Celebrating Military Children in the Great Outdoors


The Armed Services YMCA exists to make military life easier for our military families. Deployments, relocations and school changes can take a stressful toll on the military child, and part of our core mission is to outfit military youth with the tools they need to cope and thrive in what can be a very challenging situation.

That is why we are excited to further partner with our long standing supporter, the Sierra Club, and 20 + organizations with fun outdoor activities that are going to help strengthen military families with Armed Services Y core values of family bonding, healthy living and youth enrichment. At the “Celebration of the Military Child Outside” event on April 1st, military families can engage their families in a fun afternoon of trail hikes, fishing, kayaking demonstrations and much more as non-profits partner in this Joining Forces National Initiative.

Military Families can register online here.

The Armed Services YMCA offers junior enlisted families the chance to participate in family, youth, and teen camps year-round at their 33 branches and encourages healthy living as part of their core mission of making military life easier.  Armed Services Y camps and free programs, in partnership with groups like the Sierra Club, provide much needed support to military families. One military mom shared after the Armed Services Y Operation Outdoors program, “My daughter was fortunate to experience that last week and the benefits of one day, let alone a week, are huge in her world right now. With all the challenges our kids face, this helped her tremendously with her coping skills and self esteem issues she’s currently having. She was provided with many tools and resources she can use now and in the future. “

By joining forces with other worthy non-profits such as  Blue Star Families, the National Military Family Association, the Outdoor Alliance for Kids, and the National Park Service, we look forward to showing military families healthy living, youth enrichment and family bonding in action on April 1st   at Prince William Forest Park from 12pm to 4pm. We hope you will join us!


Posted on 2/29/12 by Brittany Catton. Please contact bcatton@www.asymca.org for more information.