Join Operation Purple!

Help support our troops by sending their kids to summer camp

Each summer, the National Military Family Association (NMFA) offers summer camps to children of U.S. deployed military members free of charge through its Operation Purple program.

The NMFA designs camp curriculum specifically for kids with one or both parents actively serving or in the reserves and provides scholarships to every camp participant. The cost of sending one child to camp is $500, and the NMFA operates hundreds of camps serving thousands of military kids across the United States.

The Board of Directors of the American Fraternal Alliance has adopted a resolution encouraging its member societies to support Operation Purple. UCT intends to support the program by making a Home Office contribution – but we need your help too!

“Your council can jump in to support this program by making a donation to help send a kid to camp,” Fraternal Director Sandy Shafer said. “Any amount is appreciated, but keep in mind that $500 will cover the full amount of making summer camp possible for one child. Just think of the amount we can raise for this worthwhile program if each local council in the U.S. – and Canada – makes a contribution.”

The NMFA needs firm commitments from societies by January 2011 in order to start negotiating with camps. If you wish to participate in Operation Purple please send your donation, payable to UCT, by no later than Dec. 31, 2010, to: UCT, Public Relations Department, 1801 Watermark Drive, Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43215. Make sure to include your council name and number along with your contribution to ensure recognition for your council.

For more information about the Operation Purple program visit www.operationpurplecampinfo.com. Email lfisher@uct.org or call (800) 848-0123, ext. 130, with any questions.