The vision behind Camp Corral is one where kids, ages 8 to 15, are free to be kids, far away from the day-to-day challenges they face as children of military service members. The reality of a parent being deployed away from home for over a year is the norm for all children from military families.
“Camp is an amazing, transformational experience for everyone involved. Campers, counselors and directors learn, develop and grow from their participation in camp. Because of camp our communities are better. Camp provides the opportunity for children to experience new things. Campers make new friends, learn new skills, and take risks in a safe environment, empowering them to grow in ways they never thought possible. At Redwoods, we’re honored to support Camp Corral in creating an environment where this growth and transformation can happen in safe outdoor camp settings.”
Providing positive, recreational experiences in the outdoors helps foster resilience, and Camp Corral has proven to be a ‘week of a lifetime,’ providing kids non-stop fun with activities like canoeing, swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, ropes course challenge, archery, horseback riding, and other camp and outdoors activities. The week also encourages the campers to create friendships and bond with other kids who share similar family situations.
Not only is Camp Corral important for military children, but it has also proven to be a gift for the camper parents, including veterans, active duty and reserve service members who have sacrificed so much to keep our nation safe and protect our personal freedoms that we hold so dear.
DAV is once again joining with Camp Corral to provide a unique and fun camp experience to help our kids, last year more than 300 of the camp participants were sponsored through DAV’s “Just B Kids” scholarship program. To learn more about this click here.
Since October 2001, the world in which American military children grow up has been changed dramatically by unprecedented levels of deployment and the increased reliance on Reserve and Guard members. To date, a total of over 2.1 million American men and women in uniform have deployed and of those Service members, approximately 44 percent are parents.
Camp Corral, a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt, non-profit corporation, is a free, one-of-a-kind summer camp for children of wounded, injured, ill or fallen military service members. Since its founding, in 2011 as a one camp pilot program, Camp Corral has grown over 700%. Over 10,000 children have been served and the program has expanded to 23 camps in 19 states. Although any child from a military family is eligible, registration priority is given to children of wounded, injured, ill or fallen military service members.