Building Bonds and Resilience: Inside Operation Purple® Camp
In a world where military families often face unique challenges, programs like Operation Purple® Camp are a beacon of hope and support, and we are honored to be a part of it all. Run by the National Military Family Association and hosted at our very own Camp K down in Cooper Landing, this camp is designed exclusively for children aged 6-17 who have a family member serving in the military. From June 4th to June 9th this year, these young heroes had the opportunity to participate in a week-long adventure filled with camaraderie, personal growth, and unforgettable memories. This special camp opportunity is provided to families at no-cost thanks to our partnership with the National Military Family Association and generous contributions from Camp Fire Alaska donors. By ensuring that families do not have to pay to attend, we are removing a significant financial barrier for military families.
Military kids are resilient, but they also face unique challenges due to the nature of their parents’ service. Operation Purple® Camp recognizes the importance of fostering resilience in these children and provides a dedicated space for personal growth. Through a wide range of activities, such as team-building exercises, gaga ball, obstacle courses, outdoor living skills, arts & crafts, target sports, camp songs around the campfire, and all camp games, these youth are empowered to develop new skills, overcome obstacles, and discover their own inner strength.
As the transformative journey of Operation Purple® Camp neared its end, the campers families were asked a crucial question in an annual survey: “Did your child feel included at Operation Purple® Camp?” The unanimous response resounded with resounding positivity—100% answered with an emphatic “YES!”. Another highly important facet of this kind of programming is allowing military youth to meet others in a similar situation as them. This camp successfully created friendships and bonds because 100% of the children’s families responded that their child made friends at camp. One of our campers parents shared that their kid felt so grown up and independent after attending camp and being on their own for the week. Parents also reflected that their kids came back with a more positive attitude towards life in general after returning to their regularly scheduled post-camp life.
New to this year, on June 10th, Operation Purple® Camp extended support to a special group of children—Hidden Helpers. These brave children and youth live in homes with wounded, injured, or ill service members and veterans. The Operation Purple Family Retreat® brought together these families for a day of fun, bonding, and relaxation. It provided a space where the Hidden Helpers could connect with others who share similar experiences and find solace in a supportive community.
Operation Purple® Camp truly embodies the spirit of appreciation, recognition, and empowerment for military kids who deserve nothing less than an unforgettable and enriching summer adventure. At Camp Fire Alaska, we love creating a space where everybody can belong and discover their spark. We look forward to hosting again in the future!
We are grateful for the donors who support Operation Purple Camp® and military families by ensuring that this camp is provided at no-cost.
John C. Hughes Foundation
Alaska Airlines Community Advisory Board
Ladies Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 4207
Navy League of the United States, Anchorage Council 151
American Legion Post 5
And many generous individuals