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Youth & Family Camps 



teens camping2Minnesota National Guard Youth & Teen Camp

Camps are for children of active and retired Minnesota National Guard Servicemembers. Nieces, nephews, siblings and grandchildren of volunteers may also attend. Activities include archery, hiking, biking, canoeing and camping - all while connecting with other military kids. Exploring a training site at Camp Ripley, seeing various military vehicles and marching in formation help youth better understand the military their parents serve in.

Dates: Week 1: July 26 to Aug. 1, 2015

           Week 2: Aug. 2 to Aug. 8, 2015

More Info: Website     Flyer

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Camp Gratitude

A weeklong, rustic camping experience for military families with children between ages 5-11 who have experienced deployment in the past three years. The 2012 Camp Gratitude event will be held at the Veterans Camp Ground on Big Marine Lake. Because of increased popularity of the camp in recent years, it's recommended applications be submitted early. The Veterans Camp Ground now boasts new, air conditioned and fully-furnished with flat-screen TVs and wi-fi!

Dates: June 20 to 27, 2014

More Info: Website 


Tween Overnights

Military youth ages 9-13 can spend the night at the Great Lakes Aquarium and other fantastic locations to network with other military teens and learn how animals are resilient.

Dates: April 18-19, 2015, Great Lakes Aquarium                  

More Info: Story    Flyer


Air Force Reserve/Air National Guard Teen Leadership Summit

This is a week-long camp for 14-18 year old dependent teens of current Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard military members. Teens will focus on leadership development and self-confidence, learn about programs and services available to Air Force dependents, and build an appreciation for and sense of belonging to the Air Force community.

Dates: July 20-25, 2014   Deadline is May 31, 2014

More Info: Website


Camp Onomia

Extended weekend is a gift to families who have a parent serving in the armed services for our country. It is a tremendous opportunity for support and family fun on a weekend which celebrates our national heritage. Combined with prayer and worship in the Christian community that Onomia provides, this is a weekend you will come back for year after year. No cost for this weekend, donations accepted as you are able.

Dates: July 2-5, 2014

More Info: Website 


Defending the Blue Line Youth Hockey Camps

Nearly a dozen camps, located throughout the nation, are available for free or at a discount for military youth. The camps are one of many ways Defending the Blue Line ensures that children of Servicemembers are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey.

Dates: Check website for 2014 dates

More Info: Website


Joint Reserve Component Teen Leadership Summit

Now in its fifth year, the Joint Reserve Component Teen Leadership Summit is a week-long camp for 14-18 year old dependent teens of current Army, Air, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard reserve (including National Guard) family members. Teens will focus on leadership development and self-confidence, learn about programs and services available to Air Force dependents, and build an appreciation for and sense of belonging to the geographically separated military community.

Dates: July 6-11, 2014   Deadline is May 15, 2014

More Info: Website


Laketrails Base Camp

A wilderness youth camp located on beautiful Oak Island in Lake of the Woods. As part of a nine-day session, teens who come to Laketrails enjoy a five-to-six day canoe trip through the wilderness and waters of Ontario, Canada. Upon returning from the canoeing adventure, a fun-filled day is spent at Base Camp before returning home on the Laketrails bus. A $50 campership is offered.

Dates: Check website for 2014 dates

More Info: Website

See photos of the Minnesota Military Teen Panel's Laketrails adventure, 2011, here.


Military Teen Adventure Camp

Nearly 1,600 military teens (14-18 years old) will have an opportunity to participate at little-to-no-cost. These high-energy, -adventure and -experience camps are planned across the United States from Alaska to Maine. Each camp offers a unique outdoor experience that will allow a teen to builc leadership, self-confidence and teamwork skills while participating in many activities.

Dates: Check website for 2015 dates

More Info: Website


Minnesota Elks Youth Camp

The Minnesota Elks Youth Camp is a privately funded recreational camp for girls and boys ages 9-13. Campers experience a fun week of swimming, kayaking, pontooning, fishing, hiking, nature, team building, campfire skits/shows, rock climbing, archery, carnival games, team games and much, much more. The well-trained staff encourages a fun, safe and nurturing environment, as the ratio of staff to campers is about 1 to 5. Over 275 acres of wilderness near 4 lakes, including beautiful Pelican Lake, offers campers many learning opportunities about wildlife and nature. The Elks have provided a free week at camp for youth and an experience of a lifetime for over 55 years.
Dates: Check website for 2014 dates

More Info: Website


Operation Purple Camp

This is a free camp for youth ages 7-17 offered by the National Military Family Assocation at various sites across the nation and around the world. The camp will be held at McGregor Catholic Youth Camp. Camp applications are open through March 4, 2013.

Dates: Check website for 2014 dates

More Info: Website


Operation Military Kids Family Camp

A three-day camp for military families with at least one child in grades K-12. The camp is intended to help families communicate and have fun. This helps the children better understand what their Servicemember is experiencing. Families will participate in challenges, learn new skills and enjoy time together.

Dates:  February 6-8 at Camp Shamineau near Motley, MN - registratrion due by January 21, 2015. March 27-29 at Ironwood Springs Ranch near Stewartville, MN - registration due by March 27, 2015.

More Info: Flyer   Registration    


Project New Hope

Weekend retreat for veterans and their families to help them face the challenge of transition from war to civilian life. Choose from four different retreat locations in Minnesota, each nestled among woodlands, lakes, wetlands and wide-open spaces.

Dates: TBA

More Info: Website


YMCA Camp St. Croix

Camp St. Croix is looking for military families with children who would enjoy a week at its summer camp, located just 30 minutes from the Metro Area. The first 100 select applicants will receive 40% off one of the offered overnight camps.

Dates: 2014 dates not yet announced


American Wanderer Summer Camp

American Wanderer Summer Camp would like to invite military kids from across the U.S. to explore our National Parks this summer! They offer unique 2 week camp sessions exploring over 34 parks in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. Currently American Wanderer Summer Camp has openings available to middle and high school aged children (11-17) from all branches of the military and the Coast Guard.

Dates: Check website for 2014 dates.

More Info: Website




For questions regarding youth camps, contact Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Child, Youth and School Services.


More camps to be announced as they are confirmed.


Announcements of these camps will be distributed through your Family Readiness Group email chain.






























































































Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015 11:06