The goal of Operation Purple is to create a connected community of military children, encompassing military children from all service branches.
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The wildly successful, free summer program from The National Military Family Association is Operation Purple camps for kids. At Operation Purple, military kids get a chance to "serve their country" by having fun, and building their own strong military community to support them through the challenges of living a military lifestyle.

The goal of Operation Purple is to create a connected community of military children, encompassing military children from all service branches - thus the idea of "purple," a color symbolizing the joining of all military branches. Operation Purple camp teaches military kids that they can both serve and be supported by the military, by making friends and sharing with other military children with whom they have much in common.

Operation Purple reminds military children that they are indeed the Nation's youngest heroes. The camps offer programs that are based in the healing and holistic aspects of the natural world, such as family trips to national parks. Operation Purple also offers leadership training camps for military teens. And in addition to the fun, Operation Purple camp also integrates specialized support programs to help military children deal with the stresses of war and parents who are wounded during service.

HOW OPERATION PURPLE BEGAN

The Operation Purple camp program was founded in 2004 with only 1,000 families. By 2010, Operation Purple had 67 Operation Purple venues in 37 states, plus 2 overseas locations, Operation Purple camp has given 30,000 military kids and teenagers the chance to learn about themselves, make friends in the military community, and grow in a positive, supportive environment.

HOW CAN I REGISTER MY MILITARY KIDS FOR OPERATION PURPLE?

Operation Purple camps started out free and still are free for all military families, through generous funding from The Sierra Club Foundation. In this way, Operation Purple offers a priceless value to all military families, despite their financial situations.

Registration for the traditional Operation Purple camp generally begins in March every year; for example March 15, 2010. In general, you can register for Operation Purple Leadership camp in March as well, for example, March 1, 2010.

WHERE ARE OPERATION PURPLE CAMPS LOCATED?

Individual Operation Purple camp locations are listed when registration opens each year, but below find a list of participating states and countries:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming. Overseas: Guam, Germany

Find out about registration and more at [email protected]



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