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Youth Camp 2009 is underway

Another year of Minnesota National Guard Youth Camp has begun!

Approximately 280 children, ages 10 to 15, participated in the event, held annually at Camp Ripley since 1991 The camp runs into the second week of August The campers will spend a week at the camp exploring the environment, having fun, and learning about the role the National Guard plays in their lives

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The stated goals of the Youth Camp are to: 1) Provide a unique and enjoyable opportunity for dependents of the Minnesota National Guard to explore the environment in which they live and be more responsible in maintaining the environment for future generations; 2) Provide a positive experience in a safe and caring environment;
3) Assist youth in gaining an understanding of why their Guard member servers in the National Guard; and 4) Help youth cope with the stress and confusion of separation/deployment

Youth participation in the program has increased from 104 its first year, to about 280 today The number of volunteers has also increased, from 35 in 1991 to 270 today, making the ratio of children to adults almost equal All volunteers are active or retired members of the Army or
Air National Guard, spouses of members, or dependents

Youth Camp

Youth Camp is accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA)

For more information visit Minnesota National Guard Youth Camp website

by Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
July 30, 2009
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