Free Summer Camp Program Locations Announced

ALEXANDRIA, VA — The National Military Family Association (NMFA) is excited to announce locations for the 2008 Operation Purple Summer Camps. This free summer camp program was developed by NMFA to support military children dealing with the stress of war. This year NMFA’s Operation Purple Camps will host children at 64 locations in 37 states and territories:Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the Virgin Islands.

Information about specific camp locations is available on our website at Specific camp information will be available when registration opens. Registration begins March 24th. Interested families can sign-up to receive email notices and announcements on the website.

NMFA understands that these are trying times for our youngest heroes. Operation Purple camps teach kids skills for dealing with their feelings and provide the chance to share in some carefree fun with other military kids. Registration is only available online and will be open March 24th through May 5th. Families are encouraged to apply to the location closest to their home as transportation costs are not covered.

Each camp is “purple” and open to children of any member of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plus the National Guard and Reserve. Camps are free to all participants thanks to a partnership with the Sierra Club and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.

About NMFA
The National Military Family Association, the only nonprofit organization that represents families of all ranks and services, prepares spouses, children, and parents to better deal with the unique challenges of military life. The Association protects benefits vital to all families, including those of the deployed, wounded, and fallen. For nearly 40 years, NMFA’s staff and Volunteers, comprised mostly of military family members, have built a reputation as the leading experts on military family issues. For more information, visit

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  1. Asma Amsa says:

    My son is 11 years old.i want to send him in free summer camp and we live in lorton virginia.
    please reply with date of summer camp, location and contect number. My son is very interesting so please reply.
    Thank you
    Asma Amsa

  2. cgnews says:

    follow the link in the article for information on the camps

  3. Thomas Kimble says:


    I am looking for a FREE or VERY CHEAP camp for my 13 yr. old son. Please assist in anyway possible.

    Thank you in advance
    Thomas Kimble