Camp Corral Summer Camp applications now open for children of wounded, ill, fallen veterans

Tessa Robinson
Jan 18, 2024 8:37 AM PST
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A boy aims a bow and arrow at summer camp

Ashton Pearcy sends his arrow toward the target during the archery event of Camp Corral at Gig Harbor, Wash. Camp Corral is a free weeklong summer camp to military children and has served thousands of military children since the start of the program in 2011. U.S. Army photo/released.

SUMMARY

Camp Corral campers find adventure, test their limits, challenge their fears, celebrate their accomplishments, and make life-affirming friendships that assure them they are not alone. Applications are now open.

Camp Corral offers recreational programs designed specifically to empower America’s military children to make connections, build coping skills, and increase self-confidence. As a national leader and provider of educational resources, research, and advocacy related to the challenges faced by children of wounded, ill, and fallen military service members, many of whom provide caregiving duties within the wounded warrior family unit, Camp Corral helps build life skills to empower strong, resilient, and independent individuals. Children who participate in Camp Corral’s programs experience adventure, test their limits, challenge their fears, celebrate their accomplishments, and make life affirming friendships that assure them they are not alone. Now, applications for their 2024 Summer Camps are open.

What happens at Summer Camp?

Camp Corral is proud to partner with our nation's best camps! Their team engages in a strict, thorough vetting process ensuring partnerships with only the most highly regarded camps throughout the country. Each partner camp must meet stringent standards and hold American Camp Association accreditation. Careful attention is paid to quality of programming offered, facilities, leadership, and staffing. While Camp Corral sessions incorporate elements typically associated with a week at summer camp, additional programming - to include a Hero Day and other military components - enhances the curriculum. Programming can include swimming, ropes courses, rock wall climbing, horseback riding, sleeping under the stars, and all of the traditional camp fun of songs, campfires, arts and crafts, and more.

Who is eligible to attend Summer Camp?

Summer Camp is offered to children (ages 8-15) of wounded, ill and fallen military service members and veterans. There is no minimum disability rating but injuries do need to be service-connected nor does the rating determine application acceptance. Likewise, they can be both combat and non-combat related. Camp Corral does have a verification process that requires submission of a redacted DD214. Once verified, those files are deleted for security purposes.

How do we apply for Summer Camp?

Camp dates and locations are announced on Veterans Day each year. Applications will open in January and spots are available on a first come, first served basis. Campers can apply to attend the camp of their choice with a limit of one camp per summer. Campers can attend one camp each year as long as they are between the ages of 8-15 on the first day of camp. Camp Corral takes extra care in providing camp to siblings enrolled for the same camp session.

How much does it cost?

Thanks to Camp Corral's dedicated partners and donors, Summer Camps is offered at no charge to families. A small, fully refundable "Hold My Spot" deposit of $30.00 per child is required after an application has been approved to move forward with the enrollment process. From there, you will receive more information from your selected camp throughout the spring and have to provide medical information, emergency contacts, etc.

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