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Kids connect, gain life skills at Operation: Military Kids summer camp

ST. PAUL, Minn. (5/7/2010) --Military kids from around the state are invited to attend Operation: Military Kids camp this summer. There are currently approximately 17,000 kids in Minnesota who are affected by having a family member deployed.

Operation: Military Kids will offer six opportunities for youth to attend camp this summer.  Camps are delivered by University of Minnesota Extension's 4-H program and other partners to help youth understand the deployment process, cope with the stress of a deployment, build communication skills valuable for a homecoming, and connect with other military youth. 

"Our intent is to give kids tools to cope with different stages of deployment," said Michele VanDyke, 4-H program manager and Operation: Military Kids camp director. "They also get to connect with other kids who are going through the same experiences," she added.

Youth will participate in traditional outdoor camping activities like swimming, canoeing and campfires while building valuable life skills like communication, team work and critical thinking. 

People interested in attending Operation: Military Kids camps should contact Michele VanDyke at (507) 337-2811 or

Operation: Military Kids camp dates and locations:
For grades K-6:

  • Aug. 7-8, Hartley Nature Center, Duluth (Northeast Minnesota)

For grades 7-12:

  • June 24-25, Baker Near Wilderness Settlement, Maple Plain (Metro)
  • July 16-17, Camp Koronis, Paynesville (Central Minnesota)
  • Aug. 7-8, Cloquet Forestry Center, Cloquet (Northeast Minnesota)

Family camp for grades K-12 and their families:

  • July 9-11, Koinonia Retreat Center, South Haven (Central Minnesota)
  • Aug. 27-29, Ironwood Springs Ranch, Stewartville (Southeast Minnesota)
About Operation: Military Kids camps:
Operation: Military Kids camps are  an Operation: Military Kids program delivered by University of Minnesota Extension's 4-H program in partnership with American Legion, Minnesota Department of Education, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, MN Child Care Resource & Referral Network, Army Reserve, National Guard, and youth. For more information, please visit
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