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Hines, C., Mull, C., Jordan, J., Edwards, H.C., Enroughty, S., Bender,G., Lewis,E.C., & Harris, C. (May 2010). Southern Hospitality- Camping with Operation: Military Kids. Workshop presented at CYFAR 2010 Conference, San Francisco, CA.

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  • 1. Hines, C., Mull, C., Jordan, J., Edwards, H.C., Enroughty, S., Bender,G., Lewis,E.C., & Harris, C. (May 2010). Southern Hospitality- Camping with Operation: Military Kids. Workshop presented at CYFAR 2010 Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • 2. Southern Hospitality- Camping with Operation: Military Kids
  • 3. Is your responder working?
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  • 4.
    • Yes
    • No
    • I don’t know
    Did you go to camp as a youth?
  • 5. Do you work with military families in your state?
    • Yes
    • No
    • I don’t know
  • 6. Are you or a member of your family a member of the service?
    • Yes
    • No
    • I don’t know
  • 7. Tennessee Operation: Military Kids Military Youth and the 4-H Camping Experience 4-H/ OMK Camp Carrera Harris: OMK Coordinator
  • 8. 4-H/ Military “Survivor” Camp
    • 5 day residential camp
    • Camped with 4-H Junior Camp
    • Divided into four Survivor “Tribes”
    • Military youth created “OMK County”
    • Participated in all 4-H activities
      • Partook in strictly OMK activities
  • 9. Advantages of Camping at the 4-H Center
    • Provide a civilian 4-H summer camp experience
    • Infrastructure, staff, and procedures already in place
    • Learn about 4-H by experience
  • 10. Benefits to Military Youth
    • Able to create support groups
    • Enjoy a 4-H summer camp experience
  • 11. Benefits to Civilian Youth
    • Learn about military life
    • Experience the military
    • Learn how to support military youth in their own community
  • 12. Anecdotal Experiences
    • Camp Director
    • “ This was the best summer camp we’ve had to date. OMK
    • really brought a lot to our 4-H Camp”
    • Military Youth
    • “ I really enjoyed meeting other kids who
    • are going trough the same things that my family and I are
    • experiencing”
  • 13. Reaching our Military Population
    • Informal networks
    • Schools
    • Parenting magazines
    • Newspapers
  • 14. Georgia Operation: Military Kids Military Camp Jenny Jordan: Volunteer and Teen Specialist
  • 15. Georgia Military Camps
    • Integrating Military Experiences and Culture into the Camp Experience
      • Terminology
      • Volunteer Adult Leaders
      • Location-based Military Resources
      • Mobile Military resources
  • 16. Terminology & Volunteer Leaders
    • Use of acronyms
    • Bag & Drag Registration and Check Out
    • Parents of campers
    • Installation Child & Youth Programs Staff Members
    • Georgia National Guard Counterdrug Taskforce
  • 17. Location Based Resources
    • Ranger Camp
    • Coast Guard Station
    • Tara Field
    • Historical Military Installations
  • 18. Mobile Military Resources
    • Helicopters, Humvees and other vehicles
    • Military Bands
    • Honor Guards
    • High ranking military speakers
  • 19. Strategies for Success
    • Begin Early
    • Flexibility
    • Military Members as Adult Leaders led to on-site problem-fixers
    • Installation youth programs staff members use camp as a training experience
  • 20. Alabama Operation: Military Kids Camp for Military Youth with Special Needs Camp Alexis Charlene Morse Hines: Military Liaison and OMK Coordinator
  • 21. Camp ASCCA is Alabama's Special Camp for Children and Adults. ASCCA is a nationally recognized leader in therapeutic recreation for children and adults with both physical and mental disabilities. Providing weekend and week long sessions, Camp ASCCA is open year-round. Located in Alabama on Lake Martin, Camp ASCCA offers campers a wide variety of recreational and educational activities. Activities include horseback riding, fishing, tubing, swimming, environmental education, arts and crafts, canoeing, a "splash pad", outdoor adventure elements like the zip-line, and much more. Camp ASCCA
  • 22. Who Can Attend and Why?
