If you have read this blog in the past, please head over to my newest blog by clicking on High Caliber Cate. I am going to put the Heritage Family blog on hold for now. High Caliber Cate will cover a lot of the same topics as HF, but will focus on women and juniors, as well. It will also be tied in with my Rowdy Girls facebook page, which is a group of women whose focus is firearms, self-defense, preparedness, and basically just changing the world for the better. You can find Rowdy Girls here: https://www.facebook.com/RowdyGirlsGroup. Come join us!
According to Military.com, “More than 1.7 million children under the age of 18 have at least one parent serving in the armed forces. And it is estimated that more than 900,000 children have had one or both parents deployed multiple times.”
The month of April has been designated as Month of the Military Child in an effort to reach out to these young people and let them know Americans support them and their families. And with the slogan of “Kids Serve Too!” the National Military Family Association has designed a summer camp just for these young heroes.
Operation Purple camps (the color was chosen as a conglomeration of all the basic military colors and represents all branches) “…are 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,” according to NMFA.
Camps are offered at 17 locations this year, in 14 states across the nation, and are available to kids 7 to 17 in most (although some are 8-18) – and the best part is that the camps are free for young people whose parents have been, will be, or are currently deployed. The goal of the camps is to give military children the tools they need to help deal with the stresses that result from a parent’s deployment, through a memorable camp experience.
As someone who has a military child, and grandchildren that will deal with their parent’s deployment, I can appreciate the need for kids who are experiencing separation and other issues that only they can understand, to get together with their peers for a time of relating, relaxation, and recreation.
For information on registering for Operation Purple camps, go to the camp registration page at www.MilitaryFamily.org. The camps fill up fast, however, so act quickly, or pass the info along to others that might benefit from it.
Rounds & Roses is now part of the Outdoor Blogger Network, a site where writers can share their love of the outdoors with all who venture in. As stated on the OBN website: “One of the main goals of the Outdoor Blogger Network is to provide a centralized site on the web for writers and readers of Outdoor related blogs to come and peruse a vast listing of the best Outdoor blogs in existence.”
The site, which now hosts 1218 outdoor blogs listed in over 72 categories, was the brainchild of friends and fishing buddies, Rebecca Garlock, aka The Outdooress, and Joe Wolf of Flowing Waters. The two dreamed up the concept of OBN while on a fly fishing trip for trout in Oregon. They believed that “…a unified group of Bloggers has a much better chance of being taken seriously by the Outdoor industry as a viable part of the media.”
Based on the huge number of outdoor bloggers, each with their own following, who participate, as well as the large number of national media outlets and businesses that have jumped onboard, it appears Garlock and Wolf have been extremely successful in their endeavor.
Whether your love is shooting sports or kayaking, fishing or hiking, outdoor photography, conservation, hunting, or myriad other activities that involve the great outdoors, you are sure to find what you are looking for at Outdoor Blogger Network.
We are proud to be part of this group and encourage you to head over to OBN and discover the great outdoors – oh, and be sure to leave a comment for us while you are there. You can find us under Family Outdoors in the Outdoor Blog Directory, or by clicking here.