Operation Camp

Building Connections that Strengthen Futures

Great summer camp experiences build leadership, self-confidence, and independence. Nowhere are these traits more important than in the life of a military child.

Camps and camping opportunities continue to be one of Armed Services YMCA’s most popular programs. This fun and educational program encourages healthy living and recreation, fosters social connections, and helps children strengthen their confidence.

Program Overview

We partner with YMCA of the Desert to send military children to summer camp alongside civilian children from the local area in order to provide military kids with an opportunity to make meaningful connections. For military children, who may face moving to a new city, state, and school every two to three years, these friendships, support networks, and memories last a lifetime.

Operation Camp focuses on:

  • Building confidence and enhancing self-image
  • Improving social skills that reflect age-appropriate behavior
  • Teaching conflict resolution and the healthy management and expression of anger
  • Increasing bonds with family and friends
  • Equipping military children and families with tools and resources to cope with the challenges of military life

2023 Camp dates are:

  • June 18-June 24