Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Department of Defense Summer Camp Experiences

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Department of Defense Summer Camp Experiences

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During the school year, it's easy to fill your children's schedules with activities but the summer can be more challenging. If your children are looking for something exciting to do, the Department of Defense is here to help. Each year, the DoD provides summer camp opportunities for your children, giving them a chance to have fun, meet new people and develop skills that will benefit them for years to come.


The DoD's Office of Family Policy partners with several universities to offer adventure camps for military teens aged 14 to 18. Through partnering with these universities, DoD is able to use the expertise of university faculty and staff and offer amazing camp experiences.

With more than 30 camps across the country, there truly is something for everyone. Past opportunities for your teens have included:

* Sailing around Washington State's Puget Sound

* Kayaking through the Florida Keys

* Wilderness survival camp in Montana's backcountry

* Caving, rappelling and rock climbing expeditions in Kentucky These camps are not limited to the summer either. If your teens already have their summer booked, there are opportunities to participate in winter-themed camps, as well.

Through this program, the DoD also offers camps designed specifically for military youth and teens with special needs. These camps are focused on providing a safe and fun environment that takes into account the specific needs of participants. Depending on the format of these camps, age requirements for participants may vary. …

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