Operation Purple Camps Will Return!

March 01, 2011 | Kate Horrell

Good news from the National Military Family Association (NMFA)! After spending the winter trying to gather funding, the NMFA has announced plans for the 2011 Operation Purple Summer Camp season. This summer’s schedule will include 40 weeks of camp in 25 states plus Japan.  This is great news for military families.

Operation Purple camps are free summer camps for military children.  Priority is given to families with a currently deployed parent, followed by families with recently returned and shortly deploying parents.  My children had the opportunity to attend an Operation Purple camp two years ago and they absolutely loved it.  It was a nice experience for them to be surrounded by other children who understood what if felt like when a parent was gone.

Details about dates and locations will be available on March 31st, 2011.   The online application system will also open that day.



  1. susann h panek rounds says:

    Good day..my twelve year old grandson has a seventeen year old brother I the marines training to go overseas and his mothermother is scheduled for deployment in july for iraq. She is a twenty year vet in air force now in guard..is there a operation purple camp that he might attend this year..we r located in Syracuse ny but would take him wherever close. Thank you for the information.

  2. Erica says:

    We are stationed at Ft Drum.. 80 miles North of Syracuse…. last year there was a camp in Lowville NY… a couple town over from us…. They planned on doing it again this year. :o)

  3. Ian says:

    Im looking 4 a camp in washington for a 13 year old- do u know of any?????

  4. ronnell harvey says:

    can my child still go if im retired but still living on base

  5. Shirlet says:

    What if a child is not accepted? Can an individual sponsor a child to attend this camp?