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Outdoor Adventures Military Camp

Outdoor Adventures Military Camp

Outdoor Adventures Camp! August 8-13

Hosted by the 4-H Program (Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County)

Six days and five nights! Youth will hike, learn how to use biofuel stoves, how to set up a tent and start a fire, how to use and read topographical maps, orienteering skills and how to identify local wild edible plants. In addition to the outdoor adventures programming, youth will also participate in the Get Experience in Mindfulness 4-H program, as well as typical camp programming such as swimming, archery, ropes, canoeing and paddle boarding.

This camp is open to army youth ages 12-16 who have parents who are wounded warriors or were killed in action.

To prove eligibility, families must provide:

1. Proof of a service connected disability
2. Form DD 1300
3. Proof that you are a Gold Star family

This camp is free, other than a $25 non-refundable deposit.

Families must register online, pay the non-refundable deposit and provide the eligibility information to reserve their camper’s spot.

Travel expenses, including mileage to and from camp, will be reimbursed up to $250 per camper. Meals during travel will also be reimbursed based on the GSA rates for Watertown, NY. Receipts will be required for reimbursement.

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, these camps are only open to youth from the following states: New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont. In addition, someone authorized to pick up campers must be available at all times during their camp session(s) in the event campers exhibit COVID-19 symptoms. 

This military camp opportunity is funded through Kansas State University and the 4-H Military Partnerships Project. The goal of the Army Child and Youth Program is to deliver Youth Camps for youth of Soldiers severely wounded, ill, and injured during a deployment. The camps will provide the youth an opportunity for respite care and, though therapeutic interventions by certified therapists, teach the youth how to cope with their changed world due to injury or illness of a family member as a result of their service in our country’s military.

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