More than 100 military children are enjoying a free summer camp thanks to a donation from the Air Power Foundation (APF). The foundation sponsored memberships to YMCA Camp Cater in Fort Worth, Texas. Camp Carter is adjacent to the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base (JRB).
SUMMER CAMP SPONSORED BY THE AIR POWER FOUNDATION
The Air Power Foundation is a strong supporter of the Armed Services YMCA. The wonderful partnership with the APF has existed for many years. The Air Power Foundation’s generosity allows the ASYMCA to provide more no-cost to low-cost programs for service members and their families stationed at Naval Air Station Fort Worth JRB. Together, they strengthen military families.
Recently, Kevin Pottinger, John Kinnear, and Roman Palomares, Board Directors from the Air Power Foundation enjoyed a tour by YMCA Camp Carter Executive Director Andy Hockebrock. They also joined campers for lunch. Pottinger, Kinnear, and Palomares met with the military children who were recipients of the Air Power Foundation's sponsored summer camp memberships.
The free summer camp for military children makes a real difference for the lives of our military families. The sponsored camp membership is not only beneficial to the children, but parents as well. Summer camp memberships can be costly, but the free membership reduces the financial burden on military families. At Camp Carter children are able to connect with other kids in the Fort Worth community, or meet children with a similar military upbringing. Attendees are able to learn new hobbies like archery, horseback riding, and skeet shooting. Children depart camp with not only amazing memories, but improved confidence and social skills.
Parents also benefit from the free summer camp membership sponsored by the Air Power Foundation. Military service members and their spouses are able to enjoy time together without the kids, catch up on work, or even renovate their home.
One Texas military family felt the firsthand blessings of the Air Power Foundation’s generous summer camp sponsorship. The family had just received news that their Texas home they’d considered temporary, was becoming permanent. The father is currently deployed, but made the decision to retire after his current deployment. The family previously lived a life on the move and in transition. This would mark the first time in their children’s lives that they would be settling in. Since they moved so frequently and never had ownership over their home, they’d never had their bedrooms painted or been able to hang items on the walls. With news of the dad’s retirement and decision to stay in Texas permanently, the children’s mother was thrilled to use the week of summer camp to renovate their home. When her children returned from camp they came back to freshly painted personalized rooms and news of their dad’s retirement. Air Power Foundation’s sponsored summer camp allowed this military family to have their kids enjoy an amazing camp experience, and the mother to renovate their home without worrying about coordinating childcare and the expenses involved.
The Air Power Foundation supports active duty, reserve and National Guard families. Their projects also assist injured, wounded, or ill service members, children of our fallen military, veterans of previous wars, and educational projects. The Air Power Foundation’s Medal of Honor Foundation works to ensure the next generation understands, “The honor and sacrifice of wearing the cloth of this country.” Sky Ball is sponsored by American Airlines and is the Air Power Foundation’s annual fundraising event focused on military families.
Camp Carter sits on 360 acres in Fort Worth Texas. The close proximity to the Naval Air Station Fort Worth JRB makes it convenient for military children of service members stationed at NAS Fort Worth JRB to attend camp. Campers range from ages 5-17. The camp is jam packed with fun features and activities. Camp Carter has a pool, equestrian center, archery stations, sport fields, climbing tower, zip line, and much more.
The Armed Services YMCA is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves active duty military members and their families. Each year, we serve more than half a million junior enlisted active duty Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen and family members from 200 service centers in 18 states. Whether providing respite child care for parents in need, summer camps for kids, or assisting with emergency needs, the Armed Services YMCA is a nonprofit with a mission: Make Military Life Easier. Visit our website to see how you can join us in supporting military families.