Camp Corral offers free summer camps for military kids

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For the fourth year, Camp Corral will send children from military families to a week-long camp free of charge.

Since its founding, Camp Corral has grown to 20 camps in 16 states, and served over 4,000 children. Although any child from a military family is eligible, registration priority is given to children of wounded, disabled or fallen military service members. Registration opened Feb. 3 on its website www.campcorral.org.

Camp Corral is a one-week camp experience where kids, ages 8 to 15, are free to be kids, far away from the day-to-day challenges they face as children of wounded, disabled or fallen military service members.  Camp Corral who partners wit YMCA and 4-H camps, 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.

“Camp Corral is delighted to continue to increase the number of children who can attend this free summer camp for military families nation-wide. In addition to positive recreational experiences, Camp Corral helps children foster resiliency through learning new things and creating friendships with other kids who share similar family situations,” said Betsey Fortlouis, Executive Director for Camp Corral.

The dates and locations for the 2014 camps run from June 1 through Aug. 16 in 20 camps across the country including camps in Oklahoma, Texas, North Carolina, Florida, Colorado, California, Kansas, Ohio, Illinois, and Virginia. The initiative is new for states like Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, South Carolina and Washington.

The program has also found advocates in people like Actor Gary Sinise. Known for several blockbuster films, Sinise believes in Camp Corral’s mission of making kids the star of summertime. “Children of service members, who’ve been wounded, disabled or killed in action, really pay a price too – when their moms and dads experience a life-changing injury,” said Sinise. “Camp Corral is a way for people to reach out and support these kids and their families. Camp Corral is a powerful way to help military families who have sacrificed so much for our country.”

“Camp Corral is delighted to continue to increase the number of children who can attend this free summer camp for military families nation-wide. In addition to positive recreational experiences, Camp Corral helps children foster resiliency through learning new things and creating friendships with other kids who share similar family situations,” said Betsey Fortlouis, Executive Director for Camp Corral.

The dates and locations for the 2014 camps run from June 1 through Aug. 16 in 20 camps across the country including camps in Oklahoma, Texas, North Carolina, Florida, Colorado, California, Kansas, Ohio, Illinois, and Virginia. The initiative is new for states like Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, South Carolina and Washington.

“Camp Corral is delighted to continue to increase the number of children who can attend this free summer camp for military families nation-wide. In addition to positive recreational experiences, Camp Corral helps children foster resiliency through learning new things and creating friendships with other kids who share similar family situations,” said Betsey Fortlouis, Executive Director for Camp Corral.

The dates and locations for the 2014 camps run from June 1 through Aug. 16 in 20 camps across the country including camps in Oklahoma, Texas, North Carolina, Florida, Colorado, California, Kansas, Ohio, Illinois, and Virginia. The initiative is new for states like Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, South Carolina and Washington.

The program has also found advocates in people like Actor Gary Sinise. Known for several blockbuster films, Sinise believes in Camp Corral’s mission of making kids the star of summertime. “Children of service members, who’ve been wounded, disabled or killed in action, really pay a price too – when their moms and dads experience a life-changing injury,” said Sinise. “Camp Corral is a way for people to reach out and support these kids and their families. Camp Corral is a powerful way to help military families who have sacrificed so much for our country.”

Interested families can visit www.campcorral.org or call 1-855-605-1267 for more information.