Beginning this summer, 12 Land Grant Universities will offer low-cost high adventure camps for military teens 14-18 years of age, at 50 locations – including one in Alaska and two in Europe. Four of the camps will offer high adventure opportunities to family members with special needs.
“This is a great opportunity for our military youth to leave their comfort zones and challenge themselves in a variety of ways. The skills they learn through these camps will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Through these types of unique opportunities, the DoD and our partners are helping to mold tomorrow’s leaders,” said Robert L. Gordon III, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Military Community and Family Policy.
This initiative is part of a government-wide approach to supporting military families, announced by President Obama this past January. “Strengthening our Military Families: Meeting America’s Commitment,” outlined four main focus areas to enhance support to military families. This partnership between DoD and the USDA addresses one of the focus areas: to “ensure that military children are receiving the support and education they need to thrive.”
The Defense Department and the military services offer a wide variety of programs, policies and systems to promote good physical, emotional, spiritual, educational and social health of military youth. The high adventure camp opportunities like those offered through this partnership are not the norm, however. This initiative will give military teens experiences not typically available through military youth programs. Participation will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for military teens – all branches and all components. Participation in most programs will be at no-or very-low cost. Here are the camp locations and the camp dates.