2017 Military Teen Adventure Camps Open For Enrollment

Camps Offer Experiences Unique to Other Military Youth Programs

By Katie Lange
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Any service member with teenagers knows it can be hard to keep them entertained, especially in the summer. That’s why the Department of Defense offers military teen adventure camps, and the schedule for the 2017 camps has just been announced.

White water rafting adventures? Check! Courtesy of Military Teen Adventure Camps Facebook

White water rafting adventures? Check! Courtesy of Military Teen Adventure Camps Facebook

The Office of Military Community and Family Policy has teamed up with Purdue University and the Land Grant University system to give military teens – who make sacrifices for their nation, just like their parents – support in the form of fun, games and adventure.

The teen adventure camps aren’t like the norm, though. Kids ages 14-18 can get experiences that aren’t typically available through military youth programs.

A service member teaches a camper the proper techniques for rappelling. Courtesy of Military Teen Adventure Camps Facebook

A service member teaches a camper the proper techniques for rappelling. Courtesy of Military Teen Adventure Camps Facebook

Would your teen like to hike to a 1946 B-17 Air Force crash site in the Rocky Mountains, or snorkel through crystal-clear springs in Florida? Maybe they’re up for learning survival skills like trapping, foraging and fishing in the Kentucky wilderness, or canoeing and sailing along the coast of Maine?

Aside from adventure, the camps also build teens’ self-esteem, team-building and life skills and their ability to plan and make decisions.

Learning to surf! Courtesy of Military Teen Adventure Camps Facebook

Learning to surf! Courtesy of Military Teen Adventure Camps Facebook

So far, the camps are scheduled throughout the summer of 2017 in four states: Kentucky, Maine, Georgia and Colorado. Families can choose camps by the date or location, and they’re all available at little to no cost. To find out more about a camp or to apply, visit the military teen adventure camps website. Click on “camps by location,” and that will take you to the contact information for each camp.

The camps were first offered six years ago and have become very popular. About 2,300 military youths took part in varying camps during 2015.

Horseback riding through the mountains. Courtesy of Military Teen Adventure Camps Facebook

Horseback riding through the mountains. Courtesy of Military Teen Adventure Camps Facebook

If high adventure isn’t your child’s thing, there are also Operation Purple camps you can check out that are offered by the National Military Family Association.

No matter what, see what options are in store for your child this summer. Because after all, when we invest in the well-being of the military family, we invest in the well-being of the nation!

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