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Department of Defense Summer Camps

Have some activities planned to keep your kids busy, engaged and having fun when school lets out. Department of Defense summer camps may be a great addition to your child’s summer lineup. Make it a summer to remember by checking out these potential camping experiences:

Teen adventure and science camps

There are teen adventure camps specifically for military pre-teens and teens available across the United States, from Washington to New York. These camps can be a great option for a teen interested in adding some excitement to their summer. Understand that:

  • Youth ages 10-18 can enjoy adventure camps partnered with private organizations around the country.
  • There are multiple camps to choose from.
  • Camps include fantastic wilderness excursions like sailing, kayaking and survival camp.

Available camps can be found at Military Teen Adventure Camps, 4-H Military Partnerships and DOD Starbase.

Installation camps

Many military installations offer summer camps for different groups. They may include general camps, interest-based camps or deployment camps.

To find a camp or summer activity on your installation, visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS, choose “Program or Service” from the drop-down menu, type in “Youth Programs/Centers” and then proceed with your zip code or installation.

The camaraderie of camp might be just what your military children need.

  • Military life can be challenging for military kids, and summer camps can provide a safe space while teaching skills to navigate the ups and downs.
  • Your child can build a support network of other military youth who may have similar experiences.

For more information about summer camps or activities, call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 or connect via Live Chat 24/7/365. OCONUS/International? Click here for calling options.

Installation Program Directory

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