The University of Maine Cooperative Extension has received funding through the U.S. Department of Defense to provide adventure summer camps to teenagers with a family member (parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle or cousin) currently or recently in the service. The only cost associated with the camps is a $10 registration fee. There are more than 200 opportunities available in Maine to youth across the country. If space is available, youth may register for more than one camp.

Tanglewood, Blueberry Cove and Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Centers are operated by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Midcoast and Western Maine. Each facility provides unique opportunities for adventure camps that will appeal to a diverse array of youth, in summer and in winter. All programs are designed to build self-esteem, trust, teamwork, friendships, and appreciation of nature through outdoor adventures.

Blueberry Cove Program: Rivers, Rocks, Ropes and Mountains, Aug. 5-12; Tanglewood Program: Coastal Watershed Exploration, July 24-29; Bryant Pond Programs: Primitive Challenge – July 3-8; Wilderness Backpacking – July 3-8; Adventure Racer – July 17-22; River Runners Adventure – Aug. 21-26; Winter Survival Camp – Feb. 19-24.

Military adventure camps are for 14 to 18-year-olds who have a family member (parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, or uncle) in any branch of the military or a family member who has been recently in the service. The program is available for teens of service members in the active, reserve and guard components; teens of military civilian contractors are also eligible.

For more details visit: extension.umaine.edu/programs/military-adventure-camps.

Operation Military Kids is a separate grant received by the UMaine Cooperative Extension intended to support military kids who have or will have a parent who is deployed. Maine 4-H Camps will work in partnership with OMK to meet the needs of youth who have deployed parents in active service. Youth are supported through team leadership experiences, connections to others for support and encouragement and through active service learning partnerships connecting youth to the community.

Blueberry Cove Program: OMK Islands & Sea Adventure, Aug. 1-3; Bryant Pond Programs: OMK Adventure Race, July 4-9; OMK Robotics Camp, June 27 to July 2; OMK Treasure Camp Weekend, Aug. 5-7.

OMK camps are for campers between the ages of 5 and 18, although specific age requirements vary with the camps being offered. Children with a parent who is or will be deployed are eligible. This program is specifically for military families.

For a complete list of eligibility requirements, call Tanglewood/Blueberry Cove at 789-5868 or Bryant Pond at 665-2068. For more details visit: Blueberry Cove: umaine.edu/tanglewood, or Bryant Pond: umaine.edu/bryantpond.