UK Announces Camps for Military Teens

LEXINGTON, Ky., (May 24, 2016)  The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will host five camps for teens from military families during 2016 and 2017.

A new offering in 2016 is the Teens of Fallen Warriors Resiliency Excursion. This camp is for teenagers between 14 and 18 years old who have lost a service member parent. During the camp, teen participants will work on the healing process and form relationships with peers who share similar experiences. In addition, they will learn about teamwork and leadership skills as they go on several outdoor adventures that include canoeing, horseback riding and ropes challenges. The camp is scheduled for June 24-29, at the Life Adventure Center in Versailles, Kentucky.

The four military adventure camps immerse teens and a parent in nature in a way that is challenging, fun and strengthens bonds between families. These camps are open to teens between 14 and 18 who have a parent or a guardian who is active duty, Reserve, National Guard or is a veteran or Department of Defense civilian or contractor.

Offerings this year include:

· Whitewater Rafting and Outdoor Quest, July 8-13, in Oakhill, West Virginia;

· Red River Gorge Rock Climbing, Rappelling and Canopy Excursion, July 22-25, in Campton, Kentucky;

· Extreme Wilderness Survival Outdoor Expedition, Oct. 21-23, at Land Between the Lakes in Golden Pond, Kentucky; and

· Mammoth Cave Ultimate Adventure, March 3-6 in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky.


While the camps’ locations are mostly in Kentucky, families from any state are welcome to attend.

Spaces are filling quickly on and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register at For more information on the Kentucky camps or about volunteer opportunities, contact Tyrone Atkinson, coordinator for UK Family and Consumer Sciences Extension military programs, at 859-218-1546 or or Kelly Ulm with the Life Adventure Center at 859-873-3271 or



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