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Free camp available for military families

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By Theresa Howard

Operation: Military Kids is a collaborative effort with Kentucky’s communities to support military children, youth and families impacted before, during, and after deployment. The Family and Consumer Sciences Extension program at the University of Kentucky is helping to coordinate OMK in our state.

OMK provides support to military families who are geographically dispersed, recognizing that these families have significantly different needs than those families on active military installations. For more information, visit www.operationmilitarykids.org.

OMK is offering a free weekend camp for military families. The camp is open to Kentucky families (both parents and children) from any branch of the military. This includes active duty, reserve and National Guard families. In LaRue County, we have about 74 youth in these types of military families.

First priority will be given to families that have a service member who has been injured during military service. Lots of exciting programs and activities are planned. Family time will be built in for you to explore the beautiful nature at your camp location.

Military families can sign up now to attend one of the weekend camps. The locations are: June 11-13 at Lake Cumberland 4-H Center or July 9-11 at the Life Adventure Center, Versailles.

Examples of camp activities at Lake Cumberland 4-H Center will be: fishing and canoeing, scrapbooking, ropes challenge, swimming, family kites, family bulletin boards, nature hikes, geocaching, soda bottle rockets, riflery/archery, tie-dying and mobile tech lab.

Examples of camp activities at the Life Adventure Center will be: fishing, high ropes, equine program, night hike, family crafts, ice cream social, geocaching, low ropes, hayride, bird walks, campfire program and group games.

For more information or to sign up, contact Stephanie Moses, Operation: Military Kids Camp Coordinator at the University of Kentucky (859) 257-3072, sgmose2@uky.edu.