Campers4aCause was founded with the mission of uniting camping enthusiasts from across the country in support of a truly worthwhile cause. As a community, campers share a love of the outdoors, a hearty thirst for adventure, an appreciation for family and friends and the spirit of helping others. In celebration of this spirit, we will have a unique opportunity to show our appreciation for the brave men and women who selflessly sacrifice their personal wellbeing to protect the freedom we enjoy every day.
Campers4aCause is a call to action of sorts. Launched Memorial Day weekend 2011, our mission continues throughout the year by encouraging campers coast to coast to donate $5, $10, $20 or more directly to the National Military Family Association, a nationally recognized non-profit organization that provides a week of summer camp to children of deployed or soon-to-be deployed military service men and women serving our country.
Have fun with it and definitely include the kids. Young ones can have a lemonade stand at the campsite and donate the profits. Older kids can hold a horseshoe or bocce ball tournament with a small entry fee that’s passed on. For adults—how about a late night “Hold ‘em” game and donating half the pot to the National Military Family Association? With a little imagination, traditional camping activities can become festive fundraising opportunities.
We invite you to Celebrate the Spirit of Camping by Giving Back.
The National Military Family Association (www.MilitaryFamily.org) was founded in 1969 by a handful of military wives who wanted to make sure their widowed friends were properly taken care of. Today, the NMFA is an organization with strong grassroots support balanced with professionalism that makes it a leader in the field. Not only do they support military families – they are military families. Spouses, parents, and family members make up our staff and board positions. They speak up on behalf of husbands, wives, and children to improve the quality of life for military families.
When you hear “Operation Purple Camp” you should think: Kids Serve Too! The NFMA’s Operation Purple camps are a time for having fun, making friends, and reminding military kids that they are the Nation’s youngest heroes.
The Operation Purple program was created in 2004 in response to the call from military parents to “help us help our kids.” The mission of the Operation Purple program is to empower military children and their families to develop and maintain healthy and connected relationships, in spite of the current military environment. We do this through a variety of means, including the healing and holistic aspect of the natural world. The program is joint or “purple”— and open to children and families of active duty, National Guard or Reserve service members from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service and NOAA.
In the 2004 Operation Purple pilot season, the NFMA started with 12 camp locations serving close to 1,000 children. Since then the Operation Purple program has grown to serve approximately 45,000 military children and teens. The Operation Purple program also includes family retreats at national parks and specialized family camps geared to address the needs of children and families of our nation’s wounded service members.
DONATE DIRECTLY TO THE NATIONAL MILITARY FAMILY ASSOCIATION WEBSITE