Military Kids Camps offer fun, learning


LITTLE ROCK — Having fun, while learning resilience and the skills to cope and grow with life’s changes, is what the Military Kids Camps offered through Operation: Military Kids, Arkansas National Guard, and Golden Corral Restaurants are all about.

“The camps promote community, teach critical-thinking skills, embrace the natural environment, create future leaders and are equal-opportunity life-changers,” said Maureen Rose, who directs Operation Military Kids for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

This year’s Military Camps include:

• April 12-14, Metro Camp, Northwest: A Northwest Arkansas urban exploration camp with GPS exploration, a wide variety of urban educational and recreational experiences, and a service project. Campers age 9 – 12 are lodged at Mt. Sequoyah Conference Center in Fayetteville. Charter Bus from Little Rock. $25 camp fee. Register by April 4.

• June 18-July 2, Camo Camp: Camo Camp is an outdoor adventure camp conducted at the C.A. Vines 4-H Center near Little Rock. Activities include ATV Safety driver training course, leadership and team building activities with the high and low ropes elements, cardboard boat races, and camp Olympics. Campers age 13-18 are urged to register by June 15. $50 camp fee holds your place.

• July 14-19, Arkansas National Guard Minuteman Camp: Serving youth age 10 and 11. First priority to National Guard children. Campers enjoy a variety of experiences and will be lodged at Camp Robinson. For more information, contact C.J. Walden at 501-212-4077.

• July 21-26, Camp Corral: Youth age 8– 5. Sponsored by Golden Corral Restaurants, It’s for the children of soldiers who have been injured or fallen in service of the United States. C.A. Vines 4-H Center near Little Rock. Register at www.campcorral.org or call 1-855-605-1267.

* July 28-Aug. 4, Movie and Arts Camp: Funded by the Arkansas National Guard, this camp offers an opportunity for teens to tell their stories using movie making, performance arts, visual arts and creative writing, working with professional instructors skilled in these arts. Campers age 13 – 18. First priority to National Guard youth. C.A. Vines 4-H Center near Little Rock. Contact for this camp is C.J. Walden at 501-212-4077.

* On Demand: Day Camps for children age 5 – 8 in your community. Call Maureen Rose at 501-671-2066 if you have a group of 10 to 20 military kids and two or three dates that will work for you.

To register for Metro, Camo, Movie and Arts camps go to www.kidsarus.org and click on the OMK Dog Tags to get to military youth programs. At the bottom of the page there are links to the Arkansas4Honline registration website and to an instruction sheet for how to register online.

If you have questions about camps for military youth, contact Maureen Rose at 501-671-2066 or email mrose@uaex.edu. Registration information is available online at http://www.kidsarus.com/operation_military_kids.htm.