Arkansas Military Kids Camp

Jun 13th, 2013 | By admin | Category: Education

LITTLE ROCK – Junk drawer robotics, marshmallow trebuchets and cardboard boat racing are all in several days’ work for youth taking part in Operation: Military Kids Camps this summer.

Operation: Military Kids was the product of a partnership between the Department of Defense and the national 4-H program, one of the largest youth development programs in the United States.

“Long deployments and casualties among military parents take a toll on families,” said Maureen Rose, Operation: Military Kids Camp coordinator in Arkansas. “In addition to just being a lot of fun, these camps foster resilience, teach critical thinking skills, develop friendships and have a lasting impact on these youth.”

Among the science-related projects are junk drawer robotics, in which youth turn tongue depressors into tabletop racing vehicles, and the marshmallow trebuchets, with team competition to launch a marshmallow the farthest.

Here’s a quick look at the camps being offered this summer:

June 23-15 - Robotics Camp

•  Registration deadline June 10.

Funded by the Arkansas 4-H Foundation through a grant from the Reynolds Foundation, this camp will offer hands-on Junk Drawer and Lego Mindstorm Robotics, with competitions throughout the camp.  Open to campers age 10 – 15, who are urged to use Arkansas 4-Honline to register.  Contact Maureen Rose, mrose@uaex.edu, 501-671-2066, for more information. Open to military and non-military youth. Held at the C. A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center west of Little Rock.

Jume 28-July 2 - Air National Guard Camo Camp/National Guard Teen Council Academy.

•  Registration deadline June 14. (Priority to Army and Air National Guard youth)

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.  Open to campers age 13 – 17.

For more information on how to register, contact Charles Waddell, Charles.w.waddell5.ctr@mail.mil or 501-212-4037.  Or contact OMK director Maureen Rose, mrose@uaex.edu, 501-671-2066.

July 14-19 - Minuteman Camp.

Serving youth age 10 and 11. First priority goes 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.

This camp serves youth of military casualties, to be held at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H center west of Little Rock. Register at www.campcorral.org, or call 1-855-605-1267. Sponsored by Golden Corral. Youth from other military families may register until the camp is filled.

July 29-Aug. 2 - “Proud, Ready and Resilient Visual” and Performing Arts Camp. Registration deadline July 12.

This camp offers the opportunity for youth to tell their stories related to being a military child using movie-making, performance arts, visual arts and creative writing, working with arts professionals.  Campers age 13-17. First priority to youth of National Guard, Reserve, and active duty military; then the camp is open to non-military children. Operation: Military Kids will be working in concert with the Arkansas National Guard to conduct this camp. For information, contact C.J Walden, Catherine.j.walden2.ctr@mail.mil , 501-212-4077; Maureen Rose, mrose@uaex.edu, 501-671-2066; Charles Waddell charles.w.waddell5.ctr@mail.mil or 501-212-4037. This camp is funded by the National Guard.

Military youth education programs are offered through the Cooperative Extension Service, part of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.  These programs are offered to all youth age 5 – 18 regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status or any other legally protected status. OMK provides support to military youth impacted by deployment regardless of branch of service or component.

The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.