Adventure Camps for Teens

The Department of Defense (DoD) has partnered with the Department of Agriculture and a group of universities to offer military teens the opportunity to attend low-cost, adventure-style camps at 50 locations throughout the US, plus two in Europe.

The details are outlined in a DoD news article,  Department Hosts Adventure Camps for Military Teens.  From the release,

The camps will offer military youth experiences not readily available through traditional programs, officials said. Additionally, due to frequent moves, parents and youth may be unaware of local opportunities. These camps are intended to fill that gap, they said.

The USDA, land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System will work with local communities to offer the camps. Military teens ages 14 to 18 can pick their adventure — from a five-day kayaking trip through Washington’s San Juan Islands to a four-day adventure racing course in the Northeast to a one-week backpacking trip through Alaska’s Denali Forest.

Special needs camps will be offered in Ohio, California and New Hampshire, and will feature active sports such as skiing, dog sledding, tubing and sled hockey.

Camps will become available as early as next week and will continue throughout the year. People can check out camp locations online at

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The camps are open to all services, both active and reserve; however, participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Program participation will either be no cost or at a very low cost, officials said, noting that some fees may be reimbursable. Travel expenses may be the responsibility of the family.

This sounds like a fabulous opportunity…I hope that some of my readers are able to take advantage of this great program.

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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.