Free Weeklong Military Kids Residential Summer Camp Seeking Nominees

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The Christian Grandparenting Network (CGN) of Colorado Springs is recruiting military kids impacted by deployment and their grandparents to attend the Military Kids GrandCamp. Held from June 29 to July 3, 2009 in Florissant, Colorado, GrandCamp is aimed at strengthening the bond between grandparent and grandchild in order to provide the grandchild with extra support during the time a military parent is serving overseas. All military children whose parents are deployed, have recently been deployed, or have returned from deployment are welcome to apply to be a part of CGN's free Military Kids GrandCamp experience. Children must be able to be accompanied by at least one grandparent. Individuals can find more information online at http://www.grandcamps.org.

The Christian Grandparenting Network (CGN) of Colorado Springs is recruiting military kids impacted by deployment and their grandparents to attend the Military Kids GrandCamp. Held from June 29 to July 3, 2009 in Florissant, Colorado, GrandCamp is aimed at strengthening the bond between grandparent and grandchild in order to provide the grandchild with extra support during the time a military parent is serving overseas.

"GrandCamp offers not only provides a lot of fun and adventure for free, but it's also designed so that military kids have the opportunity to build lasting relationships and lifelong memories with their grandparent away from the difficulties of a deployment period," says CGN Executive Director Cavin Harper. "Grandparents are often in the best position to help these kids adjust and find the long-term support they need."

CGN's GrandCamp offers a variety of activities--from arts and crafts to white water rafting and evening campfires. The program has been designed with both children and grandparents in mind and is structured around sessions for intergenerational and in-group dialogues.

"Each activity was enjoyable in very different ways - rafting, campfires, games, devotions and more. In each one we were able to share our lives and our hearts' desire." commented Vicki Wheeland, a 2008 GrandCamp grandparent from Globe, Arizona.

All military children whose parents are deployed, have recently been deployed, or have returned from deployment are welcome to apply to be a part of CGN's free Military Kids GrandCamp experience. Children must be able to be accompanied by at least one grandparent. Individuals can find more information online at http://www.grandcamps.org.

Financial sponsors are also needed. "Those who know of a particular family who would benefit from this program could sponsor their week at camp," says Harper. "$350 is all it takes to cover the costs for one camper during that week."

Online donations can be made at the CGN website http://www.christiangrandparenting.net. To make a donation by phone or to learn about additional ways that grandparents can help in military family settings, call Cavin Harper at (719) 522-1404.

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