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Troop & Family Camps

Troop & Family Camps were designed so that the entire family can spend a fun-filled weekend together strengthening ties and building camaraderie with other military families. Ohio Military Kids will offer four Troop and Family Camps in 2018. Each camp offers unique experiences. Troop & Family Camps are coordinated through a joint effort with the Ohio National Guard and the USO and are open to all branches of the military

*To enhance event safety and security for you and your family the exact location of this event will be provided immediately after registration is complete.  General locations listed are within 20-30 miles of the event to allow initial planning.


HERO Camps

The purpose of the HERO Camps is to help Ohio's military kids to become more resilient and prepared to manage the stresses of growing up in a military family. Interacting and making friends with others who are going throught the same experience helps build confidence, leadership skills, and a sense of community. Run simultaneously to the Hero Camps, the National Guard offers a free STRONG Families Workshop to parents, featuring team building activities as well as sessions discussing topics such as financial stability, safety, and issues related to stress management. In 2018, Ohio Military Kids will offer several HERO Camps; the experience varies greatly for each of the camps, so be sure to find the camp right for you! 


Residential Camp at Kelleys Island, Lake Erie, Ohio

OMK offers two residential camps, both on Kelleys Island in Lake Erie. Over 70 youth counselors and 40 civilian and military adult staff members operate from the generous contributions of our donors. This camping experience brings military youth from all over the state to participate in community service, build relationships with their peers who share similar experiences, learn resiliency, develop habits for healthy living, and instill pride in being a military kid.

OMK Camp Kelleys Island Youth Camp is for 9-11 year olds and Teen Camp is for campers aged 12-15.  The great success of this camp lies in the awesome experience it provides for military youth where they can learn, grow and build friendships with other military youth in a fun and safe environment.  Activities include: Swimming, crafts, dancing, hiking, basketball, snorkeling, campfire cooking, soccer, boating, skits, talent shows, night hikes, and much more! 

Teen Camps

Ohio Military Kids offers two camps designed specifically to engage teens.

The activities provided at this camp allow teens to build long-lasting friendships with other military youth in an environment designed to challenge and engage them. This camp is designed specifically with your teens in mind designed to challenge and engage them. 

We Need Volunteers!

If you are interested in volunteering as a camp counselor for any camp, please fill out the proper counselor application form on the Volunteer page of the website or contact Justin Bower at The minimum age is 15 years old, and we welcome college students and young adults. There is no cost to attend camp as a camp counselor.

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