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Strengthening Our Military Family®


Operation Camp: Camps and camping opportunities


Click here to support Operation Camp. Create lifetime memories for a military child!


The Armed Services YMCA offers junior enlisted families the chance to participate in family, youth, and teen camps year-round at our branches and affiliate locations. Camps encourage healthy living as part of our core mission of strengthening our military family. Armed Services YMCA camps and retreats provide much needed recreational and bonding opportunities for military children and families who have experienced multiple deployments.

Through camps and camping opportunities, Armed Services YMCA provides fun, educational and safe outdoor experiences for military children and families to bond, make new friends and build their support networks by connecting with others who have similar backgrounds and experiences as members of the military community.

 Camps and camping opportunities:

  • Increase opportunities for junior enlisted military children to have quality outdoor experiences in the natural world
  • Improve the quality of outdoor environmental education for military children and families
  • Strengthen networking among organizations that provide outdoor experiences for military children
  • Build confidence and enhance self image
  • Improve social skills that reflect age-appropriate behavior
  • Teach healthy management and expression of anger, and conflict resolution
  • Increase bonds with family and encourage developing relationships with other military children
  • Equip military children and families with tools and resources to cope with the challenges of being a military child or family

Why we need your support

Camps and camping are the most requested programs by troops and their families. Armed Services YMCA consistently has more demand for outdoor programs than we can meet. We continually expand our programming and funding, but unfortunately we were still unable to meet the demand. Registration for our camps and retreats fill up quickly and many are left on wait lists.

If you or your company is interested in supporting camps and camping, contact Dorene Ocamb, Chief Development Officer.

A mother’s perspective

“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.” – Military Spouse*

A camper’s perspective

“Hi this is Ynessa from camp. I just wanted to let you know how much fun it was, and I wish I could go back next year 🙂 I really enjoyed learning what my parents do in the Army during our military day event and I also met a lot of new friends who I keep in touch with. I hope my brother can go next year. Since he’s old enough now, and I also want to say thank you. Last year, I just moved to Tennessee. I had a lot of fun last year, and even more fun this year. I hope camp goes on so other kids can enjoy it too. I also want to thank everyone who volunteers and those whose donations keeps these camps going for us military kids.” – Ynessa, military child, father deployed to Afghanistan.

Interested in camp? Contact your local Armed Services YMCA location for more details on dates and locations.