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Summer: sun, fun, adventure camps!

By Cpl. Sarah Cherry | | May 20, 2014

The United States Department of Agriculture has partnered with the military to provide over 50 summer opportunities for children of military service members, May 2014 through April 2015. 

Camps are available across the United States, from Washington and Colorado on the West Coast to Georgia and South Carolina on the East Coast, and many in between.

Nearby camps include the Florida Water Adventure Camp, Georgia Mountain Adventure Camp, and the Military Adventure Expeditions Camp.

Teen adventure camps feature activities like rock climbing, white water rafting and primitive camping for children age 14 to 18.

Deployment and re-integration camps are available for children ages six to 18 who have had family deployed in recent years. These camps focus on bringing military youth together and providing skills to thrive through deployments.

“The nurturing staff and thoughtful programming will empower [campers] to take initiative, cooperate to accomplish exciting goals, develop self-confidence and become more resilient,” according to the 2014 Military Kids Camp website. “[Campers will] return from camp having built new skills, an enhanced sense of what it means to live in a military family and having made lifelong friendships with a great group of your peers.” 

Families can camp out together and enjoy campfires, canoeing, horseback riding, and hunting for shark teeth.

Programs support a variety of mental, physical and emotional needs, and are also available for families. Staff members at all camps are trained in risk management, safety, and military life.

Local summer camps include a Junior Golf Camp for children six to 17 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island’s The Legends golf course and numerous camps hosted by Beaufort County schools which can be found at http://www.beaufort.k12.sc.us/pages/BCSD/Parents_Students/Summer_Camps