Camp Corral: Spots Still Open for Kids of Military Vets

As Memorial Day approaches, Golden Corral is focusing attention on its special effort to build on its long-term commitment to honoring disabled American veterans. Camp Corral is a free, week-long summer camp experience for the children of families with fallen, wounded or disabled veterans or service members.

 
Piloted in 2011, Camp Corral has been expanded nationally this year from one camp to a network of nine summer camps in eight states. That means more than 1,800 children — six times the number in 2011– will have an opportunity to enjoy "a week of a lifetime" free of charge. Eligible families can still register their children on-line at www.campcorral.org to attend one of the camps offered in July or August in these states: N.C., Va., Ga., Fla., Ohio, Kan., Tex. or Colo.
 
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Camp Corral is a one-week camp experience where kids, ages 8 to 15, are free to be kids apart from the day-to-day challenges they face as children of fallen, wounded or disabled military veterans and service members. Camp Corral provides kids non-stop fun and activities like canoeing, swimming, arts and crafts, target sports, horseback riding and other camping and outdoors activities. The camp encourages campers to create friendships and bond with other kids who share a similar family situation. Each of the camps is managed and staffed by the 4-H Youth Development organization and accredited by the American Camp Association.
 
"All four of my boys attended Camp Corral last year and they are excited to be returning in 2012," said Clifford Parker, of Summerville, S.C. and former Army reservist who was wounded in Afghanistan. "The children loved all of the usual summer camp activities such as canoeing, archery, and making friends, but their favorite was Camp Corral Military Day where the National Guard flew in military helicopters and other large equipment used in battle. The boys were thrilled to get to see the vehicles up close and meet the members of the Guard."
 
"We’re thrilled to be expanding Camp Corral nationally and still have spaces available for this year’s camps," said Dolly Mercer, the Golden Corral organizer of the summer camp. "Sending these children to camp is just one way our company, our generous guests and our restaurant owners want to show their appreciation to these special military families and thank them for their service."
 
Camp Corral locations, camp weeks, and other information is available at www.campcorral.org. There also is a Camp Corral Hotline for questions at 855-605-1267.

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