    • Military youth with special needs and their family members
      • Up to 8 members of the family
      • Encourages special needs youth
      • Shows siblings the special needs youth “can” do anything
      • What determines “special needs”
  • 23. EFM Exceptional Family Members
    • National Guard now has resources dedicated to Exceptional Family Members
    • Military Garrison’s have EFM offices
    • Perhaps one of the most underserved populations of military youth are special needs (EFM) youth
  • 24. Registration for Camp
    • Use the registration form of Camp ASCCA
    • Very detailed
      • Takes a medical history of each camper
      • Includes a release for each camper
    • All information is confidential
  • 25. During Camp
    • A picture speaks a thousand words
  • 26.  
  • 27. Parent’s Comments
    • It was so nice to see my special needs
    • babies treated as normal for a change
    • My son, after the zip line, told me “I am Tarzan”
    • For three days our family enjoyed being a family
  • 28. North Carolina Operation: Military Kids Youngest Heroes Camp Harriett Edwards: 4-H Military Liaison Scott Enroughty: OMK Project Manager
  • 29. Locations of Installations, Camps/Conference Centers in Counties
  • 30. Youngest Heroes Camp
    • 5-8 year olds
    • 4 days, 3 nights
    • Traditional 4-H camping experience
    • Millstone & Swannanoa 4-H Camps
  • 31. Weekend Family Camp
    • Weekend event involves individuals participating in the Wounded Warriors program
    • creating a family-friendly environment
    • maximum of 15 families or 75 participants (youth and adults)
  • 32. Plans for 2010
  • 33. Florida Operation: Military Kids Maximizing Technology Before, During and After the Camp Experience Georgene Bender: OMK Project Director
  • 34.
    • Camp Webinars
    • 1 hour/each
    • Recorded session and posted on Blogspot
    • 15 – 20 participants for each camp (3)
    Before Camp
  • 35.
    • Who’s Who at Camp
    • Camp Rules/Discipline/Medical
    • Camp Schedule
    • What to Bring /Cabins
    • OMK Blog page
    • Check in; Check out
    • Questions
    Agenda for Webinar
  • 36.
    • Camp Blog
    • Wonderful, sensational, and phenomenal are but a few of the laudatory words used by parents to describe what our blogs did for their mental well-being while their children attended summer camp. This was especially meaningful to those who had never been separated from their child for an extended period before.
    • Nightly posting of camp activities along with hundreds of photographs for parents to view
    During Camp
  • 37.
    • Mobile Tech Lab Projects
    • 1) Using the digital cameras, we uploaded the campers’ photos to a file they created. We then explained search engines and used this to locate pictures with .GIF, .BMP, and .JPG extensions
    • 2) Used KidPix to create unique and/or unusual pictures from the photos they had saved or downloaded from Google.
    • 3) Did Web Scavenger Hunts with kid-friendly websites including sites like,, and
    • 4) Used Microsoft Word to write letters to their loved ones
    • 5) Teen Camp was devoted to creating their own blog
    During Camp
  • 38.
    • Survey Monkey Parent Evaluation
    After Camp
  • 39. Survey Monkey Parent Evaluation After Camp
  • 40. How well did you like the presentation today?
    • Did not like at all
    • Liked it a little
    • Indifferent
    • Pretty Good
    • Awesome
  • 41. How well will you be able to implement the information that you learned today?
    • I definitely will not be able to implement
    • I will maybe be able to implement
    • I don’t know if I will be able to implement
    • I will probably be able to implement
    • I will definitely be able to implement
  • 42. Which state’s information did you find the most useful?
    • Tennessee- military and civilian youth
    • Georgia- military camp
    • Alabama- camping with special needs
    • North Carolina- youngest heroes
    • Florida- technology
  • 43. Why was this information most useful?
    • Information will be easy to implement
    • I work with the population described
    • All of the above
    • None of the above
    • Other
  • 44. Questions?
  • 45. Contact Us Tennessee: Carrera Harris- [email_address] , 865-974-9724 Georgia: Jenny Jordan- [email_address] , 706-542-4444 Alabama: Charlene Hynes- [email_address] , 334-734-2336 North Carolina: Scott Enroughty- [email_address] , 919.515.8500 Harriett Edwards- [email_address] , 919-515-9548 Florida: Georgene Bender- [email_address] , 813-757-2184