Operation Purple camps offer a free week of summer fun for military kids with parents who have been, are currently, or will be deployed. The goal of the Operation Purple camp program is to give military children tools to help deal with the stresses that result from a parent’s deployment, through a memorable camp experience in a “purple” environment. Operation Purple camps are open to military children of all ranks and Services: active and reserve components—and give priority to children whose parents are in a deployment phase between September 2011 and December 2012.

My son is not doing the Operation Purple Camp as we have an opportunity to attend a great camp, Camp Ligonier, through our church.  However, if you are eligible to apply for a free camp through Operation Purple all I can say is get those dirty shoes ready, find extra socks that you quite possible won't see again, and perhaps pack the underwear that won't get changed all week.  Apply today!

- Leanne from MilitaryAvenue.com

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