Operation Purple Camp
Date: July 17-21, 2023
Length of Camp: 5 days, 4 nights
Campers: Military-connected youth, 8-13 year old
Location: Wahsega 4-H Center, Dahlonega, GA
Registration Status: Feb. 15th
Operation Purple Camp at the Wahsega 4-H Center is a FREE camping program offered to 8-13-year-old dependents of all military service branches. This five-day, the four-night camp will take place at Wahsega 4-H Center in the beautiful North Georgia mountains. Youth will learn about the native wildlife including fish, insects, amphibians, and reptiles. Participants will also experience high adventure elements on the Wahsega climbing wall, flying squirrel, and zip line and other outdoor skills like archery and wilderness survival. Woven throughout the camp experience are opportunities to connect with other military youth through free time, arts and crafts, cabin chats, campfires, group time, swimming, and team challenges. Come connect with others at Wahsega 4-H Center!
This experience provides an exciting opportunity for youth to connect with other military youth. While at camp, youth will learn about the Georgia mountain ecosystems (stream ecology and forestry), play outdoor sports, swim in the freshwater pond and falls, and participate in team challenges. Specifically, activities will engage youth in self-responsibility, decision-making in team challenges, citizenship in the flag raising and lowering, and problem-solving in environmental education courses.
The Wahsega 4-H Center is situated near the rustic cabins (bunkbed lodging) a stream, a pond, and a waterfall. This camp provides youth with places to reflect and engage with others. The pavilions, outdoor classroom spaces, outdoor amphitheater, and nature trails provide a safe outdoor learning environment for this military-connected audience.
To provide a snapshot of the facility and some of the traditional fun at Wahsega 4-H Center view the below video. Please note not all activities displayed in the video will occur to allow for a unique experience for this special camp.
Parents will be responsible for:
- Getting teens to/from Wahsega 4-H Center
- Address: 77 Cloverleaf Trail, Dahlonega, GA 30533
- Do NOT follow Google Maps. Instructions will be provided in the parent packet for travel and can be viewed here.
- Meals during travel
- Camp suggested packing-list items (to include, a sleeping bag, flashlight, pillow, etc)
Everything else – Camp registration fees, lodging, camp activities, and all meals while at the camp are covered.
This Program is sponsored by the National Military Family Association.
To apply, go to the National Military Family Association website at this link: https://www.militaryfamily.org/programs/operation-purple/operation-purple-camp/dahlonega-ga/
Registration is now closed but should open in February of 2023. After applying, families will be notified in April if they are accepted.
The National Military Family Association is handling registration and will share the initial acceptance with campers. Wahsega 4-H Center will then supply additional details and required forms to families. Directions on how to submit forms and other important details will be communicated at that time. If you have any concerns about the process or how we can support your child, let us know by calling or emailing.
What is Operation Purple Camp?
Operation Purple Camp offers free week-long, in-person, overnight summer camp experiences to military-connected children at locations across the United States. This Program is sponsored by the National Military Family Association.
Who is eligible?
Military–connected children from all uniformed service branches are eligible to apply. This includes the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, including both National Guard and Reserve components of their respective branches. This also includes Space Force, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, and the United States Public Health Services Commission Corps. Children of active-duty service members and veterans can apply.
See more info and FAQ’s at this page:: https://www.militaryfamily.org/programs/operation-purple/operation-purple-camp/faqs/