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PHOTO CAPTION:  Military youths get ready to conquer the Odyssey Ropes Course during Hawaii Adventure Camp at Camp Erdman, here, recently. From July 21-26, youth will build leadership, self-confidence and teamwork skills while participating in similar adventures.

May 13, 2013
By Operation Military Kids

HONOLULU (May 10, 2013) -- Operation Military Kids (OMK), in collaboration with the YMCA of Honolulu Camp Erdman, is offering two upcoming summer camps for military youth.

Middle School Military Youth Camp

Middle school youth -- ages 11-14 or who have completed grades 6-8 -- who have experienced the deployment of a parent are eligible for Military Youth Camp, June 16-21, at Camp Erdman, located on the North Shore of Oahu.

Camp Erdman is a full-residential facility that provides all meals and lodging.

Each camp participant is responsible for only a very modest fee of $10, as most costs are being supported by OMK and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

This camp is intended to provide campers with tools to help them become resilient military youth while building friendships and gaining leadership and life skills.

In addition to informal educational experiences, campers will get to meet other military-connected middle-school youth from around the island and challenge themselves with adventure and recreational activities.

The campsite's recreational activities include odyssey ropes course, alpine tower, giant swing, climbing wall, challenge courses, swimming and archery.

Deadline to apply is May 24.

2nd Annual Hawaii Adventure Camp for Military-Connected Teens

This camp is open to ages 14-18 who are the dependent of an active duty, Guard, Reserve or retired service member. Youth must reside within the Pacific Rim regions of Hawaii.

Camp will be held July 21-26 at Camp Erdman on the North Shore of Oahu.

Some activities include surfing, climbing wall, archery, snorkeling, horseback riding, odyssey ropes course, stand-up paddle boarding and team-development courses.

This camp is free for campers, but a refundable $50 deposit holds a camp spot. Costs are supported by the Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Deadline to apply is June 15 or until all 50 spots are filled. Overflow applications are currently being forwarded to the Middle School Camp.

Contact KiKi Yoshimoto at omk@ctahr.hawaii.edu or 808-956-4125 for either camp.