April is the Month of the Military Child.
In Maine, more than 4,000 school-aged children have parents who are preparing to deploy for military service, are currently deployed, or are preparing to be reunited with their families.
The Month of the Military Child is meant to recognize, celebrate and thank all military youth, families and service members for their commitment and service.
The following events and summer camps are offered for Maine’s military children in partnership with Operation Military Kids, the U.S. Army’s collaborative effort with American communities to support children impacted by deployment:
- “Purple Up” Day, April 13: Wear purple to support and recognize the sacrifice our military personnel, families and youth are making in support of our country.
- Maine Military Adventure Camps: The University of Maine Cooperative Extension offers a number of summer camps at minimal cost for children of military families. Visit the University of Maine Cooperative Extension website for a listing of camps and registration information.
- Maine National Guard Camps: The Maine National Guard offers two summer camps for Maine military children, from July 8-14 and July 15-21. Call Steve Hughes for more information at 207-430-5773.